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yVOL XXV. NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA, THURSDAY. MAY 2, 1918. No.51.
I AND OTHERWISE
' Ih grelyn Peterson returned to
Mism , to resume her studies
at, after spending a few days
-t_ t, her parents, Mir. and Mrs.
", Thursday Afternoon Five Hun.
Club met at the home of Mrs.
Sltagh. The successful players
,. s" Kate Clarke (playing for
A Theard) and Mrs. C. Johnson.
Sj. L. Hoyt received the consola
SYn. J. P. Nolan will entertain
0e last meeting.
G~ 0Gorge Munsterman and little
Thomas, Jr., returned to
Lmesse in Buras, after spending a
ore with relatives.
J. J. P. Walter and Miss Lois
I*ur spent a few days in Morgan
Mv Guy Turner of Addis, La., was
gust of Mr. B. G. Baker and Jam
iaAl na Vanderlinden, who had
vysrliting her sister in Port Arthur,
i . is now in Lafayette with rela
U ttle Ruby Webert spent the week
S with Mrs. Rozes.
M.1es Marvel Walter and Emma
= --er left Monday for Morgan City
Wlr awhile with relatives.
g-s Gordon F. Vallette of Galves
Mr, Tex, who has been spending the
gfew weeks here, the guest of Mrs. i
s Norris, left Monday for home.
MWi Irma Wardrop. formerly of our
.sI, but now of Houston, Tex., spent
4- aw days here en route to New
The Methodist Sunday School pic
Gwill be held Saturday at City Park.
SM. (Dr.) Lochte, who had been
"igw her parents, lion. and Mrs.;
'. D. French. has gone to join her
Ss--- at Charleston. S. C., where
: 1 stationed at the Naval Station.
ss. Harlem left last week for Call
tL, H. R. Turner of Camp Logan,
rj, spent a few days here with Mr.
d Mrs. Jos. W. Lennox.
Sr. Foster Ryan left for New York
-' steamer Pluto.
's. Jos. W. Lennox and littlel
gj .ss. Joseph Ill. are visiting Mr.
Mr s. Jos. A. Lennox at Mobile,
W M. W. B. King, father of Dr. A.
trlag of Vallette Street, is reported
a A. D. Lewis of Lecompt. la..
Mrs. L F. Magruder of Albe-:
N. C., ,both sisters of Dr. A.
Ig, are here on account of the
of their father.
SIP. Magruder, who married
Se..Algiers girls, Miss Agnes
i soew on his way to France
eser a the Medical Corps.
or, who was originally
at Fordoche, La., and later
le, N. C.. has made quite
as a physician and sur
s-a his services will be much
at the front. Mrs. Magruder
sred awhile with Dr. and Mrs.
Paul Borne, Sr., left for Colo
tr'a, Colo., to spend awhile
daughter, Mrs. Eugene
Dorvan, who has been
of the Misses Hymel. has
to her home in Belton, Tex.
Fourcade and Joseph Fad
at Paris Island. N. C., hav
the Marine Corps. Their
them good luck.
Wlhlois of Lavergne Street
saoter, Mrs. Tilton, left for
where they will re
Mrs. H. Duffle have taken
sideace in the city
Club was entertained
'Lampton. The sue
were Misses Stella
UA Smdie Garland. Mrs.
bttdetter receive the con
$Els Mary Traub will en
the next meeting.
Adams end little daughter,
sqmldlng awhile in Mor
l hbs of Washington and
is visiting his daughters,
and the Misses Hobbs.
Mr. George Elder have
thei residence in Biloxi,
·. Klng is still quite sick.
hildren were summoned
last week. At this
I4ems some better.
S sand son, Whiter, left
lat Tuesday at/,1O a m.
o rweek the Boy Scouts
.t United States are work
fbhelty Bonds. The boys
mlt to the last, hut they
and RLose Schenxayder
lft Tuesday morning
speading a few days
Sad Mrs. Tom Pollock.
.45m is home from
8 is getting along
. Breasard of 81lidell
Jast returned from a
1 P lip Walters of
Mrohave been visiting
;4 rs. W. nrousard.
