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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 07, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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wail, almost a lullaby, -went on and
ceased not.
And all about was a silence, intense,
profound, the stolid resignation of
despair, the solemnstilmess of the
death chamber, brolsenonly by the
tread and -whispers of the attendants.
Rents in tattered, shell-torn uni
forms disclosed gaping wounds, some
of which had received a hasty dress
ing on the battlefield, while others
were still raw and bleeding. There
were feet, still incased in their coarse
shoes, crushed into a mass like jelly;
from knees and elbows, that were as
if they had been smashed with a ham
mer, depended inert limbs. There
were broken hands, and fingers al
most severed, ready to drop, retained
only by a strip of skim
Most numerous among the casual
ties were the fractures; the poor arms
and legs, red and swollen, throbbed
intolerably and were heavy as lead.
There were yawning fissures that laid
open the entire flank, the knotted vis
cera were drawn into great hard
lumps beneath the tight-drawn skin,
while as the effect of certain wounds
the patient frothed at the mouth and
writhed like an epileptic.
Here and there 'were cases where
the lungs had been penetrated, the
puncture now so minute as to permit
no escape of blood, again a wide, deep
orifice through which the red tide of
life escaped in torrents; and the in
ternal hemorrhages, those that were
hid from sight, were the most terrible
in their effects, prostrating their vic
tim like a flash, making him black
in the face and delirious.
And finally the head more than any
other portion of the frame, gave evi
dence of hard treatment; a broken
jaw, the mouth a pulp of teeth and
bleeding tongue, an eye torn from its
socket and exposed upon the cheek,
a cloven skull that showed the pal
pitating brain beneath.
Those in whose case the bullet had
touched the brain or spinal marrow
were already as dead men, sunk in I
the lethargy of coma, while the frac-1
tures and other less serious cases
tossed restlessly on their pallets and
beeechingly called for water to
quench their thirst.
Leaving the large room and pass
ing out into the courtyard, the shed
where the operations were going on
presented another scene of horror.
In the rush and hurry that had con
tinued unabated since morning it was
impossible to operate on every case
that was brought in, so their atten
tion had been confined to those urg
ent cases that imperatively demand
ed it
Whenever Bouroche's rapid judg
ment told him that amputation was
necessary, he proceeded at once to
perform it. In the same way he lost
not a moment's time in probing the
wound and extracting the projectile
whenever it had lodged in some local
ity where it might do further mis
chief, as in the muscles of the neck,
the region of the arm pit, the thigh
joint, the ligaments of the knee and
elbow-
Severed arteries, too, had to be tied
without delay. Other wounds were
merely dressed by one of the hospital
stewards under his direction and left
to await deevlopments. He had al
ready with his own band performed
four amputations, the only rest that
he allowed himself being 10 dxienu iu
some minor cases in the intervals be
tween them, and was beginning to
feel fatigue.
There were but two tables, his own
and another, presided over by one of
his assistants; a sheet had been hung
between them, to isolate the patients
from each other. Although the
sponge was kept constantly at work,
the tables were always red, and the
buckets that were emptied over a bed
of daisies a lew steps away, the clear
water In which a single tumbler of
blood sufficed to redden, seemed to be,.
buckets of unmixed blood, torrents of
blood.
o o -
All .girl are dreams until the men
wake up.

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