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LISBON, December 23. (Received December 24, at 10 a.m.) The Chamber of Deputies passed a resolution expressing confidence that the Government would continue vigorously to pursue preparations to intervene in the war on the side of Britain. IN ANGOLA. PORTUGUESE REVERSE. LISBON, December 23. (Received December 24, at 8.45 a.m.) The Germans have renewed tho attack on Naulila, in Angola. The Portuguese were outnumbered and withdrew, ana arc now awaiting reinforcements. CANNED BEEF CONDEMNED. BAD N.S. WALES* CONSIGNMENT. LONDON, December 23. (Received December 24, at 10.55 a.m.) The British War Office has rejected 933 cases of New South Wales canned beef, purchased through an American firm. It was found to be of most inferior quality, containing a thin flank of “ scrap ” meat, with cuttings of cartilage, gland, and “skirt.” Mr Coghlan’s-(New South Wales Agent-General) independent examiners confirmed the War Office description of the consignment. TRADING WITH ENEMY. FURTHER PRECAUTIONS. LONDON, December 23. (Received December 24, at 9.5 a.m.) A movement is afoot among underwriters to refrain from accepting insurances on goods from neutrals to neutrals in countries neighboring to Germany. A largo proportion of the trade of neutral countries is financed by Britain, the transactions being based on bills backed by insurance policies. The proposal is expected to check a private individual acting as an intermediary with the enemy. FOOTBALL AND WAR. LONDON, December 23. (■Received December 24, at 9.5 a.m.) The Scottish Football Association have abandoned international matches and *up ties. N.S.W. IRISHMEN . BACK UP MR*REDMOND. SYDNEY, December 24. (Received December 24, at 10.55 a.m.) The Home Rule Executive, with Archbishop Kelly’s approval, cabled to Mr John Redmond heartily endorsing his attitude. against Prussian militarism. UN lONISTS VOLUN TEER. SYDNEY, December 24. (Received December 24, at 10.55 a.m.) Trades unionists throughout the Commonwealth are volunteering in largo numbers. Some union rallies are largely depleted owing to the rush to enlist for active service. MR J. R. SINCLAIR. AN OPPORTUNE PROPOSAL. SYDNEY, December 24. (Received December 24, at 10.55 aim.) Mr J. R. Sinclair, New Zealand representative on the Dominion Commission on Empire Trade, arrives from London today. He departs for New Zealand by the Makura. He is arranging a special course of technological lectures with tne object of encouraging an interest in economic subjects by the industrial classes, with a view to capturing trade previously held iby the enemy. Ho has asked manufacturers to assist by establishing scholarships and in other directions.

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PORTUGAL TO INTERVENE., Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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PORTUGAL TO INTERVENE. Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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