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Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. [ FRUIT FOR THE SAILORS. t t SYDNEY, December 29. 3 {Received December 29, at. 9.35 a.m.) 5 Tho State Premier (Mr Holman) has rc- * coived an appeal from, the London Proi ducts Committee for fresh or preserved ‘ fruit for distribution among the North b Sea Fleet. i IN SAMOA. 1 REMOVING- TRADE EMBARGO. > MELBOURNE, December 29. (Received December 29. at 10.20 a.m.) 1 Apia advises that a Proclamation has > been issued remitting German firms to > trade with British firms in Australasia. > THE CENSORSHIP. > COMPLAINTS IN AUSTRALIA. ! ' MELBOURNE. December 29. : (Received December 29, at 10.30 a.m.) ’ A statement showing tho principle on 1 which the military censors conduct their 1 work has been submitted by Senator 1 Pearce. It points out that. the. object is ; not to withold information from the. pub- : lie. hut to pret out it reaching the enemy. ’ Tho Sydney ‘ Daily Telegraph,’ criticis--1 ing the statement, says: "There is great cause for legitimate complaint, in that news is kept in order not to excite or alarm i tho public—which is sheer folly, and the sooner it ie stopped the better.” ! HIGH COMMISSIONER'S REPORT. CONFIRMS AUSTRIAN REVERSE. The High Commissioner cabled, under date London, 28th (7.35 p.m.):—Retrograd reports that the Austrians have been driven across the Nidn. Both in Galicia and in the Carpathians the- enemy are retreating. Thirteen thousand prisoners and 18 guns were taken. The High Commissioner reported under date London, December 28 (5.35 p.m.) : Paris reports that in Belgium the Allies are now actually at the bottom of the dunes, where tho. enemy have established their line of resistance. South of Ypres the Germans took part of the trenches near Holleboke. At Lens, near Carency, the enemy ceded 800 metres of their first line of trenches. Slight progress was made in other parts. THE GESTUBERT AFFAIR. FINE BRITISH RECOVERY. - TROOPS ALMOST SURROUNDED. WELCOME FRENCH REINFORCEMENTS. LONDON, December 28. (Received December 29, at 12.45 p.m.) " Eye-witness." describing the fighting on December 21, states that the British troops made a gallant and stubborn defence under a tscverc fire from three sides, l-inally they wore ordered to retire, as their position was precarious. Tho enemy's success was shortlived. French reinforcements arrived, and the lost, trenches were retaken. Tho fight lasted all afternoon and all night in a perfect hurricane of rain and sleet. The, enemy’s searchlights and flares lit up the darkness. friends and fees were, at such dose quarters that it was difficult to distinguish the rfsnoetivo positions. I The enemy’s att-nek had spent itself by ] December 23. They had lost hcavilv oil j the previous three days. On December 24 both sides contended with mortar and hand grenades.


GERMANY NOTIFIES AMERICA to withdraw"her CONSULS. WASHINGTON. December 28. (Received December 29, .at 1.10 p.m.) Germany has formally notified the United States Department that tho Kaiser wishes the withdrawal of American consuls from Belgium, unless in certain specified cases of which the Kaiser approves. [A re emit- cable stated that America declined to lake such a step in the then absence of formal notification from Germany to the effect that Belgium as a separate Slate had disappeared.] A FLEE!’ IN HIDING. ! AN AMERICAN EXPERT ON "DIGGING THEM OUT." NEW - YORK, December 28. ißec-'-ived December 29, at- 12.45 p.m.) • A naval expert, who refuses to allow i his name to Iv, used, writes in the New ! York Prc.m expressing his opinion that. ] Britain its only able to attack the German ! licet by means of land armies operating | I in Once a Britisli j force gained a footing there the British fleet would bo able to render great a-°-I fist anr-e. Tho Kiel Canal once captured, ! the destruction of the German fleet, would jhe easily accomplished. Thereafter there ■ would be nothing to prevent Russia from ; tending troop.-- through tho Baltic to assist. I at the western front. j NEUTRALS' RIGHTS, j SUGGESTED CONFERENCE. NEW YORK, December 28. (Received December 29, at. 12.45 p.m.) The London ‘TimesAs’ Washington correspondent stales that Venezuela has suggested a conference of all neutral nations, to be held at- Washington, to consider the revision of tho rules regarding neutrals' tights in war time.


