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GERM AX .MISSION PAILS. PARIS, January 2. ‘Lo Temps-’ stales Iha t IVinco Von Pillow’s mission lias utterly failed. Its principal object was to persuade Italy that her interests are identical with those ot Germany,, with a prospect of building a vast empire when. Britain is misled from the Mediterranean. The Kais-r was aware that, the only hope of success was Prince- Von Bnlow's personal popularity, and in the event of failure lie. intended Prince Von Billow to hear the entire responsibility, thereby discrediting Ids party, which is antagonistic to the Kaiser. A CHANNEL FOR COTTON. LONDON, January 2. Renter's Rome correspondent states that the Italian Government have, issued a. new decree permitting the re-exportation of cotton shipped to Italy. BRITAIN AND THE VATICAN. LONDON, January 2. A "White P.ifier shows that Sir IT. Howard, in congratulating His Holiness the Pope, was instructed to explain the motives upon which Britain had acted stnco the beginning of the trouble, the efforts used by her to maintain neace, and her reasons for going to war. POLICY OP SECRECY. MAKES GERMANY AXXIOCS. COPENHAGEN, January 2. Newspapers from Danish a-iul other neutral countries, except official organs, are forbidden in Germany, The ‘ Politiken,’ although the Government organ, having a large circulation in German}-, has deckled not to send copies while other newspapers are prohibited. Dr George Wegener, in a. Jotter to t lie ‘Cologne Gazette.’ says that, Tier!in residents ate very down-hearted and nervously excited, asking why there is re, news from the western front, and why the nation is kept in the dark. NEW YEAR MESSAGES. LONDON, January 1. The Kaiser has sent to President- Wilson New Year grot digs, conveying his best wishes for the welfare of the United States. German Socialists have sent a message to England hoping that international Socialism after the wav will develop into effectiveness, and thus- secure a really lasting peace. LONDON, January 2, The King has telegraphed to President Poincare good wishes for the New Year, winch is certain to witness the strengthening of the Alliance, and hoping that the war would soon he brought to a victorious conclusion. M. Poincare replied, reciprocating the good wishes and expressing confidence in victory. Prance, ho said, was resolved to fight to a complete triumph. January 2. The King also cabled to President Wilson, expressing hearty good wishes for his personal happiness and tho prosperity of America, to which we are united by such close ties of friendship. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, January 1. Queen Alexandra, in a. message of consolation to women of tho Empire, says: •‘You have been through a, period of great suffering and loss of dear ones. I believe that future sacrifices will be homo with tho same patience and fortitude." THE DOMINIONS. (London ‘ Time® ’ and Sydney ' Sun ’ Services.) LONDON. January 1. A s]>ecial Dominion nurnlser of ‘The. Tiincs’s’ history lias boon published, it gives an interesting narrative, with splendid illustrations, of tho Australasian contingents. It says; “ A place has been largely created in onr naval and tnilltarv policy by Australia in recent -years," and pays a generous tribute u» the New Zealand troops. COOK-P E AIIC ECO N TRO VEILS Y. "MELBOURNE, January 3. Senator Pearce (Minister of Defence), replying to Mr Cook’s references to the inadequacy of the reinforcements, says that by the end of January Australia will probably have sent 42.000 men. Slid will send from 52,000 to 62,000 if possible. General Birdwood had cabled to Sir R. MunroForgnson (Governor-General) slating that he fully appreciated the honor receiving tho command of a. body of men second to none in the British Empire. WELLS ON SIT AW. (London 'Times’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services ) LONDON, January 1. _ Mr IT. G. Well.-,, ■oimnenting on Mr G. Bernard Shaw’s utterances, sa vs : "Nothing will stop him. All through tho war we shall have this Shavian a.ccompjniincnt. like an idiot child streaming in a hospital distort in", (liscmVitinis, confusing. Tie is an almost unendurable nuisance."" TRAGIC DEATH". (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ’Sun Services.) LONDON, January 1. Tho 17-year-old daughter of a Norfolk grocer died from over-joy. She was expecting tho arrival of her soldier lover, and hearing a hi cycle hell fell dead. A doctor gave evidence that death was duo to paralysis of the heart walls, caused by strong emotion.

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ITALY'S NEUTRALITY., Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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ITALY'S NEUTRALITY. Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915