MR SPENCE AND THE ZEPPELINS.
TO THE KDITOR. •Sir,—.Since Mr Speiico, soon after tho war commenced, gave us his views on the German aircraft, and stated that- in this line, as, in others the enemy was so much i in advance of us and our Allies, the course |of events ha.s shown that, in this he has I been misinformed, both as, regards the j enemy's strength in this branch and the I speed and efficiency of aeroplanes v. airship.-'. Mr Spenee now plumes himself on the fact that a Zeppelin, with an escort of aeroplanes, has hovered -over Calais and the Channel, but it. will bo time enough for him to crow over any statement I have hazarded in respect to Zeppelins and to tay '"I told you so" when they have done the damage lie anticipates.—l a-m, etc.. F. 0. Bridgemak. j January 13. [Mr Snonce answers : Mr Bridge-man is now more wary than he was—for he does not commit himself to much beyond an ominous hint that the time to crow over the statements which ho "hazarded" about Zeppelins has not <eme. ,n« certain);.' did deny that n Zeppelin will be escorted by aoroj planes, and that lump of assertion will !bo duly crowed over hv and bye. That is the (rouble that he fears. Otherwise he sidetracks as hard as ho knows. My views on German aircraft were not given "soon after the war commenced.'' They were not extended until this week and have not been given fully yet. There is a. cheap appeal to the prejudice of the moment in the first sentence, about tho i superiority of the Allies over our enemy, j This brunt lam willing to bear. .Mr | Bridge-man should demonstrate that the j Allies were well in front of the j Germans in aircraft when the war j bega-n. When ho does that he wins on ! the subject which he has been revolving round ior some time. The letter closes with a vague allusion to the, damage by Zeppelins which, lie says, f "anticipate." I have not anticipated anything' much beyond stating that the Zeppelin is the feari some tighter of the air, and can carry over three tons of explosives. There is, 'therefore, a good deal imported into the letter in a veiled way which is not germane to the original thesis—a device in controversy that ought not to be resorted to.]
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MR SPENCE AND THE ZEPPELINS., Evening Star, Issue 15701, 15 January 1915