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THE BRATTLEBOHO DAILY REFORMER,' SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 G, 1922.
'1 r WAGNER'S Final Clean-Dp Shoe Sale The Event of the Season Summer shoes are marked so low that it is just like old times the dollar is worth more here now than at any time for several years,, and some of these good bargains are just as good for early Fall wear as for now. JUST A FEW OF THE GOOD BARGAINS Infants Marchers, sizes 2-5 1.00 Infants', Children's and Misses' White Shoes, , DESOLATION OK BAM FRONTS C. Fred Childs Writes Viv idly of Destruction X in France GERMAN TACTICS EXASPERATE FRANCE Children's Tennis Women's While Pumps 50 95 Women's White Strap Pumps and Oxfords, 1.15 to $2.G5 Women's Oxfords, good assortment ..... 2.95 Boys' Scout Shoes, fibre soles 1.45 Boys', Oxfords 1.95 Men's Oxfords . 2.45 Men's Shoes and Oxfords ... 2.95 Only by a survey of the several Bargains in our store can you gain the correct impression of the values we are offering. COME TODAY FOR BEST BARGAINS 95-97 Main Street Phone 1121-W The Store of Better .Value French Determined lo Ketp Their Army Reparation Could Not Restore Dev astated Country Impossible to Re claim All Land. letters received by Maj. F. W. CliiliK written ly his nephew, C Fred Child of CliieaK'. formerly of Rrattleboro. who has been visiting European battlefields, contain highly -interesting facts concern ing conditions existing there. Following are two letters from Aix-Les-l.ains, France : All Europe today appears to be welt ing Germany's financial collapse, realiz ing that each country paradise who thinks so. Both the victor nn.l vannuished are not responsible for the war. Frano and England each tried to avoid it, but Germany was determined to ha vp it. One side must be everlast ingly wrong and not both sides. I F. C. fvitab must suffer in consequence. '1 lie expeele.l collapse of Germany's linances will likt-lv paralyze her industries ami also stop all forms of reparation payments. Tlv former, Germany appears to be willing to endure in order to make certain lift avoidance of further payments to the lillies. I'p to this time German trade ami industry at home have thrived on the falling value of the mark. Evidence of her domestic prosperity is seen t every hand. The exports at Hamburg show them to have equaled the record of HH.'l and mcst German cities are busy hivi'S of activity with extensions being made to factories" and railroads. Now Germany seems ready for a show down, tit put an end to her indemnity and rep aration, payments. She claims she can no longer deliver hor coal to France and suggests she supply English coal instead. The French say it is merely more deceit on Germany's part for Germany must buy foreign currency to pay for F.ritisfi conl and if she can do that she can cer tainly iiifike reparation payments with such currency. All Mich tactics exasper ate the French, for no nation on earth will suiTer from a German default except Fra nee. From Reims to Soissons and Chateau Thierry. I went through the country that the Americans fought over. Every vil lage was a complete ruin. All had leen receiving aid from the French govern ii'cnt f r reconstruction work and in each village many new stone houses bail been erected. All this work must cease if Germany fails to fulfill her reparation pledsres. Those cities must be rebuilt, so if French funds are employed then France can surely be excused from re paying her loans to America until Ger many resumes her payments to France. The Germans claimed a '"divine right" f- make war and 'now fo avoid being held :. ccountable for all devastation she in tends to subordinate a principal to an economic theory. Without recognizing a moral obligation Germany is properly en lit led to no credit. It is blasphemy and infamy to claim that Germany had any just cause for war. lie lives in a fool's Of Particular Interest to Vermonters ferment's Wafer Power Resources P.efore I forget the impressions which most often come back to. me in my recol lections of the battlefields, I'll mention the few things which I feel may interest you. . . At "Hill ICS." which if imw virtually flat, the French and Germans were en trenched not many feet apart. Each en deavored to blow the other to pieces by undennining the trenches; F.oth suc ceeded. Today two huge Holes, prohaUIy 1(10 feet deep, adjoin each other and one can walk on a narrow ridce and look down either side. The soil is white chalkv clay as hard as a rock and sprinkled wj'th pieces of rusting metal and shell splinters. Anything that ap pears to be a pebble is iron. 'Tis hal lowed ground and you are told you walk on the bones and fragments of hundreds of men when you visit the spot. I should estimate those craters are I'.UO feet in diameter. The German tired their mine of LT tons of dynamite just when :(i() French "Klue Ievils" were preparing to so "over the top." Not a piece of any man ever was found. We followed the road beside the Hin denburg line of trenches for hours. On both sides are the cement machine gun nests of the Germans, scattered over the fields about ''H feet apart. The top were nearly level with the ground and i noticed -particularly that they had ce ment doors which swung on iron hinges. Those doors and the . side walls were about two feet thick and the top about four feet thick over which another foot or two of earth was spread, l'.ehind these I for fully a mile were series of trenches land row upon row of intertangled barbed wire. It is all there still and will not be removed. It can't be. There is too much wire to make its removal practicable. It would cost more than its scrap value to clear the ground. and it ii worthless for any knowtt puriMise. The weeds are rapilly covering most of it. but being strung largely on iron uprights it can le seen as far as yon can get a view in all directions. It is slow to rust away so I believe it will remain as it is for many years. That means all those fields ore idle and worthless. At other sections Hie farmers have piled up the wire into huge heaps and be gun to reclaim the land, but those spots were further removed from the lighting fronts. Not a tree was to be seen that had not been shattered. There was no shade and nothing green but brush and weeds grown within the past three years, where formerly extensive forests existed. Miles back of the lines the farmers were leveling the shell hides by hand. They lind the work very dangerous on account of the immense amount of unexploded shells