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MAINLY ON ZEEBRUGGE.

THE .IUMPING-OFF POINT FOR ENGLAND. HARD DUTY ON THE FLEET. CONFESSION OF DEFEAT IN MID-POLAND. [By A. Spence.]

One incendiary bomb—a. pretty thing of ; celluloid, that looks like a capsule, no j doubt—has fallen in giddy spirals from ; the .saturnine winter sky on Dover, Imp- ; pily without result. It is England's liist j experience of the Tafben- -the war birds. Zc-ebrugge seeme a, likely place f<> jump off from. On .its level ttreet-s the German perhaps set his propeller humming, buzzed for a distance like, a. cockchafer, a.nd then snorted into the night, tailing away liko a pantomime storm liend. Tho airline to Dover is about. 78 miles; to London about twice as far. Just a glimpse of him would he (seen by the guards at Dover, a rort of blurr in cl'judlaud, a. dim 6liaj>e sweeping past, on a long slant. Some, noises, too—a sound in tho sky as of flighting geese ; or a subaqueous explosion in tho harbor, followed by ;i geyser o: water; or maybe, a racking detonation, accompanied by the sound of rending timber. Noun of these. The cable cays thai the mieeile fell in a garden. Another snorting blurr in the «,ky—a British biplane. Shots, perhaps, and certainly lights from tho projectors, till tho liriuamcut would bo ablaze like a gin palace That, it socnib, must have been about all. It seems proper to-day to glance at Zeebnigge.- j i A queer little pla-jo is thiV j ' queerly (liißeult to get at from tho sea. i ; The. map shows how. Keadeis may cut it out and keep it, for we .diall hear : more of the po:t, of which we have heard a deal already. Inside, the curving mole uhieh shields" the opting from the gates', there opons tho canal winch leads inland to j Bulges—say. 10 mil.s. The top stretches I ■ of tho canal shelter the Geiman tub- ! ; marines. The least, range for bombard- j jnent of the inland end of the canal from | i the be.t, is therefore over 21,C00 yard--, j i'he weather is bad for observation, and j i the target invisible. j British submarines cannot snout their j " way in either, fo:- t he entian-e is only! about 400 ft u ide. and can be closed by i ; explosive booms. Besides that, the canal 1 <

; (hough his counter offensive has lorn- | porafily saved Hileaia, relieved the. pressure on Cracow, and postponed the day | of reckon ing. ; Here we have a plain admission of Busj sian defeat, hut very fairlv put even from our own side. Hinde.iiburg must be within 2.5 miles of Warsaw. And naturally General Joffre is .sparring lor an opening to ease the pressure in the east. He has had to spar for openings since the war began, and, in the sparriiigs, he has often given Sir John French the dulv to deliver the punch. The advance of' Sir Douglas JJnig from Passehendaele lo Morslede, and the penetration of General Durlial's Franco-Belgians north of tho Yser. nearer the sea, form pari and parcel of the plan. But. despite these advances the Germans aie in no immediate danger. For tho moment the siege of Cracow ha=. been lifted, and that is everything to the Germans at present. In Belgium Zeebrnggo is their sheet anchor. This tardy announcement of the. defeat in Poland forma as good a commentary on the military prevaricator at the front, as we have yet had. The military contributor of ' The limes ' in London writes with his usual honesty, but lie evidently endeavors to present", it to his readers as gently as he can. DO THEY MOVE? Do the Tut*ks move towards the canal at last 7 If is 123 days since they began collecting the Lebanon mules and Syrian camels, and 08 days since it was alleged that they had crossed the frontier. Perhaps the diary of this slow operation speaks for itself best :-- August.—Preparation in Syria. London, October 29.- First overt acts of war in Black Sea. Constantinople, October 31.—Turks moving towards Egyptian frontier in strong force. Rome, November 1.--The admiral commanding the Turkish Fleet i> Sulioii. Rome, November 1. —The admiral com manning the Turkish fleet is Goeschen. Rome, November 1. —The Arab Zakki Pasha is commanding in Palestine. j Rome, November I.—Russian Amhns- j sador at Rome savs it is " ( b'rmanv's, last card."

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MAINLY ON ZEEBRUGGE., Evening Star, Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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