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BELGIAN RELIEF : VICTORtAN GIFTS. (Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright.l •,.... LONDON, December 22. (Received December 23, at 1.30 p.m.) Mr M'Bride, Victorian Agent-General, has expended £I,OOO, subscribed by the Victorian public services, upon socks, stockings, and boots for the Belgian refugees. The Christmas presents for the Belgian refugees and soldiers in London included gifts of Victorian meat. Princess Mary has written to Mr M'Bride stating that she is deeply touched by the Victorian Government's kindly thought. She has donated one hundred guineas from her own fund. STOLEN CHAMPAGNE CHEAP IN BERLIN.. *■ " AMSTERDAM, December 22. Advices from Berlin'state that as the result of the pillage at Rheims the best brands of champagne are^ selling in Berlin shops at 5s per bottle. ' THE VICTORIA CROSS LONDON, December 22. Victoria Crosses have been awarded to Commander Holbrook for most conspicuous bravery, and to Lieutenant James Leach and Sergeant John Hogan, of the Second Manchester Regiment) for conspicuous bravery in recapturing a trench. s, ; .*. * THE INDIANS. f * LONDON, December 22. Regarding the official reference to the Indians at Richebourg, a German sudden effort broke through at that point. The Germans found themselves confronted by a swollen stream and in the centre of a veritable inferno. Then the Indians on both flanks assaulted the enemy, none of whom escaped. They made a rush, expelling them from the advance trenches. The Indians swept the German bayonets aside with their naked hands, and completed the frightful execution with knives. PUTTING ON THE TREASURE. LONDON, December 22. The 'Daily Chronicle's * Dunkirk correspondent states that patient organisation has got General Joffre's machine into the smoothest working order. The Allies are exerting relentless pressure throughout the immense semi-circle into which the Germans have been forced. HOME MARKETS. fFrw \MM*M»ttmi H> T*lngrm hj < ouvrwrbi. LONDON, Decembor 22. Copper, £57 to £57 ss. Tin :' Spot £144 10s; three months, £142 10s to £143. • Spelter, £27 2s 6d. Silver, 22=d per oz. Wheat : Market very firm; sellers are offering ; sparingly, and a further advance of 6d is asked.


. "* NAPIER, December 23. The steam trawler Endon, owned by an Italian named Vincent, broke down yesterday in the bay, and was washed ashore. She is a total loss.


At a meeting'of j the Otagp Universitv Council,, held this afternoon, there were present the Chancellor, the vire-Chnncellor. Drs Benham, Church, MacGibbop, and. Messrs Walker anc! Ross. It, was unanimously decided to adopt the &port" of. the Medical Committee recommending the appointment of Dr Alexander Murray Drennan, M.8., C'li.B., FJ.C.3'. fEdin.), to the position of Professor of Clinical Pathology at the University of Otago. Dr Drennan is 30 years of Jige, and is at present assistant to the Professor of Pathology in the University of Edinburgh. He tho most brilliant student of his year at Edinburgh. He is to have the option of coming either in June or in December next.

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STOP PRESS ITEMS., Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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STOP PRESS ITEMS. Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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