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ON THE HIGH SEAS.

IMPRISONING THE KONIGSBERG.

THE ADMIRALTY AND THE EM DEN.

NOW AFTER, THE CHILE

SQUADRON

WELLINGTON, November 11

The Prime Minister hfts received the following message- from th& High Conimsisioner. dated London, November 10 : T!ii' Admiralty announces that, af tor the whereabouts of "the Konigsberg had been indicated by the attack on the Pegasus on r>opiuiidvjr l'J, a ctwoe.nt ration ot last cruisers was arranged by the Admiralty in East African waters. A thorough and prolonged search by these vessels m comhinatioa was made, and this search resulted on October 30 in the Konigsherg being discovered by the Chatham hiding in shoal water, six miles up the Ruiiji River, opposite Mafia Island. Owing to her creator draught, the Chatham could not reach the Konigsberg, which is probably aground, except at high water. Part'of the crew of the. Konigsberg landed and entrenched themselves on the bank of the river. Both the entrenchment and the Konigsberg have been bombarded by the Chatham, but owing to the dense palm proves, amid which tne ship lies, it is not possible to estimate the damage. Pending operations for her capture and destruction effective steps are being taken to block the Kontesherg in by linking colliers in the only navigable channel. She i 3 now imprisoned and uuahla to do further harm. The fast vessels which were searching for hor are thus released for other service.

Another large combined operation by fast cruisers against the Emdcn had been for some time in progress. This search covered an immense area. The British cruisers have been aided by trench, Russian, and Japanese vessels working in harmenv. The Melbourne and Sydney were also included in these movements. yesterday morning news was received that the Em den, which had been completely lost to sight after the action with the Zcmtchug. had arrived at Keeling, one of the C'ocos Islands; that she had landed an armed party to destroy the wireless station, and had cut the cable. Here she- was caught and forced to fight the Sydney. A sharp action took place, in which tho Sydney suffered the loss of three killed and 15 wounded. The Emden was driven ashore and burnt. The losses in her personnel are reported to be heavy. All possible assistance was given to the survivors by various ships which had been despatched to the scene. With the exeption of the German squadron off tho coast of Chile, the whole of the Pacific and Indian Oceans is now clear. The First Lord of the Admiralty sent tho following message to the Sydney and the Commonwealth Navy Board : " Wannest congratulations upon the brilliant entry of the Australian Navy into the war, and the signal service rendered to the allied cause and to peaceful commerce', by the, destruction of tho Emden."

WHAT THE CABLE COAIPANY REPORT.

200 OF THE ENEAIY KILLED

SYDNEY. November 11

The Eastern Extension Cable Company state that the company's doctor, who has returned from Keeling, reports that tho Einden's ciptain was not wounded. The prisoners include one of the Kaiser's nephews, who was also uninjured. About 200 of the crew were killed in the fighting. Thirty wounded were taken off the Emden. Some are remaining at Keeling to be picked up by a ship returning from the Cocos Island'?. Nothing has been seen of the Ayesha. The island will be visited frequently while she is uncaptured. The Sydney sank the Emden's collier, which was flooded prior to its capture.

HOW THE EMDEN WAS TRAPPED.

SYDNEY, November 11

Navy Office messages show that the Emden's capture was a clever piece of naval strategy. During the early part of the war the Cocos cable station was well guarded, and the Emden was aware of tho fact. A few weeks aero the guardship disappeared. The operators feared a, raid, realising that a wireless station with a 600-milo radiue, communicating with Perth and Singapore, was a thorn in the Emden's side. When she appeared the operators at once recognised her. The staff watched the fight from the shore. Air H. H. Rowley and Air C. Burnett, of New Zealand, are members of the staff.

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ON THE HIGH SEAS., Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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ON THE HIGH SEAS. Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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