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Air raids on the East Coast

23 January 2015

January 22nd, 1915.

ON TUESDAY night our East Coast again was visited aerially by the barbarian slayers of women, children, and unarmed men. At Yarmouth, Sheringham, Sandringham, and King's Lynn, bombs were thrown down by air-craft of some kind - airships or aeroplanes - killing four and injuring several others. Whether the pilots intended to destroy the King's country house at Sandringham or not, one of their bombs fell very near to it. Unfortunately, the murderous miscreants got clean away, and Berlin is now rejoicing over the daring exploit of a raid on undefended seaside towns. If the raid was intended for an exhibition of "frightfulness", it may certainly be pronounced a failure, and what success can be claimed can only be that of its gratifying the German desire for results of a definite kind, whether attained by justifiable or unjustifiable means. The effect that this latest exploit has had on a neutral country may be inferred from the New York Herald's editorial, under the heading, "More Slaughter of Innocents". Asking what Germany could hope from these wanton attacks, that journal answered its own question by observing: "Certainly not the good opinion of the peoples of neutral nations, for these know that the rules of civilized warfare call for notice of the bombardment, even of places fortified and defended." We fear the moral reprobation of the whole civilized world will not make a pin of difference to a nation that has gone stark mad, but there is comfort in the fact that we have the sympathy of peoples which still adhere to the principles of humanity.

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