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Paris reports continued -progress along the coast, and Amsterdam advisee that the Germans are dally reinforcing thiolr positions with troops from Poland.,

it is asserted in Paris that the Kaiser intends to nominate some German princeling as King of Belgium. The German Press now blame Russia for the war, and give a blank denial to the French Yellow Book documents exposing German duplicity.

There are rumors (via America) of grave dissensions in German councils. Meantime the Kaiser leaves for the western front. Italy is reported to have Informed Turkey that unless satisfaction is forthcoming - for the Hodelda incident she will resort to coercive measures.

The Portuguese Chamber of Deputies approved a resolution empowering the Government to Intervene In the war on the side of Great Britain.


WELLINGTON, December 24.

His Excellency the Governor, ne patron of iho poor of Great Britain, Ireland, and Belgium relief fund, reports tliat be has to-day transmitted by cable to the High Commissioner at London a sum of £14,200 as a third cash contribution, from the fund: Tho amount comprises a second instalment from Canterbury (including Ashburton and South Canterbury) of £IO,OOO, and a third contribution from the committees of the • Wellington and Marlborough provincial districts of £I,OOO, and the sum of £5,200, being the amount subscribed to the Is Belgian Christmas gift fund, instituted by the - Wellington .Sports Committee. The special instructions of each committee and the wishes of those giving donations for special purposes have all been observed, and the sum will be apportioned, as follows: —£5,527 for the poor of Great Britain and Ireland (to be handed to the executive of the Prince of Wales fund for administration), and £8,673 tor Belgian relief (to bo given to the proper authorities at Home for distribution). The total cash contributions now sent forward in connection with the fund amount to £49,200. Very valuable shipments of food and clothing liavo also been sent. Contributions of cask, stock, and produce are still being made, and will be transmitted as occasion arises.


With respect to a statement in our last issue regarding the examination of vessels' (entering Otago Harbor, inquiry shows that the gun-layer in question has had 14 years’ experience in this work, portion o which was spent in active service in (South Africa. Moreover, the company Of which he is a member (No. 2 Garrison Artillery) have won the big and quickfiring shooting for several years past. The other Defence Department officials stationed at Taiaroa Head are experienced men. It. is, therefore, quite unwarranted to suggest that any of the men were amateur gunners, or that their object was to sec how close they could get to a ship without actually hitting her.


[Pee United Pbess Association.]

WELLINGTON, December 25.

The following cablegram was received yesterday afternoon by the local branch of a big warehouse firm in Manchester: ’’London traffic suspended ; shipping via Liverpool.” This Is interpreted in some quarters to mean that the Port of London has been closed to shipping. No official confirmation has yet been received of the report.

In Norway on the outbreak of war the King, on August 4, issued a proclamation prohibiting the export of food stuffs, etc., and decreeing that : Until further notice it is forbidden to employ grain or potatoes for the production of beer or brandy (the native ardent spirit), likewise the sale and retail of such spirits is forbidden.


GERMAN PRISONERS PUBLICLY FLOGGED. MISSIONARY ATTACK AVENGED. The- steamship Morinda. which arrived at Sydney on the 13th inst. from Rabanl via ports, brought a number of German prisoners, including those who were responsible for Iho flogging of tho Rev. Mr Cox, a British missionary, at New Ireland recently. According to news brought by the Morinda. 25 members of the Australian Expeditionary Force were despatched to New Ireland to arrest the Germans responsible for the outrage. The men wore reported to have- escaped to the mountains armed with rifles. Their arrest was effected, however, and they were brought to Rabaul and flogged on November ,30. The garrison was drawn up in tho form of a hollow square, in the centre of which was placed a largo travelling trunk, across which tho prisoners were stretched while tho punishment was meted out. German residents were instructed to attend, and although many requested to Jie allowed to slay away, about 50 Germans were present. The crew' of the Morinda. were also present, and witnessed the incident. After a square had been formed, and the guard had taken up their position near the trunk in tho centre, six German prisoners were marched in. The Administrator. Colonel Holmes, addressed the crowd, pointing out that the prisoners had unlawfully flogged a British missionary, and they were going to be. served with* some of their own medicine. Colonel Holmes is also said to have impressed upon the Germans that they were to recognise the British Flag, and while they did so they would receive the proper treatment. The prisoners wore then publicly flogged with the same weapon with which they had flogged the Rev. Mr Cox in October last. Three of them received 20 strokes each, two others received 25 stroea each, and another 10 strokes. [ln reporting his illtreatment last month. Mr Cox said that he had been on a visit to another missionary in New Ireland. One night a knock came to the door, and upon opening it he was seized by a number of Gormans, who accused him of having given information to the- British authorities. His captors, who were masked,-carried him some distance away, and beat him with a whip and sticks until he lost consciousness. He was found next morning by his friend in a fearful condition from* tho severity of the attack upon him, and was a long time recovering from it.]

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LATEST FROM EUROPE, Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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