Ala., where they will
1eks om their return
:antoe ham returned
where *he spent
of her ster
of t. Mau$pe
Io ms him out agl.
that befell him
Mr. Plnk had the
slag seaided about
rIm while at work.
was the guest
I Isam es st Tues
sle was e-o.ed,
t M. t. BSem
War service has been added to the
usual duties of members of the Louis
iana Branch, International King's
Daughters and Sons, as shown by re
ports of the various circles at the
twenty-first annual convention in the
First Methodist Church, where the
sessions were held.
Mrs. H. L. Hoyt was elected a mem
ber of the Executive Board, of the
Balloting Committee, and of the Rest
Awhile Board. Miss Sallie Pearson
was appointed representative of the
Silver Cross, the official organ of the
International Order of King's Daugh
Mrs. H. L. Hoyt told of the com
fort and pleasure given nearly 300
persons last summer at Rest Awhile,
the summer home of the Louisiana
branch in Mandeville. One little girl
who had enjoyed the visit there la
mented that war times would make it
impossible for the King's Daughters
to provide grits and other food for
guests this year, but pleasure will be
given despite the little one's predic
tions, Mrs. Hoyt asserted. "It simply
means we will have to put forth addi
tional effort to carry on the good
,work and keep the home fires burn
ing while adding war work to our du
ties," she declared.
Miss Georgina Herbert of the local
circle, "The Silent Helper," read her
report; extracts from which follow:
Regular meetings have been held
each month. Our membership is now
thirty-five. We had four resignations.
and one member, Mrs. T. Thayer. a
most loyal and esteemed member of
our Circle since its organization,
passed into the Great Beyond after a
long and painful illness. Four new
members were admitted to member
ship, one former member readmitted,
and one well-wisher obtained. We
have continued our monthly allowance
to our crippled protegee and have
given assistance to several worthy
families at a cost of $37.05. We sent
to headquarters 62 garments, 11 pairs
of shoes, 6 hats, 2 sheets and 4 pillow
cases. and gave to individuals 14 gar
ments and one pair of shoes.
The Rest Awhile work. the pound
party for Rest Awhile. the Sophie B.
I Wright Memorial Fund, the Home for
Incurables, the Christmas and Thanks
giving dinners received our usual con
Our treasurer's accounts show the
following receipts and disbursements:
Cash on hand April 1. 1917. $22..0;
receipts for the year $107.65. Total re
ceipts $130.55. Disbursements for the
year $110.54, balance April 1, 1918,
During the summer of 1917, we were
represented on the Rest Awhile Board
by Mrs. H. L. Hoyt, who was elected
vice chairman of the board. We are
also represented on the Co-operative
Council by our secretary, who is the
Council's recording secretary and reg
istrar of headquarters.
Our Circle was organized twelve
years ago, and for the past four years
Miss Sarah E. Pearson has been its
leader, and as such, its inspiration.
Realizing her exceptional qualities for
leadership, especially along spiritual
lines, she was unanimously elected
perpetual leader at our annual meet
ing in January.
As our contribution to war relief!
work we took up the work of making
of layettes for French or Belgian
babies. The cost of the layette is Just
a little over $10.00 and the greater
part of this amount was raised by vol
Alfred A .'Lennox, of Baton Rouge
left a few days ago for Mobile, Ala.,
where he enters with the shipping
board for the duration of the war.
Mr. Wilford Boudreaux of Eliza
street had the misfortune of getting
his foot crushed last Monday while
at wor kat the Southern Pacific
Many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Geo.
Darvin will regret to learn of the
loss of their eleven months old girl
Mary Alice on April 19th. Mr.
Darvin was formerly a resident of
Algiers now residing in New York
Mr. W. Ford, Jr., and Miss Er
minle Hopper spent the week end in
Covington, La., the guest of Mr. and
Miss Alva Salathe sent the week
end in Covington, La., the guest of
Miss Otga McNeely.
Mrs. H. Lecourt and daughter-in
law, Mrs. James Lecourt and two
children, Jr., and Harry are spend
aing a week in Covington.
The many friend. of Mr. II. Le
court of Pelican Avenue, are glad
to see him out again after an at
tack of illness.
Mr. Harvey McNeely spent the
week-end in Covington, La.
