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LOSS OF THE BULWARK.

SPEECH BY LORD C. BERESFORD. NAVY NEVER BETTER. WE SHALL WIN” IN THE END. STATEMENT BvTIR CHURCHILL. (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, November 30. In the House of Commons Lord Charles Berosford referred to the loss of the Bulwark, and called it a. tragedy unprecedented in the history of the Navy. He deprecated conclusions as to the cause until after the inquiry. He was specially desirous during the present excitement regarding enemy aliens that the loss should not bo attributed to treachery. The public seemed to harbor doubts on the Navy’s capabilities for carrying out the duty entrusted to it. The Navy was in better condition as regards shins, training, and men than it was ever before. People need not have the least alarm about an invasion. It was impossible now that the Navy was organised for war and had been warned against underrating the enemy. He believed the German navy would come out at night and in a fog. In the confusion none could say what might happen. But whatever happened, luck or no luck, we shall win in the' end. His advice was: Trust in the Navy, end you will be fully repaid. Mr Churchill said it was impossible at present to disclose his orders, without which the public were unable to form a judgment on the action In the Pacific, the loss of cruisers on the Dutch coast, and the naval expedition to Antwerp. He paid a tribute to the newspapers for the way they had helped the course of military operations and upheld the interests of the country. Ho looked forward hopefully to the day when all parts of the naval administration could be weighed by the nation. ■ . v

and carrying ten 13.Sin guns) in June, 1912. The crew were engaged in filling her magazine at Devonport, and were just on the point of completion when a 13.Sin shell slipped from the sling and foil a distance of 30ft on to the magazine floor. The crew rushed away, but the fuse, though dented, by a miracle did not explode. Hud it done so, the ship must have been destroyed and the town damaged.]

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LOSS OF THE BULWARK., Issue 15664, 1 December 1914

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LOSS OF THE BULWARK. Issue 15664, 1 December 1914

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