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GERMANS FORTIFY APPROACHES. oonwots"bury DEAD. famine-otrlcken town. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. AMSTERDAM, January 17. (Received January 18, at 12.55 p.m.) A Dutch correspondent at Oat-end states that only 6,000 out of 45.000 inhabitants eff that town remain there. Horseflesh is the only meat, and there is little bread. The Gorma-ns have plundered the stores of beer and wine. fiixty-four heavy guns are mounted on tho dunes, and 13,000 Germans are guarding the boulevards at Mariakirke (close to O&tend), whore powerful fortifications have been erected. The Germans, by threatening them wot-h ctarvation, haveforced the population to dig trenches. Twelve thousand German convicts have arrived at Ostend, and are carrying the dead, from the \ser line and taking the floating corpses from the caJials jtnd burying them at Ojstend. THIFoOMMUNIQXJ K. NO MENTION OF BOISSONS. PAULS, January 17. .'Received January 18, at 12.65 p.m.) A communique states: We progressed 2CO metres in the Lombacrtzyde district. Our advance in the Beansejour district, despite the storm, continued. We progressed westward only. FIGHTING ROUND ARRAS. HIGH COMMISSIONERS REPORT. The High Commissioner reported, under dat 3 London, 17tii January (8.15 p.m.) : Paris report* that the Allies continued their progress between Nieuport and Lom-ba.-.Ttzydo a distance of 100 yards. Tho allied "artillery obliged the Germans to evacuate their trenches at the great dune, destroying a redoubt to the north of the dune. At- Blangy, near Arras, there was a livelv engagement, tho Germans taking a foundry "' The Allir-e. nnm.'vliately retook it by an energetic counter-attack, and are still, in possession. In the Yo?ges progress was made west of Orbey. PIED IN EGYPT. WELLINGTON, Jannaiy 18. Advice has been received by the Defence Department of tho death of Private Henry Charles Rayfiehl. Canterbury Infantry Bat[ta'lion, Main Expeditionary Force, in ! F.gypt, on tho 15th inst. The cause of i death was pii-eumonia. Deceased's next-of-kin is Mrs Rayfiekl, Merivale, Christelrurch. DR DILLON'S WARNING. A warning comes from Dr E. J. Dillon in the 'Contemporary Review': "If to-day we are barely able to hinder our enemy from breaking: through to Calais or Paris.* how and when do we expect to drive them out of Belgium, follow them over tho Rhine, and diet-ate terms of peace in the Wilhtimstrassv?" he a«ks. "1 still iogrettiilly hold that the vastness of this has not yet be-en realised by the nation or its iui.--r.-5, r.oj- adequate measures adopted to discharge, it. Gicat Britain is stil! far behind her duties and her ca-pa-lulitv, not because her army accomplishes little-—there is no such body of heroes in Europe in-day —but because so huge a percent aic of her sons do not, bear arms at all. and beoaus? the. Government proclaim, that they are quite satisfied with the situation. ThiTc. are forcible reasons why the Japanese should bo invited over to help us and invited at once. To my thinking these- reasons are unanswerable. Of course, it- is possible that we may win without the help of the Japanese. For we are a lucky nation. But." asks Dr Dilhm, ! "is it fair to leave so much to chance':'' I

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THE WAR, Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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THE WAR Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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