Mrs. J. N. "cNeely returned to
Covington after spending a few days
here the gujet of her sister, Mrs.
W. P. Salathe.
The Saturday night Euchre Club
met at the home of Mrs. L. DeLang
last week. The successful players
were Mrs. Pollock and Mrs. R. Wil
The many friends of Mrs. F. Luft
of Seguin street, sregret to learn that
she was taken to Hotel Dien yester
day to undergo an operatlea.
iThere 'wI be a flag-raising at
the local lagrounds on May 25th.
The program wll be announced
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Bouque of
1918 Palmyra St., entertained at a
dinner Sunday in honor of their
daughter, Myrtle. The following
were present, Mrs. Geo. Friar of
Ocean Springs, Miss.; Mrs. A. J.
Amnedo and daughter, Verna, Mr.
Ernest Delucky, Miss Myrtle Souque
and Mr. and Wri. oSnque.
At the meeting of the Woman's
Auuiliary, Loutelsana Breae, held at
Christ Churek, the dfollr wg wer
awhtnined at apuaenh by Mrs L.
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0NIONS D N11 OT ARRIVE
The car load of onions which were
to have been sold on Tuesday fromnt
a car at the Grand Isle i. R.. at head
of Alix St., did not arrive on ac
count of the torrential down pour
of rain which occurred an Monday
don.' the road. It was impossible
on account of the weather to bring
the vegetables out of the field. I)ue
notice of the arrival and sale of the
onions will be made in the Herald
JI'IDGE MAHER OFIFEIRS SER-I
VICES TO UNCLE SA.M
WRITES LETTER TO
('OIL. MAYO OF IM
230 Bermuda Street,
Algiers. 5th District.
New Orleans, April 21st, 1918
Col. John P. Mayo.
Commissioner of Immigratipn,
Esteemed Sir-Sometime ago in a
heart-to-heart talk with you. I stated
that my knowledge of shorthand writ
ing, coupled with the fact that I could
use a typewriter, could be of service
to our country in the time of need.
I regret exceedingly that my age
would prevent me from being where,
I can assure you. I would rather be,
"On the battle line." It may seem
strange indeed, that I have selected
you as the medium through which to
tender my services without compensa
tion to our government, and this is
my answer: Throughout my life I
have been a close observer of men and
matters, and I can frankly say that
your broad sense of justice, insepara
bly joined with intelligence, and gen
tlemanly behavior, acting in your of
- ficial position, has won the esteem of
myself and all the fair-minded citi
zens of this district, who have had
i any business with you, as a represen
tative of these United States. I am
proud to assert that in my opinion no
man in our governmental employment
is your peer. Selected, as you have
been, from civilian life, you have kept
in touch with your fellowman, always
dealing with the masses fairly, in your
official position. What I admire in'
you most is you have not been inocu
lated with the bureaucracy prahticed
and advocated by many of our Fed
eral office holders, much to the dis
gust and disappointment of their fel
I low-countrymen. As you are now. may
I you .ever be, the mouthpiece of jus
tice and humanity tempered with
mercy, the bold and fearless champion
of democracy, the inlexible enemy of
Very truly yours,
(Signed) THOS. F. MAHER.
$8,000 GIVEN TO MINISTERIAL
It was decided by the Louisiana
Conference of the Southern Metho
dist Church. at its November session,
to give $3000 to defray the cost of
I added ministerial work among the sol
diers and sailors in training within
the bounds of the state. This money
is but an added sum to the gifts of
the whole denomination toward the
same cause. At their meeting in
Alexandria a few days ago the seven
presiding elders of the state decided
t that $1800 of this amount should be
spent at Alexandria and Lake Charles
and that $1200 should be spent in New
Methodist ministers met Monday,
t April 22, and gave careful considera
tion to the soldier and sailor prob
lems of New Orleans and decided to
place all work pertaining to the Al
giers Naval Station under the imme
dlate management of Rev. C. C. Wler,
pastor of the Algiers Methodist
It was decided by the Methodist
ministers that the Y. M. C. A. secre
taries, visiting pastors and religious
organisations are sufficiently active
and acceptable to bring adequate re
Igleos help and inspiration to the
eamMps, bat that the large number of
hboys that take shore leave from the
Nrial sta ad anetafrleshes from the
ttrdmla eas~ s see a charch home
ALL GAY BOAT HIO[
An all dlay boat ride on Steamer
Sydney, Sunday, May 5th. Santa
Maria Council No. 1724 of Knights
of Columbus -will give everybody a
great opportunity for rest and en
joyment on next Sunday, when they
will run an all-day excursion on the
good old steamer Sydney. The
course will be from New Orleans to
Pelican Plantation St. Charles Par
ish. La. A run of about 30) miles.
