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OPENS" PALI-. I'RE.MIEI!'> SI'EECH IN ' HA.MIiEi; GE DELM'TIE-. D.-.eiiii.Mr 21. .M. \kviani'., s|.ee.-k at. tie- opeuiii.,' <-l Parliament s-.attd t hat Germany'.- cmle.ivi.r to throv,- the i\->|M.iisiliibty l'"L" tla l 111x>I 1 liie AHies mo I' iiu-'t i!eit-iv<-d even the ,-t eredidoiK. ( m-, tnar..,- had pursued her object for 40 years, whii !i was, by the i ru-hltig of braia-.-. to arrive at the diitiMiiiiueii i'\ the worid. Th.- Allieainied at a rci ou.-t i iici'-d and regenerated Europe, lounded upon ju-ra,. mid ii',!i!. The Governiuent had solemnly mill, rtaken to n build the ruins < nnsid by the Carman invasion, and would certainly hear intuitu! tho indemnities which they would exact before a definite vi '.■■yy was r. ached. The task would in- heavy, and it might be long. Let them have helore their minds the ideal of the right of Belgium, giving to this idoal all the blood in their 'veins. Juigland was unshakable. England was fighting for it, also faithful I,' u.•■■--i a. intrepid Servta. and the eoii;-;!_\-ous .Japanese Navy. A TIMBI'TE TO THE EALI.E.N DEPUTIES.

(London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Serv:o2a.)

LONDON, Ue.eud.n- 24. In the French Chamber oi Deputies there was an impressive id inoostratiou national unity. The seats ot the deputies who had fallen in the lieid v.eie one,. m.entod with tricolor scarves ami dipped with erope. The voice ..f the v.hole i!at;..|, v.tis heard in the thunders of applauae which greeted the calm and defiant passages in M. Yiviani's speech stating the ny resolve to fight to a iiui.-li. NO l-.'LECTICNS. . PAH!-, Ilovnilm- 24. The Ereneh has parsed ,i Ibil jn>stponiiigj- all elctiotis I ill th" end of the war. PEACE CKNTENAin". OCT OF J'LACE .\'V PI; !■>'". \'T. . I.ON'IXIN'. Ila-'.|itli.r 2,4. The British and American committees exchanged -greetings on I he occasion of the peace i eiitenary. They sugg st. tiiat the celebration he V< newed" at lite end of th." war. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON. Dec inker 2k Earl Grey, president, of the Uiitish Poaco Centenary C.immittic. has t, ■■ warded a manifesto to e.v Pie.sident Itoo.-..-velt ox pressing prof.mml thank i'ulucsa f. r tho steady growth of mutual affection ami good-will between our people during the centenary of poaco. ".May this memorable day prove the stepping-stone of a. new century of unbroken peace hot ween our two countries and a common effort I'm- the betterment of humanity.'' Tho American manifesto says : " Cnfortuuntidy we are sorrowfully called on to mark our centenary celebration in tho midst of the most Terrible and most destructive war in history." 'The Times.' in a leading article on (he manifestoes, .bears witness lo "the universal sorrow with which the .Englishspeaking race forgoes the celebrations planned for to-day. Not until tho swords are .sheathed can the public Tojoiciug mark with pride and thankfulness th" memorable, triumph of peace and good-will." LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE. NO ALIEN .ME.MBEES. LONDON". December 2T The Stock Exchange will be reotieucd on January 4.

