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Front page May 7, 1915: 'Lusitania is sunk'

The paper from 100 years ago offers an interesting look at how breaking news develops. In the Early Sport edition, the headline carried news of the Lusitania's sinking in large, dramatic type across the top of the front page. The Latest edition -- possibly taking its cue from early reports that no passengers had died -- carried the news, but downplayed it much more.

From the Early Sport edition:

"Big steamer carrying many Americans meets disaster off coast of Ireland -- many boats to the rescue"

"Ambassador Page at London cabled: 'Lusitania torpedoed and sunk within 30 minutes. No news of passengers yet.'

"The Cunard line steamer Lusitania, from New York May 1 for Liverpool, with 1253 passengers on board, was torpedoed about 2 o'clock this afternoon at a point about 10 miles off Old Head, Kinsale, Ireland, and later went down.

"It is believed that her passengers are safe. No details of how they may have been rescued, however, are at hand. One message received here says: 'It is not known how many of the Lusitania's passengers were saved.' "

In the Latest edition, news of the Lusitania appeared in the form of a photograph at the bottom of the page:

"Liner Lusitania torpedoed off Ireland"

"The Lusitania was one of the largest of trans-Atlantic liners, as well as one of the speediest. She was built in Glasgow in [illegible]."

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