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HOLD THE BZURA SAFE. GERMAN TUG GUNS DESTINED FOR AVAR SAW. LONDON, December 27. 'lhe 'Daily Telegraph's' Petrograd correspondent states that tho meandering character of the. Bzura River enables the Russians to command with a deadly fire every possible- crossing point. The enemy are bringing heavy, unwieldy gnns near Skiornh -.vice and Rawa. which is taken as au indvation of some confidence in their ability to withdraw safely. Possibly tho enemy rely on an early winter to facilitate operations. The weather hitherto has heeit exceptionally mild. i G F.P MANS 1) F.COYED ACROSS THE RIVER. SURROUNDED, AND SLAUGHTERED. PETROGRAD, December 28. r l he Germans, it seems, staked evervtniu.g on crossing the Bzura. Division alter division, was sacrificed. They built pontoon bridges nightly, but tho troops v. n> crossed them were swept away bribe Russian guns. Ihe Russians south of Sechaezen allowed 13.000 of the enemy to cross the Bzura !y night. A Russian army corps closed iottnd thorn on three sides. The Germans f'-ught desoerateiy, and the- river bank became it shambles. Flight thousand were taken prisoners, and only a remnant reel ossed. 'lhe Germans brought Hitt guns into action at Skienviewice. ami Rawa. THE ENEMY'S LINES ENDANGERED BY RUSSIANS. AN ASTUTE MOVE. PE'ITiOGBAI). December 28. Ini' Russians hold the northern bank of the Vistula northward nf Ploek. and have established a considerable force at Dobzyn. They have mounted heavy guns opposite Wloclawek. and are- bombarding the Thorn-Lmvii-z Railway, imperilling supply trains.

I R U SSI AN CAPTURES. PFTROGRAD. December 28. Tlie ‘Novoe Vremya. ’ says tliat ■when the Germans left the trenches near linli-inn-.v lor a night attack the tire from the I Russian batteries ignited the forest. The German lines were thus sharply silhouetted and were an easy mark, being mown down. Tho Russian rillemon, emerging from tho trenches, counter-attacked, and inflicted terrible losses. A thousand German | corpses were collected, and tho remainder [ were marie prisoners. The Russians captured two battalions and eight machine guns. THE LODZ OCCUPATION, j _ PF.TROGRAD. December 28. j When the Germans occupied Lodz the I titst and second class Russian militiamen 1 were not serving. They were ordered to report themselves under penalty of death. I One hundred anti fifty appeared, anil were i sent as prisoners to Germany. Sixteen were shot for not reporting, despite their production of certificates showing that thev were exempt from military service, I " 1 AUSTRIAN' REVERSES IN' SOUTH HR S’ POLAND j AND IN THK CARPATHIANS. j PF.TROGRAD. December 27. I A i omimmique states that the Austrians 1 were driven hack to the right hank of ! the Nida tin South-west Poland). "We I repulsed an Austrian attack on the j TiiJinw-Olpiny front. Tim enemy abandoned 10 i|iiiek-tirers. and 43 oflieers and 2.500 turn were raptured, besides 1.000 more taken prisoner tinring the. pursuit 1 at Siediixki. "'l'he left hank of the Riala. (in Galicia, south west of Graeow! has hern occupied. The Austrians are in full relieat in the Znngi oil-Hukla district. They suffered cMot-mons losses, and lO.OCO were taken pi Isoller,-." ON p( 11)01,1 AN FRONT. GALICIAN PEASANTS SUITFIL ROME, December 28. ‘II M e-.-.n gel o ' reports that the Austrian'. u hen they rooccupier! Czernowitz. in S.F. Galicia, perpetrated terrilhe. cruelties uprui tho'C allegedly in favor of tim llU'-iari'. Three hundred and tifty inhabitant' were arrested, and many girls were bastinadoed publicly by Austrian gendarme-. Tin- Austrians empowered a .Judge to Lang people, and 30 Rumanian and Rnthenian peasants were hanged at Aiiiboeli. their . bodies being expo-eel for three day-. One hundred anil seventy were hanged elsewhere. THK AGED EMPEROR. 1, London ‘Times ’and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON'. December 27. A report from Vienna states that the Fmperor Franz .Lr-of is in excellent health. lie lelohrated Christmas with his family at the chateau of Schonherg. " COMING EVENTS.’’ (London 'Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun -’Services.) LONDON', December 27. Visitors arriving at Athens from Constantin jple state that the Turkish authorities arc removing the archives. ITALY’S NEUTRALITY. QUOTING THE “ODDS.” (London ‘Times’ and Sydney * Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, December 27. Many insurances havo been effected in London at 5 pet cent, for six months against tho risk of Italy intervening against the Allies, 50 per cent, for one month and 60 per cent, for six months against the risk of her Joining the Allies. CHRISTMAS AND WAR. ENGLISH CHURCH SERVICES. CAROLS IN THE TRENCHES. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun* Services.) ■ LONDON, December 27. j There were unusually large congregations at the Christmas services, many wearing mourning. The sermons were of a most impressive character. The Dean of St. Paul's declared : “We , must not allow ourselves to talk of the ■ bankruptcy of Christianity and civilisation because one nation has reverted to moral savagery.”

