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THE AIRY WAR.

SKILL COUNTERS TRIPLE RISKS. THE HYPOCRITE. MASK OFF UNITED STATES, j STRAIN OF SEARCH. WHAT JT .MEANS TO BOARD A NEUTRAL. i ' i [By A. Pr-EMT..] fb.o.-l tc.:n'.■ ;ir it. was for public opinion, tin l intronid fii'aolc at Cuxhaven has left other marks. It, h;is done material damage, ■*■•■):il;-*. mi the other hand, every British surlaeo ship ranic home undamaged after three hours' trial at tho most novel (oiilli.t which the world lias seen. i Estimates e,f the damage vary. 'The j Tinier' says that {hero is excellent reason I'.'i- believing that one parse-va! and j its shed went, up in smoke. Several Zep~ | peliu ri'\-(>l••'itiir hangars also did not es-i-aiM'. Oiler a,, mints hint that the Oerj man fori ire-at ions received doses from the j sirv whmh did tint do them any good. '■■ There is every reason to believe these j a.-. -o.n.ts. for it is obvious that no aviator j could stav three hours above a. target so | big ;.s ili" io", 11 of Cuxhaven without hitting somethim'. The taeti'-s are trnt'p than interesting. j I'.hmjarkets maiming the artillery of the I British < rm ers must, have wondered—if ! t li'-y had any time to wonder —how they i would catch it this, minute or next. There | cas the trip l " ■danqom-onn from, the ai>\ lone under -.vater. and one from straightI shoot inq by :>. visible enemy. How to avoid ;di that 1 lire"-fold nuisance; j Our entenn-ise drew near to the shores j fif Oevmany in a dark star-lit night. It J was ('!:: i.-t'; as niornin-r, and they r-ame j hearing ( 'liri.-: mas qifls. Like, Santa | t'iaus. tiny w.-'-e dps, ending on Cuxhaven i (hr.mqb the ( !ii:nney and the roof. Enj term.; lioihroiaod Light a fog shut off the. j u;ii !■ m !c. This was bad for the aviators. I and tlx-re .-cms {■> have been some eonsi.itation bv the res|iousible commanders, no doubt cite, te.J by wireless. Jt was ■ h-'-iii- d that, li-' raid should go on, the libers evidently concluding that while the mi.-t mi.,iii spoil the aim on Cuxbaveii it. v. ou!d eoually interfere with the Zeppelin iittae.'-: on the, British ships. I'nder this | jn 11 tin; Arethusa and Undaunted steam, d in. i i c.)i.i) i n (; o]-• i' suiniA n i x es. Tim risk for these two little .ships was enormous, lor Cimhaven is the chief German base tor submarines. In holding off tin's form of attack tho British Navy has, qiveii us som. thing wliieh is old in theory, but absolutely new in practice, lioiind the cruisers a swarm of destroyers ej'ri ie.l a: besL speed, while the stcerers on. the .\ret iuisa and Undaunted (no doubt i using the telemotori maintained tiie. ready ! helm. On rle,-k the gunners rocked up I tiie hiqh-anqlc qui! wal-hing for the Zep- | peii,,, whi. hj V.->c 1,M,,1d to appeal'. Tim j (Tie, live ramie f.,r hmnnii submarine, tor- | j.'-./0.-s m about join- miles, .--; ;>:<■• wo.-2: j must have be;, arduous. ! SHELL AND ZEPPELINS. j •'•nil .-.!'.-;■ k. ~.u (.he Zeppelins, came to i i-houl. all mat might b" «-.\p<'ct,cd l and the 1 l-liols. .hwiiv. a: ,i were doubtless .spoilt, by ': f.._'. I :■ ■ !bit:~h admission is that tho ; aim v, a- • lately g-«,-d,'' and that tho j ma:-,-.-t bomb il--w 20 yards wide. One ! destroyer iiad a, hef time, and theio wero | many narrow . ,-cape.s. In i!io return at- : '.!, k i ue lltitish used -.--"ui-apm-l. It. .'cciiis '•.main, says iln- cable, that sonm hits i w. p-. made, 1 mi. tii.-.-,-; woe, not tullick-nt '. o iiup.iir n;:-\ :ga,t i"n. i I i-e ii i.v'q'.-ii ion et a Zeppelin cannot he. iuipaii'-.l much l'V any jTOJr-i t.ile. Such , .-i ni !;■ ■:■;! !■-.-■ as 'B.-ii'.li on. Aitille.ty ' Jay ! 'he the,.iv of t-.-K'nq tli.'tn alicrht- bv in- ' •.