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RACE FOR THE SEA.

it was found not only to be very much alive, but wonderfully well placed. It marched from Senlis to f'oulommiers, and thus came on to Von Kluck’s. southern flank. The German flank guard was then itself outflanked. Placed as he was between Manourny and the British, Von Klnck became so salient that there could only be one result. It is the story of the Marne in tabloid form. When the German flank guard was assaulted in this rude fashion from two sides none of the other German armies wore safe, and the retreat to the Aisne became inevitable. It was stunning strategy, simple though it may seem to be on paper. Such movements m iifia&a, sa* ' *

submarine is sunk by the shot or sinks by her own volition. With peri,■=(■'>non clouded by th© night and the spray tin* Germans came at it again two hours later. This time they tried the eastern entrance, but tho defenders were fully alert, and four searchlights picked them up. The Germans must have been awash then t for eearchlights pick up no periscopes m the night. Two hundred shots were fired, and the destroyers—'best antidote for submarines—come out too. Naturally a great number of resident* jumped out of bed to watch the duel of wit against wit. The gunners defending the eastern entrance claim to have hit a* submarine, as ting mw » enw&te

of oQ po so to the surface, The same tort of yarn, was told lb a different way bye one of the gunners of the drossy. Tl» A air bubbles and the oil are certainly the 1 symptom which tells that a wufcmanoe is ! done with, hut how do they pick these up ' on a dark, rainy morning t t THE REAL DOVER DANGER. 1 The Admiralty does not confirm the story, and the onus is tlj*srefore placed on the gunner to explain whether ho fired a panic fusillade. He is doubtless the more honest party to the argument. The real Dover danger is one which wan never thought of by the public. It is a danger (o afi ports with narrow entrances, and the British naval bases —Dover. Gibraltar, Dovonport, Rosyth, and others—share that peril In. common. Any night a number of merchantmen, filled with some- '' thing heavy, might be sunk in those narrows end bottle up fleet*. ‘ CHILE AND CHIQANE. • Otranto, armed liner, gives us a fur* f ther instalment of the chicane of war, | It modifies and contradicts seven or eight j previous accounts of the battle off the i coast of Chile, but otherwise carries its T element of interest i— 1 1. We were searching for three cruisers believed to bo of the Dresden type. 7 . . . Imagine our horror when wo 1 found that we had to fight Germany's • most modern, ships. [A clear miscal- {, dilation in naval reconnaissance if the {• account is true.] ! 2. The enemy's speed enabled them to get ; • ns with the sun behind. Each fleet ■ was steaming slowly at 16 knots an hour. [AU that they could steam.] 3. The enemy chased the Otranto for 3,000 miles. [A strong story.] 4. I cannot (says an officer of the Glasgow) understand our deliverance. Of 600 shells, five struck the waterline.; . . . Our coal saved us three tunes. 1 [ The saving Influence of coal as au i adjunct to protection is well under- i stood in the Navy. In the darkness y it seems that both sides were firing 7 at the flash.] j 5. The Glasgow had only two guns cap- ; able of piercing armor, [She has! none.] '■ 6. Wo made the Strait of Magellan, 200. miles southward, to warn the Cano- j pus. [Previous accounts said that} the latter was only 15,000 yards, away.] \ Excited eye-witnesses are doubtless im- j ■ reliable, and, as war always opens the! avenue to lying on a huge scale, one’s ( vision grows more and more confused, j There is, however a very interesting tack- : onto this confusion. It was some hours before communication could be established with the Canopus owing to the enemy “ jamming ” the British wireless. Such a duel between wireless operators is almost certain to be the first phase of the battle in the North Sea. As soon as the German fleet comes out its operators will struggle to fog up the wireless service from the light British ships scouting inshore. FALKLAND ISLAND BATTLE. The Admiralty does not, so far as one can see, intend to give the names of tha 1 ships which sank the Bcharnhorst. Gncieenau. Leipzig, and Nuraherg (possibly the Dresden, too), but a wireless message irom Port Stanley (Falkland Islands) states that Count Von Spee perished with his ship. If Mr Churchill decides that wo may not have the news, we mnst willingly bow. Perhaps ha does not wish the enemy > to know whether he has or has not made detachments from Home. Tucked into a humbler cable is an intimation that Buenos Ayres la elated, as the battle means a deliverance of com- j merco'in the Atlantic, and the return to’ “ normal conditions." In other words, the meat of Now Zealand’s great commercial > rival, the Argentine, will now go Homo as j usual. It was at this meat, possibly, that Count Von Spee meant to alike. Three Count Von Spee meant to strike. t Other messages call for a word ; “The Germans desired to avoid the British, < but miscalculated tha latter’s route.” That) looks like a combined sweep of some kind. _i Petrograd gloat® over the British secrecy* in the matter. Petrograd is a city ofj) aristocratic officials, and the joy of tha - * aristocrat is natural, Paris flaunts mi J answer to the question: “’What is the| British fleet doing?” Dhy any answer?! The British fleet has certainly done very I well. ;

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RACE FOR THE SEA., Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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RACE FOR THE SEA. Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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