14 JUNE 1940, Page 5

The tales of the detection of German submarines in the

present war are many and strange, but (as has just been pointed out to me) one told in this column a month ago carried strangeness well beyond credibility. It was stated that " a Norwegian saw a submarine steaming up the coast." I ask leave to amend that. The submarine was ambling, idling, mooning, cruising— anything you like except steaming. That word is finally and irrevocably withdrawn. * *