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I ENEMY PREFER FLIGHT TO ■ FIGHT. Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. ■ LONDON, December 18. A Hull trawler (the Cassandra), while HO miles away from Scarborough, after Hbh« be- . rdments saw a German Dveadand seven Other warships rapidly The shells hissed overhead. Tho ■British squadron, ten. miles in the rear, Hfollowed, tiring for half an hour, but Hgradually relinquished the chase. Corresponrier ts on tho east coast ■gest that the Germans followed the British Htrawlera, knowing that from a safe position they would bo able to reach England without*much danger from the minefield®. ’The Times’s ’ naval correspondent says that owing to the weather conditions the distance front which the German;; fired is difficult to ascertain. The number of ships waft most likely five, specially chosen for their heavy armament and great speed. They would probably be the Von der Tann, Moltke. Seydlitz. Biuchev, and 1 loon. The British coast, defence system is based on the principle that only containing resources of national importaneo ought to be xort’fied; other plaits, such as those '•■ lawfully bombarded, should be protected their unfortified condition. THE CASUALTY BOLL. i.lO KILLED, *405 WOUNDED. * LONDON, December 18. The total casualties as the result of the east coast bombardment were:—llo killed, '405 wounded. These figures include Hartleto.-’ 's? c'v ; o' IU o 8 soldiers, and 4 —-i~ .Had we ... . . Ten persons were killed and 11 wounded during the naval engagement oft' Hartlepool. - AMERICAN OPINION. - COWARDLY. MURDEROUS MALICE/’ BUT PART OP THE GERMAN GAME. LONDON, December 18. The ‘Daily Telegraph’s’ New York correspondent says that the \\ all street journal describes" tho bombardment of undefended places as an act of cowardly, murderous malice, which will do Germany more harm than good. One of tho prevalent views in America is that the confusion ax>parently dominating Germany’s military staff has extended to tho High .Sea Fleet, whose enforced inactivity must have been very galling, NEW YORK, December 18. Captain Von Papon, German Attache, has issued a statement regarding tho naval attacks on the English coast, in which he contends that these did not infringe The; Hanie Convention, aft Article 1 prohibits attacks only upon unfortified or undefended places. Tho English, towns were fortified or defended, hence tho attacks. [Scarborough and, Whilbv are not fortified.—Ed. E.S.] « ITALIAN OPINION. WHAT DOES GERMANY CARE? LONDON, December 18. Rome newspapers severely censure the bombardment of open towns not situated in the region of tho war operatin '. They quote this phrase from tho official German communication of December 10, which protested against bombing Freiberg. ROME, December 18. Tho ‘Messagevo ’ says “ Aviators merely flew over Freiberg to bomb military buildings. The German" bombardment of ‘British towns was intended to destroy evtrvtbing and kill unarmed citizens, thus proving the hatred burning in the German people and the Kaiser against tho British. A similar action may bo repeated, but Germans will never land on British soil.” MERELY BAD TEMPER. NO CAUSE "TOR WORRY. (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney ‘ Sun Services.) LONDON, December 17. ‘Tho Times’*’ militarv correspondent derides the German raid on the coastal towns, which, he says, merely' exhibits a wild state of temper on account of Germane's many disappointments. “An imbeaten and greatly superior fleet, backed by 1,300,000 troops, leaves no cause for anxiety, and our land defences are adequate.” BRITISH SHIPS CANNOT BF. EVERYWHERE. (London ‘ Times * and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, December 17. ‘Tho TimesV naval correspondent says that tho distance from Heligoland to Hartlepool is SCO miles—rather less than from Borkurr,—and vessels capable of steaming 20 knots an hour can cover the - distance in 15 hours. It is quite dark now at 5 in the afternoon, and if tho warships left at this hour they would bo off _ our coust at 8 next morning. Groat Britain cannot have a superior force at any and every place the enemy may select for a hastv raid, bur eastern coastline is 600 miles long*, and tho fleet baa other duties to perform. A TRAIL OP MINES. LONDON, December 18. The ‘Morning Post’ says that six German ships were engaged in tho raid. It is not known whether tho fire from the shore batteries had any effect. Tho ‘Daily Express’ says Che Germans dropped mines to prevent pursuit. INSURANCE CLAIMS. ' (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) LONDON, December 17. Underwriters who had accepted large amounts for insurance of pianos on the east coast against bombardment have received many claims TRAITORS TO BE SHOT. LONDON, December 18. Patrols on the east coast have been ordered to shoot prisoners caught signalling in any manner or exhibiting any lights visible at sea. A STEAMER MINED. LONDON, December 18. The Norwegian steamer Vaaren was mined in the North Boa* Four of tho crew were landed at Grimsby, and 13 were drowned, including tho English pilot. CADET SHIP MINED. PARIS, December 18. An official message from Trieste states that the Austrian cadet ship Beethoven was mined and sunk. All the cadets and sailors on hoard‘were drowned. LATEST MINE YARN. LONDON. December 18. The Cnnard Company deny the truth of the story about the Transylvania. [The cable message (American) stated, that two mines collided a short distance before the Transylvania’s bows and exploded, throwing a huge column of water In the air. A fragment of steel tore the railings of the vessel’s side. At the time 366 passengers were aboard. Tho force of tho explosion lifted tho steamer's bow out r * watexj ,

LOSS OP GERMAS CRUISER CONFIRMED. PETROORAD, Decemberlß. Tho German cruiser 'Priediich Karl was sunk during a sortie of the Baltic fleet. Two-thirde of the crew perished, 200 beitiß rescued. [This cruiser waa 1904, of P,858 tons displacement, 18,500 h.p., and carried four B.2in, ten 5.9 in, ten 3.4 in, and fourteen smaller q.f.]

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A SPLENDID HAUL., Issue 15680, 19 December 1914

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