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U-boat Raid Along Atlantic Coast on
Monday, June 3, 1918, Caused Liveliest
Day of War for Navy Declares Daniels
By JOSEPHUS DANIELS.
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One of the liveliest days of the whole war for the Navy department
was Monday, June 3, 1918. It will be many a year before I forget it.
Sunday a U-feoat had suddenly bobbed up about 40 of 50 miles off
ic Nw Jersey coast and sunk four schooners.
That was hard-hitting for a war hypothetically 3,000 miles away.
It certainly stirred things up in our corner of Washington. When I
received the newspaper correspondents that Monday morning I faced a
f.it of questions as rapid as that of any machine gun in France.
hat is the navy doing to pro-S7
tect our shipping?"
"Why did it let the submarine sink
"Have you sunk the U-boat?"
"Won't you" recall our destroyers
i cm Europe?"
Ottt 5,000 Calls.
While 1 did my best with the
vhger, inquisitive and persistent gen
tlemen of the press, telegrams were
pouring into the department by the
hundred, and the telephones were
ringing without cessation. In 24
iour 5.U00 telegrams, radio mes
Hges. phone calls and other inquir
ies were handled by the navy. The
iialis and offices of the department
ivi-re thronged with anxious people,
-hippcrs and ship owners, and
iriends. and relatives of captains and
jrews. ' And everybody wanted in
formation. There was general alarm along
the coast, from Cape Cod to Cape
Sable. If one U-boat was over here,
two might be, or three, or four.
There was no saying where the en
emy would strike next. Such was
the feeling and, of course, we heard
The la.st of the four questions
which I have given as coming from
the newspaper correspondents came
from all over the country, but es
pecially from the coast:
"Won't you recall our destroy
ers from Europe?"
Nor was it always phrased so po
litely or as diffidently as this. Some'
t;incs it passed from the interroga
tive to tne imperative, and became
an emphatic demand.
Obviously it was quite impossible
tor the Navy department to satisf.'
all these inquiries, or to answer the
very pointed questions of the news-pane-men.
We could not tell th
public what we were doing; what
s-hips were being sent out, - ' where.
We might just as well have cabled
the information to Germany.
Most of Qur destroyers and oth:i
patrol craft were in European
waters, but we had no idea of recall
In the first place, to cover every
point where submarines might ap
pear, to patrol adequately the watei
of our long coast line and to convoy
all coastwise shipping which was
what excited individuals were insist
ing we should do would have taken
rot less than a thousand vessels.
In the second place, nothing would
have suited Germany's purpose bet
ter than to scare us into withdraw
ing our forces from the European
hunting grounds and perhaps aban
doning our mine barrage across ihe
We were doing everything possi
ble, but we realized that we would
have to accept the likelihood of some
small craft being sunk possibly a
few steamers; but that at all costs
we must keep the line of communi
cation clear by which troops and
supplies were carried to the ligkthig
Germany had sent her U-bo'its
across the sea mainly for the pur
pose of interrupting the transporta
tion of troops and supplies. Failing
in this, their long and perilous ad
venture would be without military
"Our first duty," I said to the
newspaper men that morning, "is to
keep open the road to France, o
protect troop ships and supply ves
sels. We ;-.re doing all we can to
protect all shipping and commerce,
but that must be our first thought.
And that policy was so well car
ried out tlir.t r.rt one troop ship or
transport was delayed in sailing a
single day, and the months in which
eneV.vy submarines were operating
almost continuously off our coast
were the very months in which we
broke all records in,troOp transpoMa-tionr
Deutschland Comes Back.
There were six U-boats which
made the voyage from Wilhelms
liaven or some other German port to
the region of Amcicau waters in
1918ihe U-151, the U-156, 'he
U-140, the U-U7. the U-155 and the
U-152. The U-155 was the Deutsch
land. which doubtless you remember
as the submarine that arrived in Bal-
Company Hits Wall
The Ralston Townsite company
with real estate holdings worth $229.
947.33 in Ralston. Neb., tiled a vol
untary bankruptcy petition in fed
eral court yesterday.
This action was taken following a
conference of the board of directors
of the company in the office of R. S.
Horton, 306 Peters Trust building.
A suit for $11,707.69 filed in district
court by Tressie Denny and Louise
Brunenkant against the Ralston
Townsite company led to the filing
of the bankruptcy petition, it was
Liabilities of the company are
listed at $173,493.61, with creditors
numbering 29, according to the peti
timore on a July Sunday in 1916,
and was hailed as a marvelous dem
onstration of German enterprise and
intrepidity. Some of us have won
dered since whether it was also a
demonstration of German foresight
in other words, an experimental
voyage in peaceful guise, to deter
mine whether, should we get into the
war on the allied side, it would be
possible to do a little sinking off
However that may be, when the
Deutschland returned as the U-155 ir
came armed with oowcrful guns and
Space will not permit the detailed
narrative of the exploits of this -zx-tet
of U-boats. I will limit myself
to one or two of the more striking
incidents connected with each of
them. 1 gave them above in the or
der of their arrival.