which lie at various depths every where. I noticed one place where 10 men were working side by side using onlv bees, that they had picked out about a dozen huge shells and piled them besid" t the roadand they hadn't leveled more than r0 square feet when digging out that many shells. On the ridge by the Cheminjle Hames there formerly was a village of H.OOO people nnd a church which overlooked the valley. I don't know how many times that town, site was ttaken nnd retaken, but " t'.itity There "n "absolutely nothing but pile; of earth and masonry. The site of the church has Ix'ttu partially excavated by digging down from the present surface about 10 feet, showing where the door step rests. Rack on the hill are steel look-out towers and gun emplacements left by the Germans who occupied the commanding position two years. They were finally driven out by the French after a three-day attack over the open ground in the face of machine gun lire, but a few months later the Ger mans retook it from the Rritish in one day. That spot, was - so many times r-hnrned up and bombarded that even railroad tracks can be seen protruding from the embankments (beside the pres ent,iiighway ) buried fully 10 feet below the present day surface. Along the sides of the road further (say, rive miles) be hind the lines are great piles of rusting tracks of steel rails made in sections with metal ties. Each section of track, for ammunition and food supplies - is about 12 feet long and made light enough! to be laid down rapidly. I tdiould esti-j mate there is enough of such track to go J across America a couple of times. 1 can't imagine how that country I saw can ever be restored. Those cement dugouts will be there forever. They couldn't be blown up now if they with stood the impact of shells for years. The i trenches couldn't be leveled in a life time) with the equipment of farmers. That! wire can't be burned nor pulled up nor j obliterated. Any attempt, to do any j suoli work means sure death when a live) shell of explosives or gas is bit. Tt'si simply a ruined country and no one' would claim ownership if lie had to pay taxes on it. I should call it destroyed for a hundred years; It is mentionable also that land which was formerly fertile is now turned over and the subsoil of clay and chalk has been thrown on top so per haps another deluge must occur before crops can find soil lit to live on. .What would you do with an acre of pasture covered with tangled wire that you could not walk or crawl through, containing a few hundred live shells and undermined with cement dug outs iron-roofed trenches 10 other sleeping caverns ground and the whole weeds on the surface only what beneath it? Reparation from Germany can't re store the country. If Germany paid her liability in full it would not put the French back into the fertile lands and productive farms and forests they once possessed. . Do you wonder the French sad and declines to care what suffering Germany . endures, claimed it to be her "divine conquer the world. France savs we want retribution for thp. damage done. Great I'.ritain would modify the bill for dam ages in order to resume trade. Nobody today supports France by a definite statement whk-h would prevent another attack. Consequently France is deter mined to keep her army and defend her self. Can you blame her? C F, C. and corrugated feet deep, with L'O feet under acre a mass of and God knows nation is economic Germany I WEST BRATTLEBORO James Whittemore of - GuilfortT is working for Francis Taylor. Raul Harrington of Windsor, who is canvassing here, is a guest of his aunt, Mrs. iee Nolan. Mrs. Graee Coombs of Rawrence. Mass.. is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. II. Alexander. Miss Catherine Wessel, who has been boarding fith Mrs. Alice Xolcn. will re turn to her home in Lynn, 'Mass., to day. - Mrs. Francis Taylor and two children are spending two weeks with her par ents. Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Angier, at Warren lake. A 1st cad. N. II. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Wilson of Springfield. Mass.. who had been guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Goodenough, re turned to their lrome yesterday. Mrs. Lcnore Taylor has returned 'from sever;: 1 weeks' absence. She visited Mrs. Eertha Moore in Rennuigton and at R. A. Whittemore" in Guilford. Mrs. E. II. Metcaif and daughter, Evelyn, left Friday for a visit with rela tives in Springfield, Mass. Mrs. Met calf's mother, Mrs. F. 1. Church, came here from Springfield Thursday, return ing Friday. In Italy there is n regular business of making tiny wire cages for grasshoppers lo chirrup in. The Italians believe that the grasshopper brings good luck, and that if one can be kept alive iu a cage for a month the year will be prosperous. ZTT water power is pe uib erimn - , Electro -, "Much oL tne induced ont. trom ing ,.;' worth oi on .millions oi propew . wWting- pany idle-iundsintVie You mvv,., -Power Compames. r Companies pay s The Power omp dividends. t k., England Coyvdend; St'ock and 1? frtenyealred at 101 to yield Balance oft erea x Tax free. A Safe Way to Invest AT We Are Ready 7y2 IN Property Within the State to do your harness work, to mend the old, or to make new. We will guarantee our stock, prices and workmanship to satisfy. Perhaps your shoes need mending, or you may want new rubber heels. Work done while you wait, at WAGNER'S 95-97 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. Phone 925 Opposite Elliot Street FRED H HARRIS Representing BAKER, YOUNG & CO., BANKERS, BOSTON 1 39c Saturday Chocolates 39c We Will Sell Every Saturday Samoset Chocolates for 39c lb. Sold Exclusively by Brattleboro Drug Co. An assortment1 of 10 different kinds But terscotch, Caramels, Caramallow, Coffee Cream, Cordials, Ice Cream, Maple Walnut, Montcvideos, Orange Cream and Nougatines. ' We sell these chocolates the rest of the week for 60c pound. "" mni in i nun wrnii irtiiwn nilni ii iiiiimnnimiinii-iiiB i Houghton & Simonds" THE GREAT AND NOW GOING ON Is Not a Sale of a Day or a Week It Continues All Next W eek Or Until Saturday Night, Sept. 2 The Idea is to make a clean sweep during the lat week of the sale of everything that is not to be carried in Stock during the winter. Daily, further reductions will, be made on all odd pieces and laSt garments of a lot. Today there's a great underprice sale of Toilet Articles, and each day during the remainder of the sale, there will be special bargain lots of interest to every thrifty shopper. Bin