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THE SOISSONS ONSLAUGHT.

RENEWED BOMBARDMENT. SHELLS CAUSE FIRES. Ami Ataociation—By Telegraph— Copyright. PARIS. January; 17. The Germans violentlv bombarded Soissons on Thursday, and'there are fires in ail parts of the town. The tower and portico of the cathedral were completely aestroyed, and the shells killed many children. The Germans are keeping men, women, and children in the quarries as hostages, and forcing: the women to go to s>oisson» for provisions. THE FRENCH REPULSE. ACROSS THE AISNE. GERMANS HOLD NORTH BANK, BUT CANNOT CROSS. PARIS. January 16. Deta ; '.= of the Seasons battle show that the French made a resolute advance by the liethune v:>ad and reached a (arm, where thev encountered a. German division The French repulsed sharp attacks and 3,„k' themselves with desperate courage. st the lowest slopes of Spur Ls2 until counter-attacks forced them to tali bad;

Meanwhile the French attempted to scale the eastern ridze of Pemere plateau, but were thrown back by a withering German fire. The fighting on Spur 132 was resumed on Wednesday, when 200 Germans were killed and many taken prisoners. 'file Germans regrouped their forces and debouched up Chivers Valley, outnumberin" and outflanking the French. i lie flooding of the Aisne destroyed the bruise at Missv, preventing reinforcements trom reaching them. A" hasty reconstruction enabled I 'the French to retreat. The Germans now occupy the villages or, the rijht bank, but are unable *o cress the river, as the French artillery sweeps the Plain of Veuizel. GALLANT ATTEMPT ! TO REGALN~i~iGHT BANK. FRENCH LOSE HEAVILY. PARTS. January 17. The gallant struggle continues at So:"s----sons. One French "regiment recrossed the river and dashed into the Germans. After fierce fighting for some hours the French were compelled to retreat. Only 10 men in each company answered the roll call. The other regiments supporting renewed the Attack, but Inst heavily. The French artillery drove bark the Germans attempting to cross the river at Missy. THE ENEMY'S CLAIM. FRENCH CONTRADICTION. PARIS, •Tanuary 16. Rp.nlyins; to a German official wireless message declaring that Soissons was comparable to Gravelotte. and that 5.000 French were killed and 5,200 taken prisoners, it is semi-officially announced lhat the French forces consisted of three brigades, and their retirement was unmolested. Even if the forces engaged ■were reservists, this would make a total of only 4,200 men. VILLAGERS ALARMED. (London "Tunes' and Sydney 'Sun* Serriees.) LONDON. January 15. People from Crouy (a village about 10 miles north-east of Sr.issons) who arc arriving in Pan's state that they had lived in cellars for three months. There was only one house standing in the village. They were fed at night time by the soldiers. They witnessed a terrific combat during the last few davs, and had the niortifica tion of seeing their countrymen forced to retire, though onh- for a few hundred metre.-, before greatly augmented forces. ALONG THE LIKE. THE TWO COMMUNIQUES. PARIS, January 16. Official: The enemy have reoeeupied a portion of the trenches at Notre Dame de Lorette, which were lost on the 14th. We progressed at Blangy, and repulsed an attack west of La Boiselle. The_ artillery was effective in the. region of Soissons and Rheims, dispersing the enemy and demolishing works. A stubborn German attack at Flirey faiied, and the enemy were forced to evacuate the crest east "of Pont-a-Moussou. AMSTERDAM, January 16. A German communique states: We repulsed attacks north-west of Arras, and counter-attacked and captured two trenches, making prisoners'' of the defenders. The French have evacuated La Boiselle farm. IN FLANDERS. YP.RES STILL COVETED, AND STILL PROVES COSTLY. CANADIANS IN ACTION. SUPERB BAYONET CHARGE. PARIS, January 16. A German force in mass moved against the North Staffordshire Regiment near Ypres. but, was bogged in the mud and became an easy mark for the British riflemen. Thfl enemv retired with heavv K*ses.

They then essayed a.u attack further northward, but, met with a withering fire from the British trencher. Then the Canadian Regiment, .shouting "For Canada and Old England,'' charged with the. bayonet, and the Germans broke and fled. Trench after trench was captured, until the German artillery checked the pursuit. The ground gained extended over a mile. MORE SLUICES OPENED. BELGIAN DEFENCE EASED. AMSTERDAM, January 16. Five hundred more metres west of Ypres have been inundated, and the. Belpans are now able to evacuate their positions, enabling many to bo sent .■southwards. OSTEND BOMBER LONDON, January 17. The ' Daily Chronicle's ' correspondent at Calais reports that nine allied aviators bombed the railway barracks at Ostend, wid did considerable damage-. STRANDED MIN ES. GERMANS DESTROY THEM. AMSTERDAM, January 16. Over a hundred mines have drifted ashore on the Belgian coast, and soldiers at Knockeheyst and Zeebrugge are busy exploding them. INTERNED IN HOLLAND. HAVAL OFFICERS ATTEMPT ESCAPE. AMSTERDAM, January 17. The interned British naval officers were transferred to a fortress because seven others escaped from the camp. Five were recaptured, but two_ reached .England. The officers had previously been released from parole.

CLEANING DUNKIRK OF suspicious" strangers. LONDON, January 17. The police at Dunkirk arrested one hundred persons and forced 2,500 strangers to leave the town, owing to spies donning-French -and British uniforms.

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THE SOISSONS ONSLAUGHT., Evening Star, Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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