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PRETORIA, January 16. Official • Union fortes occupied Swakopmund. Two British were killed and one wounded. The Government have ordered those members of the defence force who were unwilling rebels to be released conditionally on their being of good bthaviour, but Parliament will decide the question of granting them n. pardon for the legal consequences of their wrongful action. This release, applies to a Large proportion, at the. force- involved in Maritz's rebellion. The Court o f Inquiry found that, there was some palliation for those- whom Maritz coerced. The deliberate* rebels will be court-martialled. BALTIC MIXES. COPENHAGEN. January 16. A flotilla, of Swedish torpedo boats is clearing the Geiman mines which had suspended shiprin;; from Stockholm to Gothland for several days. EAST COAST RAID. LONDON, January 16Fnrther deaths at Hartlepool, "as the result, of injuries received by the German ware bombardment, have raised the total to 115. SIXGLE SHIRKERS. (Loncion ' Times ' ami Sydney ' Sun ' Services.) LOXDOX. January 15. Three, foaiihs of Earl Kitchener's second army are. nnr-iecl men, and unless the. sinr/le men enlist mere freely they will soon be compelled. A rOPUEAR SEXIT M ENT. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun'Sendees.) LOXDOX. January 15. Mr James H. Bottom! ev. organising secVf.tary for the Junior Patriotic League, addressing a. :<-eruiting rally, said he would not. hesitate to court martial everyone taking advantage, of t.ho country's trouble to" line his pockets with gold at the expense of the rakliew. THE GERMAX PEOPLE. (London ' Times' and Sydney ' Sun' Serrices.) LOXDOX". January 15. A citizen of a neutral nation who has returned from Berlin says that he. constantly met. neopie in mourning and -vounded soldier?. The citizens attend the theatres and cafes is usual, but dancing is prohibited, and th-a dancing saloons are ,10,-ed. The beli''f in the infallibility of the arniv is ivnn::i.-. A German officer confessed that if Kndand at the commencement of the war could have put n, million men into the field tho war would havw been drawing to a. finish now on German territory. XEW C; UIX FA ACQUISITION. GRKAT PfTsSTBILITTES. SYDNEY, January 16. Colonel Holmes, with tho balance of the first New Guinea, Expeditionary Force, recently replaced, has returned, and was warmly welcomed. Colonel Holmes speaks highly of the productiveness of the territory, btit says it is not a white man's country in tho wet season. Only tho fringe of the. German islands has been explored. Very little is known of the interior, which, is inhabited by cannibal savages. Most of the- rocoanut plantations are. in their infancy, and their present value is great, and in a few years will be enormous. CAPTURED OFFICIALS. ADM IXISTRATOR'S FLATTERY. S>*JS~EY, January_ 17. One hundred and one ox-Civil officials of German Pacific possessions sailed by the Sonoma under terms of the capitulation. A militia guard, with fixed bayonets, and a big friendly crowd watched tho embarkation. Dr Haber, late Administrator, paid a. tribute to tho friendly treatment tlioy had met with in Australia, and said ho was sorry to leave tho English. He did not know whether he would remain in America or proceed to tho Fatherland till he got into touch with tho German Government. He described the Australian women a.s tho most charming he had ever met—so fresh, piquant, and independent, yet so maidenly. Words failed to express his admiration for them. A GRACEFUL COMPLIMENT. PARIS, January 17. The French, have offered Belgium tho place of honor in the French Hall at the San Francisco Exhibition. PATRIOTIC CANADIANS. (Loncion ' Times' and Sydney ' Sun' Services.) LONDON, January 15. Manitoba.ii ■wheat-growers are each giving the produce of one acre to the needs of the Empire. 1 THREATENING AN AMBASSADOR. i NEW YORK, January 16. At Seattle ii man named Edwin Scott was fientenoed to six months' imprisonment for threatening the life-of Count Von Bernstorff. German Ambassador at Washington. Scott admitted writing letters adj dressed to Von Bernstorff, but pleaded that he was merely " bluffing." The Chief Secretary (Mr Bryan) directed that proceedings be taken. It is understood that many threatening letters have been received at t(hg German jJrnbassy,

COUNT BERCHTOLD'S RESIGNATION. AMSTERDAM, January 16. The ' Lokal Anzeiger' says that Count Berchtold's resignation was duo to tension with Count Tisza, who is the real director of the Dual Monarchy's foreign policy. LONDON, January 15. Opinion in Germany is that tho Emperor Franz Josef requires a stronger man than Count Berchtold when peace is discussed. ANOTHER RESIGNATION. COPENHAGEN, January 17. A German official message states that tho Finance Minister (Heir Kuhn) has resigned, owing to ill-health. RUSSIA'S REBIRTH. (London ' Time* ' and Sydney ' Sun Servicea.) LONDON, January 15. ' The Times,' commenting editorially on tho growth of a great people, says that when Germany threw the gauntlet down to Russia she brought the Russian nation for ever under the spell of French, and English progress. COST OF WAR TO BRITAIN. Figures relating to the expenditure which the war will entail were given to the House of Commons on November 17 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr Lloyd George) in proposing an increase in the In-come Tax and additional duties on beer and tobacco. Mr Lloyd George's figures were as follows: Estimated cost first vear of war *' £450,000,000 Largest sum ever before paid bv Britain for a vear of war ... " 71,000,000 Separate maintenance allowances for 3,000,000 troops under arms 75.-000,000 War loan to be issued to carry on war to July ... 550,000,000 Amount of war loan subscribed by one. firm ..._ 100,000,000 Incomes to pay increase of £32,250,000, making a. total of 4-1,750,000 Beer to pay an increase of £15,000,000, making a total of 71,050,000 Tea. to pav an increase, of £2,050,000, making a total of : 5,200,000 MISCELLANEOUS. Lieutenant-colonel G. H. Stewart, of " Wastwood,"' Crookston, who left Dunedin on Saturday last for Trentbam, and will be in charge of one of the reinforcements, with the rank of major, commenced his military career with the formation and command "of the Kelso Mounted Rifles. At one of the annual encampments in Southland the Kelso Mounted Rifles had the honor of gaining the coveted prize for the most efficient company. Tho following is an extract from a card received from Lieutenant R. A. Dearsley, of Christchurch, with tho Expeditionary j Fou« in E.crypt "We IKS ca.vavi.rig in a. desert. There arc about 10,000 troops under canvas in E.'ypt—quite a modern Children of Israel, but more up to date, with motors and cvcles, etc. Nothing but j sand. Ws get it for every meal. Cairo is a wonderful place."

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IN SOUTH AFRICA., Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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IN SOUTH AFRICA. Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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