•udiaiy Viu-i! liai '<■„ its 1 iu-.-i-ndiary eh dl cut, is the. envelope of i ityiioqeu wi'.h j'l s ii'se full of d.-stntc- - ii,e,, ;.,„| i. in.-taiitly put. out on chemical oiii: Iple. J i" the. hydrogen burr.p on the. oc'sde o; th" ctivrlotic ope. of the. crew in ;;.e , ar liantb.'-rs up arid pine it, out.. i h-- >!o, ; h- ;; tic i )--i.->eri "ihH.tiqh a^ si: ■ i-.'bii.c.y i-i-.iit. and tiie. Zepp.dJn does ' i - ;, o :-,.-i:d to t'.o ground in tlra!.- bl.izo el 1 :'nq .rnui s-- dear <<> lit.-, heart of I li-- l.i-ii in •'■:,■ itr..t. iviio lias soaked I i )]im..--ii" (,u m- lodi ini.i fo,- a generation.! ; Zcpjieiii.:- have 0, _•;; = ~,\n] :a'. tm-'-nte at I i ]•■ ,'-!. \ev ~,: e . ~■ /, !; \- S)v, uiav bo i ; '!:el. b-ii" tie, .-bin jetninu-. And "here, j ; ;r, ■■, :■ p ■:,,( ( ••: i;'-spond<-!it of tiie I,on- ! -I. ii • .-'! •:..,•.-•.' on t-ei-vii e j.ef,, : ,. Adiiau- ! ■ ■:.'- . it. an linti"!:' of .-o'liril waifaie ihat. ii-- eer , .i:l,i ■. s the nil-hip's yaj.-ty . j ! : -aw a 'liama in i h.-i air. li ...••....■.! t!-e ,o;:oke liwds of the. Bul-;--i:;an li-'q- q-en.-, .•=■ "-net ililiq; tivtit];lcd c: -i :■;!: T ■■! • i ;,. lie:- left, of Tiie four tali ! i-dii.-".-,.-'- <-i •':;<■ :ieil iuoM|!!c<i of Adriati- | .i':-!iip vibi.ii ..an :ht ties rays of lh--| :.'d .-:--.-idily 'o a fair height, though I 1.-. li.-\..- ii v.a~ i-liicrcd .at,'one cud. it -,,,-e. ~!., vc ;„.■!. .-fid eiomr] i,.;,, a. qrca! it .inoiiilbt -: \\ hteh lasted .ibe.iit 10 mh.tr !-. '!!.,.], ftiitd"uly tiieio was a •,.i: ; li ■ ( hip of 1 illumes, and a. shell bur--t. to 1 he li it oi the airship. f ttave a qre.a-.. cry. 1: s,-< nto| to me that the frail , :ai':. had burst, into uothhii'iK*.= . ]'o-, ,-. '• j,- ,-,,,,;-,. is la'-r, '.Oie), the ai:-h-i, -i'lh r l 1.-.\ (fieiiiv above 1 lie I,..•'■•'. ai .-oei.-u" h'r T. B. Ma-i.Mo-iien) :,.,.: re.-iqiv ,■',, :::,d (,n tins: "One hour of heaim.it;.- <■■:■ a .-: ,v ;'-,;.,;/•/ balJ, on ti- ,'.-;■ t he lie' ..;" tiie i.-iiniikabh- . -..ti,,- I',-, m !, -r ad.- ( r- i.oi -..„-. y" Mr Ma M ■ '';■ n. v ho was. he hist, eye- • -a hj m.-- to : . ,- ■,!..- I ie, 1...111 air i:i;o liiin-i v . :: . ..-S.T.I. I - I hj" o::;y n.i.-.-i!.-; d.ill-l-ious I oi .:. /, p.p. Ie --. i- 'no t.iMcr than tiie ! d-riqihl,.. 'Ta!.., j-inq'ai.d's bi; s-ap1a...,, | l.nii; or atl.■et.ii..; Cm 7.-} 'p-liiis. Wh, n ! .-.'., "horn".'.. • liuli. I all" a. miim 'whi[.. a j /h-j ~.-]■ u -as i,i11.-l er the to-111. 11d.a!,, j V.'lia;. Mr IMa -M--, hmi -ays may be: tnie —ir- mi", in fa.-i - -but 't.he- I;'i-iti(-h | l-yinq i.a.f, aware -,f \},r[ v f!cliei,-m y m I aireraft. int.'-s.dimcd tho pergonal elemeei, a*-. Cuxhaven. 'l'ii'y tool: the init-i----a'ive. attained lin< li'iqht whieij. suii>-d, j . et red tii" esluary -,f the J-ilbe. stayed j lini.i tlii-e lioMir-, .'nd left, nullarincd. I li, (■:,,-. of til" ca.iihs tf'"ro i : -' a plain! admission is pu*-. in tlm left,-handr<l I way so common :;i the. nKsf-ar---'?.. "Tho! /.'--pjielius had no terror.- ?o r t.ho British j qunneris,'' .-.« thus the. <<ibie. Thero is j ]./•!.-• tit>]v<' ,-,-,nfe.-?!on of a, terror whiclx • j e<,p!e j].-.., era.. r i]ow,--d io know about. | Me.iniinv th<-ie is tim that thor.nlv avtiiler\- atta-k prrietieablo on rigid air-iiips is fihrat-nel. T.h'j fiame shelf is oat.---!, at, ! r-lira;i'-.<-1 to he poor sitiff to meet, ;l s.t rr.k<- which will come FootiT or later. Tin-: iivpociUT!-:. At las! v.- liiiv.. u.rn i ia- mask oif the i'-.,..,,: the CniCd S'-i.-itc.-.. 'Chat aqgloniftfan'iy' fa l-.-l,'. '- • L. Va'ia'y :•!!■-. a i.d ' ,-!., ma m exaqqeratioii never was. and never will l>e, a.:a iiitiid oi oars. I recall with eveat