Games of all kinds will be indulged
in when arrived at the grounds. A
real ball game will be played, be
tween members of the Knights of
Columbus and a picked team from
the Plantation. It will be in the
language of the day. "some game."
Red would have said in the words
of the immortal poet, but as many
of us have never read the gentle
man's writings we'll let it go at that.
Races, why. records will be smash
ed, records thiet have stood the test
There will be fat men's races.
three legged races, potato races, pie
eating races, etc., etc., in a word
all the races that becomes a well
regulated picnic. Someone sug
gested a shrimp eating contest, but
it was ruled out, for fear that a
certain portly gentleman would en
ter it. because enough of the species
could not be found to satisfy the
capacity of the said gentleman. A
certain elongated brother has is
sued a challenge to all comers, to
match him in a slow race. Boys. oh
Boys, its going to be some swell af
fair. Aubrey and company are go
ing to be there with their best girls
even the scribe may be accompanied
on the occasion.
All the societies are helping, and
everybody is talking it, and from
general appearances everybody is go
ing, and Mr. Hamsandwich will have
a busy day of it.
Now just think of it, good people,
all this fun and merriment in these
days of soaring prices, for the small
sum of $1.00 for adults and 50 cents
Departure of boat: Third District
Ferry Landing. 8:30; Canal St.
Ferry Landing (City side), 8:45;
Jackson Ave., Ferry Landing (Gret
na side). 9:00. Return not later
NEEDS SKILLED ARTISANS.
Algiers Naval Station Issues Call
for Several $8 Per Day Men.
Skilled artisans for government
work in New Orleans are wanted at
once, according to an announcement
from the local branch of the Civil
Service Commission, 210 Customhouse
building. -'Examinations will be held
on May 18 for first-grade clerk, fore
man electrician, foreman shipftter
and boilermaker. These places pay
$8 a day, and are at the Algiers Naval
Station. A truck chauffeur and a gen
eral handyman also are needed. This
examination will be held May 9.
Those who want to leave the city
can find lucrative positions in Wash
ington. Examinations are held every
week. Machinists are wanted for the
Charleston, S. C.; Key West, Fla., and
Washington. D. C., navy yards. The
government will pay transportation to
GUNYMARD SPEAKS AT
E. P. Gueymard, manager, agricul
tural bureau, Association of Com
merce, was one of the principal speak
ers Monday night at a reorganization
meeting held by the Chamber of Com
merce of Natchez, Miss., at Natchez
Monday night. He represented Wal
ter Parker, general manager of the
New Orleans association, who was un
able to attend.
NAVAL BAND CONCERT.
Harry FPalk, state secretary of the
war savings concert, announced great
interest was being shown in the free
concert to be given at the Athenaeum
on May 18 by the United States Navy
Band of Algiers. This band seldom
plays anywhere outside of the navy
station and the public is anxious to
hear the music, for it is considered
one of the crack bands of the navy.
The city war savings committee has
iisted every person atteading the
a Pe ase at least one
-e Tha will be an
a ~ s bedhse* ma war
ALGIERS GiIS AOIHNER
Aleuxander W'ilson Norman is Mlade
An Officer of the
Alexander Wilson Norman, age
twenty-four years, ,oni of d1r. Jno.
It. Norman. of Aurora Plantation
has returned from Camp Pike a full
fledged officer of Infantry.
Young Norman left for l'amp Pike
September last, and on account of
not having completed his college
course he was given an opportunity
to finish his schooling and then went
back to ('amp Pike, where he was
recently graduated as an officer and
assigned to the Infantry. Lieuten
ant Norman will return this even
ing to Camp Pike where he again
goes in training.
