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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 19, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 3',
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TELEPHONE GIRLS HEROINES
OF LOUVAIN SHELLING
Antwerp, Sept. 10 (By Mail to New
York). Out of the horror, the terror
and suffering In the burning of Lou
vain by the Germans has finally come
a story of the heroism of two young
girls, which will go down in history
A along with the gallant defense of
w Liege by the men of the nation.
Valerie di Martinalli and Leonie
Van Lint were telephone operators
before the Germans entered Belgium
and then destroyed the city of Lou
vain. Now they are national heroines,
for with shells bursting around them
and flames cracking on every side
they remained at their switchboards
until the telephone wires had been
cut, torn down by shells or carried
away by the falling walls of build
ings. They knew that ovfer the long lines
which they controlled orders of the
Belgian staff officers were being com
municated to retreating troops. To
' desert the syitchboard meant these
orders would not be received and
confusion and disaster might follow.
They remained at their posts.
The two young women were on
duty when Louvain's day of destruc
tion began. Gradually the sound of
the German guns came nearer. Shells
began to burst in the town and then
shrapnel rained against the building
in which they were working. Flames
sprang up from buildings about them.
Still the wires held and. still the
two young women sat at their
switchboards, making connection, for
9 ficers. 'Everybody else had long since
fled from the town when the last wire
snapped and Valerie and Leonie
knew they could do nothing more.
Then they crept from the building.
Mitrailleuse bullets spattered in the
street about them and they sought
every possible means of shelter as
they hurried from the zone of death
They escaped without injury, join
ed the fleeing refugees and the story
of their bravery is told by Belgians
with as much pride as that shown in
the daring of the Belgian soldiers.
SONSTEBY SAY CHILDREN ARE
BEING CHEATED ON BOOKS
John J. Sonsteby, member of the
board of education, has made a very
serious charge. Openly he states
that the school children of Chicago
are being cheated on the price they
pay for school books.
Acting on his accusation, Sonste
by will demand that the school board
begin sweeping investigation next
Thursday. At that meeting Sonsteby
will ask for all contracts between
book firms and the school board.
The charges are aimed at the fol
lowing firms: Ginn & Co., the
American Book Company, Rand-Mc-Nally
and Allyn & Baker.
The firms are accused of selling
the books in Chicago at a higher price
than in any other city in the country.
"At the school management com
mittee meeting," said Mr. Sonsteby,
"I intend to call for the contracts be
tween the book companies and the
board of education. I also want to
see the bids which (were submitted by
the book companies on which the
contracts were signed, to see if the
bids and the contracts correspond.
"All of the book companies have to
give bonds that their books are sold
as cheaply to the Chicago board i.s
'to other boards. If we can prove that
the contracts have not been fulfilled
I intend to ask the forfeiture of these
CRUISER HOLDS UP LINER TO
TAKE GERMANS OFF
New York, Sept. 20. The British
cruiser Lancaster held up the Dutch
West Indian mail river liner Comme
wijne just outside of the 3-mile limit
yesterday and took off 27 men, who
CapL Kaasnoot, commander of the
Lancaster, declared were German
reservists. The liner was inward
bound firora West Indian ports.