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PARIS, December 23, (Received December 24, at 10 a.m.)

A communique states: Wo progressed slightly between the sea and on the Nieu-port-Wcstendo road, also in tho district of Steenstraete and Bixscbnnte, where we captured a wood and redoubt. We recaptured tho village of Jiveuchy, east of Betlume, and captured tho remainder of tho enemy’s trenches at Perthos-les-Sluir-lua, amounting to an average gain of half a_ mile. Wo progressed north and east of Beau Scjour, also at Bois-la-Grurie. where we advanced 250 metres, after mining and blowing up two German lines. BACK FROM POLAND TO GUARD SCHELDT MOUTH, ROTTERDAM. December 23. (Received December 24, at 9.5 a.m.) Tho Germans are daily reinforcing their troops along the coast. There are now 17.000 troops at Hoyst, mostly youths. More guns and quick-firers have been posted at Heyst. Masses of Germans have reached Aix-la-Chapcllo from the eastern front. ZEEBRUGGE. ITS VALUE TO GERMANY. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, December 25. German officers told their men that they must die before they let the English lake Zeebruggo. AVIATOR’S DEATH. “HOIST WITH OWN PETARD.” DUNKIRK, December 25. (Received December 24, at 9.5 a.m.) . Desebamps. a leading Belgian aviator, when returning from a flight, landed heavily’. The impact exploded a bomb be was carrying. Dcschaiups was blown to pieces, and a dozen bystanders were wounded. NO MEAN FOES. GERMAN SOLDIER’S TRIBUTE, LONDON, December 25. ißccoived December 24, at 8.45 a.m.) The Amsterdam ‘Vorwaerts’ publishes a- German soldier’s letter, deploring the current description of tho British troops as contemptible mercenaries. They are, lie says, at least as good as the Germans, and their movements in battle are astonishingly able. THE CHRISTMAS MAILS FOR TROOPS AT THE FRONT, LONDON, December 23. (Received December 24, at 8.45 a.m.) Abundance, of necessities and clothing and streams of Christmas luxuries are being sent by mail to the front. The postal arrangements are working splendidly. “ THE BARNSTORMERS ” AT DIXMUDE MUSIC HALL. LONDON, December 23. (Received December 24, at 8.30 a.m.) At Dixmudc the Allies have transformed a barn situated half a mile behind the French firing line into a music hall. Candles stuck on bayonets take the place of calcium lights, and ammunition boxes make a good stage. Thei performance begins soon after the relief guard have ' gone to the trenches, and concludes with popular choruses in French and English. The performances are often interrupted by regimental bugle calls, and tho performers disperse precipitately to join their detachment and dash into tho trenches. PREMATURE APPOINTMENT. KING OF BELGIUM. (London ‘Times' and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) LONDON, December 23. It is asserted in Paris that tho Kaiser proposes to make PrintM Windiehoratz (?) King of Belgium. GERMANY’S MILD RULE. LONDON, December 23. (Received December 24, at 8.45 a.m.) Mr Bcyart, an aged r-etired priest at Bruges, has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in Germany for writing to a London paper. A LASTING MEMORIAL. “YEAR OF GERMANY’S SHAME.” LONDON, December 23. (Received December 24, at 8.45 a.m.) The Russian and French Governments intend placing on historical buildings wrecked by the Germans the inscription “Restored in the year of Germany’s shame.” HOWITZERS FOR WARSAW. SENT FROM GERMANY. AMSTERDAM, December 25. (Received December. 24, at 10.65 a.m.) Three new 42cm howitzers have been sent from Thom with a view to bombarding Warasw. A LAUDABLE ERROR. PETROGRAD, December 23. (Received December 24, at 8.45 a.m.) The Germans brought down a German aeroplane at Kulno, mistaking it for a Russian machine. Two aviators were" killed. THp GERMAN PRESS BLAME RUSSIA FOR,WAR. (London ‘Time*' and Sydney ‘Sun ’ Service*.) • LONDON, December 23. ' The German Press, .in replying to the French 'Yellow Book, again attempt to place the, responsibility for .the war on Russia," and answer the French statements with a blank denial.



