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Capt Borum and nine missing sea
men of the City of Memphis, Amer
ican freighter, are now possibly pris
oners aboard the German submarine
which sank the shap was conveyed
in the second of two dispatches re
ceived today from Consul Frost at
The captain's boat was found at 11
o'clock with indications of hasty
abandonment, the captain's papers
being found ifl a biscuit tin in the
24 OF CREW OF SUNKEN YANKEE
London, March 19. American
consular reports today showed 24
men unaccounted for from the three
American steamers sunk by German
submarines and reported yesterday.
They are as follows:
City of Memphis: Captain Borum,
four Americans and four men of
other nationalities of the crew still
Vigilancia: Third mate, fourth en
gineer, and thirteen men still missing.
The crew of the tanker Illinois
were all saved.
MARKHAM CALLS SINKING OF"
CITY OF MEMPHIS OVERT ACT
Destruction of the steamship City
of Memphis by a German submarine
constitutes an "overt act" in opinion
of President Charles H. Markham of
the Illinois Central railroad, which
owned the ship.
"The vessel was flying an Amer
ican flag, was manned by an Amer
ican crew and was unarmed," Mark
him said today. "She carried a cargo
of cotton from the United States to
France in January. On her way
across she was stopped by a subma
rine, but was allowed to proceed
after her papers had been examined.
She left Cardiff on her homeward
voyage March 16.
"There seems to have been no rea
son to sink the ship, except that she
was in the restricted zone. The gov
ernment should take action without
any presentation of facts from me if
there is sufficient cause, and I shall
make no protest to the president"
BRITISH DRIVE CONTROLS 500
SQUARE MILES OF TERRITORY
RETREAT IN ORDER
London, March -19. Greatest oc
cupancy of territory by any belliger
ent since German sweep toward the
Marne thrilled England today. Allied
forces this time are gainers. German
line has given way.
Nearly 500 square miles of terri
tory between Arras sector and river
Oisne have been added to allies' hold
ings. German retreat was not headlong
flight, but methodical, systematic
turning back from untenable posi
tions to others, doubtless long and
Retreat has undoubtedly been ac
celerated by allies unexpected super
iority unexpected to tlie Germans.
They have surprised enemy with the
vigor of pursuit.
Lack of reports of any consider
able losses of men and materials by
Germans indicate withdrawal was
far from disorderly retreat.
There was much guessing as to
new line to which Germans are re
treating. One most favored by mili
tary experts was from Donai to Cam
brai, St Quentin, La Fere and Sols
sons: At some placesthrust forward car
ried allied troops ten miles into ter
ritory formerly occupied by Germans.
Paris. 100 towns and villages
have been occupied by French troops
in last three days of advance on
Berlin, via Sayville Wireless.
"During last few days a strip of land
between district of Arras and the
Aisne has been systematically evac
uated by us," declared official state
ment "Strategic movements pre
pared long ago were carried out
without our being disturbed by the,