TRADERS TRY BRIBERY. A SMART ARREST. ROME. December 28. (Received December 29, at 12.45 p.m.) Gastrignano. an cx-Custorns c.flleer. and Pi’ Eiori have been arrested for attempting to bribe a Customs official to issue a permit to export corn to belligerent, count l ies. Castrignano was arrested while handing 150,000 lire to ti detective disguised as a Customs officer.


SETHOI’.S RESULTS. Yesterday David Reekie, a member of the Expeditionary Force encamped at Trentham canto, before the Magistrate's (Yurt at Wellington on two charges. On the first of these (drunkenness) ’ ho wan convicted and discharged, but on the second (that of using obscene language 1 in the ci’y) ho was handed over to the military authentic? to ho dealt with. 1 Ins order oi the Bench watt carried on I. and f.eckie, a young unmarried soldier. watt taken to the Mount Cook barracks. On his arrival there he was set to work, hut after n. short time he became' seized with a devouring thirst. I To quench this he broke away from hi? I guards and ru.-hed into town, it is stated | in search of some beer. Mount Cook Bar- i lacks immediately communicated with the local police station, but a telephone message a couple- of minutes later informed the civil authorities that the escapee had loen recaptured. This time Deckie was! put into a roam on the top story of the barracks, and it was supposed 'that he was in safe custody. He rtsolved, however, to gel .away eomohow. Tying together fionio blankets that were in~ the room. Deckle proceeded to lower himself to the ground. Unfortunately, the tying had been dona carelessly, and a knot slipped, and the young fellow fell heavily to the ground. In iiia fnll lie struck once < ;■ twice against some projections on the building, and was badly hurt. He was taken to the hospital, wbeie a diagnosis showed that he was Buffering from concussion .and severe to his internal organs. He is in a ortics! condition.


With reference to t!io cabled advice announcing tho death from wounds of Lieutenant C. C. lies, of tho Army Medial Corps, Dr lies was an old Dunedin boy, his parents, Mr and Mrs Walter lies, haying resided for many years in this City. Beginning his education at tho Kaikorai School, he passed on to tho Otago Boys’ High School and Otago University. At tho latter he fpialificd in his preliminary medical examination, afterwards proceeding to Edinburgh to continue his studies. Obtaining his M.D. there, he was subsequently appointed assistant pathologist to the pathological, bacterial, and clinical research laboratories of the Royal Sussex Hospital, Brighton. He was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health, London, and also obtained, with honors, the diploma of Public Health of Ireland. On the declaration of war with Germany Dr lies was amongst the first of tho New Zealanders to offer his services for the front. The liquidators of the World’s Pictures. Ltd., have sent us 8s 9d for the Belgian relief fund.

Among those mentioned in the French despatches is an aviator, M. Pourpe, who, although his machine was struck bv several shell splinters, successfully carried out his; reconnaissance. The Germans are said to have posted up a placard in three languages in Brussels announcing that they have given up the idea of establishing themselves in Paris for the winter, on tho ground that cholera is raging there.'

A new story of Prince Louis of Battenber t g is told by a writer in tin* ‘ Candid Review.’ A friend who met. him said ; “I thought you were in the Tower." The ox-First Bea Lord replied: "You are quite astern of the news; I was shot last Friday." The following exhortation was written on the wall of a certain English golf clubhouse where some Territorials were billeted : “ When you feel down in the mouth think of Jonah." And a facetious Territorial answered : “'E carne. out all tight-” Princess Patricia's Canadian regiment is known as “ Pat’s Pets." Little Denise (.'artier, who was wounded by a Taubc in Paris so that both her legs had to he amputated, had only one cry as she was taken to the hospital: “Whatever yon do, don't tell marnan it is serious." Some days after the operation, when someone anxious to give her pleasure inquired what she would like, she only asked tor some wool, that she might knit vests for the wounded. She declares she is quite reconciled to being a cripple all her life, "hke so many French soldiers.”

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THE WAR, Issue 15687, 29 December 1914

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