These young officers numbering
some two hundred and fifty-eight
will go back to their respective corn
mands and in their respective places
until such time as the new quota is
drawn to be sent to the different
cantonments and it will be at this
time that these new officers will be
assigned to different regiments to
take charge of the men.
Algiers may be well proud of the
fine set of boys she has sent to the
Quite an enjoyable time was spent
at the home of Miss Katie Spence on
April 24th. when a farewell dance was
given in honor of Mr. Merton Sadler.
who on Saturday the 27th departed
for "Somewhere in America."
Dancing was indulged in and re
freshments were served in abundance.
All present had a most delightful time.
Music was furnished by Marcour's
Jazz Band and by Emmett Hardy.
Those present were: Misses Clara
Kristensen. Alma Gerrets, Anna May
Gould. Thelma Lauman, Velda Le
Blanc, Inez Clement. Irma Tufts. Mae
Duke, Nirma Keenan, Clotilde Ennig.
Nellie Herbert, Rose Harries, Anna
May Reaney, Velma Borne. Ethel
Lauff. Mamie Nichols. Dora Lee Ab
bott, Nova Sadler, Marie and Irma
Delord, Cleo Platt, Thelma Johnson,
Mae Feeney, Lottie Marxen and Irene
Schwalb; Messrs. Seldon Talbot, Ro
land Horn. Jas. Connolly, Herbert
Chapman, Thos. Hale, Lamar Smith,
Oscar and Milton Marcour, Chas. Sta
cey, Emile Hoffman, Edw. Stacey, Al
vin McGivney, Alvin and Thos. Du
puis, Jos. Olivier, Harry Le Roy, Ful
ton Corbett, Jos. Houston, Jos. Or
leach, Emmett Hardy, Jas. Glancey,
Jas. Charbonnet, Roy Young, Ernest
Brune, Raymond Curren, Joe. Lama
na, Emmett Lauman and Magnurs
Harper; Mrs. M. Nichols and Mrs. W.
GLENNY OVERRULES ALGIERS
FERRY MUNICIPAL OWNER
Nothing Can Be Done In afe of
Franchises, He Says.
Acting on the petition of the Al
giers Improvement Association for
the municipal ownership and opera
tion of the franchises connecting
the east and west sides must wait on
the expiration of the existing fran
chises which are vested in private
corporations Commissioner E. J.
Glenny ruler'Tuesday in a report to
the city commission council.
Further, Mr. Glenny said, the
present city commission council will
be powerless to act, because all the
franchises are dated to expire after
the present council's term expires.
'"The Canal street ferry franchise
extends to December, 1921," Mr.
Glenny said. "The others expire
at various dates during the next 13
years. The present council goes
out of officb before any franchise
expires, and it is .powerless, there
fore, to take action without en
croaching upon the Jurisdiction of
the succeeding codicil."
'Recently the Algiers Improvement
Association, declaring that lack of
proper ferriage across the river was
keeping the Algiers side Trom at
talining its proper growth, petition
ed the city authoritles to arrange to
hs ajl er.e3 n4 ekn oesr and op
wrsd trw ie easv tWw.t
The Confessi ns
of a Ger an *
sWritten by a Prussian Officer , P
Who Participated in the Ravag- '
ng and Pillaging of Belgium
. k h )1 Croit F* Aw PMO, .Q..3~
I went to Aix-la-Chappelle to a hoe
pital. I met many more wounded men
who had fought in Belgium. All were
of the opinion that the Belgian dead
numbered as many civilians as sol*
diers. Even ift the German soldiers
who fought in Belgium do not admit
the cruelties committed against the
Belgians. It cannot be denied that at
least 80 per cent of the cruelties
known to the World to have been com
mitted in Belgium were only t-o true.
