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THE NAVAL FIGHT

OFF FALKLAND ISLANDS. ENEMY FIRST RUN, » THEN TURN AND FIGHT. SINK RATHER THAN SURRENDER. Tress Association—By Telegraph—Copyright, LONDON. December 25. Officers of Admiral Sturdce'.s sepindrnn state that they were coaling when the Germans approached. While steam was being got up the British crews breaktasted and had a good wash. The squadroll then divided in a certain maimer and commenced the pursuit. When the Germans found what they had run up against they made oil at a speed of 20 knots. They were within rang" alter six hours' steaming, and iiud iug th-it escape was impossible the enemy turned ami accepted tho inevitable. They fought gallantly ami went down with colors Hying. Admiral Sturdce was unable to capture any of the ships, which preferred to sink with the crews. The Nurnherg was sunk after five hours' lighting. 'Cables state that the British are now off the coast searching for the Dresden. YON SFEE'S MISTAKE. STI'RDEE'S. SURPRISE SQUADRON. CNEISKNAU SINKS FIRST. NEW YORK. December 25. The captain of the steamer Orissa states thai. Admiral Sturdce arrived at the Falkland Islands on November 7. The followin:: morning, while some vessels were coaling and another was outside the harbor on guard duty, a Oeriuan wardiip was detected Hearing the lwrw and some minutes kite)' the live German v, .wis were sighted. Admiral Yon Spec, presuming that the 'British cruiser on guard was a!"iio. attempted to cut Imr off, and commenced the action. While the Germans were dosing in'the other British ships came up. and tie Germans, realising that they had been trapped, formed the Scharuhorst, Gneisetiau, and Leipzig into line of battle, while the Nurnherg and lb. sdeii d.'islmd " The Germans opened lire at 10.0f.Q metres, but Admiral Sturdoe did not reply until the vessels were about 0.000 metres apart. Soon there was a terrific bombardment, splendid weather <ondilioiis favoring the gunners.

While one cruiser engaged the Leipzig in a running fight and sank her. the re:t engaged the Sriiarnborsi and (!nei-eiiau. The former sank after a stubborn r■sistame lasting for an hour. Tim .survivors were drawn up in the bows, ami refused to surrender.

The. (Oieiseiiau made s <lcsin>rat ■• ei'fni-i to esr,lj>". lillt U'.-l-' .■! l>att:ivd ;iml ]|..(icli'~v.ivk. and fniindrvt'd in two Imiirs. The was nvi.'i'tiiki'U [lO miles I'ivin the s< ere of the eiiLTiiuenii'iit. ami was (||jiiklv sent to the bottom. The Knli.-ii failed' M nwrtake the Dresden, and a (r>'t'm;ui tran.-[)i>i't. also escaped: l>m tie- *. ■»li:.-1--- u-i'iv sunk a!ter the <tcw, had h.vll I

Throughout tho action the British were short of coal. Boats and everything that would burn were used for fuel.

One British ship was .slightly damaged below the water line, but'the' rest were unscathed. Eight British were killed in the action, and were buried on the 10th. The commander of the Dresden informed the captain of the Orissa that I when the Germans arrived -at the Falkj lands Admiral Von Spec detached a ship j to discover the facts concerning the re- | polled presence of British ships. The I cruiser returned ami reported that British cruisers were in sight. Admiral Von j Slice prepared for battle, and when he j discovered that ho had nuder-cstimated I .the strength of the British he persisted in | fighting.'hut ordered the Leipzig. DresI den. :;ud Nurnherg to retire beyond range wl.il;, the Schaniher.st am! Guoisonau gave : battle. I THE BRITISH SHIPS. NAMES NOT DISCLOSED. | -BATTLE CRUISERS ENGAGED. ! LAi-T OF THE SCHARNHORST. SINKS BURNING FIERCELY. LEIPZIG'S 1.A.-sT KICK. i NEW YORK. Dec'inber 26. Further details of lb- Falkland Islands ■light show that twi! British battle cruisers ! lav in Id-ling until Admiral Von Spec i attack,.,! the si..idler ships: then the batik' i cnii-ers came tearing along, each with : its oiu and I'rin mms swung out for ' atti.m. Admiral Yon Spec then realised i that he had medo a terrible mistake. .\,Va.i'.\hilc the ilrin guns raked the ' Schanihiirst am! Cmis.'iiau from stem to >!-! ii. opening gaping holes in their sides. ]■'!,•!,ncs 'apuearod in the upper works of hnth s'-ins, :,,;,! they sh.wly heeled ..\ eland Mink'. The Sdiaruhorst' sank ablaze. j In the figlu with the Lein/ig most of 'the British casualties were sustaiii'd when 'th;, Loiori ■■■ was sinking. The British [ eea--e.-l to lire, lowered boats, and started 'in >\.s,r.e the .aids. Then the Leipzig Manled another .-led aboard a Biitish vi-,, I. The latter immediately poured a bro,; h-ide into the enemy. 'the Briti-'h ~l!i-,--.-s, h.-w.wr. expressed regret fir I this, and said it was the outcome of ! the heat of battie. They are in- lined m '. believe that the Lfiprigs last shot was iaechleiltll. 1 The British .-rrdscrs stopped to rescue :h • Nurnberg's survivors, enabling the Dresden and the transport ship Prinz Eio'l Friedrich to i- ape. 'the < Inoiseiiau was out of ammunition I \vl"i! she sank. Some of l! fiieers ! sto, :i ai attention, and the ship's Clee ■ Club sang ' Die W;" lit am Rhein' as the .-i:i{> went down. A }::>■.:<• number o) her ; re-.v were res-nod. j Both of Admiral Yon Spec's sons p.-r----liriiel. I The British and French colonists m i Montevideo gave a brilliant reception in j honor of Admiral Sturdoe. I AT THE RECEPTION. ' ADMIRAL STURDEF. SPEAKS. LONDON. Do. ember 25. R, titer's Montevideo correspondent states .that Admiral Sturde-. n plying to the Brilish Minister's gieeiing.' .-.aid Earl ; I,'obens ivi oiHiticnded military pivparai tarns, and if he had keen listened to the 'war would have bevn averted. British Maisiii'.-c-' men. begetting their true interests, employed (.err.ians for reasons of [ c onomy. He hoped that traders and British'.-■hioning < omnaiiicc bad learned a

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THE NAVAL FIGHT, Evening Star, Issue 15686, 28 December 1914

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THE NAVAL FIGHT Evening Star, Issue 15686, 28 December 1914

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