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The High Commissioner reports. London, November 7 ; Official : The Admiralty has received trustworthy information regarding the action on the Chilian coast. On the Ist November the Good Hope, Monmouth, and Glasgow came up with the Scharnfiorst, Gneiscnau, Leipzig, and Dresden. Roth squadrons were steaming; south in a strong wind, with considerable sea. The German squadron declined action until sunset, when the light cave it an important advantage. The action lasted an hour.

Early in the action the Good Hope and Monmouth took fire, but fought on until nearly dark, when a serious explosion occurred on the Good Hope, which foundered.

The Monmouth hauled off at dark, making water badly, and appeared to be unable to steam away. She was accompanied by the Glasgow, who had, during the whole action, fought the Leipzig and Dresden. On the enemy again approaching the wounded Monmouth, the Glasgow, which was also under fire from one of the armored cruisers, drew off. The enemy then attacked the Monmouth again, with what result is not definitely known. The. Glasgow is not extensively damaged, and has very few casualties.

Neither the Ontranto nor Canopus was engaged. Reports by the Foieign Office from Valparaiso state that a belligerent warship is ashore on the Chilian roast. It is possible, this may prove to be tno Monmouth. Energetic measures are being taken on this assumption to rescue any survivors.

The action appears to : he Admiralty to have been most gallantly co; tested, but in the absence of the Ca lopns the «m ir.v s preponderance of force was ernsiderabL.

[The armament of H.M.S. Canopus consists of 4 12in, 12 6in. 10 3in, and 2 light q.f. and 2 machine guns.)


SANTIAGO, November 7,

Replying to a question in I’arliam- nl. the President (S'enor Luce) said that the alleged engagement was fought outside territorial waters. A search in the vicinity had not revealed any tra’es of the fight, but the Government had just received a 'telegram from the Governor of f'onstitncion stating that it was reported that there was a warship ashore at Pnnta Carranza, and assistance had been sent.

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NAVAL BATTLE OFF CHILE., Issue 15645, 9 November 1914

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NAVAL BATTLE OFF CHILE. Issue 15645, 9 November 1914

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