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AVIATORS CHASE BOMB FIENDS

ANOTHER AERIAL RAID OVER PARIS. German aviators again flew over Paris towards the end of October in n Taube aeroplane, and dropped six bombs. Fortunately no ono was injured, and very little damage was done. An attempt was made, to wreck the Gare du Nord, and a bomb was dropped through the roof, but fell harmlessly on the platform. The other bombs were, dropped near tho Moulin Rouge, in the Ruo Pouchot, the Rue Cauchois, and the Boulevard Bessieres. Several French airmen sot out in pursuit of tho Gorman raiders. As showing tho determined character of the attack on the Cathedral of Notre Dame it is now proved that four bombs were aimed at that sacred edifice. Three glanced off tho sloping roof, one falling into the garden of the Archbishop’s palace and two ricochetting into ' the Seine. Mr Edmond Harancourt, a member of tho Commission of Historic Monuments, happened to be an eye-witness of this attack. Accompanied by a canon and a couple of firemen, he afterwards made an examination of the rocf, and found that six of the oak beams supporting it under the north transept had been damaged. There were holes in the roof largo enough for a man to crawl through, and some of the lead roofing had been melted. The glass surrounding the clock on the west front of the north transept was riddled with bullets from the ono bomb that exploded on the cathedral and did all the damage. One of the beams was also sat on fire. There were very few people on the boulevards at the time of the passing of the Taubes, and there was no sort of panic. It may b© only a coincidence, but it is significant that the appointment is announced of General Hirschaur to the command of the Aeronautic Service. One of the bombs which fell carried the message: “Antwerp has fallen. Your turn next. Kisses.” . ,

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AVIATORS CHASE BOMB FIENDS, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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AVIATORS CHASE BOMB FIENDS Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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