RUMANIA HELPED SERYTA. (London 'Times' and Sydney ' Sun ' Serrice*.) LONDON, December 29. It is believed that Rumania ha; broken her neutrality, and will shortly join the Allies. Tiie Servian retreat was due to a shortage of ammunition. Their recent wonderful victory was made possible by their receiving trainloads of war supplies from Rumania. GERMANY THREATENS HER FORMER ALLY. LONDON". December 30. The •Morning Post's' Rome correspondent says that Germany is sending an army corps to South Trentin'o, facing the Italian frontier. KILLED IX ACTION. N.Z. OFFICER. LONDON'. December 30. Captain Charles Harold Reynold Watts, a New Zealiindcr. has been killed in action. NELSON, December 31. Captain Watts was a member of a wellknown New Zealand family, and was one of the many who pursued their military studies at Nelson College. He gained a commission in th-' Imperial Arinv from the College Cadets in 1905. He held the rank of captain in the 2nd battalion of tin* North llamp'omshires Heiriment (old sth;. ALIENS' CAMP IN ISLlfijE MAN. LONDON. December , T >o. Mr Chandler Hale, of the American Kmlvis-y. has forwarded a report to Washington eulogising the accommodation, food, and all other arrangements at the Douglas detention camp. Conversations with prisoners at Douglas satisfied him that the recent riot was the work of agi taUTs. The prisoners admitted that they had only themselves to blame.
" VERBOTEN TE ROOKEN?"
The above words in Dutch are not often to lie found in Holland, where mnst people are cigar smokers, even to little boys. Mut until the present war a great many old-fashioned people would tell us " Don't smoke." Xow. when the troops at the front are asking- for cigarettes—'' Woodbines " are known to bo the favorite brand in the Army (or so the newspapers say —possibly being- paid at advertisement, rates for saying: soi all sorts of people are hiving cigarettes to send across the English Channel. Old ladies who formerly would have held up horrified hands at the idea of fostering such a vicious habit are commonly seen buying cigarettes at the tobacconist's. There need lie no hesitation in the mind of the flapper who "just, loves a cigarette " about being seen making a purchase. For all the public know she may bo going to send them to Lei- brother in the trenches-. To judge by file rate at which the other articles demanded for the troops have been readily supplied, our brave "Tommies" should have enough cigarettes sent over to them to last them all their lives.
A MMAYE '•UPSIDE-DOWN"' AIRMAN.
Among those recently mentioned in do--f.itches were Colonel Marchand, of Fash..:i;i fame, who continued to command hi-. ■ fgimcnt though badly wounded, and M. i'egoud. the " up-ide-down " airman, who made an important reconnaissance and ■ .-iii' back into the Allies' lines concerning the dispositions of the enemy's batteries (hi his return it wa, seen that the wings of his monoplane had been riddled with shot and shrapnel. From Amiens comes the report of a duel in tiie air. which recalls in its main incident:, a storyette that appeared in the columns of this journal a little more than a mouth ago. On this occasion Captain Mori>. a French aviator, was returning from the eastward of Amiens from a rei which lasted live hours, and went in pursuit of a. Taube iCennaiii aeroplane. Shortly afterwards a M'cond Taube appeared in the air. followed by another French aeroplane, piloted by Captain De Vernirttes. with Sergeant (filbert as a pa--cnger. There u-;i> a sharp exchange of -hot., between the occupants of the four machine-, ending in one of the Taubeb"ing damaged bv a shot from Captain M'.ri-'- ritle'at 60yd- range. It fell within the German lilies. A BOASTFUL SPEECH. A German who was present when the Kai-er recently addies-ed his troops report, that the' made use of this boastful language : We are now lighting for tho life of Germany. They wi,h to kill Germany, but I say if we gain -and we nui-t gain - a new empire shall ari.-e more splendid than the world ever saw—a new lo'inan fiermas Empire, which shall rule the world, and the world shall be happy. MISCELLANEOUS., The vnrioii- corps throughout the Dominion have heartily welcomed Commissioner Hoddeis', request to take a Sunday collection on behalf of the Salvation Army New \ ear war eniergencv fund. Metrenchment- have for some time been planned, and the oversight of the Army at national head'piai tor, and divisional centres is beiue; carefully overhauled and reduced to the possible minimum staff. The giving in salaries, rates and rents, and other item- of expenditure will amount to a considerable sum for the year, and will be placed to th" credit of the emergency war fund. A good portion of the sum appealed for will l>,> required to niaintai.i the excellent network of social institutions in Croat Britain, all of which lind their resources fully taxed at pre-ent. Contributions- will be thankfully received by the < '11:1111 iisiouer at national headquarter.., Wellington. Tho town of Ypre, is famous throughout the world for one of the most magnificent medieval buildings, the great Cloth Hall. [Yet the Germans ruthlessly destroyed it with shell fire.—Ed. K.S.'l hi Ypre.s. perhaps more even than in Bruges, the spirit of the Middle Ages is embalmed in stouo. The. following note wa< found in the minute bole of Feldwebel J'ose. of the Coblentz Regiment, who -was killed on September 27:—"General order: Xo prisoners, no wounded—kill all." Tho famous Hungarian racehorse Lord Loris, on which tho jockey Alec Carter won the last French Grand Steeplechase, was killed at the front at the same time as tho jockey lost his life on the field.
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BALKAN STATES., Evening Star, Issue 15689, 31 December 1914