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3515 THE TWENTIETH CENTURY-THE GREAT WAR. 3515

but in the whole battle only the Lion and

Tiger suffered hits.

Gradually the Blucher fell behind her

consorts in a crippled condition, and as

the British ships passed her, they poured

in salvos that rent great yawning holes

in her sides. Unable to make any effective

resistance but still unwilling to surrender,

she was finally finished off by a torpedo

from the light cruiser Arethusa. She

turned over on her side, and' presently

sank. Boats from the lighter British

vessels put off to rescue the survivors,

but a seaplane and a Zeppelin came up

and endeavored to drop bombs upon the

boats, and they were obliged to abandon

their work, after rescuing about 250 men.

"Shots came slowly at first," wrote one

of the Blucher's survivors. "They fell

ahead and over, raising vast columns of

water; now they fell astern and short.

The British guns were ranging. Those

deadly waterspouts crept nearer and nearer.

The men on deck watched them with a

strange fascination. Soon one pitched

close to the ship and a vast watery pillar, a

hundred metres high, one of them affirmed,

fell lashing on the deck. The range had

been found. Dann aber gings los!

"Now the shells came thick and fast

with a horrible droning hum. At once

they did terrible execution. The electric

plant was soon destroyed, and the ship

plunged in darkness that could be felt.

You could not see your hand before your

nose,' said one. Down below decks there

was horror and confusion, mingled with

gasping shouts and moans as the shells

plunged through the decks. It was only

later, when the range shortened, that

their trajectory flattened and they tore

holes in the ship's side and raked her decks.

At first they came dropping from the skies.

They penetrated the decks. They bored

their way even to the stokehold. The

coal in the bunkers was set on fire. Since