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A NARROW SHAVE

Om of the officers of iho Undaunted writes*; " Lusty nhe-crs rang from our j slops as tin? first, Herman deistroyor disap- j per. red. At a (distance of [figures deleted] | yard.' a .* ix-imli ivddile ,-he;! stunk her | just before the .Site toppled over I o;i liOf beam ends like a wounded bird, i then righted herself level with, the .surface. ! and finc.iiy plunged how first all in tin;, space of about two minute;, We Imd hv i thy* time closed to [number deleted] yards j range, and the enemy conmnem :<j nring 1 their lorjv'does. As best, we eonid judge | they must have discharged at locust eight,] one missing mir Mr-ri by only n few yards, j Fortunately for us we caught sight of the' bubbles on the surface demiting its trail;, and we just misi-ea the Abcnkir, Dressy,

Hogue, and Hawke's fata by a hair’s breadth. . . . We actually passed over the spot where the first vessel ban sunk, and just, tor the space of a couple of seconds, as we were tearing through the water at over 30 knots an hour, wo caught ,dght of scores of |x>or avretellers floatin'/ about and clinging to the. charred and bin eke nod debris ami wreckage. This war. irnlv a pitiable sight, but re, wo had two more combatants, to put out of action, to stop at .such close range, even in save life, would have, been courting disaster. Wo should merely have been exposing ourselves to torpedoes. Wo had to tear along and try to forgot the gruesome result of our work. The firirvr of the Hermans was poor and inaccurate. One of the officer*, the captain of destroyer SI 19. was so badly maimed that its died shortly afterwards. The total complement of the four

destroyers must have brim about 240. so over 20 rierishecl .in the engagement. which lasted about an hour—a i rmvded hour of glorious life. These wretched Teutons made. a devilish good fijght. Vi'heiher (her stunk to tbell* colors or not when they (omul they were getting the worst wo never found out. for the air v;r,t too fall of fiiuokc and vapor to ii-tii e ‘■ml: detail. AH we oca id rev in ihc w; of flags was our own gallant Union Jack. tb* c-mhlsm of freedom and jactive, hrhig nobly -over our heads.”

The humble wife waiter! one pay night for her husband till 10 oViruk. and thru went to the police .station to sea if he was there. " No. ma'am, he ain't here.'' the sergeant said; "hut sit down and wait wc re. expectin' him every minute.’’

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A NARROW SHAVE, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915

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A NARROW SHAVE Issue 15702, 16 January 1915

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