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THE SHOT, Issue 15706, 21 January 1915
ON THE NORFOLK BROADS. [By A. Si'enck.] . Well, what was she, Zeppelin or aeroplane? Tile question was common in the City this morning, when tlio news of the aerial descent on Great Yarmouth and points in Xorl'oJk County came. 7 thought one citi/.eu put it wry nicely. "What. was she?" ho remarked drily, "Zeppelin or aeroplane? T don't think she was dt.her. She was just the recruiting agent," ' That happy remark needs no adornment but one. As it, happened. by some dispensation —some stroke of the long arm of eoineidonee the first bomb, we are told, fell on the recruiting ground at Yarmouth. No had augury, surely ! Let us leave it at that just now, and go on to the story as we have it. There is the time occupied by the. raiding air hawk in hoverin.g over Norfolk, the distance covered in that time, the nature of the night, the evident arrangements by the authorities to meet such attacks, the behaviour of the townspeople, the, violent nature of the detonations, and the green light which was seen at sea.
It seems that the people of Yarmouth were made aware at 8.30 p.m. of what was coming, not so much by what they sawas by the humming of the raider's engines. The'night was dark and still. ;wid therefore suitable for what was intended. The airship came, over the. centre of the town, approaching I'i'oiu the north-east, and Hew low. The hover o\ er' Yarmouth did not exceed 10 minutes. About half a- dozen bombs were dropped, exploding with extraouiiuarc rewruein-tions. Sea rrh lights swept the hlai-ktirninme.nl. hut. no witness of the scone appears to be able to describe what he --aw oi did not see or thought Insaw. The noise of the engines and the inability to discover what was moving in the heavens gives color to the .aeroplane theory. if the. accounts received (n-day are anything more, lhan fir.-.-t u ltd impressions, the. natural deduction is that a. craft a<; big as :i Zeppelin would have been identified hi the glare of the. projectors, especially if, as is stated, it was flyiu.;' low The meiv ohs.erv.ilion on. attitude indicates, ih.it s-nmenne s;nv something, but, could not make out what it v. as. A resident of Shcnngham imagineri that, he saw "two Zepp'-tm-." and conceived (hat they were (lying at a height of .i.OCOft. He dcsciibes n as an a-we
inspiriup- speitaik', as no donkt if. was. 1 do not that anything siiort pf n, Ih'st-alass dakacla will aver wake, or shako ik'ilain i.pto tke realism of tilings, for sin- k"s iioan fi'-d on mliinsii for 40 or 50 year,-. the rnhkkh of the ningay.ines. alwa.vs tim impi'esston that w a \\<-\\> potentially sirone; at every point, though, if t'ne truth v en' known, we lune keen" so a.eak at iimes thai one can only wonder Imva we have held together so loi',,r. On ocra-pins. wiien tilings went so ha.ifiv wrnnc ikat it emtkl tie no longer knld'eii from ilm f"-e ~]' tile diiilc:-i, tlnaa Has alwavs. ike aa.fakwnrd : "Oh. we'll muddle Vlinm-ali .louichnw." Mudo'kihrongh ! la k imi. paitinan; to ask now what'the armament, firms of England have keen doing to meet a situation in which a. hostile air attack could maiaaiivi'c "V----the kaads of km weahhy prnperiydiolders of Xnn'olk for two hours foitydive m! 1 111 l•-.-an<l c.v ape im.-a 1 at ia-d '.' 'j'liK cu'i'S'nw rovKUKD. ']' li,, Cr. ; -in;,n s';y sliip. appear to have iv.,r!;ed un throum'i Xori'oik in a noi'therly i\a\. A" In '.:i:min- was made a.i Vtiraaaith at. 8. k0 p.m.. and Siierimiinim was Van', from Yarmon'.h on air fin. .-ay. hall' tin hour's flk;ht---anil Kim:'- i-ynn, where the raid finished, is of) miles iiii-ilmr on. BeVveen kherinakam and Kin.-'.-I.vmt. and lmt iar trotn 1 i 1, ■ hitter, kes the well-known royal property and San-i----iinu'ham. I'liese points mdi' ate lhe pxtent of the raid a Zeppelin that disiame would imply rather more than ;m hour's (light: for an aeroplane rather lass. The other hour and ■j-rpiarte.v indicated kv the tones given would he filled in bv hovering and b hiru. Incidentally sm k noi„t. k.;tle plie cs as Bastoii received a komb or two. TIIK HiOXV. One homo despatched on Variiiouth alndited on an otnjuv house. Another stiaick a shop and blew ok the head of a. man who was a. shoemaker yesterday--a. majes'.a- to-day. It. is said tha-i the homh fell' 20yds oil! but with that, result. An_ eldei'lv' woman was killed at a. distance, of 50vds! A child kad been removed from its' e,,t. aid then tin? bomb hurst through the slate.s. There- is the a-lhisioii to the return of Ilk- ahi.josiy the King to London, escaping the slap on San<lriii|''ham. whatever it may- have amounted io. Thev sav, also, that the bungalow of Queen" Alexandra was scha-t^o 1 as .1 tatget. and that this "created a .sensation in "Loudon." I >.