A young sohlier \\ho lay next ga m1he
in the hospital told me thaut his coal
pany, during a Ftreet fight in I.l,.e,
was given orders to kill everyboady
without disc'rinmnation. Stenisenttlcal
ly, one house after another was -'t on
fire. The Inhabitants either fell in t hie
ilames or became the victims in tile
stroets to the gun barrels of the Ger
At the time I doubted the words of
my neighbor, even though I had seen
what German warfarfare eant. After
a few days I was releaused frolt the
hospital and again restored to my de
tachment. Partly ,by auto, partly by
foot, I reached my detachment by ten
o'clock In the evening. Our tranlsport
moved this time over Trier to Luxem
burg. The little grand duchy of Lux
emburg was overrun entirely bly Ger
man soldiers. The Germans who had
made their homes hl Luxemburg had
everything taken away from them, es
pecially the farmnus, all food, without
thought of payment, so that in Luxem
burg at this time there was a shortage
of food. The people here as well as
in Belgium were very friendly, yet they
harbored a terrible bitterness against
the German government, which had
loosed ltftroops like a band of robbers
and murderers over their peaceful
Belgium and Luxemburg, the two
first unhappy viCtims of the damnable
German politics tad its drunkenness
with power l
That the Luxemburg citizens detest
ed Germany an incident showed me
which happened in the village of Mar,
moth. We were in a friendly conver
sation with a Luxemburg farmer. Two
officers approached and listened. One
ofticer, a captain, asked the Luxem
burger, "What do you think of the
war, and of the quickness of Germany?
There is only one Germany, isn't
"Yes," replied the farmer. "Thank
For those four words the farmer
was arrested at once and transported
to Germany as a court prisoner. I
could never learn what became of
The same evening we were trans
ported in automobiles and on the eve
ning of August 20, 1914, we reached
our detachment, which was about 35
miles from the Belgian city of Neuve
Chateau. Thle regiment to which I be
longedl iid'l 1t, t t:ake part in any opera
tins after the fill of Lie,e, liUt was
tr.tu, artel.d to thiti part oft lhelgiturt
N iw I latra for the first tiae hita
heauvy . u s Ii I s ir", :y (' e1lit' :; ny iti
the Liege fighting. We lost 187 men In
dead and wounded.
This night we slept in an open field.
At five o'clock' the next morning we
marched again until four o'clock in
the afternoon, when we were given a
It was about ten o'clock in the eve
ning when we received orders to ad
vance. We were all ready to proceed
when another order came for us to re
main at our bivouac overnight. Dur
ing the night we heard thundering of
cannon which became more violent.
The battle of Neuve Chateau, which
had continued from August 22 to Au
gust 24, 1914, had begun.
At four o'clock on the morning of
August 22 we resumed our march. At
Neuve Chateau the French army had
encountered the Fourth German army.
First there was, as always, minor qut
poet and petrol fighting. By and by
larger masses of troops participated.
and as we took oar part in the hattle
on the evening of August 22, the fight
had developed into one of the most
aeuginary of the world war.
When we arrived the French occu
pied almost three-quarters of the town.
The artillery had set the main part of
Neave Chateau on fire and only the
beautiful residence section in the west
ewn part of the city escaped at that
time. All night long the house-to
house fighting continued, but when at
neon of August 23 the city was in Ger
man hands the enormous cost to the
Germans could finally be determined.
Reeidences, cellars, streets and side
walks were heaped with dead and
wounded. The houses were in ruins
empty shells, in which hardly anything
remained undamaged that was of any
real value. Thouusands became bet
gare in one terrible night. Women and
children, soldiers and citizlens were ly
ing where the pitiless shells and bul
lets had hurled them from life into
death's dark void. True impartiality
reigned in the killing. There wuas a
Belgian woman lying next to a Belgian
Sbaby which she had borne from house
Sto street. Clos by lay a man of n"
Wgrta Zqw beofp asUgi~tatr blS
Both his legs were burned to the
knees. Hills wife lay on his breast and
sobbed so pitifully tlu.t her grief could
not be endured. Most of the dead
were entirely or partly burned. The
cries of ag.ony of the animals fighting
inciherntlilo were nixted with the
groans and sobting of the woundfd.
But no one, had time to lbother with
themu. The Frellch were making an
other stuan outside the city in an open
field. As the eneImy \ ocuted the town
the Germnuls madmitd n err.,r \\ hich cost
thenm humi.retds of lives. They had oc
Scupled the entire to\, ni so quickly that
the (thriltai airtll!,'ry \hich .shelled a
part of the city diid not lknow iof the
lIchangei in thelt siltu:ttin alllnd threw
sills into tilhe Ill,.i oft' theu infiantry.
