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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 25, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 18

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By Ronald Jones
The airship signaled and the tor
pedo boat following flew like "a-Jrird
that skims the surface of the water.
Capable of 40 knots an hour, she
reached the ocean immediately be
neath the aeroplane within three
minutes. As she ran she saw the lit
tle rippling wave thrown back by the
submarine. But the airship observer
saw the sheath of the periscope be
neath him.
He was seen. He dropped a bomb.
It splashed into the waves, and, si
lently the. ripple of the periscope
vanished. The submarine went un
der. She dived to a depth of a hundred
feet, but, high above her, under the
surface of the water the aeroplane
could see the shadow of the great
fish as she made her way northward.
It signaled again.
Meanwhile the wireless upon the
torpedo boat had been calling, and
swiftly a haze of smoke on the hori
zon developed first into a black
wisp, then into the wireless prong
and then into the hull, of the second
torpedo boat Swiftly it drew up and
the two followed the aeroplane, now
fluttering in the distance like a
wounded bird.
As the two torpedo boats raced
side by side a sailor threw a rope
from one deck to the other. Here
sailors caught it and soon there fol
lowed thicker ropes, then coils of
wire, which were wound about a
winch and slowly unfastened. Final
ly the net was dropped over the side
and the two boats steamed together,
keeping it between them.
The captain of each torpedo boat
was a young man. Each of them had
a sweetheart; each was thinking,
even then, of his approaching mar
riage. The commander of the submarine
was thinking, in his peril, of the
home that he'was never likely to see
again, and of the aged mother who
prayed for him every day before the
crucifix in her room.
The observing officer of the aero
plane had a dozen sweethearts and
he expected to have a dozen more if
he lived through the war. He did
not intend to marry any of them.
The boats steamed on, guided by
the aeroplane, which was drawing
He Dropped a Bomb
nearer. The submarine, beneath, did
not know whether' it was visible or
not; it did not know of the ne't that
was following it, and it turned and
made toward its own coast.
This gave the torpedo boats their
opportunity. At a signal from the
airship they dropped the net and re
versed engiues.
The submarine, feeling its blind

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