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MESSAGE FROM MR CHURCHILL ON “THE BAByIEILKRS OF SCARBOROUGH.” LONDON, December 21. The I’res* Bureau states that Mr Churchill ha* sent a message of sympathy 1 to tl*.' Mayor of Scarborough personally, and also on behalf of the Navy. “We share your disappointment,” he says. “ The miscreants escaped unpunished, but wo can await with patience the opportunity that will, surely come. Viewed in the larger aspect, the incident is on* of the most instructive and encouraging of the war. Nothing ‘proves more plainly the effectiveness of the British naval pressure than the frenry of hatred aroused against us. That hatred ha* already passed the frontier of reason. It clouds their vision, darkens their counsels, and convulses their movement*. W!e see a nation of military calculators throwing calculation to. the winds. Their strategists have lost their sense of proportion. In their scheme* they- have ceased to balance loes and, gain, particularly as regards the whole cruiser force of the German navy, including ■ great ships vital to their fleet and utterly irreplaceable, which were risked for the passing pleasure of killing as many English people as possible, irrespective of tfex, age, or condition. They have been impelled to act with military and political folly from a violence of feeling which could find no other vent. It is a very satisfactory sign, and confirms us in our courses. Their hates are the measures of their fears. Whatever feats of arms the German navy may .hereafter perform, the stigma of (he ‘Baby-killers of Scarborough* will brand its officers and men as long as its sailors sail the: seas.” AIL THE FACTS KNOWN. (London ‘Tunes' and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) - LONDON, December 20. The Admiralty, replying to a request from the Mayor of Hartlepool for an in* quiry into the bombardment, aaid that it appreciated the tcompoeure with. which the towns hod borne themselves in their first expeience of German fire. All the facts irL.CQnnectipn^therfcwith-wcrß^knQw^ 77 ; - r" 1 ' 's' 77’77 : ? 7*-' : ; 1 ■■7 ; 77.77’;' :

to .the Admiralty, and no further statement was possible at present. CLEARING AWAY THE MINES/ (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney ‘Sun ’ SeivL’cs) LONDON, December 21. Sailing' between Hull and Copenhagen has been suspended owing to the mines sou n on the east coast hy tho raiding Gorman squadron. The Admiralty continues its mine sweeping, and announces a comparatively safe zone between Flamborough, and Newcastle. • SOMETHING WORTH AVENGING. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun' Services.) LONDON, December 20. Speaking at Edinburgh, Lord Rosebery eaia that if tho insult ottered to our shores by the hurried visit of the German squadron did not make every Scottish sword leap from its scabbard ho was greatly mistaken as to the nature of his fellow-coun-trymen. THE RAID EXPECTED. (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney 4 Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, December 20. General Badcn-I’owell (Chief Scout) last week summoned tho boys of Scarborough and bade them keep a sharp lookout, because he was sure that a raid would take place before long, POPULAR INDIGNATION. LONDON, December 21. At Sunderland a mob of 200 people, incensed at the recent bombardment -and also the acquittal of Ah'lcrs on a treason charge, wrecked a number of German shops. ALIENS ARRESTED. LONDON, December 21. Three more deaths arc reported from Hartlepool. Forty aliens who were employed in works there have been interned. HAVE THE CRUISERS RETURNED? WHAT AMERICA THINKS. “ SCIENTIFIC BARBARISM ” VERSUS " CIVILISATION.”

LONDON, December 21. ‘ The Times's ’ naval correspondent emphasises the difficulty of combating raids over short distances when made by battle cruisers of tho highest speed. The writer points cut that a squadron so constituted might remain at sea some time longer. It is uncertain whether the German squadron is still in the North Sea. It might contrive to evade the British battle cruisers, and if favored by thick weather may attempt more damage before it returns to port. The Now York correspondent of ‘The Times ’ advises that the naval raid on undefended Yorkshire towns and the enthusiasm over the murder of non-com-batants evoked in Berlin have not assisted the Germans’ cause in America; on the contrary, the conviction has been deepened that victory for the Kaiser would be a victory for “scientific barbarism over modern 'civilisation.’' BOMBARD AND RUN AWAY. ALSO BAD SHOTS. LONDON, December 21. (Received December 22, at 9.30 a.m.) The naval commanders who chased the raiders state that the escape of the latter was duo to the mist. Directly the flotilla got on tho track of’ the enemy they scuttled. A small cruiser saved the situation, but was no match for its weightier opponents. The fact that the British pursuers came well out of the encounter is due to the Germans’ poor gunnery. Three of the Germans rained shells on the flotilla, but did little damage. ‘ FRANCE AND FINANCE. PARIS, December 21. The Minister of Finance (M. Ribot) considers that it is impracticable to impose further taxation, and the Government must have recourse to a loan for war purposes. He adds that France’s financial reserves are such that they can view the carrying on of the war without a qualm. The Minister of War (M. Millerand), addressing the Commission of the Senate on Finance, said that the military situation to-day is belter than ever it has been.

