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The Donaldsonville chief. (Donaldsonville, La.) 1871-current, June 22, 1918, War Savings Stamps Edition, Image 1

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German Deserter Describes
Brutal Treatment Inflicted
on Men in Army.
Crimes Will Darken History of Kaise.
slm Forever, When People of the
World Learn the Whole
Marion, O.-Curt HadlIch, a young
German mechanic employed in local
shops, one-time aviator in the German
army, soldier of fortune and finally an
American citizen, not only believes the
stories of German brutality that havel
come from across seas but he thinks
when the whole story has been told
crimes that will darken the pages of
the history of kaiserism forever will
come to the people of the world. They
will he told not only by victims-but
by the very soldiers of the kaiser him.
self, 1Iadllch thinks.
He' is a deserter from the German
army because of treatment he could
not stand. His father is a life crip
ple from the indignities even of peace
"The German soldier is treated like
a dumb animal," says Hadlich. "He
must grin and bear it-there is no ap
Hadlich's story perhaps is the more
interesting because he has traveled
enough, seen enough and learned
enough outside the confines of Ger
many to appreciate conditions that ex
ist there.
Father Crippled for Life.
"My father is a living example of
a!' he effects of German militarism," he
Saiad.' "After the war, if he still is
ka ing, I expect to have him come to
P0 country to live as God intenfded
ple should live. He too can tell
ies of how brutal German officers
to the soldiers under them.
do Like all young Germans, he entered
y. .1itary service when he was twenty.
fe: ne day his company was practicing
c llng. He had been ill and was un
dle to get over a fence at which prac
was being held. An officer struck
4 , eord ~ e"'ell and his
" was broken. It was not properly.
r.ed for, and that arm has been use
Ss since.
"While I was stationed at the forts
S" Metz and Strassburg I saw things
sý open myself that would make an
e orican soldier think that the disci
1 e he sometimes complains about is
e venn In*comparison. The soldiers
C Sunday off at certain periods and
B a forward to thene because they
"i an visit home.
"I have seen it happep time and
time again that officers kept some of
the men in barracks, appare)tly mere
ly nursing a slight grudge of a per
sonal nature-perhaps merely to have
a hit of sport at the private's expense.
These same officers would think up all
kinds of punishments for their men,
often putting a fellow at some task on
his day off while several hundred
other soldiers were Idle and could have
done the some work.
JUSt Keep Them susy.
"I have seen officers order men to
carry water from the big barrels kept
in barracks, sometimes three or four
stories high, merely -to give them a
task. After they had emptied the bar.
rels they would be forced to carry the
water back up and fill them again.
"I have seen privates put to work
on Sunday morning with a bucket of
water and a tooth brush and ordered
to scrub the floors.
"If a private does not shoot or march
as well as the officer thinks he should,
he is certain to be punished. One
favorite treatment then was to require
a private to stand erect, then kneel to
the ground, repeating the performance
for an hour or more. I've seen offi
cers beat and kick soldiers who be
came exhausted from this task. It
frequently happens that a three days'
strenuous drill on bread and water
diet follows."
Hadlich has taken out his first nat
uralization papers, and although regis
tered as an enemy alien, is listed in
the aviation reserve corps and hopes
to be able to enter the American army
aviation section in the near future.
I - I
T Pittsburgh, Pa.-"I'll sign a
t release for him to join the army, *
* hut not the navy. It is too safe."
So declared Mrs.: John Bendth- I
son, when she appeared in 7
7 court against her husband,
* charged with nonsupport. After .
i much argument Mrs. Bendth
son was convinced that the I
navy was as dangerous as the 7
* army and she signed her hus- *
i hand's release.
Perforrms Patriotic Duty.
Hazleton, Pa.-The famous Buck
mountain, near here, will do its bit in
beating the kaiser. The anthracite
coal which fired John Ericson's Mon
itor when it defeated the Confederate
ram Merrimac camne from the ground
of Buck mountain and now that same
ground has been turned over to ama
teur war gardeners for the growing
at potatoes.
ON< ne28th
Paste him in the eye with a War Savings Stamp--then
paste him again and again. Don't think that you have alread
Syour duty. PershiAg'9 men "over there 'n't go
after their first battle--thby'go after the Huns a in-they keep
on pasting the Kaiser.
Your government has officially set
Friday, June 28th
National War Savings Day
On that day every American is summoned to "sign. the pledge"-to
save and invest in a definite amount of War Savings Stamps each month.
Every real American will prove his patriotism by agreeing to regularly paste the Kaiser.
.W. S. S. cost $4.17 in June,
SWorth $5.00 on Jan. 1, 192 3
"Sign the pledge" on J,,ne 28th. Paste the Kaiser with War Savings Stamps.
S.S National War Savings mmittee
*****T J This Space Patriotically Contributed b ,

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