Big Killing June 2.
The U-151 was playing about not
far from our coast for some days
before it disclosed its presence. Re
ports had come to us that steamers
had been gunned at sea and that an
unfriendly periscope was headed in
our direction. Prompted by these,
we sent broadcast a special warning
on May 16. On May 19 the Nyanra
was gunned 300 miles from our coair.
When the U-151 made its big killini?
on June 2 it had on board the crews
of three small schooners it had sui.k
some days before. Though it sank
a number of vessels, its visit was
brief. It began its homeward jour
ney on June 13 and reached its Ger
man port on August 1.
The shelling of ihe Perth Amboy,
a tug, and three barges within sight
of Cape Cod, Mass., was the work of
the U-156, which left Germany about
the time the U-151 was starting
home. It began work in American
waters in July. Its exploit in shell
ing a tug and barges aroused general
indignation and contempt. There
were 41 persons on the barges, in
cluding three women and five chil
dren. The U-boat's torpedoes
missed their mark, but its shells set
fire to the barges and they ultimate
ly sank. The U-156 did a good deal
of damage, but we had our revenge.
On its way back to Germany it ran
foul of the North sea mine barra e,
composed almost wholly of Ameri
can mines laid by American yessels,
and was so badly damaged that it
sank. Twenty-one of its survivors
were landed on the Norwegian coast;
the fate of the rest is unknown.
U-Boat Sinks Lightship.
The U-140 left Germany about a
week later than the U-156, and
worked in American waters in July
and August. It chiefly distin
guished itself by the wanton sink
ing of the Diamond Shoals light
ship, oft Cape Hatteras. Near the
end of August, after a temporary
disappearance, it came up again
away to the north. It sank the
British steamer Diomed and next
day attacked the Pleiades. The lat
ter returned its fire and the U-140
(iamaged and leaking, quit the fight.
The U-117, a more recent arrival,
went to. its aid, and accompanied
it back to Kiel, where they arrived
on October 25.
The Deutschland, or the U-155, ar
rived early in August. It made a
fair record for damage done, before
it returned home. It was the
Deutschland which fought a duel
with the U. S. S. Frank H. Buck,
in which the U-boat got the worst
of it. The Buck reported that two
of her shots took effect, and the
Deutschland submerged. It was'
not injured enough to put it out
of commission, however. A few days
later we heard from it again sink
ing ships. But. on September 13 it
ran into another chosen victim
which declined to be victimized
without an argument. The British
merchantman, Newby Half, returned
its fire, and a shell put its forward
gun temporarily out of action. The
U-155 made off.
For a week it seems to have en
gaged in mine-laying off Halifax and
the Nova Scotian coast. Then it
got back in the fighting game and
had a battle with the American
steamship Amphion, to ' which it
did serious damage. After an hour's
duel, however, the Amphion was still
afloat and the Deutschland aban
doned the fight.
Sinks the Unsinkable.
On its way back to Germany it
sank the Lucia, known as the "non
sinkable" ship, because it was fitted
up with buoyancy boxes. This de
vice did not keep it from jinking,
but it kept it afloat 22 hours after
it was torpedoed.
The Deutschland reached home on
November 15, four days after the
armistice ended hostilities.
The U-152 never came withlft
close range of tnir shore. It oper
ated far out and in midocean, but
it was after American ships. It
fought a thrilling battle with the Ti
conderoga. The navy crew of the.
cargo transport fought for two
hours, suffering serious losses in life
and casualties. Both ships' guns
were disabled, and the ship itself
finally sank. Survivors of the crew
had a terrible experience escaping in
open boats. Only 24 of 237 men
aboard the Ticonderoga were saved.
The U-152 was recalled on Octo
ber 20 by the German radio order,
"All submarines return to Kiel."
That meant the great Tirpitz plot to
torpedo civilization had failed.
(Another article by former Secretary
Daniels will be printed tomorrow.)
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Groom "Cleaned Out;"
Judge Goes Feeless
Municipal Judge Holmes didn't
collect a marriage fee yesterday when
Lyman Kennedy, 37, of Sioux City,
la., asked the judge to marry him to
Susie Kennedy, 32, also of Sioux
The groom was coatless and his
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"Judge. I'm cleaned out," spoke the
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Judge Holmes couldn't see any
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Suggestions for Mother's Day
It need not be an expensive gift to please mother. There are so
many little gifts which are so appropriate, such as:
We have just received a new line of dainty handkerchiefs, made
of linens, hand-embroidered or trimmed in laces.
Books for Mother's Day
You can imagine how pleased mother would be
with one of the following books:
"To My Mother," "Mother O' Mine," "Paying Mother"
Another Large Assortment of
Cards and Booklets
For Mother's Day
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with beautiful sentiments which will delight the heart of Mother or
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On Sale Friday on the Second Floor
Nothing quite takes the place of fine ginghams for women's
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' May Sale of 100
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40-inch f lesbcrepe de chine in
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Polly Prim Aprons
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At last the joy of every girlish heart is realized, for the
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Both the Material arid Boning of the
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