The German fleet fled back to harbor and never again left the fortified bases to try conclusions with the Grand Fleet. So does the press and public pronounce judgment on that historic conflict. Is it true? If ever proverb about half- truths has any meaning, it is surely so in this instance. The High Sea Fleet did flee, but it came out again many times afterwards, as it had done before the combat off the Danish coast. When British feelings were too tender to bear the unpalatable truth, Captain Persius administered a sop by saying that ‘‘after June I it was clear to every thinking man that the battle must be the last,” and so the legend grew. Only lately has the public a vague idea that its preconceptions about the battle may possibly be unsound.