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During the recent dark days rumours have been general that Paris will be evacuated. Ox wagons, piled with household goods, are frequently seen in the streets.
Nothing is more calculated to shake the city's nerves than signs of farmers' and peasants' flight; yet Paris has stood firm. Most of the rich folks have departed, and soon only the real Paris, grimly planning to sell life dearly, will be left.
The people know the fate of their beloved city if the gates are opened. The Kaiser would attempt to force peace upon the terror-stricken French by the devastation of the capital, quarter by quarter.
LONDON: The United Press correspondent states that the Germans attacked with an average density of a division to every two kilometres, concentrating their fiercest effort on the long Metz Valley, with the object of reaching the Oise in the vicinity of Compiegne.
The French are putting up a very stiff resistance, and fighting is likely to continue for several days. The French, owing to their heavy artillery concentration, inflicted very severe losses on the enemy.
The attack apparently constitutes the northern arm of a vast encircling project, combined with the southern enveloping attack starting at Chateau Thierry, with a view to pushing near to Paris and enveloping Franco-American troops between Montdidier and Chateau Thierry.
Minefield in the North
WELLINGTON: The Naval Adviser announces that the New Zealand mine-sweeping trawlers have located an enemy minefield northward of New Zealand between Cape Maria van Diemen and North Cape, about 10 miles from shore.
Two mines have been recovered and destroyed, and a third in all probability has been located. Operations are being continued.
The public are again warned that mines are liable to break away and be washed on the shore. Should any person find such as object it should be reported at once to the nearest naval, military, police, or Customs authority. It should not be tampered with beyond endeavouring to make sure that it does not again float out to sea.
The type of mine being found at present is somewhat oval in shape, with five horns, two lifting bolts at the top, and mooring arrangements at the base. The height is about 4ft 6in and the diameter about 3ft
A fish story which has the merit of being true comes to hand in a letter recently received here from a captain in the R.A.M.C. now serving with the Forces in Mesopotamia. It gives an idea of the extraordinary size to which fish may attain in the Euphrates River.
``Our fisherman, a regular ``bad hat'', says the captain, ``created a small sensation a few days ago by marching in with the most enormous fish - probably a record for the country - I've ever seen.
He had taken it on a length of telephone wire with a huge triple hook and a primitive bait of flour paste, but it had required eight strong men to haul it out. It turned out on measurement to be 6ft 10in long, with a girth of 4ft. - ODT, 12.6.1918.