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GERMAN AIRMEN

LONDON, January 20. A German aeroplane at 8.30 p.m. bombed Yarmouth, and considerable, damage was done. One bomb fell on to tho sea front, another on the South Quay, a third near the Drill Hall, and a. fourth at the Trinity Depot. After 30 minutes the aeroplane escaped in the darkness. It is believed to have been a Zeppelin. At Yarmouth five bombs were dropped, and three persons were killed and several houses shattered. Front there it went, to Sheringiinm and dropped two bombs without damage. It reached Kino's .'Lynn at .10.30 p.m.. and dropped four bombs, and afterwards some bombs near Sandrineham. VISIT EXPECTED. WHAT HAPPENED AT YARMOUTH. several lives lost. LONDON', January 20. News of the raid wa.s published in London at nudr.iirlit: Previously special constables had "been called "out, firemen gathered at the stations, and anti-aircraft guns manned. Searchlights were playing throughout the evening, and there was a general expectation that the leng-threat-ened Zeppelin was coming'. There was a sensation when the news of tho atlempt on Sundringham was received. Fortunately the King had returned to London prior to the outrage, bavin:; left Sandringharu on Tuesday afternoon. The night was dark and still. At Yarmouth the places of amusement were in full swing, and many people were in the streets, where the. noise of the. propellers first attracted attention. Then an aircraft; was ~cc\i coining from the northeast, and Hashes of a searchlight were occasionally seen. The Zeppelin crossed the centre of tho town, dropping bombs from a low elevation. Hearing the explosions, many streamed out of their houses, while others followed the advice of the authorities and concealed their families in the basements. The authorities immediately cut off the electric light and telephone.-;." Police and special constables were despatched in everv direction to succor the injured. The whole period of the bomb-dropping did not exceed 10 minutes. Tho first bomb at Yarmouth fell upon the recruiting ground. Immediately after the airship searchlight flashed," the town and neighborhood were shaken by the reverberation of the explosion. Windows were broken everywhere. When tho bomb" foil on the Drill Hall, which was struck but not greatly damaged, regardless of the cautions they had received, the majority of the townsfolk rushed into the streets. Terrifying explosions followed in -five or six parts of tho town. Tho full damage done will not: be known until daylight. It is impossible at present to estimate the. killed and injured, but the ruinous condition of many buildings suggests that, the casualty fist may be heavy, particularly as "most people were at home at the time. The chief da mayo done was in the congested area, of St. Peter'.-* road. v. here, it is reported, four persons were killed in the road. In the main thoroughfare and leading parade the broken plate-glass of shops cut several people. One bomb broke the windows of /JO houses in Yarmouth, the .scene resembling a gas explosion. Another fell n.-ar the quay and did no damage. A wntrv fired at the Zeppelin.

DAMAGE AT RING'S LYNN. MAN'S HEAD BLOWN OFF. LONDON, .January 20. From Yarmouth the Zeppelin proceeded to Sheringham (near the north coast of Norfolkl. "where'a bomb crashed through the root of a working- man's house and entered a. room where a man ami his

FLY OVER NORFOLK. SEVERAL TOWNS BOMBED. WAS IT A ZEPPELIN? SANDRINGHAM PALACE AIMED AT. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright.

wife and child were. Fortunately it. did not explode, the fuse having become detached during tho descent. After harmlessly dropping- another bomb at Boston, the Zeppelin reached King's Lynn (at the mouth of the Ouse. in the west of Norfolk) at 11.15 from Saudringham. Special constables (scoured tho streets ordering lights out. and the fire brigades followed the lights of the bombs, j The Zeppelin, frequently darted skyward . Altogether seven bombs were dropped. One k'\lle<l a bov. need 17 years. It .also buried his father i'n the 'debris of the house, but he was taken out ai.ve. Elsewhere, a ba.liy and its mother were injured. Tiii.' aircraft left poing eastwards. The bulk of the damage was to private bouses. One bomb alighted en an empty Imiui'. another struck a shop and blew off the head of Smith, a shoemaker. Fortunate!-,- no fires broke out. Smith had his head blown off 20 yards from the explosion, and an eiderlv woman was killed at a distance of 50 yards. A given ligdit was S! --n at sea. and it is eonjoeut'ed that it was a signal to the j aircraft., showing the position of a Germ man vessel ready to a stunt Hu; aviator in j ease of disaster. ] A resident of Siieringhairi states lhaf there were two Zeppelins at a. height of ;it least s,oCOft. It was an awe-inspiring spectacle. The era sib of four bombs following on being dropped .was te-rific. They made a hole in the ground 2ft and it was so ho! that, it was impossible to put •■lies hand near it three-quarters of an hour later. Another was picked up unc.xploded. A child had a wonderful escape. It had been peat to hod. but. cried, and its parents brought it downstairs. A few minutes later a bomb fell through the bed where the little one had been !y ;, og. On,' lioii'.o at Shcringhani caught lire, but Of outbreak was not serious. Appro aching King's Lynn the Zeppelin dropped a bomb at Snettishatt, where Oimeu Ah xaudra has a bungalow. it dropped others, at Dersintrhatt. Many houses at King's Lynn were dam aged, doors wrenched from their hinges, windows shattered, and furniture scattered, while fragments of masonry wore hurled for several hundred y.'ird.s. COMMANDMI! Gt'RREY, TEN. AND ZKPPi-iLIXS. Writing in the ' Xa.val and Military Record.' Commander Cm ivy savs : A Zeppelin takes pine months to build—so wrote | a distinguished aeronautical correspondent jot u weekly journal -yet in the hist few | days it has been stated in tho daily i'ress i that Zeppelins are being turned out at the rate of one every tliiee weeks, until ,a.;i incredible number shall have been constructed, ready tor the raid that is to bring Flighted to iter knees. This is an excellent "example of "Fierce Face." No one has yet informed us how the skilled j crews, wh.i"h are absolutely necessary foi the navigation of these aerial vessels, are : to he provided, nor have the builders of : Zeppelins calculated on the resistance of ■hostile aircraft, those biplanes and mono- ; planes which, in the hands of English ; aiinien. have already paid a visit* to'" the ' Dusseldorf Zeppelin sheds, and who quite ! recently only missed by a hair's biea.dth : blowing- H]i no less a. persrm than tinKaiser himself. This example is an excellent one of the method of attempting to i lower the moral temperature of the ' toe. For one person who has tho least idea - how nng u takes t,, build a Zeppelin, and to train her highly expert eia-w. there are certainly moie'than a. thousand who do not. and. yet ail these persons aie aware o'' lie- blood-curdling- ,t hi eats' directed against our ;ountiy. "They lead that an '-uormotis aerial fleet is Hearing eomple•Hon. and it is quite possible' that 'the "news" causes ! hem a fooling of aeiile.dis • omfort. In this .ouiuviiou there .',- one thing ropoMod that seems incredible, hot

es nevertheless hue : this is that no idea is so welcome to ||i v cultured German people as that c' raining down death ami destruction on women, children, ami uoucombatants in open :\)\d unfortified ciiies. Post oai'd.s lopiosonfing the destruction o; London by bombs from Zeppelins are tin favorites in-hav in lieriin.

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GERMAN AIRMEN, Evening Star, Issue 15706, 21 January 1915

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