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lying on this war according to Hoyle.
From the schoolmaster I learned
"Piloted by a German who knew
the city well, a huge airship had for
its objective the Palais du Roi, where
A the queen of Belgium, the little
9 princes and Princess Marie-Jose lay
sleeping. The raid proved a complete
and utter failure as far as trapping
the royal family was concerned.
However, seven innocent persons
were killed and some twenty others
"The bombs which were to have
killed the queen and her family and
to have shattered the bourse fell into
an adjoining street, wrecked a house
and injured two women. That des
tined for the destruction of the
banque struck the attic of a house
near by, killed a servant as. she slept
and injured two others.
"Another and .the most success
ful bomb struck a private house in
habited by poor people, murdered a
woman and horribly mutilated threeJ
girls, killing two civil guards ana se
riously injured another.
"Nearby to my place a woman tot
tered out, crying: 'Doctor, doctor!'
Beneath the ruins of the house two
civil guards were dead. Within the
house pitiful screams came from
three girls who had been roused from
sleep by receiving dreadful wounds
on the face and body. One girl had
half her face blown away; the two
others were seriously wounded on
the face. Evidently their bodies had
been somewhat protected by the bed
9 "The Zeppelin at the time of this
appalling incident was almost sta
tionary in the sky, some seven hun
dred feet up. A panic at once ensued,
and thousands of people took refuge
in their cellars, while others dashed
out into the streets in their night at
tire. "Time after time the earth trem
bled as the terrible bombs fell, caus
ing devastation everywhere.
"Truly it was a night of terror,
for the populace through the hours'
of tension did not know from One
moment to another that they might
not be blown to atoms.
"Ten bombs struck ten different
streets. One which fell in the Rue
des Navets made a hole six. feet six
inches in diameter and twenty-two
inches deep. It probably was filled
with shot, fo rail the houses in the
vicinity were riddled by bullets, all
the doors and windows being broken
and the ceiling having fallen in.
"It was calculated that about nine
hundred houses were more or less
damaged and about sixty houses de
stroyed. In a single house four per
sons were found dead. Three men
were walking in the Rue de la Corne,
when one of the bombs fell. One was
killed and the other two mortally
wounded, while another passerby had
his leg blown off.
"All the bombs, which created a
terrific explosion, were found to have
been in a steel cover one and a half
inches thick and about a foot in
diameter. The Zeppelin was, of
course, fired upon from the forts with
guns and rifles, but having launched
its deadly missiles it moved off into
"A subsequent examination of the
projectiles thrown showed that they
had a double covering, the two cov
ers being joined together by mushroom-shaped
rivets, which, act the
part of bullets, and must cause hor
rible injuries, as tie two covers or
envelopes are torn to fragments by
ON THE STREET
Our national pastime, making
" 'Lo, Steve!"
"Hower ye hittin' 'em?"
"Right on the nose."
"Piner'n frog's hair."
"S'good. S'long, Steve!"
v -Buffalo Express, ,