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have had all the Germans aboard in
TRAWLER CAPTAIN REFUSES AID TO ZEPPELIN
FEARED FOR LIVES OF OWN MEN
London, Feb. 5. The Daily Mail
publishes narrative of William Mar
tin, skipper of trawler which found
sinking Zeppelin L-19. Capt Martin
says that when trawler approached
the Zeppelin's commander offered
him $25 if he would send a boat.
"He was a gentleman and behaved
as one;-he was nice and polite. He
spoke good English, too. I thought
a bit, and then said:
" 'Well, if there wasn't so many of
you I would take you off, but there's
"The officer straightened himself
" 'There is nothing in that.'
"I thought again, and said:
" 'But supposing we take you, and
you sling us overboard and navigate
the trawler to Germany? That
would be another decoration for you,
but it won't be much for us.'
"He said: 'I pledge you my word
we will not do anything of the kind.'
"He took his dying oath he would
not interfere with us, and I could
have plenty of money if I saved them.
"I took another thought. They
were thirty, and we were nine. They
were armed, and we had not as much
as a pistol aboard, and I would not
take the risk. If there had been an
other ship standing by to help me I
could have chanced it, but there was
nothing in sight. Besides, I remem
bered what the Huns have done and
what they might do again.
"I ought to tell you that I could see
three iron crosses painted on the Zep
pelin two on one side and one un
' derneath the wooden nose, which
was tilted up. I .suppose they were
for some daring deed and did not
want me and my crew to be a part
of a fourth.
"As we drew away some of the
German crew at first shouted 'Mercy!
Mercy! Save us!' and then shook
their fists at us when they saw it was
ZEPPELINS BOMBARD RUSS FOR
TIFICATIONS AT DVINSK.
Berlin. German Zeppelin bom
barded Russian fortifications at
Rome. Roumanian army is nine
tenths mobilized by decree issued on
Thursday, calling to colors class of
1896 in advance of their regular
schedule. More than half a million
troops are now massed along Bul
garian and Hungarian frontiers. Pri
vate advices report Roumania is
ready to intervene on side of allies at
the first opportune moment.
Athens. Pneumatic tube, two feet
in diameter, has been discovered
leading from storeroom of kaiser's
summer palace on Greek island of
I Corfu to water's edge. Anglo-French
troops wno occupied island recently
believe gasoline flowed down tube
into tanks of Austro-German subma
rines operating in Mediterranean.
Athens. Anglo-French troops
have occupied government agricul
tural school at Salonika.
Amsterdam. Belgian frontier has
been completely closed to all travel
ers. Believed to indicate important
German troop concentration against
Anglo-French lines, preparatory to
Amsterdam. 450 Germans, at
tacking Dvinsk across frozen Dwina,
drowned. Ice smashed by heavy Rus
GEORGE M. REYNOLDS, BANKER,
IN SERIOUS CONDITION
Los Angeles, Cal., Feb. 5. Oxygen
is being administered today in effort
to save life of George M. Reynolds,
Chicago financier, dangerously ill
with acute dilation of heart and
bronchial trouble. Also threatened
with ueremic poisoning.