F'iially our soldlir.s \\ere comipelled to
gixve up soline of their ga:ins by the
pressure of oir cn\\I as well as the
French fire, but reg:irined this ground
after\\ ards. Strangeti'ly eml,.utllgh. the
resiul, Ine sectin pr viotslty mtiiloined
hadl not suffered serius.ly. All the
hlou.i-e flew the ited P'ross and were
used IS ttlempllorary hospitals.
IHer it wasi rlported thaut Ilelgians
mutlalt d Girllan soldiers. W\hether
this x tere true, or only a: rinsir, similar
to otlers Iilg h cln i .:antly started by
G(tn:ln s'- tler's, I c::ilnot 1say, but I
ido kin.X\v iihat ont August 2I, after the
inrei, I h.,i r ltired, it \\us made
ki1,x ll\ tih ,,iilh aill trly ntier that
Genl:'n ! , Ul, ,- a lu.I hle,n murdlered
tilrl, x:..l Ith , ,t lthe I t r tm rTlt y could
not lax\, 11t, .., no of tlhe'e outratges
Willh i, t ''-t :lx\ ' illt the xi' tillmis.
It \wa , o'de',"I y 1h, ' .Ol- mitnander
of thel lwti. to '.1 the rInllhildehr of
thile city atil to rlow no tl mIry. As we
took a short r -st frail ouri pursuit of
tile enemly and looked Idu:\\ward clouds
of smloke to the eustixardl shw\\ed that
the order had been exe,,utell. A re
mainning battery of artilliery had re
duced the city to ashes.
The French had made a ,tandl out
ale the city and resisted to the ut
most, but they were outnumbered. It
was simply impossible to resist the
pressure of the German war machine.
When the German columns, with fixed
bayonets, attacked to the accompani
ment of their blood-curdling yells
which, like their steel, penetrated to
the bone, they resembled in every re
spect American Indians going into ac
tion, flinging themselves with blood
curdling yells upon their enemies.
After a three-hour fight many French
men gave themselves up as prisoners.
With uplifted hands they sought
At last, on the night of August 23
and 24, tile enemy's ranks were thrown
Into confusion and they retired slowly.
I was in the first detachment which
pursued them. To the right and left
of the road, In the field and ditches,
were dead and wounded.
The red pantaloons of the French
showed brightly on the ground. The
field gray of the Germaus could hardly
The distance between us and the re
treating French became greater. Our
soldiers became happier over the out
come of the battle and seemed to for
get their past hardships. The corpses
which filled the roads and ditches were
forgotten amid the jokes and songs
on every side. The men were already
accustomed to the horrors of war to
such an extent that they unconcerned.
ly walked over the corpses, not Oaen
considering it necessary to make a
At noon we nalted and were served
with dinner from the field kitchens.
We were surely hungry enough and
our canned soup was eaten with the
utmost relish. Many soldiers set their
dishes on the bodies of dead horses
lylng about and ate is gayly as If
they were at home at their ,\\Wn tables.
The few human corpses near our camp
fifed to disturb us. Only water was
lacklng, and after the linner our thirst
became very acute, even torturous.
We soon marched on, under a bour
ing mld-d'xv sun, the dust of the high
way lying thick on our uniforms and
skiln. Now, no more cheerfulness wars
evident anywhere. Our thirst became
more unbearable and we grew weakw
from minute to minute. Many In our
ranks fell, unable to go further. Noth
lag remained for our commander ex
cept to halt, as he did not wish to ex
haust aus all. As a result of this halt
we were htft considerably in the rest
and lost our place among those pursU
ing the French.
About four o'clock we finally saw
before as a village. In the certain ex
pectatlon of getting water there we
quickened our pace. Fugltlves and
empty munition columns passed us.
Among them there was a farm wagon
upon which were several civilian priS
oliers, apparently franc-tireurs. A
Catholic priest was among them. He,
like the others, had his hands tied be
hind him with a rope. To our curious
questions as to what he hadl done, we
were told that he had incited the
farmers to polson the water In
Soon we reached the village an
first well at which we might
fled our thirst we found
posted. He drove a a
warning that the Wt was
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