THE FLANDERS TACTICS.
A DOUBLE OBJECTIVE. OSTEND AND ROULERS. Press Association— By Telegraph—Copyright LONDON, December,2l. The Sluv.* correspondent of the newspaper 'De'Tijd' (Amsterdam) states that the Allies, assisted by the fleet and some British artillery, occupied without opposition Lombaertzvde. St. Georges, and Westrode, and also Bixschoote, Laugemarek. Passchendaele, and Moorslede. The British aTe patrolling the village of W estroosbeke, now Pasrehendaele, but. the definite occupation of the village depends on the issne of the fighting in tho woods to tho south-west. Tho Germans are now concentrating as munv men as possible to regain tho territory" lost to the north-east of Ypres. The Miles are steadilv advancing towards tlio Roulers-Menin railway. The German com-munit-ations are seriously endangered owing to the British occupation of Moorskd*' . . .1 m„ The Slavs correspondent ot the Algemeen Handelsblad ' .states that tho British squadron bombarded tho coast at Zeebrneg* and Heyst to-day. Tho Germans did not respond. THE RECENT -MOVE. .MERELY PREPARATOHY. LONDON", December 22. \ correspondent in the north of France savs that the righting at Nieuport has diminished in intensity. The Belgians are not attempting more than to hold then- own against th-e German counter-attacks at Lomhaertzvdo and St. Georges. I here is no foundation for the rumor that tho Allies are within two miles of Ostend. The object of tho Allies' recent movements was to securo a footing on the further bank of the Yser River in order to make an offensive movement later, as it j would he made more easily than when we , have no troops further advanced than i Nieuport. A small force of Germans, with cuns, sufficed to guard the head ot the VW brides at Nieuport. The Allies, by pushing forward, wi I len-Hh.cn the front and make the attack easier, as thero will be more room for tlio manoeuvres. . i second important movement is oceurrin« north of the Ypres region and at Bixochoote. Flood* cover the remainder of the country, and thus the Allies' offensive resembles two daws. Fine weather will be welcomed by all the troops. BERLIN'S ACCOUNT. FIGHTTNcTIN FRANCE. BERLIN, December 22. Official: French attacks at Nieuport vere repulsed. We stormed and captured Anglo-Indian trenches between Richebourg and La Bas=ee dislodging the occupants with heavy loss and capturing 270 prisoners. We recaptured a post m the trenches at Notre Dame and De TAretto. The French fiercely attacked in the neighborhood of Somain, and penetrated ou- outer trenches. The attacks broke down -under our fire, and 510 prisoners were captured. Fierce French attacks north-west 01 Verdun fail"d completely. JOFFRE'S ARMY ORDER. LONDON", December 21. A Berlin wireless message states that an armv order, signed by General Joffre, was found upon a French officer. It declares: '•The enemy for three months have made numerous attacks, which everywhere have been victoriously repulsed. The moment has now arrived to make use of tho weakness they have shown. Having reinforced ourselves, the hour of attack has arrived. Now it is our business definitely to clear nuv Fatherland of the invaders." The message concludes: "Soldiers, more thau sver France'relies on your courage, energy, and desire to conquer at any cost." TRENCH LIFE. SUBALTERN'S HUMOR. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun* Serrioes.) LONDON, December 21. A subaltern, describing life in _ the trenches, says that tho last -was positively authentic information for the twentieth lime that the Kaiser was sick unto death. "When His Majesty eventually gets to Hades I hope that Plato wil! put him in a- fatigue party to carry 1001b of bully beef nightly through a 10-niile communication trench 2ft deep in mud. and only to find on arriving :>t the other end that there is no tin-opener and the only knife ci bayonet." A BRAVE PAIR. TWO FRENCH MARTYR?. (London 'Time*' and Sydney 'Sun' Serrioes.) LONDON. December 21. A correspondent records an incident at Epernay. The German artillery compelled the French to retire from a section of the tienche3. The commander called for two volunteers to locate the German guns. These, armed with portable telephones, made their way to an abandoned farm and climbed into a "loft. They noted the situation of the Germans and telephoned the information. The French found the range and smashed several guns. The Germans then advanced through a •wood towards the farm where the two French officers wore hidden, and established their guns within 30yds of the building. The telephone informed the French commanders of every movement. 