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STORY OF LA BASSEE

BATTLE FOR WARSAW.

- "WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST."…

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GERMANY GIVES US OFFICIAL…

USE OF NEUTRAL FLAGS.I

ITHE FIRST VICTIMS.I

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I THE FIRST VICTIMS. I I BRITISH STEAMER AND CREW MISSING, I The Secretary of the Admiralty publishes the following reports by the masters of the British merchant ships Tokomaru and Ikaria, showing how they were torpedoed by German submarines, together with a memo- randum on the loss of the British ship Oriole, probably from the same cause:— I, Matthew Robertson, master of the ss. Ikaria, of Liverpool, official number 113,368, declare as follows :— I left Santos via Rio Janeiro, Bahia, Pernambuco, and Madeira on December 21, 1914, with a cargo of general merchandise, bound for Havre and London. All went well until January 31, 1915. When about 25 miles N.W. of Havre 12.30 on that day, I was on the bridge with the chief and the second officer, when we saw the wake of a torpedo coming towards the ship at about 30 feet from the ship. The ship was stopped at the time for the purpose of getting a pilot, as two tug-boats were coming up with flags at the fore. About a second after we saw the wake of the torpedo we were struck in the fore part of the ship on the port side. An explosion occurred and a volume of water mixed with cargo, cement, and parts of the torpedo arose about 60 feet and fell on the deck. The ship immediately began to sink by the head. The crew were ordered to launch the boats to leave the ship. The crew and I then boarded the tug, which was lying close to us, and waited for the ship to sink. About an hour afterwards, as she stopped sinking by the head, part of the crew with myself, some of the officers, and the engi- neers, went on board. A tow-rope was attached to the ship from the tug-boat, and sh3 was taken in tow. Meanwhile a part of the crew on board started to get steam in the main engines. As the ship would not steer a second tug was called to assist in steering. She was ultimately towed to Havre, where she arrived about 9.30. Dated this 1st of February, 1915. (Signed) M. ROBERTSON. Declared before me, (Signed) JAMES WALSH, British Vice-Consul, Havre. I THE TOKOMARU. I I, Francis Greene, master of the British steamer Tokomaru, of Southampton, official No. 99624, declare as follows:— I left the Port of Wellington, New Zealand, on the 9th day of December, 1914, and touched at Montevideo the 2nd January, 1915, and Teneriffe on the 22nd January, 1915. About 9 a.m., when seven miles from Havre Lightship, y: were steaming slow on our way to Havre when we were struck by a torpedo on the port side. We knew it was a torpedo from a submarine, because we could see the periscope. The ship began to settle down by the head and took a heavy list to port, and seas came over her. Imme- diately she took- a list I got the crew into the boats. My room was full of water, and I could not save any of the ship's papers. As soon as the forecastle's head was submerged we rowed away from the ship. We were taken aboard by a French minesweeper, Saint Pierre. We stood by until the ship sank, which she did at 10.30 a.m. The crew, numbering 57, and myself were saved; all effects were lost. Dated this 30th of January, 1915. (Signed) F. GREENE. Declared before me, (Signed) JAMES WALSH British Vice-Consul, Havre. [ THE LOST ORIOLE. I The British steamship Oriole, of the General Steam Navigation Company, which left London on 29th of January, was due at H avre the following day. She has not arrived, nor is there any news of her where- about, except that two lifebuoys marked "Ss. Oriole" were picked up near Rye last Saturday. There is grave reat. to fear that she may have fallen a victim to the German submarine which torpedoed the Tokumaru and Ikaria. She carried a mer- cantile crew of 21 hands all told. I The Oriole, a steel screw steamer, of 1,489 tonnage, was built last year by the Ailsa. S.B. Co., Troon. Her port of registry is London. If her crew has perished they arc the first victims of the new piracy.

SOLDIER WEEPS IN COURT.I

KILLED BY A SCRATCH. I

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RUSSIA'S TASK. RUSSIA'S TASK.…

FINANCING THE WAR.I .......…

I LIFEBOAT CAPSIZES IN GALE.…

WILL DECLARED VOID. I

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BIG TURKISH FORCE REPULSED.

TURKISH PRISONERS' STORIES.