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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 26, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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LEADS THE- FRENCH
Gen. Joffre, in command of the en
tire French army.
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FRENCH SOLDIER'S BURDEN
Nancy. When I was waiting at
Qen. Foch's headquarters to get a
permit to follow the French army as
correspondent, the soldiers showed
me their rifles and their field kit, ask
ed me to feel the weight of their
knapsacks, and laughed when I said
that I should faint under such a bur
den. Certainly the French soldiers
have strong shoulders to carry a
weight of 200 pounds on a long
march. In his black knapsack he car
ries a complete change of undercloth
ing, a second pair of boots, provisions
for two days (consisting of hard bis
cuits, dessicated soup, chocolate and
other groceries), and a woolen night
cap. Then there is his tin water bottle
(filled with wine at the beginning of
the war), his cartridge belt, his rifle
and his mflitarv overcoat strat)Ded
about his shoulders. Philip Gibbs.
MILITIAMEN CLEARED GF MANY
CHARGES BY COURT-MARTIAL
Denver, Col., Aug. 26. Twenty
one officers and enlisted men of
Troop A and Company B of the Col
orado National Guard, tried by gen
eral militia court-martial on 63
charges in connection with the battle
of Ludlow last April, were all ac
quitted and exonerated in the formal
findings approved today by Gov. Am
nions. The charges included mur
der, manslaughter, arson, assault
and larceny.
Even Lieut. K. E. Linderfelt was
vindicated. The court-martial de
clared he had assaulted Louis Tikas,
a Greek striker, with the butt of a
rifle, shortly before Tikas was slain
by other militiamen, but, "by reason
of justification as shown in the evi
dence adduced before it, the court at
taches no criminality thereto."
' Witnesses from thS labor unions
refused to testify at the court-martial
as it would exempt the defendants
under the civil law. Proceedings will
be started immediately by lawyers
representing the unions to declare
the court-martial proceedings illegal
and to prosecute the men in the civil
courts on the charges of arson and
murder.
A formal order was issued, signed
by the governor, reporting the find
ing. The court-martial convened at the
state rifle range at Golden May 11
and finished its labors May 29. Since
that time the verdict has been held
up by Gov. Ammons.
A number of officers and men who
were tried before the court have pre-;
pared claims alleging they are en
titled to pay and commutation of ra
tions, which means board at down
town hotels, from the time they .were'
ordered before the court-martial un
til the publication of the verdict If
these are sustained the expense of
the court-martial to the state will be
?15,000

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