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VON SPEE'S LUCK. JUST ESCAPED THE AUSTRALIA. SLUR ON NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT. SYDNEY, December 7. The ' Sun's' Melbourne correspondent writes regarding tho Scharnhorst and Gneisenan's escape from the Western Pacific that it has been established that when H.M.A.S. Australia, was called away from the chase to convoy the Now Zealand contingent to Samoa she was within a few hours of getting upon Admiral Von Spee's track. The New Zealand Government, in their impetuous desire to get their troops to Samoa, sent them to sea under the care of the Psyche and Philomel, and then suddenly recalled the expedition, cabled to the Admiralty, and secured the Australia's assistance. Later came the interruption caused by the Australian expedition to New Guinea. Although Senator Millen was anxious to speed the seizure of the German South Pacific possessions he gave Admiral Patey a free hand as to tho time of the departure. The troops were held up at Thursday EaUand for many days while Admiral Patey scoured the seas for the German cruisers. Being unable to locate them, he picked up the transports and sailed for FUbauJ. One result of the escape of Admiral Spee's fleet is the determination of both Federal parties to change the naval agreement, owing to a feeling that the dual control embarrassed the operation of the Australian ships.

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THE PACIFIC CRUISERS., Issue 15670, 8 December 1914

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THE PACIFIC CRUISERS. Issue 15670, 8 December 1914

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