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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1911
FIRST BATTLE STORY IS
DESCRIBED BY EYEWITNESS
English Correspondent Tells of Thrilling Encounter.
One of the Few Stories That Have Passed
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James C. Toss, Jr.,
By HERBERT TEMPLE.
LONDON. Sept. 13. "I solemnly
warn the people of England that this
is the lieginnins of a time of great
trial, for Englishmen must be the
backbone of the army of the allies.
We have corps (deletion here by cen
sor,! but more must come. The ene
my is advancing like a tidal wave.
Many lives must be sacrificed to dam
the engulfing flood. A gigantic battle
may be fought on the morrow and
whatever the result, let England be
The foregoing is taken from a dis
patch written by Granville Fortescuo,
war correspondent of the Daily Tele
graph at the front, and sent by tele
grapn from Givet, France, after the
writer had traversed the Belgian and
French advanced posts from Wavre to
GemMoux, along the valley of the
Meuse to. Namur, thence to Glvet.
The observations of the war corre
spondent are taken with the utmost
seriousness, as he is on tho ground
where the conflict Is raging and was
able to secure his information at first
hand. The dispatch further says:
First Writer to See Battle.
"I believe that I am the first war
correspondent to have witnessed an
actual engagement between French
and German troops in considerable
numbers. A force of Gerniam light In
fantry, supported by mountain bat
teries, made a determined attack up
on a French force. The fight lasted
all day. During the morning the Ger
mans had the advantage.
"The sight of the German flag
roused the French soldiers to fury and
about 2 p. m. I heard, for the first tisne
the Round of French field artillery in
action. Tho first volley brought down
the Gorman flag, its staff having been
snipped. The artillery was e.ompo d
of two batteries and the French gun
ners set about coolly and methodical
ly to pour a steady and effective fire
Into the German ranks.
"In the meantime re-enforcements
arrived. Under a smothering fire, I
could see the Germans' begin to dis
appear. Another French reginvnt
catnu up and the French pushed for
ward to occupy the position from
which they had been driven during
"The road waa dotted with dead
that lay just as they had fallen. They
lay in all sorts of contorted positions,
their blue coats splashed with red
and thier red trousers stained to a
deeper crimson. The cheers of the
French troops died out as the men
came upon this grim spectacle.
"The use of aeroplanes as a source
of getting information about the
movements of the enemy has proved
somewhat of a disappointment; at
least they have not come up to ex
pectations. Aviator Winged by Cannon.
"Early on the morning of the eight
eenth I saw an aeroplane downed by
artillery fire. It was flying over the
fortifications of the allies at a very
low altitude, because of a thick fog
that made it difficult for tho German
aerial scout to see. A French sentry
saw the aeroplane and gave the alarm
by firing his rifle at it.
"The infantrymen fired a volley at
the aviator, but he was not hit. He
took his machine skyward to get out
of range and finally disappeared in the
fog. A short time afterward, the guns
in the fort opened and we knew that
the daring airman had been sighted
again and that his machine was the
object of the cannonade.
"I went forward to a position where
I couid see the aviator. Ho was wheel
ing his machine In lazy sweeps, like
a huge bird, and I thought he would
cscipe. The cannon fire was incessant.
Suddenly the aeroplane lurched for
ward and dropped with sickening
"The Germans have made tentative
assaults upon Yvoir, where the Bocq
flows into the Meuse. The Meuse is
spanned there' by a big steel bridge
which would be of great value to the
"The courage of the French under
fire is unsurpassed. The men go into
fighting gleefully. One sergeant of the
One Hundred and Forty-eighth show
ed particular gallantry. Although
wounded, this officer led a charge,
grasping a pistol in one hand and his
sword in the other.
."The German rifle bullet makes a
small clean wound and is not neces
sarily deadly, unless it strikes a vital
spot. The bullets are bard and
"I have traversed the Belgian and
French outposts and all signs point to
the fact that a heavy body of German
troops has crossed the Meuse near
Huy. The contending armies are in '
contact along a line about fifty miles
Germans Brush Belgian Aside.
The cavalry of the Germans has
been brushing aside the Belgians who
The Belgian line was so extended
that it was impossible for the Bel
gians to hold their front against a
concentrated attack, supported by art
"A rumor is about that the lines of
the allies around Namur will be
brought in toward the fortified posi
tion (or have beenynoved in) and that
a stand will be made at Namur a
gainst German advance through that
"Meanwhile the Belgians keep ask
ing, 'Where are the English?'
"The country east of the River
Meuse is hilly and wooded, which
makes scouting difficult. A squadron
of dtagoons which had been sent into
this region for scout duty was cap
tured and since then motor cycles are
being used extensively by those em
ployed in doing scout duty.
"A strong German force, estimated
to be an army corps (40,000 men), is
advancing from the direction of Ro-
chefort and it is reported that Cirey is
held by German light infantry.
Uniforms Are Splendid Targets.
"The Belgian and French soldiers
are under a severe handicap in the
matter of uniforms. It Is more than
a dozen years since the Boer war,
which should have taught its lesson.
Certainly these soldiers should dis
card their blue coats and red tiouscrs
for a more natural color.
"They have covered the red tops of
their caps to prevent them from bein?
discovered by aeroplane scouts, but
the flamboyant uniforms make a fair
mark. Such a target is all that a gun
ner could ask for.
"The Germans have adopted a gray
and green uniform, which is almost
invisible against the tints of fields,
highways and woodlands. Although I
had a first-class glass, I had great
difficulty in locating German soldiers,
although I knew they were near at
"What I have just written applies
with more force to the Belgians than
any others. A Belgian force is as con
spicuous as a fiery red claret stain
upon a new white tablecloth.
"I have been among many French
regiments this week. Although the
men are mostly young, they are going
to war with serious thoughts in their
heads. It is unusual among a people
whose natural temperament is so
buoyant and gay. The solemnity is
more apparent, perhaps, among the
officers than the soldiers, for it has
been brought home to them that war
is a mighty serious affair.
French Artillery Efficient.
"I was particularly struck with the
behavior and apparent efficiency of
the French artillerymen. This arm of
the French service is going to give
a splendid account of itself. Of the
French cavalry I can say but little,
as I have seen only small detachments
"I passed one night in an inn crowd
ed to suffocation with soldiers. My
bed, made of an army blanket, was
surrounded by sleeping soldiers. One
thing that struck me forcibly was tho
easy familiarity between the officers
and the men. I was surprised to hear
a major arguing violently against
som.i suggestion of the general of a
division. The major apparently won
his rolnt and was greatly elated there
by. "If I had not been dead tired I
could not have slept, for throughout
the night a constant string of motor
buses bearing soldiers and supplies
rumbled past, accompanied by tho
thunder of cavalry and the clatter of
Can We Spare It ?
Secretary D. II. Case, of the Maui
Chamber of Commerce, has received
the following modest request from a
citizen of Mr. Case's own homo state
! Kansas, town of Hutchinson:
Please send the Board of Trade to
I want to look at all pictures of
booklet. It will be copy with all pic
tures in the towns. I read them. Can
you fold other newspapers with pic
tures. Yours truly,
J. H. S.
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