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Press Association—By Telegraph— Copyright

LONDON, January 8, (Received January- 9, at 1.45 p.m.)

i Correspondents to Australians who are interned in Germany are advised to send pes; cards, and not letters. GERMAN THOPvOUG ITNE-SS. AMSTERDAM. January 3. ' Received January 9. at- 1.45! Tyd, the printer of Cardinal Mender's pastoral,, has been fined SCI) marks, with an alternative of 50 days' imprisonment. HIGH COMMISSIONER'S CABLE. The High Commissioner cabled, under dale London, January 3:—Paris reports that, east- of St. Georges the. Allies gained ground, inflicting serious damage, on the enemy's trendies at .Stcenstraadte. Near Rheinis the. Allies exploded a- blockhouse, occupying fresh trenches 200 metres in advanco of the old lines. From Jonchery Virrsuipho to Souhain the enemy's artiilerv were, .silenced, their trenches wrecked, unci their breastworks destroyed. In the Argonne, west of Haute Chevauchee, the enemy arrived and exploded the French first line of trenches, hut a violent attack -immediately followed, and they were repulsed by tho bayonet. The French took many prisoners, and maintained their, front. The. Allies' offensive is continued in. the region of Tha-im and A.likkch, where important results were achieved. MUCH TOO PREVIOUS. Germany, having failed to capture the coast towns, has sought consolation by "Germanising" the name-; of the towns and cities. Tii3 announcement is. made, in the Berlin ' Lokal Anzeiger.' It says:

" The German postal administration 111 Belgium means to restore their German names to the localities of Noi'thern France and Belgium. The reform in question concerns principally those localities which used once to belong In the German Empire, and of which the Geiman name, during their long .separation from l'hp German Empire, has fallen usually into disuse, although at times the Low-German name is kept. The following is a list of the principal towns of the French region bordering on the frontier and of Belgium :—- j. North France: Ypem (Yprcs), Veurne (Fumes), Thienen (Tirleirsont), Namen iXainuri. .Mechela, i.M::]ine.-.i. Koririjk (Courtrai). Dornijk (Tournaii. Rergeu i-Mons), Arel (Arlo'ni. AaL.t iAlosta.

j 2. -North-east France: Wose] iVpsonl). I Spiencla. (Kpinal). Seehsweilier iVillersexel), Longich iLongwy), Xansig (Nancy), Jlompelgard (Monlbehard.\ G; eveihigcii (Gravcline), Eyssol (Lille). Kales {Galais). Dunkirchen iDunkirk.i, Booneu (Boulogne), Atrechfc (Arras). 3.—Belgium : Lmidsweiler (Luncville), Saint-Didel (St. Die). Rentiers berg (llemiremont), Neucnburg (Neufchatcaui, Dattenried (Dole), Bisanz (Besaneon). l']>on this list the Paris 'Figaro' remarks that "rcbaptMng town; is better than burning them, and. disfiguring names better than mutilating children.*' "If such childish things console the, Germans for their reverses," it'adds, " so much the better. 1 ' GFRM AN TBEACH FRY. Private A. Thomas, of Eliosmere. I'ort. who has returned home from t-h-r* front woimded. was; on his way to hospital for treatment for fever '.vli-'n be was the victim of treachery on the part, of a, German soldier, whom he killed. "As 1 was being conveyed in the motor ambulance to Yprcs Hospital," he. caid. "wo pafcscd a. wor.uded German lying in ihe road, and T asked the driver to .nop. >'e did so, and I got out. a.nd iirst. attempted to take away till' bolt from his gun, ?.o r,n to provent, him shooting, for the Germans are such a treacherous crowd. J could not take the bolt array, so I nyer,sed ha; wound.-, and had just. fumed to enter the ambv.laneo when he. .shot at me, th-o bullet Rtriking mo on the forehead. An officer was standing by. and I said to him: •' Did you .set; that, sir?'' And hj? replied: " Ycb, go and photograph him.' 'ln. what way? | I haven't got. a camera, sir.' T replied. He I said : ' Hero (handing his broken sword), give him a, military photograph. Catch him by and .send him home.' The prospect made me shudder. I. reflected the Germans had done worse things than that. It was war, and i bad to obey orders. So with one stroke. I despaiehed him. and never again will he turn -upon a benefactor." ESCAPED "BY FEIGNING DEATH. Onlv bv feigning death did Private Hugh' "Williams, of the Ist Royal Welsh Fusiliers, escape, from the Germans on October 29. when the enemy surrounded the Royal Welsh in overwhelming number'-. Williams, wdio'-e home is-at Bushel road. Rock Ferry, Cheshire, says that be had just started breakfast when the enemy were, seen approaching in the rear and on the right flank. " Many of them were directly behind us, and wo opened tire. lam certain that, T knocked \2 down. As soon as ! pulled the. trigger I saw my man fall, they were sn close—only n hundred \ards away. But they came on, right up to our fellows, firing point blank in their face ; . The last 1 heard was Lieutenant Egerton ordering us, to fix bayonets. The Germans were, then 20yd.-, oh", when I was wounded a'novo the left eye with a ricocheting bullet, which glanced off." Williams saw bis male shot, dead, and *aid to hiinseif "I'm the next one." "So I lay down in the trench. I thought '1 may as weji ]ie here as if I was dead.' The. Germans jumped into the, trench to take cover, arid from there they kept firing. One of them picked a wounded German up and put him aero,-:-, my body, resting ins head on my pack while he dressed his wounds. I was covered with blood. Micv that 1 lay in the trench for five hours." The Fusilier subsequently exhted for five days on pears, which grew closo (o a Belgian house where, lie took refuse. He was hospitably treated byother Belgians, and after being supplied wifb civilian clothes was guided past, hundreds of Germans and eventually reached

hi ilio linotype room of the 'Evening Star' to-day two of tho employees (M«;sfiis F. I\2:ic:-J.'J'->ii«-iJ-i .-Mid A. YviUon) who are leaving fur Wellington on Monday tu join the, i-MiirojviMnonte'for the Iront. Vere ' i he recipients of a- wristlet watch on eh. its a token of good-will from their Hiow-

employees. 'Mr F. CJappcrton (managing dire; tor) voiced the- good wishci, of tho company present, and in handing over tins Ciftr- cxpi eosed the holier" that both the young inou would worthily l'oprosc.nt the Dominion and the Empire. After live recipients, had acknowledged the* presentation.-: f!te company sang 'For They arc Jolly Good Fallows' and 'lt's a, ]>ong Way to Tipperary.'

.Mr K. P. Houghton, of the- Dnnndin staff of the South .British Insurance Company, who leaves for Trentham on Monday, was made the recipient of a- pr»seui->-tiou from the managers and staff of th." Otr.";o and Southland braivli. Mr Win. Hamilton, who Is leaving Messrs Miller Bros.' boat-building yard, where he has lien employed for several roars, to join the reinforcements, was preseute/l by his employers this morning with a silver wristlet watch as a. marl; of esteem and good wishes.

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THE WAR, Issue 15696, 9 January 1915

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THE WAR Issue 15696, 9 January 1915

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