After Coventry they smote Birmingham, Southampton and Plymouth. After these, Liverpool and Bristol—west-coast ports through which the supplies that insular Britain needs from the U. S. and elsewhere must pass. After these, last week, night-flying Germans again dropped crushing loads of explosive on Birmingham and on Bristol, on Plymouth, and on Manchester, the cotton and textile centre even greater in wealth and prestige than any other British city except London, having a ship canal of its own to bring in imports, a surrounding web of heavy industry, and important rail connections....

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