Tho Trenmiry orders that the minimum prices fixed during the closure jdiall be enforced until tho end of .January, hut subject- to revision by tho committee, with tho Treasury's approval. The committee iiro also empowered to fix minimum prices for ."-hares dealt in the American market. These, generally, are the prices ruling on duly 30. All bargains must be in cash. No dealings will he allowed in new issues made after January 4. unless with the Treasury's approval. .Members 'will not lie allowed to bid openly for or deal in securities which have been in an enemy'* pjosse-rsion since the outbreak of the war. All securities must lie supported by a declaration that they have remained in physical possession in the United Kingdom .since September 30. Only British-horn members and clerks will be admitted, or naturalised subjects who can prove- that they have been denaturalised iu their country of origin. PRESS' OPINION. LONDON, Decemhor 23. The newspapers consider tho Stock Exchange regulations vory stringent, especially that, compelling a broker to give name of the transfcroe of inscribed stocks, but they will have the effect, of safeguarding tho London market against forced re:dbatin n s, arid will absolutely ch>o the market t > the enemy. The 'Financial Times' .states that tho bulk of naturalised members and clerks, have not l>eeu denationalised, and will tkeiofoie be. birred from re-entry. One estimate i.» 'hat 700 will be a (Touted. BEBLIN BANK BATE. BBCSSELS, December 24. Tho Berlin Hank rate of interest- is 5 per cent. V.\R SL'PPLIES. NEW YORK. December 24. Europe ha.s already bought £100.000.000 worth of war supplier in the Cnited Stat-.-.. DITCH WAR LOAN. AMSTERDAM. December 24. A war loan oi 26".,OO0,00i) llorins has been authoi i*-rd. Qu, en Willii'ltuina, pegs.e.aily hr.s underwritten 500.000 tlorin-s. FRESH CANADIAN LOAN. OT'I AWA. i)c comber 24. Canada,'.* war expenses are computed all £'30,000 daily. | A new war loan of £20,000.000 is f<-re- | sii.idav.eil. 'Hie Almal'i- of Finance i- 1 prepai tug taxation which v. ill touch all; pockets tin re cifeetivcly than the h.pior ] and tobico tax imposed last .-ession. nrp.iM-:!! contraband. ! NEW YORK. Dcc-mber 24. j 'I he Rubber Club of America announce ! that a, grave situation ha;> aiisen owing to i the Britbh embargo on the exportation of '■ crude lubber from Biitaiu. 'I iic .statement : anticipates that J25.000 people will be j idle in the L'nitcd States unlo.-.s j the ombarao is lilted. An adviinca in price is cxj^vt'vl. SHIPPING REGULATION". ! LONDON. De,V,:nbcr 24. j The Government have, prohibited tho; ii.-iasfer ~f ships i: foreign owners with-; out a license from tho "iieioiu.s authorities, ! whether within or without the butted : Kingdom. ; . __ j NAVY ENGINEERS. ! LONDON. I)o,-mber 24. ; 'I lie Admiiaily ua.~- noiiti-.d ihar from ■ January I i-nginc-i- bet,tenant eiijJUiiJlld- I cis. ;i,'ier ?-;;. ig i'i,iii yca.'s from pio.nio-: Lis yearc. £1 2s p, ,- day. *' '" j i-:m!m;n aetermath. SYDNEY D, crmber 21. I ii- fianag. I- ' ! the i ~.,--, t, bknai i-iiliii-•-lalion .-ujiplii-s a vivid story. ■ lahora! ,:;g the .1 tails'itt ngaoi to the 'lirnd- u's v;.-!t to the i.-l i(i.| ;ii:,| th,-. .-.atj.