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PROGRESS RF.NFAVED | FROM THE SEA 'IT) ALSACE | LULL WA> 01 I. TO WEATHER. FARTS, January 3. (Received January at 9.25 a.m.) A communique s!at"s; Mo maintained all our new positions between I lie sea. am! the Lvs. The enemy'.' solo activity is a violent. bnr.ihaidment. of Xonnehekc. We progressed 500 metres at La Hoist lie. Hur artillerv demolished tlie (Tor- I man works on the l.ouvent plateaux. Mej progressed 300 metre? at I’ertho-lcs-Murlus. ; and indicted heavy losses on the Germans ; at Bean,jour. M'e progressed at 1.0 Hou- 1 ehot Wood, near Troyon, also at Le I’ctre j Wood. ; We i apt tired a tremh at ( ellf-s stirRi:■ins. near St. Die. Mo homhtirfled a Human train at Altkirch. ami did damage to jin- railway south-west . i| Altkucn. The recent relaxation of our offensive was alt rihut able to heavy rains soaking the soii. making operations everywhere almost impossible. Heavy artillery encasements are pro- j ending along many parts of the front. Tin-: HER.MAN ACCOUNT. AMSTERDAM. January 3, (Received .lamtary 4, at. 9.50 a-.m.) ! A (iorman communique states: Me repulsed an attack north-west of St. .Mere- ! hold, indicting heavy losses on the French. ; LA LASSE I-:,. ITS fAI’TTRF ESSENTIAL | TO ALU El) ADVANCE. | A (lERMAX STRONG HOLD. LONDON, January 3. j fRe. cived January d, at 8.50 a.m.) A Palis message- says that, the taking of La Ha<«•(.* (south-west of Litlel. where two Herman army corps are quartered, surrounded by exceptionally strong earthworks. is regarded ns essential to any concrete allied forward move, in order to protect, the lines of communication. The i allied forces look upon it as one, of the | hardest, problems they have to solve. : _ WINTER, CAMPAIGNING. .MEN. JX HOOD HEART. WANT FOR NOTHING. (London 'Times’ and Sydney ‘ Sun' Servicos.) ' .LONDON. January 5. | '• Eye-witness ’’ with the. Headquarters i vStalT savs that everything possible has been done, to mitigate tho rigors ; of active sei vice under wintry conditions. ■ The troops are fed as no army in, the j field was ever ted before. They have, re- | cowed every imaginable kind of garment ; from public and private s<nirci», and want. | for nothing it is possible to give them, i and they are in good heart. ! ’('here is a. dearth of mouth organs. Any ; instrument for a. solo or an accompaniment to a song iu the evenings when the men ar> collected in their burrows and dugouts bellincl the firing lint- would be a, god- j send. I Piles; of plum puddings, chocolate, to- j haico. and oi her luxuries arc to be- seen in | (■■■,eiy regimental headquarters. Over 80 ; tons of plum puddings were transported | in two slays. _ I The men suffer most- through their feet swelling, caused by standing in mud and I water. [ DISHEARTENED HERMANS. j “ WE FOUGHT IN VAIN " AGAINST WELL-EQUIPPED BRITISH. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, January 3. Germans captured la the fighting on the Ys-cr sa-v s “ Wc have done all that men j could do. We have attacked day and j night and hurled ourselves at Hell's gates, j sometimes making progress, hut more often j beaten back. Always wo are defied by the j hidden English, well armed, well fed, ami j well clothed. Sometimes wc thought wo j had beaten them, hut tho silent voices of ! our dead tell the truth—they fought and | died in vain." ON CHRISTMAS DAY. FOES EXCHANGE VIEWS. SOME GERMAN BELIEFS. (London "Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) ■ LONDON, January 3. The Germans, talking on Christmas Day , in tho British trenches, said ! “ The Kaiser | is no ■ good. Tint the. Russians are j completely oulweightcd, and :in army is 1 ccmmg west to scatter the Allies." I Some of Hie Germans had printed post- ; cards saying " M e won a. great victory | over tho" English, hut 80,090 troops, are I now reinforcing them. These arc the last j of tho British' Army. After that the war | will he over." . i

I A TAI.-RE CAPTURED. j PETROGRAD, January o. ißeceived January 4, at 8.20 a.m.) A German aeroplane was brought down at Y'-yshogrod. on the Vistula, on Friday, and its tvo aviators were captured. DEVASTATED SERVIA. REFUGEES IN NISIL (London ' Times ' and Sydney ' Sun ' Sen-ices.) \ _ LONDON, January 5. j .Mr Noel Buxton is immensely imprcs-ed 1 by the courage and hardihood of the Scri vian.s. The destitution of the populace, hj , appalling, and a million persons are now , in Nish. compared with a normal popula- ; lion of 25.000. GREECE PREPARED TO MOBILISE ANY TIME. ATHENS. January 3. i Received January 4, at 8.30 a.m.) During the discussion on the Budget in the Chamber the- Premier said that all ne-ce.-sary measures to assure the national delence had been taken since the outbreak of war. Greec,"' was ready to mobilise at ] any lime at every point of her territory. ALBANIAN RISING. INSURGENTS' SUCCESSES. j ATHENS. January 3. i (Received January 4, at 8.20 a.m.) i The Albanian insurgents have occupied ; Herat (a town in the interior), and are , marching on Dibra.

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THE ALLIES, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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THE ALLIES Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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