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reported that the German fleet, con-? '
sisted of 45 vessels of all classes. In
the British fleet there were only 11
vessels at the start of the fight- Later
8 British warships of the first line
joined in the battle, members of the
Nuesborg crew declared. Fact that
several Zeppelins participated in- the
battle was confirmed by Naesborg
With arrival of British reinforce
ments, German fleet retired south-'
Captain of the Naseborg declared
that concussion from firing was so
great that members of his ship's
crew could not stand on deck, al
though Naesborg was several miles
from scene of action. Shells dropped
all about the Naesborg.
The action opened, he said, with
several German vessels in pursuit of
smaller English craft. Within a few
minutes British cruisers were sight
ed headed toward Germans under full
steam. Fleeing British craft then
turned and under heavy fire steamed
into action against the enemy. War
ships were .first sighted 120 miles off
All accounts from Dutch sources
agree that German fleet was pro
ceeing as one unit when first British
ships were encountered. All reports
apparently agree that British were
outnumbered at start and faced heav
ier Vessels. Later, as darkness ap
proached, British grand fleet appear
ed and Germans began to retire.
Berlin. Celebrating what is- de
clared to be the breaking of Eng
land's mastery of the sea as a result
of the victory of the German fleet of
Vice Admiral Scheer, special services
of thanksgiving were called and Ger
man enthusiasm aroused as at no
time since the kaiser's army was
drawing near Paris early in the year.
Although no official expression
was obtainable, it was evident that
the sea victory is regarded here as
another step toward a possible early
peace. Defeat of the British Jleet the
first time it encountered Germany's
navaT power; that Belgium and
Northern France are successfully
held, while the French and British
lines have remained stationary for
the past year, t and the crown prince
is hammering at the gates of Verdun,
were points cited as answers to allied
demands that Germany be crushed.
Reports of the successful engage
ment were flashed to the front over
the military lines to the men In the
A communication from Admiral
Hebbinghaus announced thafrat least
34 great British battleships were en
gaged in the fight
Paris. Germans made several of
most violent attacks of entire battle
of Verdun on Fort Vaux during last
night and early today, but each time
were driven back with heavy losses.
Action is continuing with greatest
fury all along line from Fort Douau
mont to point south of Vaux.
London. Unarmed British steam
er Elm Grove has been sunk.
London. Super-dreadnought Hin
denburg reported sunk;
BITS OF NEWS v
Dan O'Leary, veteran newspaper
man, struck by taxi at Clark and Chi
cago av. this morning. Badly bruised.
Frank Molin, 20, recently from
LSweden, jumped in river to escape
irom men ue uiuugui were imeves.
4-11 fire caused damage to F. J.
Lewis Mfg. Co., 2513 S. Hobey. De
stroyed pitch vat building.
New York. Millions of dollars, are
in sight for allies. 50 pretty New
York debutantes have agreed to kiss
each glass of champagne they will
sell at allies' bazaar. Price Is. $1-
Washington. Louis D. Brahdeis, ,
newly confirmed associate justice of
supreme court, will take oath of office
June 12, when court meets for last
time before summer adjournment, w