An agreement, sanctioned by the British Government, has been reached between the London Chamber of Commerce and the ow- Ders of 16 vessels interned at Padang and Sabang, whereby cargo belonging to British, Allied and neutral merchants, will be released on the following conditions: Payment of 75 pCt. of the freight where same has not been prepaid, plus payment of four per cent of the invoiced value of the cargo to cover the port of refuge expenses. Precautions have been taken to prevent payments before deli'ery of cargoes. Oelivery may only be refused where the cargo is in inaccessible order. To obviate considerable difficulty with regard to inaccessibility, it is desirable that all cargo owners should comir.unicate with Messrs, Harrisons an Crosfield Limited, who are acting as Agents of the London Chamber of Commerce. With reference to vessels bound for Austraha interned in Java, the Sydney Chamber of Commerce are conducting negotiations.
An official message from Cairo reports that a small body of Turkish was obser\ed yesterday north cast of Kantara. A few shots were exchanged and the enemy retired. All aeroplane recornaissances show no other troops within reach.
The Adniiralty have made a statement regarding British vessels sunk bg submarines during the past week, which shows that the week has been for the Germans the least successful of all except one since the comttencement of the so called bloekade. Only five vessels were sunk of a total tonnage of ',904, this being exclusive of five small hshing vessels with a total tonnage ot 914. Despite the Easter holidays the total of arrivals aid departures of over-sea steamers was 1,234.
A Paris communiqué says that the British terces repulsed a night attack. We made fresh progress between the Meuse and the Moselle, Sained more ground at Les Eparges, remodelled 'he German trenches which were choked with dead, and turned the parapets round. We repulsed several counter attacks. We took six Machine guns and two mortars at Bois-d'Ailly. -The enemy made no counter attacks. We all our progress in the Montmark wood despite a most violent counter attack.
The Press Bureau announces that the Order of the Companion of the Bath has been conferred upon Captain Kelly for chasing the «Goeben" and the „Breslau" on 6th and 7th August. The „Goeben" could have turned and sunk the „Gloucester" at any time, but was *Pparently deterred by the boldness of the «Gloucester", which gave the impression of support close at hand. The combination of audacity, restraint, unswerving attention to the principal of military objects, the holding on to the „Goeben" without tempting Ler too much, and stiïct conformity with orders, constitute a naval episode which may justly be regarded as worthy of the Victoria Cross. Commander H. J. Riocby has received the same Order for most conspicious bravery in commanding the searching and demohtion operations at Dar-es-Salem. Although severely wouuded he contiuued by example until his being wounded for the *jlgbth time rendered him unconscious of the <*u*y he was inspiring.
A Paris communiqué regarding the Dardanelles says that minesweeping in the enwance to the inlet of Chanak has been con«nued nightly under the direction of two hattleships. The opposition of the Turks is *eeble and ineffective.
A Paris official announcemeut says that a * rench Eastern Expeditionary Force was concentrated at Bizerta under General Damade which had completed its organisation and was *eady on 14th March to assist the Allied *leets. As however it is undesirable te keep «•oops longer than necessary in transports, the hospitality of Egypt was accepted and the «oops debarked at Alexandria after a voyage under the best conditions. They are now quartered at Ramles, the most favoured watering place of the Delta, and are ready to go to any point when and where intervention is necessary.
A Paris communiqué says that after a fresh briiliant attack, an important position at Bpargea dominating the plain ot Woeuvre, which the enemy had obstinately defended, is now completely in our hands. We carried yesterday over 1,500 meters of trenches. This morning the Germans still held two isolated positions in strength, but these we carried this afternoon. We thus attained oue of our principal objectives in the operations ot the last few days. In Bois-d'Ailiy we maintained all the ground gained and repulsed in Buisde Monmaré fifteen attacks which the Germans made to retake the trenches which we wrested from them yesterday. All the attacks were repulsed and heaps of German bodies were left on the ground.
A Washington message says that the German Note to the United States is full of complaints and has accomplished nothing diplomatic. Regarding the rights to ship foodstuffs to the civilian communities of belligereuts, the Note intimates that America has virtually a<:quiesced in the British Order in Council prohibiting commerce with Germany. It calls, attention to the fact that the Allies are daiiy receiving arms and ammunition from the United States, and declares that wherfi the American Government insists upou the legal right to ship, it does not with equal energy pursue its rights to sliip toodstuffsand non-contraband to the eivilians in Germatiy.i Ttie Note urges, irrespective of the formal uspects of the question, the shipping of arms to all belligerents, and that the spirit of neutrality, should be observed.
A White Paper issued by the British Government contains correspondence between the Goverement and the American Ambassador. It contains appalling revelations as to the treatment of British prisoners in Germany, although irr.provement is nuw noticed through the efforts of the United States representaties. It is one long recital of cruelties and privations. The American Ambassador at Berlin himself asked the German Government whether they would supply an extra blanket to prisoners sufferring from cold, but he received no ar.swer. The prisoners complained of insufficiënt food, which consisted largely of two cups of coffee, soup, and a piece of bread daily. Officers have been brutally maltreated, spat upon, and kicked. The men were forced to sleep on sodden straw which was not changed for months, and were obliged to clean latrines.
'The Prince of Wales has arrived with Field Marshall French's despatches.
A Paris communiqué says there is nothing to report except that two attacks which made vs masters of the last German position at Les Eparges led to desperate bayonet fightiiig.
Insuranca has been effected in London at 40 guineas per cent against a German invasion of Holland. A later message states that Reuter learus from the Netherlands minister Loudon that there is no news justifying the report oi new or special tension between Holland and Germany. How the report emanated is equally unknown. The latest news indicates that the belligerents on both sides fully appfeciate the marmer in which Holland with considerable difficulty but with goodwill has hitherto maintained the strictest neutrality.