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In response to an appeal by the Patriotic Clergy's Committee (Rev. B. Scott Allan convenor) the following collections were made by various churches on 6lh lle.ientbcr, and have been handed to the Otago ’Patriotic and General Welfare Association ;

All the collections are for the BritishBelgian relief fund, with the exception of

the. Bahlutha. Presbyterian C'hnrclr collection of £lB 2s 3d, which is for rhe Belgian fund only. A number of congregations had contributed to the patriotic funds before this appeal was made, both in money ami in clothing, and other promises have been made and not yet fulfilled. THE AUTHORS OF THE WAR. At Sarajevo judgment was passed on the assassins and those implicated in the plot to kill the. Archduke Ferdinand and his coii.-ort (the Duchess of Ilohcnbnrg). Daniel llio, Vcljka, Knbrilovics, Medo Kerovie, Misko Dovauovic, and lehov Limovic were sentenced to death by hanging. Mitar Kerovie was sentenced to penal servitude for life, while Gabrilo ITineip (who actually shot the Archduke), Jlcdjelko Cabrinovic (who throw the bomb which missed its mark), and Xifko Brabcz were sentenced to 20 years’ penal servitude: Vaso Cabrilovic to 16 years’, CutI'opovU’ to V 6 years', Lazar OjtOtttc and Iv<> Kjnunocvie to 10 years’. Slephanovic was sentenced to seven years’ and Brauko. Zngorac and Mrako-Perm to three years' penal servitude. The. rest of the prisoners were acquitted.—Reuter.

A GERMAN RUSK THAT FAILED. "Halt, you ning right into the Goinian trenches !’’

Two ollhvis in British uniforms in a British motor car nearing the broad arrow dashed along a mad near Annenlicrcs towards an ammunition column carrying supplies lo the British trenches. The captain commanding the convoy brought the coiunu to a- hall and went to speak lo his supposed comrades, lint a few moments afterwards he drew his revolver

and shot both dead. Immediately at leewards a squadron of German Dragoons galloped into the road a short distance away. The British commander ordered the lorry drivers, mostly London motor bus Guiuli’eurs, to get down and take up rifles ~:ovl line Ihe ditch at. the side of t)ie mad in order to defend the convoy. 'Die infantry fame to their support, and in another dif’ctii.n a battalion of french infantry advanced at the double, tiring a< lhcv came. A sharp fight ensued. 'I he Germans retired with heavy h'secy, < ' the convoy continued its route. The ambus cade hail been well planned, but had failed. —-Reuter.


A noble tribute, of more than passing in-lere-t worn paid to the British spirit by the world-famous Abbe Lcmiro in an address delivered at Hazebrouck at the funeral of 11 British soldiers. He said in this very moving speech, u-ing many English

pm-a-e-;---• For ns French in this terrible conflict it i. the question of national existence. A- ihe. greatest of English poets, the poet Shakespeare. -ay- : " !’o he or not to lie" are the alternatives. But for them, the British, it. is different. . . . They need not have quitted their quiet " (overs." their sweet homes, their green .Ireland, their glorious Scotland, their great and hi-toric England. They could base abided -afe beside.- their wives and their children. I. iiey could have continued their culture, their commerce, their industry. They could have tra-vel-ed the sea- in their ureal dnps. tranquil and superb. . . . But why do tlu v come down upon our shores like a flood which nothing can arrest? AA by do they stand at our .-ides, calm, intrepid. merry, and -iugiug? AA'h.v? Because they are men of Right and Duty. Their motto ami device ri-es to their eve- and fills tln.-ir hearts with indignation : " Dieu et mon droit." For duty they -acrilice themselves. For duty they fail. For the .-ake o! duty the-e Engli-h are lying before u>. LIFE OF A BIG GUN. What is the life of the big gnu- that are playing so great a part in this war? 'A big battle-hip gun i, used up after tiring a hundred round.;. if each .-hell started the moment the one before had left the muzzle tin* gun would last only ihree -econd-1 .After a hundred .rounds the rifling of the core or lining of the gun iclcstroyed by the hot ga-es from the explosive. not. as one might suppose*, by the friction of the shell. As to the life ol the guns used in land warfare information is not so easy to get. but it must he much longer than that of the naval guns, considering the amazing rate of tire and the duration of tho bombardments. HOW THE LONDON SCOTTISH USED THE BAA’D NET, “ Eye-witness.” with the General Headquarters provides the following account of the part (flayed by the London .Scottish in the battle at .A less hies on October 3.1 : On Saturday, being ordered to lake up a section of ihe, firing line to support, some of our cavalry, and having advanced to its position under a heavy fire from field guns, howitzers, and machine onus. the battalion readied a point where further movement forward was impossible. There it maintained itself until dusk, when it proceeded to entrench. From 9 that night till 2 a.m. on Sunday the Gonna as made numerous attacks on the Scottish Hue. all of which were repulsed by rifle fire. At 2 they made their great effort, and assaulted the front and left of the position in great force. A .considerable number succeeded by a detour in getting round the flank of the regiment. A large proportion of these were engaged by tho companies in support and reserve, while others penetrated between the first and second lines of trenches and assailed our firing line in rear. While fighting with rifle and bayonet was going on both in Front and immediately behind the firing line, the reserve company still farther behind made repeated bayonet charges against the enemy who had got round, and so prevented an entire envelopment of the battalion. Behind the firing line the .scene, of combat was lit up by a blazing house, which the Germans had set alight. At dawn it was discovered that large numbers of the. enemy had, according to custom, worked round both flanks with machine guns, and a retirement was carried out. This was effected under a cross-fire from machine guns and rifles.

A frivolous story of the Kaiser is told jby “ A Wayfarer” in the ‘Nation.’ It j eems that iris motor car was captured in i me of the Polish engagements, and on; c This attendants in it. This gentleman was f i[ so magnificent an appearance and uni- ; form that lie was taken for AAnllia-m hims elf. and an urgent message was despatched tj ) Petroprad asking for instructions as to t he disposal of the illustrious captive. “Tit E leaven's name, send him back again/’ was U vc* reply.

Xorth-east Valiev Baptist £5 8 Church 6 Clvdeviilo Presbyterian Mission 8 14 9 Clvrlevale Presbyterian Mission (results of produce stall sale) 12 0 0 Ualamii Presbyterian Mission 3 14 0 Cavorsham Baptist Church' ... 15 5 2 Cnversham Baptist Sunday 8 I) School 0 3I u ssc 1 bu rg Ii P rcsb v t cr i an Gluirch 6 b 2 Dnntroon Presbyterian Church n 15 0 Owaka Presbyterian Chmvh ... 19 16 1 Ohau Presbyterian Church, Stewart Island 3 0 u Ivnapsdale Presbyterian Church 16 16 10 Lawrence Presbyterian Church 55 5 7 Limestone Plains Presbyterian Church 11 1 0 Woodlands Presbyterian Church 5 15 6 Boslvn Presbyterian Church ... 33 13 6 Otago Peninsula Pi eshvteria-n Chmvh * 5 7 b Maori Hill Presbyterian Church 6 3 3 Mount Ida Presbyterian Church 16 1/ 0 North-east Valiev Presbyterian Cinu'ch 18 1 0 Hiversdale Presbyterian Sunday School 11 b 6 Dnnrobin and Grookstou Presliyteiian Church 7 8 4 South. Dunedin Presbyterian Church 14 15 0 Balclutha, Presbyterian Church 18 2 5 Total £312 6 8

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BRITISH-BELGIAN RELIEF FUND, Issue 15693, 6 January 1915

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