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They state that the Wairuna was captured off the Kermadecs, where the raider was close inshore refitting. A German band was playing aboard the Wolf, and one of the musicians sighted the approaching steamer. A seaplane flew over the Wairuna and dropped a paper aboard ordering the ship to stop.
At the same time the Wolf fired a shot across her bows. A prize crew went aboard and took possession. The raider's crew worked at the Wairuna for 16 days and removed 1200 tons of coal and provisions, and 42 sheep.
At this time the Wolf was at starvation point, both in the matter of food and coal, and the Germans twitted the Wairuna's crew for not scuttling the vessel when a capture was inevitable. When dismantling was completed bombs were placed in the bow of the Wairuna and she was sunk.
The Wolf nearly waylaid the Niagara on two different occasions, but cruisers, by sending wireless messages, warned them of the imminence of danger. Sir Thomas Mackenzie (High Commissioner) has provided for Rees and Donovan's immediate wants, and has entertained the officers.
War in Palestine
London, March 12. Mr W. T. Massey reports from Palestine headquarters on March 11: The stern fighting in the mountainous country between Jerusalem and Nabius has given General Allenby's army another splendid victory. The operations were as difficult as anything in Palestine, but all our objectives were gained, though the Turks fought desperately to retain their positions, which they thought impregnable.
The efforts made by the British infantry and the Australian Light Horse were magnificent. In ground which is a continuous succession of steep, rocky hills and deep valleys and water-courses we have beaten back the enemy, despite their reinforcements, to a depth of 10,000 yards on a front of approximately 20,000 yards.
Great wadis with sides like cliffs intersect the country, and the guns were frequently man-handled. In one place the artillery was lowered by ropes, and a long line of men hauled them up the other side.
There being only one road, a large portion of the force was employed to make pack tracks, which later on were improved for wheeled traffic. British troops blasted a road out of a mountain, and had lorries running over it the next day.
The continued spell of dry weather which we are experiencing just now is, we understand, causing some anxiety to those who are dependent on the rainfall for their drinking water.
Those who are in this position will be glad to learn that Messrs Thomson and Co. announce that persons in need of drinking water may get as much as they require, free of charge, at the firm's factory in Crawford street.
The artesian spring which supplies Messrs Thomson and Co.'s factory taps the third rock strata 200ft below the surface, and yields 50,400 gallons a day. It never varies in flow, summer or winter, and is 20 degrees cooler than tap water.
That many will welcome the opportunity of obtaining supplies of this delicious water goes without saying; Peninsula milkmen, whose district, we believe, is acutely affected, may ease matters by refilling their empty cans with this water after their rounds.
- ODT, 14.2.1918
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