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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 17, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 2',
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afternoon issued the following bul
"Reports from Fire Island lightship
to navy station at Boston and at
New York that at about 3:30 a. m.
the 17th an enemy submarine was
sighted by the, U. S. S. -Smith, run
ning apparently submerged. The
submarine fired a torpedo at the
Smith, which missed her by 30 yards.
Wake of torpedo plainly seen cross
ing the bows. Submarine disap
peared." This was the first appearance of a
belligerent submarine in American
waters since the United States en
tered the war.
The wireless message came from
Fire Island, off the eastern Long
Island coast, and was relayed to the
navy yard at Boston by the scout
cruiser Chester, which gave her po
sition as latitude 40, longitude 73.
The text of the wireless message
was brief and simply stated that the
The fact that the enemy undersea
fighter is in adjacent, still probably
well armed, caused a great stir in
shipping and naval circles all along
the New England coast.
The fact that the Fire Island light
ship conveyed the original informa
tion led to the belief that the Ger
man was not far distant from New
York city, inasmuch as the lightship
is -only 25 miles beyond Saady Hook,
the outer portal of New York's har
bor. While, for military reasons, the
navy does not say what is being done
about hunting the submarine, it is
assumed that a redoubled watch is
aeing put into effect
Reports to the Boston naval sta
tion indicated that the submarine
was hovering off the Jersey coast
mid-way "between Atlantic City and
Asbury Park, and only a short dis
tance below New York City itself.
The Chester is flagship of the
American patrol service.
North Atlantic shipping lane, before
the U. S. became involved in the war,
Capt. Rose especially called atten
tion to the fact that he had not put
in for fuel, nor did he taken any
The actual appearance of a fight
ing submarine on this side has nat
urally aroused the greatest specula
tion as to the possibility of a secret a
base having been established at some W
point r within comparatively easy
reach from American waters. No in
formation is available, however, as
to whether the navy department be
lieves this may be the case.
The destroyer Smith is of the "M"
class, built in 1909, with a length of
288 feet and a displacement of 700 v
tons. Her speed is 29 knots an
hour and she is armed with five 14
pounder guns and three 18-inch tor
pedo tubes. She carries 87 men.
o o r- '
NO SEPARATE PEACE.
Washington, April 17. Senator
Sherman, Illinois, today introduced a
resolution authorizing the United
States to consummate an agreement
with the allies that none of them
will conclude a separate peace with
Germany and that peace when con
cluded shall only be with joint action
of the United States.
Paris, Minister Brand Whitlock,
envoy to Belgium, arrived today.
Rio De Janeiro. Widespread anti
German riots reported from Porto
Alegro. Details not available.
Amsterdam. German officials'
promises of government reforms
without any steps in fulfilment have
resulted in formation of new anti
government party, Berlin dispatches
When the German U-53 arrived at I
Newport previous to a raid in the 1
Elliott Durand divorced by Eleanor
Durand. She says he beather with
horsewhip and that he wants to join
A. B. Dick, Jr., Lake Forest, fined
$5 in Evanston. Speeding.