-eipa-nt. iighi. Thic. shows that up tili Ihe moment, th lauding paity took pos.-, asmo -,f th<- ,-ab|., tin- fiatf oalimt'd ;-. d--. s) atciL calls. When The Em<!.-n ran on ;,, a re"! :u !-. tt iu action. h.-r captain i, in-, d to haa! I I'iled iegret'u!!y o, coiitlnue liiing. Ao.t liie tiiiid sahu a man Men; aioft, to .-'like llm eol,„a. Tie- Lord Mac- h"s .-cut tie- tollowing moaia: to the' ! ~ ~ |,l,oa| etalf :--■■ la gi.iii lid i l '-!-' "i'li.iti' i vein la. t and braveev .-u N.o-cinb r lj. ;i-e I.ord Mayo,-, akbrmeu. aid .iti/eus send Ckr: ; .t'm..s ..rc<-titi-gs " DASTARDLY PLOT. NEW YORK. I). .; in'...-:- 2k d'k" f.-ili New 'l,-jean- men who pi■•■:--1 to ila,-. time bomb.-, mi an l-iiigii-l! or [ FlVia hj 1!!' i.-l'i.tolu in to leave ;!;ai pert are ail Cimau n.-Tvi-i;, who ai,- angry bi.e'lll-' tllev at-' unable \,. Mllili in b.uiope to li'gu'. One i.[ th" men. uat ■ -,l Halle adinitt <l thai !e oxpe: t"d llcilirinv uouhi ) 'ward ham !: heim-iv. The inieinal , .insisted of t". o ■:,) i, box On •nn •■ fitted v i;h i-0.-kiv,,,;.. ! )-.:„ hj -onfaiued e'kb "I <iyu;,miia. and it V,U.ailli ...Mil-. !<• tile otuer. Dalle a|,oro.i-h,.,l tk" IkitKh |-illd,as.:y. p.-teialmg'tha! 'm ha I a n-w .-.-a|o-- ! timi for bombarding, hgoing n> obtain p,. : . i ~,i eion t, .-end .-...- -s !■• England aleaid a. ! Rrbl.-h .-hoi. '''!: ■ ,-a\.- him th-' , old i-h-aiildor. and ilalie :h at Jurned his attention t. E'-iuc . j Tho i'ai'-ed lliio.egh Halle lllklli..; a I room eg-'!!, a .blctive as a ialb-w-loii-.a, mul tic V" ;;i '' li;:v - ! '' ! Jf '^ (,<i ■" ,ll!i * 1 ,; '" ecu. r -iiatois. CI IRIS I'M AS Gll'lS. LONDON. H .end-, r 21 Everv otTi.ei- and man in tin Anuv and Navv 'u-ill to eive ?p., n li,e King and '<■),,....,, j, Christmas . ,n-.i ncanng tin- ' \bi j.-.-i:...-.' i-or'iaii.-- and ;; v. production of th. ir :iut-..;'iai,!-s. 'I Ii" .i.'.".ing. and igit't ■moo i,,.|a. a. H-!-<.. imtd to dav. 'I he Priue-'ss Mary's -.; ifi >■' l"l»:icco lias ,-,>.» be. n do-pal. lied-bO'kl'l-ib'DAM. D-eru.bir 2i. Kit-.:: A.lke-;V -ii:p-i,-a gift [•• '-;>-ry (k-lgian .-oidl.i i. a box loutaining 2,i ; M'.W ZE'.I.AXDIiRS DEATH. | LONDON*. Ib-c.-mb :• 2k I Lieutemu-.t. "hailed Co-iirat-e lies, of : C,,e Medical ( .up-, aho M.iidlcd ill N'W ! Zealand, nas died from «otmd.-. PALI \N DE'r'E.NCE. I SYDNEY", i). eemhe;- ?/". i The C.mimouw.-alth Statii-ti.jan e-D- ---| .niit.-s that Au.-lralia bai 1,131..-.60 males i i.l to light. | MORI-: "MARBiAOES. '(London 'Times' ami Sydney ' Sun ' Serviros.) i ON'DON. December 2k Th" m-ii riagc is!" of Gn-at lb it ain has iuereas'd bv 'SO |e: .ant. lince the war began- ' high co\lmis> report. The [High Coinmissii't'.-r i\p;.rt:(l. under date London. DecemU'r 23 (2.30 p.m.}: JVtrograd reports tiiat in I'oland ill" n<'rinans seemed a footing on the Lower B/mra. Tim Am-tro-Gonnans ;\ye doscemliug on. Pol'ind along a, front, fiotn the south-west of i'otiokou-. Tho Pr/.emysl , : ,irii ; -oii's soitie was a complete failura. Paris reports that progre F s is being fully maintained.

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FRENCH PARLIAMENT, Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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