(London 'Times* and Sydney 'Sun* Services )

Further discussing financial proporcils.of the Government, M. Ribot said that the Rank of Franco had certainly .ployed ai* great a part in grappling with tho situation as, the Bank of. England. Up to December 15 the assistance given amounted to 5,600,000,000 franca (£115,000,000) at 1 per rent, interest. - MAKING THE BEST OF IT. AMSTERDAM, December 21. . The ‘Hamburger Nachrichtcn,’ commenting on Count Yon Bulbw’s arrival at Romo, says that Italy’s policy of neutrality has the approval or her allies. Signor Salandra is thus doing all that Germany expects. AN ANGRY GERMAN. AMSTERDAM, December 21. In the ‘ Cologne Gazette,’ Dr Sexamer (a German American) accuses tho Americans of ptaying for peace on Sundays and supplying the Entente Allies with war materials on week clays. America* ehould substitute “Get the dollar” for the motto ’’Phuibiis Uninn.” IF IRELAND PROVES FALSE MR REDMOND WILL RETIRE. LONDON, December 21. Speaking at Limerick, Mr John Redmond said that the Irish leaders had pledged themselves that Ireland would stand by England. If she did otherwise ho would not remain an hour longer in public life.

Trooper Davidson, a member of tho Expeditionary Force camped at Trentham, was knocked down by a tram near the Trent ham station early yesterday morning, and was removed to the hospital suffering from a seuip wound and a crushed left hand. It is not known how he came to be at the spot at the time. Wo have received from the cunurega-’ lion of the Church of Christ, •Moniiugton, £5 3s Bjd for the Belgian relief fund. ’lbis is the second cuiuribulion handed to us from this chinch. the amount- .received previously hv us being £3 9s 4d. Among those killed at the front early m November were Lord Nairno (second son of the Marquis of Lansdowne), one of the King’s equerries, lie married at Calcutta, m January, 1909, Lady Violet Elliot, daughter of the late Karl of Minlo. who was at the time Viceroy of India. Lord Chailes served with distinction in the South African War, 1839-1903, receiving tho Queen’s medal with f'vr clasps. Hu was one of Lord Roberts's aides-de-camp. He joined the Army in 18S5, became lieutenant in 1898, captain in 1901, and major in 1910. On October 28 Lieutenant Fraser (thud eon. of Lord Saltoun). of tho Gordon Highlanders, was killed in action in France. He. joined the Gordons at tho outbreak of hostilities, and was attached to the 2nd Battalion. Sir Gilchrist Ncvil Ogiivy, Bait., aged 22, of the Scots Guards, was also killed in action.

“To cl to fighting for my country is the greatest honor 1 could have,” v.uoto Private Ingram, of the 2nd Welsh Regiment, to his parents.

The members of the London Bar who jjractiso m the Divorce .ami Probate Division presented the Imperial Government \\ ith a Red (.'roes ambulance, fully eipnpped, at a cost c>f £4OO. A cyclist, ■ on passing through Malincs at the end of October, found tile town entirely deserted by its inhabitants, but lie was pursued fer nearly an hour by hordes of starving cats and dogs. From Berlin there lias been hsued at last an official denial that tile Kaiser ever issued the Army Oder imputed to him about General Fioueh and iiis “contemptible little army,” one of the disproofs being that never since the outbreak of hostilities has he eve: set foot in Aix-la-Ciiapclle, whence the Order is ,-agi to have been promulgated. It will be recollected that the offensive document began; “It is my Boyul and imperial command.” whereas William the Second's invariable practice is to begin jus proclamations with an intimation, of bis Imperial and Royal will But there were other internal evidences of tha document being apocryphal.

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THE NAVAL RAID., Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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THE NAVAL RAID. Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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