THE NAVAL BATTLE.
THE ALLIES PLEASED. ANSWER TO UNINTELLIGENT QUESTIONS. PARTS, December 11. The newspapers pay glowing tributes to the victorv r , and declare that it is a splendid answer to the unintelligent question “What is the British fleet doing?” It will have considerable consequences, as by it British methods have asserted their superiority. PETROGRAD, December 11. Intense satisfaction is expressed at Admiral Sturdee’a victory, and particularly at the secrecy regarding the movements of the British fleet and tho completeness of the success. A BLESSED DELIVERANCE. NET/ YORK, December 11. Tho newspapers at Buenos Ayres are elated at the victory, as it means the deliverance of commerce in the Atlantic and the return of normal conditions. KNOWN IN BERLIN. , AMSTERDAM, December 11. An Admiralty official notification at Berlin reproduces tho British announcement of tne sinking of three cruisers, and adds: “German losses seem to have been great.” WENT DOWN WITH HIS SHIP. NEW YORK, December 10. A wireless message from Port Stanley states that Admiral Von Spee went down with the Scharnhorst. The Germans tried to avoid tho British, but miscalculated tho latter’s route. AN ENEMY’S SUICIDE. ADELAIDE, December 11. Franz Hosel. a German, committed suicide over Admiral Sturdee’s victory. When he heard the news he became violent. and shot himself with an automatic pistol. CREDIT TO THE ADMIRALTY. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Bun’ Services.) LONDON, December 11. ‘The Times’ says editorially that tho Admiralty deserves credit for tho rapid and thorough fashion with which it has accomplished the retrievable defeat of Admiral Craddock’s squadron. THE CHILE DEFEAT TOLD BY AN~EYE-WITNESS. THE CANOPUS WARNED. LONDON, December 11. A member of tho Otranto’s crew writes : ‘‘The Good Hope. Monmouth, and Glasgow were searching for the enemy—believed to bo three cruisers of the Dresden type. They were ordered to steam northwards at noon on November 1 to sweep tho ocean to Valparaiso. At 4 o’clock tho Glasgow reported that tho Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Leipzig, and Dresden wero in sight. Imagine our horror when wo saw wo had to fight Germany’s most modern ships. There was no retirement, so we prepared for a hopeless battle. The enemy’s speed enabled them to get us with the sun behind. Each fleet was slowly steaming at 16 knots an hour. “ The Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at sunset fired their first broadsides, which fell in front of the Otranto’s bows. Then all the ships fired, except tho Otranto, which was outranged. “The Good Hope’s bridge was afire in five minutes, ana the Monmouth was ablaze a few minutes later, when the Good Hope ordered the Otranto to get out of range. All we could do was to watch our comrades mercilessly shelled, unable to raise a hand to help them. Tho Glasgow continued to fight till 8 o’clock, when tho Otranto steamed away at full speed. The enemy chased the Otranto for 3,000 miles, but tho Otranto deceived them and escaped. “An officer of the Glasgow states that owing to the big sea running and tho gathering darkness it was impossible to locate the fall of our shells; wo could aim only by tho flash of the enemy’s guns. I cannot understand the miracle of our deliverance. Of 600 shells, five struck tho water line, but not in vulnerable places. Our coal saved us three times. Wo had only two guns capable of piercing armor, and of these one was out of action after 10 minutes’ fighting. We made the Strait of Magellan to warn the Canopus, which was 2uo miles southward. It was some hours before we communicated, owing to tho enemy ’jamming’ our wireless.” [The Otranto is an Orient liner, well known on the Australian line. She was being used as an armed merchantman for scouting purposes.] MORE LIES. (London * Times ’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON. December 10. A Berlin message alleges that the ‘Novoo Vremya’ is owned by the proprietors of the London * Thne's ( ’ ana is thus preparing public opinion in Russia for a war against Germany. The ‘Times’ emphatically denies the statement. AND SOME TRUTH. TiONDON, December 10. An Englishman received a letter from Berlin stating that Berlin citizens are confident of victory. Everything is normal, the theatres are open, and the people are enjoying themselves. Being a philatelist. the recipient steamed and removed the stamp Underneath were tho words: “ Berlin m a pitiable state.” ' BACK FROM NEW GUINEA. BRISBANE, December 11. The Morninda has arrived from Rabaul, bringing Lieutenant-commander Bowen, who was injured during the fighting at Herbertshohe; also 20 members of the [Expeditionary Force, 12 being invalids.
SOUTH AFRICAN REBELLION. FINDING OF BEYERS’S BODY, CAPE TOWN, December 10. The _ surrenders of rebels in the Free State included the whole of the rebellious leaders, with the exception of one. JOHANNESBURG, December 10. Official: Beyers’s body has been recovered. He was not wounded, and death was due to drowning. (London * Times * and Sydney ' Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, December 10. ‘The Times’ says editorially: “With the death of General Beyers tho rebellion in South Africa, so far as an organised movement under competent leadership is concerned, is ended.”
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THE NAVAL BATTLE., Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914
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