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BOMBS THAT MISSED. THE DOVER VISIT. LONDON. lVinnbci 25. (received December ?6. c.t 10 a..uO Two heiw reports h-avd at midday on Monday were attributed to gunfire. II is low stated they were due toa.<Vnnan a.e-ro-jlane. dropping two bombs at sea. westward if the Admiralty pier at. Dover. THE YORKSHIRE lIAID AND ITS LESSONS. J/indon 'Times'and Sydney 'Sun'Service?) LONDON, Dei-ember 25. Those on board of a Danish steamer who vero witnesses of th" recent attack mi N-arboi-Miigh .date that three cruisers, thellcd the (•■w-n. They al'teiwards [teamed oil *n nuiekly that thoy were liuch more beneath than aiiov-.- the water. tTie.v disappeared in the thick foe in a. ;evr minute.-. "The Time.-;.' in a, 1-wider on the 'Real Lesson of Scarborough,' says -. —" Empty lenunciafion of tin' enemy is useless, and rorse than use!.-.*,. What is needed i,s Slim-reasoned demonstrati'm of the way to lefeat him. and what will befall if that is I'it thoroughly done" A PROFESSOR ON BOASTING. LONDON, December 25. Professor Sehiemann. of Berlin, says (hat, notwithstanding their boasting, tho pnglish are seized with fright, aid the ipeetre of invasion torments them. IN THAME'S MOUTH. ADMIRAL CALLAGHAN'S TASK. • LONDON, December 25. ' 'Die Times'* ' naval correspondent says Jhat tho appointment, of Sir George Callajhan as Commander-in-Chief at the Norfc the more welcome as being an indication )hat the naval authorities reeocniso his raluo and his great service rendered to the jmmtry in the training of the fleet, and because it place.-, an experienced and capable officer in a. position where the vigilance and foresight are essentia! to the fffoteetion of Loudon. PROOFS OF UMPIRE. BERLIN SPECULATES ON COLONIAL CONTINGENTS. LONDON. December 25. A Copenhagen message states that in itrlin the transport ot* British colonial *oopa towards France is the subject of enstant speculation. The Germans frequently discuss the probable number or Wissible number of those brought, to the rout. They havo noticed that lately here has been a considerable in freights, and it- is believed to he due to he extensive transport of British troops, * tiie British Government have oharrred a great number t.f steamers. As he increase is noticeable also in freights ;■ remote oversea ports, the conclusion is h-awu the tr.iusnort -of troops from or distant colonies is tho prime factor. A SODDEN TERRAIN. LONDON, Dec-ember 25. A wounded Engineer writes the landers battlefield is absolutelysodden. Vhere the country ia as flat as a. pancake irninage is impossible. The problem has ieen solved by «tan dine on tubs or barrls. SU( CORING WOUNDED. LONDON. December 25. (Received December 2-5, at 10 Private Graham, of (lie first battalion i >rots Fusiliers, won :hn distinguished tmduct medal. He carried a wounded rmrade to safety under hra.vy fire at failly: then. .- n hearing of" another founded left behind, he Lroucrht him in Is). IN THE WOEVRE. PARIS. December 25. (Received December 25. at 10 a.m.) Since the beginning of the, war Pont-a-Housson has been bombarded 45 times. It transpired that on September 5 tho jterrnatis at Tezainvillti, St. Genevieve bst 5.C00 killed, ami 8.000 wounded were ater brought tc Pont-a-Moimon. The wrpst-s were soaked in petrol and burnt. iVhen the Germans evacuated the towii mormon* incendiary bombs were, e;ipaired. [Pont-a-Moiisson lies west of a lino bo)ween Aletz and. Nancy.] AERIAL BUSES. London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' SerTicei.) LONDON, December 25. The Germans are using captive balloons freely for cbservation purposes. They tfso use decoy aeroplanes, by which the flies' airmen nra tempted to attack, and ihiis ctrtne within range of an anti-aircraft lattery waiting below. THE ROAST BEEIf OF OLD "ixGLAND. LONDON. December 25. Tho London butchers purchased two of foe King's prizo beasts and despatched them to the front for a Christmas dinner lor some of the troops. IN ANTWERP. RFSTOUIXfTI'HE PORT. LONDON". December 24. The vesf-eis sunk in the Antwerp docks Jrrior to th« evacuation of Antwerp by the Belgians have lieen raised. The Hermans Ire confiscating them. The Uermans are also preventing the Inhabitant* of Antwerp from crossing the pTitch frontier. Christnni* leave, ronslstrnt ivith mJli\ary requirements-, has be«n granted to Hie, new army, but there is an entire Uwenoe of festivity or of decorations in the barracks. HOLLAND'S BURDEN. LONDOy, December 25The number of Belgian still in Holland is 1,J00,C00. GERMANY'S AiDILTNITJON. SHORTAGE OF SALTPETRE. 1 . LONDON, December 25. Tha 'North Qonrmn Gaj»tte' ism« of Peoomber 12 wae confiscated because it i«feliih«d naoittticaß jamni bx 4b»

