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state that two submarines were sunk
by destroyers and that only one was
seen speeding toward Coxhaven after
The story of the survivors indi
cate that the British ships were taken
completely by surprise. Some of the
men declared thatwhen the Aboukir
blew up and went tohe bottom it
was believed she had struck a mile.
The Hogue and Cressy immediately
lowered their boats and not until they
were hit was it realized that the ves
sels were facing a submarine attack,
as no enemy was visible The Hogue
and Cressy were torpedoed three
times within an hour and finally
foundered as had the Aboukir.
Although no official list of sur
vivors has yet been received it is es
timated that about 700 officers and
men of the three cruisers were saved.
This would make the number lost
Demands for speedy vengeance on
the Germans are voiced in most of
the newspapers today. It is suggest
ed that while England has many
times as many submarines as have
the Germans, they have yet failed to
demonstrate their worth and as a re
sult of the agitation now going on in
every part of England it is believed
these craft will now make an attempt
to even the score.
It is apparently established that the
disaster took place only a short dis
tance from the Hook of Holland, as
many of the survivors have been
landed at Muiden, Holland, for trans
shipment to England. Reports are in
circulation that other British craft
were damaged at this same time, but
there is no confirmation.
London. Nine miles of trenches
filled with unburied dead were the
fruits of yesterday's fighting by the
British trops now making up the al
lied left wing.
They were taken, according to re
ports received from several sources
unofficial but well authenticated, in
a successful turning movement be
tween the district just south of 5t.
Quentin and Peronnes.
For hours before ihe British charg
the line the British artillery shelled
the German position. From aero
planes that flew low, defying the hail
of German bullets, the range was
given and the shells burst like deadly
hail directly over the tops of the
great line of parallel trenches jam
med with German troops waiting for
orders to charge the British line.
Twice they tried to do so, but had
to crawl back. When the British fin
aljy charged ther ewas hardly a sin
gle unscarred German left in the
ilnes. Thousands weer dead. The
wounded and the dead were so mixed
it was hard to rescue those who yet
had chance to recover.
It is believed as a result of this
latest success that the British will
now be able to push the Germans en
tirely from the neighborhood of St.
Quentin and re-occupy that village.
London. News agency dispatch
from Amsterdam says bomb was
dropped on Maestricht, Holland, by
an aviator, the nationality of whose
aeroplane could not be discovered.
No one was killed and little damage
done, but violation of Holland's neu
trality is regarded as serious develop
ment. Berlin. In announcing the suc
cessful exploit of the German sub
marines which sank three British
cruisers, the official war office bulle
tin makes no mention of any German
casualties. Believed to indicate that
the submarines successfully returned
to their base undamaged. Announce
ment of the successful raid has great
ly cheered Berlin. On all sides it is
pointed out as an excellent revenge
for the British operations against the
patrol cruiser at Heliogoland.
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