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isolated engagement's. ] raid on" metz by frexch airmen. PARIS, December 27. 1 Received December 23. at 9.45 a.m.) A communique states : Tin; enemy, after a violent bombardment, attempted to re- j capture the trenches in tile Perthes region, I but our artillery ami infantry repulsed them. We progressed south of St. Hubert, in the A roomie, and bombarded a ravine, where the 1 iiemy evacuated several trenches. We repulsed'two attacks .111 the , redoubt, at. Rois Brule, east of St. .Mihiel. A. (iermau dirigible threw 10 bomb.- into Nancy. Our aeroplanes bombed the aviation sheds, barracks, and railway station at -Met/. We made further progress on the heights doiniuj.ting Gernav, lcpubing several attack.-. ' ' ; ACHOSS THE YSER. j BELGIANS GAIN FOOTING, j AMSTERDAM. December 27. .Received J)eeember 28, at 3.55 a.m.) ; The new-paper ' Tyd ' states that largo j forces of Belgians have been transported j over ihe Vser in the region between Loin- j baertx.yde and Dixmuclo. The operation i was ditiicult owing to tin: inundation and j to the Hermans u.-ing isolated farms, ciicii of which was stonned and taken. HAND GREXADES. j LONDON, December 27. I ißeceived December 23, at 8.15 a.m.) j " Kye-witness " relates that the employ- J ment of bombs is the chief feature of re- | cent fighting. Their use has become gen- j eral along tho line. The Germans are | using them greatly. ' SPY SHOT. PAP IS. December 27. | (Received December 28. at 8.15 a.m.) ; A court martial sentenced to death ; Bruno Ma-hiem as a : py. Jlo guided tin; Germans on their enterine; Epcrnay, and ; pointed out the houses containing the richest bootv. In defence. Mtidieim allege i that the Germans threatened to kill hi:n mile-? he helped them. A DESPATCH. RUNNER, j (London 'Time*' and Sydney 'Sun'Senrio»i.) ! I.OXDOX, December 27. Henri Siret, a runner, has been specially mentioned in Pari- despatches. An im- ; poitant despatch had to bo carried eight mil.- in -tO minutes. So cyclist was .avail- , able, but Siret pleaded t'o be entrusted ! « ith the message. His captain accepted \ the offer, and with tears in his eyes ; warned him to swallow the message in the event of his capture. Siret set oft aero-s heavy muddy tields at a long, low stride as . calmly as if on a. cinder track, though mirier artillery and riile lire. He reached 1 his goal quicker than would have been '. po--ibie to a. niotori-t kcejiing to the roads. MORE GEPMAX NEWS. I.OXDOX, Dervmber 27. n!e<<!\ed !)oceinhor 23, at 8.05 .a.m.) A wii cl-.-.-.s message from Perlin oftkiaily steles : "p is nov.- possible, to judge the -mer.-s of t!io buttle against the P.rilish ; nil helii'tis at. <■ Jest'dx-i t, arid. Pothur. Xi.-iete-.u oili.ers, 819 men, 14 machino guns, uvo I-'remli moi'taiv. and other mateliai were captu'-ed. The Piitish left 3.000 dead 011 the tielil.and asked for an nnnistice in bury their dead. The German! 10.-.-rs More comparatively small." i Ties above apparently j-el'ers to the Man- i' <hestei>;' exploit cabled on December 21. 1 •' Eve-witness.'' with the Pritisb Head- ! quarters, described the lighting at G"slu- ; hert. Hfi lien-e, and while tin- Piitish weie \ rompellrd to yieki. to superior numbers, j they eventually recovered tho lost ground, j ZEPPELINS DISCI.'SSED. ! AX OVERRATED ARM. \ i.Loirlon 'Times'? lid Sydney ' Sun ' Service"..) LONDON. December 27. ; A rurrcsnoiuleiit who has returned from ■ Geimanr says that the Germa-ns jdace their ' in their air fleet. _ 'They rely on the j /v[ipclins to cause panic and destruction j among English sailors, sohlier.s. and civil- | ians. " This, however, he says, is more or Jess nonsense ami bluff. If a- Zeppelin , \vit-h-?s to escape anti-aircraft guns it would i have to fly at such a, height'that a, warship would appear as small a.- a. star in the heavens. '1 ho damatre possible 1o be j done bv Zeppelins i:i therefore- probably small, and Lugely a matter of good luck. Thero is, says this correspondent, a j growing feeling'in (4ermany againet keep- j ing the German ileet in strongly fortified ■ luirbor?. He gives this feeling as a reason j for the raid 011 the o.lst coast <>f England, j THE LOST PROVINCES. ; (London ' 'limes ' and Sydney ' Sun Services.) ' LONDON, December 27. Madame, wife of the French : President, is f.endinrj thousancLs oi Christmas; presents to the. children in Alsace- , Lonaine. WURTEMBKRG LOSSES. IX FIRST TJ-:X WEEKS. : December 27. (Recei\c<l December 28. at 8.35 a.m.) i The German insurance paper 'Globus' states that tho Wurtembergers' losses i:i ' Franco to October 15 were 3.727 killed. ; 16,617 wounded, and 3,734 missing. BELGIUM'S STATUS ; AS A SEPARATE POWER. WASHINGTON, December 27. : (Received Dacembcr 28, at 8.15 a.m.) ! Tho State Department is studying tho ; law governing Germany's alleged refusal to ! recognise Foreign Consuls accredited by

; Belgium. Nothing official has yd been I receiver!, and until Germany makes a for- \ mal notification the United States does not propose to take any .action. men co.MMissioxKirs mlssagk. The High Commissioner cabled u::dor date London. December 27 (3 p.m.):- - Paris reports Unit, along the whole front progress, is being maintained. j l'cUogr.-ul reports that, the Germans have ] reoceupicd Mlav.a. The. Middle l'iliea battle continues with great obstinacy, and the, same applies to the Lower Xida kittle. | On the en'ire Galician front- the struggle lis developing under cc'iditioos favorable to | the Russians.

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FRANCO-BELGIAN LINE., Issue 15686, 28 December 1914

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FRANCO-BELGIAN LINE. Issue 15686, 28 December 1914

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