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Six hundred thousand Germans arc attempting to relieve Cracow. The Germans are retreating before the Allies along the Belgian coast. Mr Bonar Law says that the Empire is not fighting a superman, but a wild beast and the murderer of women and children. The French Premier (M. Vivian!) told the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate that the war would be a fight to a finish. Germany, he said, is conscious that she must' reckon with public opinion throughout the world. Germany Is convoking a Belgian provincial Assembly to vote supplies. Three thousand German officers are in Berlin suffering from wrecked nerves. Berlin mobs are crying: " Give us back our fathers and sons I" HIGH COMMISSIONER'S MESSAGE. Tho High Commissioner reports under date London, December 22 (5.55 : Paris reports that a German attack was repulsed at Carency. At Lihons three attacks were repulsed. Our artillery was efficacious on the Plateau of Nouvron. There were violent bayonet eambats at Souain, where considerable progress was made, 1,500 metres frontage of earthworks being carried at Perthes Lcs Hurlus. Two-thirds of tho ground previously lost was recovered at St. Hubert. In the nciyhbttrhcod of Vauquois tho barbed-wire entanglements which crossed tho enemy's trenches were captured. FOR BELCIAN RELIEF. CHILDREN'S SELF-DENIAL. It has been the custom each year at the- Knikorai Presbyterian Church to give a picnic to the children of the Sundayschool, the money necessary for'the purpose being raised by a collection on the December communion Sunday. This year it was* suggested to tho children that they should give, up their picnic and allow the money to be devoted to the Belgian Relief fund. The proposal was received with enthusiasm, and as showing; the spirit which prevailed, it may he mentioned that the amount realised '(£l2 lis] was the largest ever received av this particular collection. The money wiws bunded to us today. HAY OF INTERCESSION". A Masterton telegram .says:—The President of the Methodist Conference directs •that, in every Methodist Church and preaching place- in the Dominion, Sunday, 3rd January, shall bo set apart as a day cf intercession on account- of tho war. .Mr R. Gilkison, solicitor, of TJunedin, has volunteered for service in Samoa.

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LATEST FROM EUROPE, Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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LATEST FROM EUROPE Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914