; Brandenburg Chamber of Agriculture stat- ; ing that the. shortage of saltpetre was imi perilling the pwdVcticm of ammunition I and es])lo6ive«. I '''HE ErNANCIAE BAROMETER. 1 .... EONDOX, Decern lier 24. ; -M. \ ivianiV speech at the opening of I Parliament has eained a feeling of buor--1 ancy on tiie Paris Boniw. IN WARSAW. LUCKY- DISCOVERY. PETROGRAD. December 25. (Received Deivmber 26, at 10 a.m.) I"he have conliseated fho W.irsan- gasworks, which belonged to a tv-rman companv. Thev found in a safo OOO.nOO roubles,' evidently stored up for transmiesion to Germany. A boiiih exploded outside the British Legation ami wrecked a neighboring shop, killing the owner. Tup motive is unknown. AUSTRIAN GENERAL ON THEATRE OE DEC-ISION AND ITALIAN RELATIONS. LONDON, December 25. Geuernl Von Hoetzendori. Chief of the Austrian Genera! Staff, declarer that the decisive result of the war will be on the eastern front. He denied that Austria was taking -("•ciil military me.-.-tin-s against Tt.ily, but a<lmitted the ne- esrity to make prevarations to 'lefeud all Austria's froctiers. THE BALKANS. RUMANIA AND BL'L<L\RIA. :'T FEE RING NFAVS. LONDON. December 25. 'The Tinitf.V Petrogrnd correspondent states that an r.greement ha? apparently li'cn reached between Rumania and Bultraria. basis of which is the restoration to Bulgaria, of pert ion of the Robrndama districts, ceil-d to Rumania under the Bi-chm-es*. Treaty, besides the portion giant.-d r -c Rumaiiiii. in accordance with the decision of the Conference. The newspaper -Retch' hopes that this g -od b-e-mniug wib !-\'id to a icsu-eilation of the Balkan " block." ECYPT. i-:fi-ects of the change. LONDON, December 25. The Hon;- Office announces tbn.t.. now that. Ti'.vkev's suzerainty over Egypt has t-'nuiuatcd, the Eivpt.iaii.-i have c*a«etl to he ;dicn enemies. " though they do not become British subjects. The Kgvptiau I'ttw ar.' enthusiastic re<perh'i!g tho new Sultan. Approval tiff provinces is also ve:y marked. The ia.x'C Greek and Syrian colonies aro delighted with the eh-inge in regime. IS AMERICA MIS.FUDCI'.D? LONDON, December 25. Sii- Wilfrid L-auriei states that tho feeling in America, in favor o! the Allies is stion-er than Europe is aware of. 1' 1: \r v n CAL SYM PATII v. LONDON. De.emher 25. Madame Van der Yille. wife of tho Bch' Minister, spoke at New York on hehaif of the Belciau fund. She had. an enthusiastic r""epti'»n, and a. folleetion resulted in live l-irg--> baskets l>eing piled with notes. SEARCHING FOP CONTRABAND. X RAYS USED. NEW YORK. December 25 -Received Dceemb.v 26. at- 10 a.m.) ']'}'■'■ Bri'.isli CJoVfiiiirent epoli'-d X-ra.vs to tho bal'.s of cotton being !<,ad«.d on >teauie!s i-oiu-.igned to Germany. Th" Tioi.tcen lays ea.-iJ.v deter mi no whether machinery or oiher ccntiahaud is coiiteaied. 'l.he novel system worked admirably, but eentnbaiid was net fouiid in any carc>'>. THE KAISER AND THE BIBLE. In the Pari.-- ' Figaro' recently a former aide-de-camp of the Sultan Abdul If amid. Colonel Saniv Bev, puldishcd an article in which he set forth tho thefts of which William 11. was guilty in Syria. He says : "At tho rno3que at Hazireh the Emperor William had noticed when uii his visit to Palestine a very ancient Bible of 3.116 pases, printed on parchment, valued at 5.7S0!000 franca f£230,000i. The Emperor coveted the Bible, and as soon as he returned to Berlin ho sent out professors with the mission of borrowing the Bible. The first mission failed. The Kinpcror then approached the Sultan. Tho German Ambassador requested Tashmi Pasha, the Sultan's private secretary, to be so kind as to entrust the beautiful book to the Emperor, pledging the word of his master that it would bo returned. Tashmi Pasha believed in the Emperor's word of honor, and. depositing the famous Bible in a .casket, 'gave it to the envoy of the Emperor. Since then, notwithstanding repented reminders, William TL has never consented to return the unique volume, which is still in tlv Berlin Museum." WHY TOCOLAND WAS SEIZED. Tn the 'Windsor Matrazine' C. L. M'Cluer Stevens gives tho reasons why early in the war a British force seized Lome and occupiod part of the Togo hinterland. He writes; "A lew miles north of the rail-head at Atakpame, at a place -called Kamina, there is situated the biggest wireless station in the- world outside Europe. From it communication could be kept up with Nauen, just outside Berlin, 3,450 milea distant, with the other German wireless stations in the and at Windhuk. in German South-We*t Africa, aa well as with Tabora. in German ICast Africa, and with the PaJaos and Caroline Islands. The big station at Kamina was, in fact, a re-' ceiving and distributing centre for messages from Berlin. Through it also German ships in those waters could be warned, and German cruisers instructed. By seizing it we paralysed the, wireless heart of Germany in Africa." The corporation employee* at Sullivan's dam have •;■■.-nt, us £1 18s for the Belgian wifei fund.

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THAMES DEFENCE., Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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