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QUESTION SINKING OF "KINGSTON" TOLL OF
GERMAN U-BOAT REDUCED TO FIVE
Newport, R. I., Oct 10. Eleven
American destroyers, steaming in a
line with five miles of rolling ocean
between them, today swept the At
lantic off Nantucket, where fixe or
six freighters were sunk by a German
submarine last Sunday, in another
effort to locate the crew of the King
ston or Kingstonion.
When Admiral Gleaves ordered the
destroyers out at 9:20 today he ad
mitted it would probably be a useless
search after the all-night gale and
The destroyers out last night failed
to locate any survivors and Admiral
Gleaves was skeptical of the success
of the new expedition. He planned,,
however, not to have them stay out
longer than 24 hours, feeling that if
such a ship as the Kingston was sunk
and the men are still alive they cer
tainly will be located in that time.
Within the last 12 hours an argu
ment has arisen as to whether the
name of the ship supposed to have
been sunk was the Kingston or the
Kingstonian. Capt E. L. Yates of
the Uruguyan steamer P. L M. No. 4,
which rescued the crew of the Brit
ish steamer Strathdene, said he be
lieved the name of the Chrisian
Knudson had been misread "Kings
ton" in some way when reports were
transmitted by wireless.
It was also pointed out that all of
the steamers were sunk within ' a
comparatively small radius. The
crews of the five ships known to
have gone down were easily and
speedily found by U. S. destroyers.
To further bear out the theory that
& the reporting of the Kingston is most
likely an error, it was pointed out
that three additional ships were re
ported as sunk in wireless messages
to all New England points yesterday.
The names of these vessels never
were learned and it is now accepted
that the reports were untrue.
Boston, Oct 10, Except for Jiowl-
ing 40-mile gale that swept in from
northeast, last night was rnost quiet
night off New England coast since
German submarine U-53 sailed out of
Newport late Saturday.
No vessels passing along the 'lane"
off Nantucket lightship cracked their
wireless or gave any other sign of
their presence. The German under
sea mqnsters were equally quiet and
apparently have vanished as sudden
ly as they appeared.
Nantucket radio station reported
that "all keys were silent" through
out night and Charlestown navy yard
station said it had little to do and
heard nothing from U-boat zone.
No word has been heard of French
Canadian liner Great City, cargoed
with contraband and bound for St.
Nazaire, France. She left ' Boston
early Monday morning and was due
to pass through "submarine war
zone" sometime last night
Tne American-Hawaiian liner,
Kansan, oply liner carrying muni
tions for. allies that escaped being
sunk by submarine, although her pa
pers were examined Sunday, has not
left her pier in Charlestown. "French
Canadian line office declares that
shipment of horses which she stop
ped here for on her way from New1
York to St. Nazaire has delayed her
start, but it is felt that kaiser's under
sea navy is real cause.
When it became known that Kan
san stopped at Boston to take on
more grain and 2,000 horses it was
belief in shipping circles that U-boat
intended to "lay" for her when she
left Boston. The Kansan is an Amer
ican registered vessel, but is under
charter to French-Canadian line.
Washington, Oct 10. Ass't Sec'y
of Labor Post today issued an order
to all immigrant station on the At
lantic and Gulf coasts to hold up the
deportation of undesirable aliens
while the menace of submarine war
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