'The two Frenchmen refused to attempt to escape, and finally announced that the Germans were about to open fire, and concluded i " Don't mind us; fire." The two brave men were taken at thir word, and this French guns sent a hail of shell which destroyed the farmhouse and swept away friend and foe to common ruin. OCCUPATION OF BELGIUM. A FARCICAL "PAKLIAMENT." FOOD RIOTS IN BRUSSELS. LONDON, December 22. A, message from Amsterdam states that under German pressure nine Belgian prorincial lepresentat'ves met ab Brussels and held a so-called "Landtag" session. They asserted that the Diet had agreed to issue Treasury bonds, and a group of banker* undertook to advance £19.000,000, payable in monthly instalments extending over a year. The German Governor promised that all goods would be paid for in cash if these ustahnents were promptly forthcoming. Hunger riots are commencing at Brussels. FOLAXD CAMPAIGN* BERLIN, December 22. Official i Tho situation in East* Prussia is unchanged. Onr attacks in Poland continue, '* AUSTRIA HAS HAD"HEE FILL. NEW .YORK, December 22. A prominent neutral diplomat at Vienna has telegraphed to the American authorities to the effect that Austria's leading; financial and commercial men are anxious* lor "peace. Reports, according to this diplomat, assert that Italy will declare war against A.v*tri» in JftQiiaox
ITALY. TON BULOW*S MISSION. LONDON, December 22. A Rome message via America says that the King of Italy received Count Von Bulow, who presented his credentials and remained for an hour in conversation with the King. Upon leaving, Count Von Bnlow declared that he was greatly satisfied with, the result of the audience. The King sent his carriage to Count Von Bulow's residence, leaving him at tho palace entrance, where a number of buglers played German airs. Another message from the same source declares that in connection with the antiAustrian demonstrations a son of General Garibaldi, leaning on crutches, declared i " A voice is ringing from Caprera, where my father's body lies. His spirit asks tho men of Italy to-day for acts, not words." TO WATCH AUSTRIA. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun* Service*.) LONDON, December 21. An influential organisation has been established in Italy and Rumania to promote mutual action by tho two countries during the war. THE BALKANS. LONDON, December 21. Reuter states that, following Bulgaria's assurances regarding the maintenance of her neutrality, the Entente Powers have given guarantees to Athens and Bucharest that Bulgaria will not attack Greece if she assists Servia, nor attack Rumania if tho latter intervenes in the war. '• CIVILISED " WARFARE. AMERICAN INVENTOR'S CLAIM. NEW YORK, December 22. Mr John Hays Hammond, jun., announces the invention by him of a new projectile which scatters molten metal over tho object attacked, at the same time filling the air with deadly gases. Belligerent nations have already approached him. Mr Hammond states, offering to purchase the rights. PRIZE COURT. THE ZAMBEZI SEIZURE. SYDNEY. December 22. The Chief Justice, in delivering his reserved judgment in the Zambezi case, said that the Zambezi was a British ship registered in London. On August 5 German officials at Nauru received wireless information that Germany was at war with Britain, France, and Russia. Wireless communication between Nauru and Rabaul failed, and it became important to find other means of communication, because a largo number of coded wireless messages were received from Berlin for German possessions in the Pacific, presumably cotiveving information required by the existence of the war. The result was that the agents of the Zambezi at Nauru placed the ship at the disposal of the enemy s Government for purposes of a most hostile character. Not only was an agent of an enemy Government carried on a mission for the completion of the wireless apparatus at Rabaul for the purpose of the important maintenance of communication between Berlin and the outlying possessions of the German Empire, and also intercommunication between the possessions and ships of the enemy carrying wireless, but the same agent was carrying despatches of the utmost importance. Furthermore, the agents actually sub-chartered the ship to the enemy Government. He therefore held that the Federal Government's claim for the condemnation of the ship and cargo was sustained. SHRINKAGE IN WAISTS. THE WAR AsTbEXEWER OF YOUTH. (London 'Times' and Sydney *Sun'ServiM».) LONDON, December 21. A tailor states that ho detects a remarkable shrinkage of from sin to 6in during the past three months in the waistcoat measurement of eldorly and middleaged clients owing to violent army military training. Inquiries elsewhere confirm the wonderful effects of drills and route marches. In the suburbs old boys are sprint training who have not run 10yds since they ceased cricket. They jump on motor buses in motion in their top hats, and display the agility of two-year-olds. There is a growing feeling of contempt for umbrellas, and men declare that 20 years have been taken off lives.
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THE FLANDERS TACTICS., Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914