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MAGIC POINTS.

Battle-blasted Ypres is only a township, j but it is a magic point to the military. ' There is no other magic point in Flanders I like it. i "Mit hast, ohne rast"—mit much j " hast," indeed—Von Baselcr's men and 1 others came to it 94 days ago. They did ! not staj r long. Seven days later Sir ; Douglas Haig cast on it tho eye which 1 Ahab cast on Naboth's vineyard. It was \ a desirable place, and the Aldcrshot com- \ mander was as unceremonious in getting ' it as tho ancient King of Israel. He bun- ; died Yon Jiascler out. Von Rascler has j been firmly, and not very politely, kept [ out of it since. ; It is the radiation of roads which gives i the place its cachet. Ten or twelve ar- ! terial roads fork from it, and some bitnr- ; eate and trifurcate into smaller highways, j so thai artillery can move'in many direc- i

tion; from this ancient hamlet. Even that is a small point compared with a greater one -the lie of these roads. A commander, taking ground for battle, looks with attention at the roads in his rear —not for retreating, hut for what tho military call lateral communication. Ho may have to transfer blocks of men from right to left, from centre to Hanks, at sudden call. Lateral roads—side-to-side roads —are wli.it he asks. One splendid road, fulfilling this condition, runs east from Ypres to Menin. Sir Douglas Haig has made good use of it more than once for the rajiid passage of artillery and infantry to a flank. On the seaward side of Ypres there is another lateral highway running in a curve behind Genera! Duron] and tho French on to Nieuport. .So the Allies can lock hands with each other very quickly if the need arises.

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The feature of the map is the wedge cloven in the German front by the British. As the artist has drawn it. Sir Douglas Haig would seem to be as far forward as Renders, He probably has been close to Holders more than once, but his present position seems to be somewhere on the line Zonnebeke-Bixschoote. Behind is the. Ypres-Menin road, over which his heavy artillery often moves.

WHY THE ARMIES FOUGHT FOR YPRES. 'LETTERS FROM DONEGAL. THE GRAND FLEET IN LOUGH SWILLY. [By A. Spekce,]

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Copenhagen roports lint the Kaiser has bc-sii mentally impaired by the constant friction with the. G*neral .Staff and other frictions. has taken n loii£ shot, not -without so pie reason. Intense and splendid as the German co-operation is iji there cqui-d perhaps bo no

LETTERS THAT TALK. j Two letters, received in Dunedin la.st| mail, have been placed r.l the writer';? die-1 posal for publication. They explain why j the super-Dreadnouehl Audacious happened I to be off the north coast of Ireland when throw an unexpected light on our naval strategy—a. ;),iui light that make* one Wink. The. writer of the. following was dose to the .scene ai the time. Tito letter is dated October 2fb the date, mi which tin.', mines en the Donegal coast were vepened. The writer Yv'e, have all boon quite excited hero by the discovery yesterday of German mines on the coast of Tory Island, which is quite close to us here. Forty vessels of the h'ecte-ineluding tlio Iron Duke, with Sir John Jeilicoe on board—are in Lough Swiliy. Lieutenant says that they arc hoping for term:; of peace. soon after Christmas . . lie is on one. of the vessels in the Swiliy.

j It is proba'de thai the Heel left, Lough ! Swillv Ion;; a mo. the base being changed continually, lb;! li explain:- why tbo Audaj uous was holed oiT the north coast of Ire'land when she .-.truck a mine. If lh-oio | were anything to eonoeai tin's nolo would ; not have been published, but the whole I world knows the fact, and Iho Censor sue. ! ceedod in keeping it out of the cables. i The striking pari is that the whole or portion of the licet should hi.ve been temporarily based so far away from iho North i s oa. THKORY CARPENTERS. i Tho prattle on naval policy continues. I Almost any man you meet is full of straj legy, tactics, etc. When he. speaks of ] strategy he means stratagem, or. in ti uc ; phrase, lov.- cunning. Everyone seerns to | know what to do, lint when yon ask him i how it is to lie done' he pause.--, scratches his licadj and. in the approved style of the humbug, swap, round to -onethiiie; which has nothing to do with the .-nbject.

more acrid vinegar than is usually poured on tho table at which a group of German strategists confer. Thoro is a thickening mention of Zeppelins both yesterday tuid to-day. We have not seen the Zeppelin enterprise yet, though numbers of Zeppelins have- been shot down by the correspondents. The "Zeppelin" which 'bombed .Antwerp may have -been a real rigid, but the "Zeppelin " which smote Warsaw was, as it turns out, only a Taubo monoplane. .It seems to be. a popular impression that shoals of Zeppelins Live coma to grief. People speak of tlio evidence of photographs, but do not deign to explain how tho wreckage of a Zeppelin can be distinguished in a photograph from, the ruins of a Parseval.

Lord Kitchener, says ' The Times,' has raised armies out of the ground, and then passes on to adumbrate that his pledges to the nation have -been well fulfilled. The truth about Kitchener is that his attitude to the national thought, fed on its weird national literature, is so full of antagonism that he has probably almost ceased to care what the nation thinks about anything. It is the quidnunc on the street comer which he really oirives to efface. A big task, oven for Kitchener.

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MAGIC POINTS., Evening Star, Issue 15696, 9 January 1915

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