f The Dean of Westminster declared ; “' Christendom ; s shocked and affronted by _tho spectacle of defenceless towns demolished and women and children massacred to satisfy the bloodthirsty policy of ruthless terrorism. Wo might well in(piirc whether the neutrals were to look on nnprolcstiny. in a hypnotised stupor, because interference might compromise their interests." Cardinal Ronnie, at Westminster Cathedral. said : “ .Men are beginning to realise the great truth that permanent peace depends upon a union with God.” The wounded at all the hospitals were treated to generous Christmas fare. The troops at the front sang hymns in the mined cathcdials, and Brili-h and Germans joined in carol singing in the trenches. PI!IXCM edits R i-;cn ivv.\ sk i > Ft) i; i: i:t ii ; f ikx t. pit ox uacr-PAY. (London ‘Times' and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) l.OX!)OX, Dec, mbor 27. Tt is officially annoinieed that, hasing regard to J’rin. ■ l.onis of I Lit tenU-i gT exceptional r-civice- in ihe Drifidi -Xayv, he i- to hr granted a pen-mu cptal In half pay £2,CCO ]n■ c annum. .SYDNEY ESt 'APFdi. A DANGEROUS GERMAN. SYDNEY, Oerrmlu r 23. Tim police am -eanhing for John Ivihr, a i\ ell-known llo'likiii inventin' and wic" !e- - expert, who ha- e-capcd fr. an Xew-ea-tlc Gaol. (|e po-es-eil’a |a L, n aiory -n a house in a -nlinili «.f Xewea-i!e, eoiraiping a large ((uantily of pnv.irfnl explosives. and al-o a win le-. in-laliation. ' Ihe Lord Mavnr- patnolie finnl t0ta1£176,23.". £176,23.". OTAGO PATH(DTK' AND GENERAL WFLFAPK ASSOCIATION. The hon. trea-urers of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare A-.nciaLiim acknowledge the receipt of (he following donations to the fund ; Previously acknowledge,) £22.10 j 1~. ;; < Ja» works at .a ft (i en:!i ■ contribution) c 7 Pi (, Patriotic Ifrmoest; alioii Coinmiitee. c U) 0 o Roslyn Baptist Church u 9 It 2 Chinese modems t p.. r -Mr Jem lye) \ai.d n 23 1 C .Mount Pienger Rit > a.l ie O'ininiir.'v vam! n £0 0 0 P Leather n i f, " Anonym,ms " n g y ;; "A Family of T'htee" ... n 0 ];, {; Hillside M'oib-hoj.s ... eg p 6 J.oyal Hand and Hear!. Lodge (1 93 C> 0 Otago and Southland Cold Min'iig Ci ion of Employer-. v ami I! 10 10 0 ‘‘Anonymous" n fr) .3 0 Pal mend nr pa t riel ;e meeting \ and it 10 0 fi Mrs Wood. Rattray street, n 3 0 0 "Proceeds of (■; 1111 , i.i " it 1 I#j 0 Lite < 'orpi aai lon cm plovers, p.-.-lya ipiaiav <• 1 r '< Hospital Sato-.lav A.-->-eiaticn n 373 I) 0 Poslyn -Mill:-., In-.-i.iy d>part men!. •m'.v.U ion ll'iliui iim i o 3 0 p • 1.K..M " r. i ! ; Fir.-t. Chlil.-h Sunday School r 5 'I id Employees ( hi i.-th Bn coal mine trifth t in rrilmtloiii r 3, 0 ( Weir Pros i s!!d i; 3 3 u Some friends in ihe Telephone Exchange ... r. ] 1! 0 Promised at. (!,ini-mi Hall meeting n 0 3 () £23.0j:, 17 I) \ Denotes -Peat T.ritain and lielami Pimd. n 11-niotes Uelgtau Fund, - if" I o'es I.oeal IP-lift'. Air .Rudyard Kipling, In a letter to a:; American admirer, .-ays; "We are fighting hard here and liman to omtinue, bef. of roiii'f", the fret, t’eil in!eiv-Ls y..u :- that you aie next in the bring line."

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THE RUSSIAN ARMIES, Issue 15687, 29 December 1914

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