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The ' Daily Chronicle ’ advises that the Allies’ patrols are within a few kilometres of Ostend.

The 1 Evening Standard’s ’ Paris correspondent says that' 100 Belgian women were shot dead by the Germans for. refusing to bury German dead.

There Is a report from Berlin that the Germans are evacuating Lodz.

Petrograd advises that Italy has requested an explanation from the Porte of the movements of Arabs under German and Turkish officers in Tripoli. Unless the answer is satisfactory there will be a rupture of relations. Anti-Austrian and pro-war meetings continue In Italy.

An Italian war correspondent confirms the complete defeat of the Germans north of the Vistula. The Kaiser continues to claim victory, and ascribes the honor to “ the Lord.”


The High' Commissioner cabled, London, December 21 (5 p.m.) : Paris reports that from ih© Lys to the Aisno the Allies have taken a wood, occupying two trenches. The French, heavy artillery silenced in different parte the enemy’s artillery, overwhelming the Gorman “trenches, “and smashing two guns. Appreciable gains were made in the Champagne and the Argonne, and near EeoSejour I,2ooyds of trenches were taken. In” the Argonne and the Meuse progress was made along the whole front. On the right bank of the Meuse ground was gained near Brabant.


The local military authorities express themselves as pleased with the progress now being made in recruiting as far as the Dunedin area is concerned. It does not appear as if any difficulty will now be experienced in recruiting 6 per cent, per month as originally intended/and it looks as if the department has in view the modifying of its demands to the percentage mentioned. Work is plentiful at the present moment, and a largo number of young men who are at present engaged shearing will doubtless be in a position to enroll when the shearing season ends, which it will in about a month or five weeks’ time. Sheep shearing is an occupation at which good cheques are earned, and it was not to 'be expected that many would forgo the opportunity of participating in uiese good earnings. ItTooks as if the department will have some difficulty in getting the 600_ men required for Samoa. Otago’s quota is 122 men, and only about a third have yet been secured. It is generally supposed that mobilisation will take place about the middle of January but probably the uncertainty of this has a good deal to do with the ‘indifferent response to the call for men. This applies not only to the recruiting for the reinforcements, but to the Samoan expedition as well. It is generally conceded that the formation of concentration camps in the vicinity of the principal towns would materially assist the enrolment of men. The opinion is freely expressed in some quarters that the department purposes inaugurating some such scheme early in the coming year.

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LATEST FROM EUROPE, Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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