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YOUNG GIRLS, STARVING - IN WAR-RACKED
POLISH CITY, DRIVEN TO WHITE SLAVERY
BY KARL H. VON WlEGANtf
(United Press Staff Correspondent)'
With the German "Army at Lodz,
Dec. 21, via The Hague ami London,
Dec. 26. Lodz, the great manufac
turing center of Poland, is today a
city of misery ancPwant Beautiful
young girls are offering themselves
into -white slavery in the hope of gain
ing food and shelter;
Lodz has a population of 300,000.
The factories of "the city are closed
and 150,000 men and. women are
without employment There is no
coal for fuel that the factories may
be operated. The supply of petro
leum is also exhausted and the
shortage of food has resulted in ap
Bread is selling for 30 cents a loaf.
Great crowds stand in front of bak
eries for hours waiting for a chance
ODD WAR NEWS
London. Fortune tellers and crys
tal gazers are reaping a golden har
vest among women who are anxious
about relatives at the front.
Paris. The hard luck of war has
left one British soldier stranded alone
in a hospital, twenty miles from the
front, with five nurses to wait on
him. They are much worried be
cause he eats every three hours. He
is given champaigne three times a
London. "Send me four foot
balls," is the request of a soldier at
the front. "When the men get a day
or two off they would be Invaluable
for exercise," heasserted.
Amsterdam. Restaurants have
been ordered to stop serving bread
to guests gratis in Berlin, owing to
scarcity of flour, according to a re
London. "Chief Scout" Baden
Powell announces that 10,000 boj
scouts have already gone to tire
front, -besides those who are doing
patrol duty on the east coast. i
to buy or beg the little bread that is
afforded. The starving victims of
the war plague of stricken Lodz
fight for the food that is, doled out
The people of Lodz say that the
Russians who retreated from the city
before the advance of the Germans
stripped it of food and supplies. The
misery and suffering are relatively
greater than In any Belgian city.
Men, women, and children shiver in
the streets begging -for food.
I saw a score dt young girls, driven
to desperation from hunger, offer
themsttveB' into Jives of shame in or
der to! get 'something to eat.
-The' Germans are now occupying
Lodz for-the third time during the
war. The city ls'llttie damaged from
gunfire, but industrially and econom
ically it is a.wreck.
Paris. Marie Sayerf the "Barbara
Frietchie" of Zabern, Alsace, has
been sentenced by the German com
mander there to three months' im
prisonment and a fine of $50. She
had displayed the Freeh colors from
Glasgow; Despite Lloyd George's
reminder when he put the tax on.
brewery products that every half pint
consumed would add one cent to the
fighting resources of the nation, the
consumption of beer in Scotland has
already-failen.'off 40 per cent.
Berlin The first German actor to
be awarded the iron cross is Paul
Wegener of the Deutsche theater,
who distinguished himself during the
attack on Dixmunde.
Wives of the municipal councilors
in France vote in place of their hus
bands who have gotfe to war.
After long investigation an Italian
scientist has decided that dogs wag
their tails for conversational purpose,