<> not ino'ry to h"iievo it. The mod. frigid airman in the work! would not rk'skarn a shot on such a, noble woman. The. thing is hcing worked up for what, if is. worth proliabiv bv the London 'Daily Mail.' ' The irony of it comes to this : is it not. a. pity that (ho.-e bombs did ma spare tile shoemaker Smith, :1m old woman, the ooj -from which those little, ones had been so hurricdlv Jilted, ami the Noble Woniar whose kmigaJow is reported to have bean bombed: What a pity, in fact, that Dm bombs <|i(l not /all, very joyously, ,000...: a, mob of professional iootbalkTs. BEHAVIOUR OF TliF. CROWD. I'ke behaviour of citizens, imdor bo nibs inteiests. They know nothing, poor souls, it seems . Wiiat. c'uikl Uu-y knoiv 011 J'higlaial's literattiii''.' At one tin to it was thought hero that tlio Sckaa' n't tors: ami Cueiseuau rnigdit appsair ok ilm (Wan .Beach. And opinhm wa.-; divi<ia<i. vIM to do in the event of tha.t contingency <■,-•- '■si! riitLia Some ware in. fa-vor (-■! catching tlio uvMt ear to Si. Ciakr to "see tko Jim," butotln'is. nioic- Marv, hinted at u sua team move behind Via.gstair. kivary man u> h}* taste. It scams that Yarmouth took itscl'a.peo, running a.la.mt kl molis in tiie. atrvats. " notwithstanding tiio oatifions rc-e<-iv."(l," Even curiosity is as dear as. any ofk.er .aanmo<iity wool, beef, or bread, or whatever you like—and .some wore killed. 'lhe authorities immediately cut off t-lea eJectri' light and telephones. The laws about the telephones loa.ves yom guessing, ihoni.'!i tho- e;onc:al ohlLtevt.tioiv .f eieettie p.avtr -would bs right. Alter tke ordeal every wide motuh wis full of "Zeppelin." It is evident that no one knows yet what lhe. Zeppelin can or ea-iinot do. and there, is ma bine like a, mystery to .-<--■ t i!n' '-id.-cae.re at the striKl corner voing. THE iJETONATLOXS. Bombing is forinidahlo. We. have, not Vi t lieon ;<k>k' to Cfttima.i.e the. o-ower !•'. a oOlb or 3COM) bomb, lint if "fiV-ro. i.s a. t'raition of tuith 11. tho a,eeounl«-, Yariitoufh and. its neighborhood were shaken by the reverb'era.tions. Windows were kaoken rwerywhere-. Tiic expkihion.s wore " unrifyiiis;." (hie bomk broke the "■.viitdow.s of 40 .'shops, tlio scene, resembling a. ga- explosion. 'l.'he hill daniage. will not lie known till daylight, a.nd r.o on. In such fragmenffi ot news there is sufficient evideneo of a, bursting force of modern exjiioaive.-. regarding which iho olde.st ha bit no of Ikm libraries novo:* dreamed. ZEPPELIN OR AEROPLANE? Xa.tnrally, as one of the. cables; sa.y.-* ioday. thore. conflici.ing reports as to ■whether Zeppelins or aeroplane;- did. the damage. F have, a.n .■'.♦rivistie aversion to tying myself up to anything like a. guess, but. at tke same time, some expression of opinion if; due to my readers. l'Tankly, one must conclude, very much as the Yarmouth authorities have already concluded, that it was one aeroplane or several winch flew over tin- broads of Norfolk. Tlio Yarmouth authorities go largely on the small .size of the bombs, and. if they are telling of the raid with iirst-haud knowledge, they must be right. Besides that, there, is always tke consideration that the English, arma-ment-maker would part, with anything
now to obtain the inside secret, of a Zeppelin, and r as far as I Bee the question, the Germans will not venture their Zeppelins out by ones and twos. At the same time something special must be apprehended, by the Allies, for _ there- is intelligence to-day of new anti-air regulations, which have plunged Paris into a "darkness sin-passing oven that of London." It may be right as stated. It may be also only a " Johnny " of tender years professionally masquerading before the world as a war correspondent. TO A CORRESPONDENT. " Inquirer."—Yon have, raised an interesting question, and one which I am afraid I am not able adequately to answer. "Should the spelling of a certain village in Rolgiuni be Jenappo or Genappe?" The commonest spelling is "Genappc" in English, but the other way in French. There is no rule beyond the fad of the moment., ami the standard map makers waver. Tho London ' Times,' for instance, which is supposed to set the fashion in such matters, will give a proper name in one shape, to-day and another way to-morrow.
THE SHOT, Issue 15706, 21 January 1915
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