clearness a conversation 'which I had eJj&t years ago with the military commander of Samoa—a junker arid a cavalry man. Ha said: " What a pity wo have all got tho wrong alliances, and everybody's touting after America. Ido not'count America as a, snap of the fingers, though, everybody —my counttv and yours—is running after her. Bah!"

Bah! certainly, and Bah! Tt a-p----peras that the stringencies imposed hj? the British Admiralty in tho Atlantic have at letifrth unniEsked this and he eomef- now, with a. stoutly-worded noto of protest, showing why he should be permitted, to food Germans and prolong tho war. That note mentions tha "moral effect" on the Yankee exporters. If any moral effort can reach the Yankee conscience it will lie a wonderful effect. Tho quickest way is to kick him in tho purse, and Mr Churchill is doing it, it scorns. in a way. Bet what a task i» throws on our gallant Xo,vy in a war \u which belligerents and non-bellifteront« do< fire to strain its personnel to breaking point. Tho strain of examining cargoes irt the Atlantic is heavy when tho catchwords .".to lifted and tho reality becomes apparent. We have Bigelow's special pleading in the cables to-day—good ttr laugh at. THAT BlfiHT OF SBABCH. " I vill dhrow dot scheep on you? hands!"' That exclamation must be .passing as ordinary currency in the Atlant c every day now, in these days when wo hear so much about tho right of search. There must- be daily encounters between young English naval lieutenants and fat Scandinavian captains. There is nothing wliieh a nival officer dreads to hear so much as tho. words: ** I will throw my ship on your hands."' A fat tramp loads at New York. Copper or any other notion In contraband hs hoisted in first. On top of it 2.000 tons of non-contraband are placed fully in accoraihincG with tho principles laid down in ' Steven? on Stowage.' A bogus set of papers i.<; made out by tho merchants behind that illegal ship. She sails for her destination. Somownere in mid-Atlantio a, British eruiscr meets her, has heard a.iiiut her, and decide.!? to heave her to. "Commander X. is on tho bridge, obeying the time-honored naval injunction to " carry on." The neutral, with the contraband, flying the doephtiod flag of Norway, let as say, shuts off tdeam and waits. Commander X. summons Sub-lieuteiia.nt T.—the smallest man always for the most trying job—and sends him with a boat's crew. ,Sub-lieu-temmt T. perhaps has a w'fo and children in London to think of, and promotion, as well as diegraoe, before him as ha goes into the. boat. Anything may happen. On the deck of the alleged Zsorweqian lie encounters a skipper, fat and full of smiles. Sub-lieutenant T. does not flinch from a job whirh may make or mar him. •• Your papers, captain !" he demands. " Uis way. hauptman of der Mode," rejoins the cheery fkipper, showing tho way down the companion. The bogus papers are spread. Sub-lieu-tenant T. is not satisfied, lie decides to exorcise, his legitimate, right of search a little further. He intimates that ho would l ; ke to have the hatches off. Tho wedges in the combings urn knocked away, tho tarpaulins lifted, and so on. Sub-lieu-tenant 'J', looks down on 2.000 tons of legitimate cargo, and grows angry. "Lift it oudt mil your hunds, mein boy— two dousand tons, h»>in ? Contraband, hein ? English search, hein? Vot vo?. you aboard mein scheep for. hein? X vill dhrow- dot scheep on your hands!" A gust of galbng laughter by th« foreigner follows, suitably echoed by tho smaller each inn at ions of tho crew. Tho sub-lieutenant wotdd not have that, ship thrown on his hands for anything, for, liko tho batsman waiting for tho " googlie," ho might strike, a " wrong 'uu" any time, and find it hard to justify hk act ; oa before a prize court, to say nothing of international complications. £Y> ho leaves, much more, in anger than in sorrow. Such t-hines must wrack tiro spirit of searching ships. There was a message last week that they were applying the, Rontgen rays to New York cargoes before tho winches lifted them. In truth, no rays of any kind can fathom a Yankee conscience. Some years ago there was a. fiteamer ad Dunedin which ran tho blockade in and out of Port Arthur more than onc«9, and. tho captain simply exploded at tho mention of the "right of search." "Look hero," he once said to the. writer, "when you got a naval search party on board, all you have to do ia to threaten to throw a. British ship, or any other ship, on their hands. It won't he fiva minutes after that before you see them going over the* t-ide."'

TO CORRESPONDENTS. ""W.O."'—German publications rcceived.Thcy are very interesting.

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THE AIRY WAR., Evening Star, Issue 15688, 30 December 1914

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