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Official statement satisfactory

Quiet time for Irish Division in Loos

THE official report from General Maxwell as to the position in Ireland is so far satisfactory, the isolation of the disaffected district of Dublin having been completed.

Military operations are proceeding, but the rebels, who are still in possession of some houses in various parts of the city, continue to snipe, particularly in the Four Courts district.

The disturbances in other parts of the city are regarded as local in character, and will be dealt with in due course.

New evidence comes from the United States of the extent to which German influence and money were behind the rising. The paper seized at the office of Von Igel, who was closely connected with the German Embassy at Washington, have not been published, but no secret is made by the American officials of the fact that they contain important references to the Dublin plot.

With their usual capacity for misjudging the probable effect of their sensational strokes upon the public opinion of the country which they desire to influence, the German authorities seem to have believed that they were likely to win over Irish American sympathies to their side – in respect of Germany’s own dispute with the United States Government – if they could set the German flag flying in Dublin and the West of Ireland.

The German report yesterday makes but slight reference to the British front, where, as shown in the report from Sir Douglas Haig’s Headquarters on Thursday, the enemy, after a raid by the Bedfords, carried out a whole series of attacks, which were all repulsed after some severe fighting.

Whether these attempts on the British line are the forerunners of an extensive German offensive, similar to that at Verdun, remains to be seen.

In view of the urgent necessity that exists for keeping up the spirits of the German people, the enterprise would not be surprising.

The heaviest of these attacks, which were made at several points between Ypres in the north and Souchez in the south, at Frelinghein, Hill 60, St. Eloi, the Hobenzollern sector and about Loos, was that between Hulluch and Loos, which had been heavily bombarded, but they were driven out again by a counter attack by Irish troops, the Germans leaving many of their dead in our trenches and in front of our Hulluch positions.

For the time the enemy seem to have had sufficient, and the 16th Irish Division, whose work was so effective on the previous day, have since had a comparatively quiet time at Loos, the Germans contenting themselves with attempting, without success, to enter the British trenches at two points north of Roclincourt.

Our airmen, thanks to the favourable weather, are able to continue their good work, the official report recording 24 combats and the dispersal of an enemy squadron.

The failure to get a supply ship through to Kut-el-Amara is disappointing.

The Tigris is a difficult river for navigation at all times, when flooded and with strong forces of the enemy on either side, the difficulties are to be increased a hundred-fold.