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REPORT MORE GERMAN WARSHIPS SUNK IN
BATTLE 15 BRITISH VESSELS GO DOWN .
Washington, June 3. State de
partment today cabled Ambassador
Page at London to ascertain if U. S.
Commander Powers Symington was
on British battle cruiser Indefatig
able when it was sunk in North Sea
engagement Wednesday. Action was
taken at navy department's request,
hitter's last word being that Syming
ton was aboard vessel.
London. 8 German warships have
taken refuge in Danish waters. Will,
be ordered to leave today or intern.
Stories of Frauenloeb's survivors
Indicate that 354 of her crew per
ished. Prom early reports it is apparent
that survivors have;een landed at a
dozen different ports. Dutch dis
patches reported landing at Ymuiden
of .six officers and twelve members
of crew of German cruiser Elbing.
This ship was not reported destroyed
in. either German or British admiral
ty statements. Survivors declared,
however, that Elbing was rammed by
another German ship, which rescued
the remainder -of her crew. British
survivors, also said to be enroute here
aboard a trawler.
: Fishermen arriving off Osbjerg re
port passing through fields of bodies
of both British and German sailors.
With 15 British ships now report'
ed destroyed, total losses are expect-fen survivors of crew of the German
ed to mount into the thousands. It
probably will be days before any ac
curate estimate can be made.
Hull. 85 members of the crew of
the destroyer Shark are believed to
have perished when vessel was sunk.
Spanish steamer Vider arrived here
with 7 survivors, believed to be only
men of Shark's complement of 92
who were saved. Survivors said the
Shark was used as decoy for British
fleet They were in the water 6
hours before being picked up.
.London. Unofficial reports from
great battle in North- Sea today
brought "WQrd of. staking of two ad
ditional warships, one a British de
stroyer and the other a small Ger
British destroyer Shark is report
ed to have been sunk, increasing the
number of English ships lost to 15.
Unofficial Holland dispatches re
port loss of German cruiser Elbing.
Survivors from Shark have been
landed at Hull by Dutch ship. They
said tlje destroyer acter as decoy for '
British fleet Forty warships took
part in the engagement
With' reports of these additional
losses also came dispatches telling
how bodies of hundreds of British
and German sailors were seen float
ing in water near scene of engage
'ment by neutral ships which arrived
during Wednesday and Thursday.
Unofficial details of fight drifting
in from various points thrilled' all
England. One Holland dispatch in
dicated that German fleet swooped
!down on smaller vessels of British
fleet at opening of the engagement
The British were hopelessly outnum
bered until the grand fleet appeared,
and, with thousands of guns roaring
and hurjing tons of shells against the
German ramada, the kaiser's Vessels
were forced to retreat
Steamer Thames, arriving at Hook
of Holland, reported picking up elev-
cruiser Tauenioeb. They were
floating on rafts. Frauenloeb, the
survivors said, aws sunk by British
torpedo at 1 a. m.
In face Nof heavy losses admittedly
suffered by the British, England
stands grimly determined and con
fidence in the fleet remains unshak
en. The general expression is that
the encounter need not be regarded
as a defeat, as the Germans were
forced to flee as soon as the full force
of England's grand fleet rould be
brought into action. ,
Copenhagen dispatch declares that
the. steamer Naesborg, arriving there,;-