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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 28, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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HEARST'S CHICAGO AMERICAN FALLS FOR
"PLANTED" FAKE WAR STORY
New York, Nov. 28. Trapped by
a "planted" fake story, stating that
a "Russian battleship Fliba had been
blown up with-a-JoBS of about 450
lives," H. L. Linder, a telegraph op
erator in the office of the New York
Globe, was arrested yesterday on the
complaint of the Associated Press.
It was charged that Linder sent the
fake A. P. bulletin to the New York
News Bureau, a ticker concern. This
ticker concern delivers its service to
other newspapers and press associa
tion offices in New York, but has no
connection of any kind whatever
with the United Press.
The fake story after being sent out
over the ticker wires in New York
was picked up by certain news agen
cies and spread over the country. The
United Press papers throughout
America were protected from this
fake yarn because the United Press
had no connection with the deal in
any way and carried no reference to
the story.
Hearst's Chicago American Friday
afternoon carried the following
story:
"London, Nov. 27. The Russion
battle cruiser Fliba, formerly the Is
mail struck a mine in the Gulf of
Finland on Tuesday and was sunk
with a loss of 450 men, according to
a dispatch received here today from
Petrograd.
"The Fliba, thus renamed after
war broke out between Turkey and
Russia, was laid down at the Baltic
naval shipbuilding plant on Dec. 19,
1912. She was designed to be one of
the most powerful fighting ships
afloat. Information from the Russian
admiralty has variously stated her
displacement to be 28,000 to 32,000
tons.
"Although known as a battle cruis
er she was in rality a powerful dread
naught. Her armament consisted of
nine 14-inch guns and twenty 5.1
inch guns. Her armor consisted of
nine-inch belts. Her nine 14-inch
guns were in three batteries, fore,
aft and amidships, three guns to each
battery.
"This is the third big ship that has
been lost by Russia since the war
broke out. The Pallada was sunk
in the Baltic and the Jemtchug was
sunk in the harbor of Penang."
FRENCH DRAMATIST IS MUM
ABOUT FUTURE PLAYS
"f" --'ii-
Etcene 3eux
New York. Eugene Brieux, the
French playwright, whose eugenic
drama, "Damaged Goods," set the
world a-talking last year, has come
to New York for a brief visit, but he
evidently intends to -let the public do
all the talking he, refuses to be in
terviewed. Brieux came to America to repre
sent the Academie Fra'ncais at tfte
American Academy of Arts confer
ence in New York.

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