LONDON, December 25. (Received December 24, at 8.30 ami.) It is reported through an American channel that there arc grave, symptoms of demoralisation and distraction in tho German councils, and that a dissolution of the teutonic alliance is threatened. KAISER GOES WEST. AMSTERDAM, December 23. (Received December 24, at 10.55 a.m.) T ho -p ai?er La« journeyed through Cologne from Berlin. THE VILLAIN IN 'THE PLAY. THE KAISER SEES VISIONS. (London ‘Time*’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Service*.) LONDON, December 25. .Hie new play ‘ Her Tag,’ at tho Lo!iscum, portrays the Kaiser as being troubled with dreams and visions . the horrors of the wnr into vhieh ho has plunged the world. The Russians arc shown at the gates of Berlin, bis best men are dead. God his ally has deserted him, and the spirit of culture is shown rebuking him and saying; “ England had grown degenerate; you made her great again.” The spirit then hands the Kaiser a dagger as his only means of escape from the meshes of the net that is entangling him. Seven thousand persons attended the first performance, the visitors including the Lord Chief Justice, Sir J. A. Simon, and Mr Lloyd George. A GERMAN CONGREGATION. THEIR PASTOR TURNS ON THEM, HIS RESIGNATION DEMANDED. NEW YORK, December 23. (Received December 24, at 9.15 a.rn.) The Rev. Dr Hollis, of Brooklyn, who hitherto was regarded as Germany’s greatest intellectual asset in the United States, has undergone a conversion. He denounced Germany from the pulpit ns a v.orkl menace, a burglar, a bandit, and a murderer. The Teutons in the congregation rose in a mass and demanded the speaker’s resignation. SPIES AND TRAITORS. (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, December 25. A sanitary inspector at Liverpool discovered a coni] tie to wireless plant in the chimney of a euburban villa. Tho police removed from a flagpole at Larkin’s headquarters in Dublin a banner with the words “We server neither King nor Kaiser, but Ireland.” CAUGHT IN TIME. LONDON, December 23. {Received December 24, at 8.45 a.m.) Four Germans have been arrested at New Orleans. They were preparing a bomb timed to explode at sea aboard either a British or French merchantman. I hey confessed their guilt. AMMUNITION .MATERIAL SEIZED BY ITALY. ROME. December 23. (Received December 24, at 8.45 a.m.) The authorities have seized a large quantity of zinc and copper stored on the frontier for export to Austria, also 42 trucks of foodstuffs The consignors of the goods were fined £1,700. HODEIDA INCIDENT, ULTIMATUM TO TURKEY. ITALY IN EARNEST. LONDON, December 23(Received December 24, at 8.30 a.m.) The ‘Evening News’ states that tho Turkish authorities at Hodeida have not heeded Constantinople’s orders to release the British Consul and punish the police who broke into the Italian Consulate. Tits Italian Government have refused to tolerate further delay, ap'd warned tho Turkish Ambassador at Rome that unless satisfaction is forthcoming Italy will resort to coercive measures. Italy disclaims responsibility for any further complications which might prove detrimental to Turkey or her allies. TALL STORY" OF AUSTRIAN HOSPITAL SHIP. (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney ' Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, December 23. It was reported that in November the Austrian hospital ship Mctcovic was sunk by a mine. Tho authorities denied this, and an old battleship lying at Trieste was repainted, and the name “ Motcovic ” was painted on her stern. The losses were thus concealed from the people. TURKEY AND GERMANY, A PRECARIOUS ALLIANCE. LONDON, December 23. (Received December 24, at 8.45 a.m.) Sir Edwin Pears, formerly leader of the English section of the_ Bar in Constantinople, who was imprisoned by the Turks and subsequently released, has been interviewed m London. He is convinced in the event of a serious Russian victory in Asia Minor the Turkish army would revolt against the Germans. The Turkish soldiers and sailors resent the German officers’ rough and dictatorial manners. IN TRANSCAUCASIA. PETROGRAD, December 23. (Received December 24, at 9.5 a.m.) Official: A Russian torpedo boat bombarded villages on the Black Sea coast occupied by- Turkish troops, in the region of Eopa. She sank four loaded barges. Tho Russians continue _ to press hard in large forces in the region or Van.

BEDOUINS AND JEWS. , CAIRO, December 23. • (Received December 24, at 9.5 a.m.) When tho Russian warships had departed, a few days .later the Bedouin police stripped tho Jews of their money and belongings, carried off their children, and sent the- parents to Alexandria by steamer. SPANISH NEUTRALITY. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’Services.) LONDON, December 23. A message from Seville says that the Republicans are declaring their friendship for the Allies, while favoring the maintaining of neutrality by Spain. ,A SUPERFLUOUS TASK. WASHINGTON, December 23. (Received December 24, at 8.45 a.m.) Sir C. A. Spring-Rice - has published a denial of the German Embassy's justification of the shelling of Scarborough and Whitby on the ground that they arc fortified places witTiin the . meaning of The Hague Convention. ADMIRALTY CHANGE. LONDON, December 23. (Received December 24, at 9.5 a.m.) Sir George Callaghan succeeds Admiral Poore as Commander-in-chief at tho Nore.

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MAKING FOR OSTEND., Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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MAKING FOR OSTEND. Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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