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r'.vf into Jail for Germans.
London, Sept. 17.—In the great
arena of the Olympia, that monstrous
1 sstadium In Kensington, where only a
•:''•»'few weeks ago the Freddie Welsh
'•Willie Ritchie and Gunboat Smith-
Carpentier prize fights were held.
(V Btrange scenes are being enacted laily
now. Some two hundred-odd tnen
and youhts, ranging all the way in
age from 20 to 60, every afternoon,
at a set hour, go through odd antics,
such as running up and down the
arena, jumping, rolling on the ground
and other like stunts. These youths
and men are Germans, held prisoners
by the government of England. Their
strange antics are the only exercise
they are allowed to take for a little
while each afternoon. A thin line of
Irish guards, grim, silent, khaki-clad
men, stands guard while the Germans
go through their daily exercise.
I The Olympia was seized by the gov
ernment without a "by your leavey or
a notice of any sort. Officials decided
it wae just the place they needed, and
they occupied it without further ado.
The German prisoners who are be
ing held there are men who have
been taken from German merchant
men, German residents of England
and German "floaters," who, it is
feared, are spies in the employ of the
kaiser
Friends Send Assistance.
Friends of the prisoners, by special
permission, have been able to m:iV
it a little easier for them. They have
provided them with bedsteads and
cots, clean linen and other such con
veniences. English barbers (no Ger
man) are permitted to shave the pri
soners. Parcels of food and delica
cies can be sent them by friends, too,
but only after being closely examined
by English officers. Solicitors or rela
tives can interview the prisoners in
the presence of English officers. They
are only allowed to converse in the
English language.
The English officers make it as
pleasant for the prisoners as they can
under the circumstances. The daily
routine is much like that of a prison.
At 7 a. m. all must arise and those
who have special bedding must "stow
it away," as in barracks. Accom
panied by armed guards, the pris
oners, in batches, are permitted to
perform ablutions. Then breakfast
,r
served the same as in barracke, cof
free, bread and bacon, or sausage,
ham and eggs. At midday hot meat
and vegetables, or a stew or a stesk
pudding, and in the evening bread and
butter and tea and jam. as much as
they wish.
All expense is borne by the govern
ment. Mineral water or any other
non-Intoxicating drink may be sent
the prisoners by friends, or it will be
purchased for them if they have the
funds.
Numerous newspapers and maga
zines are supplied by the government
and several of the prisoners "have
decks of "cards, which they use to
while sway the many weary hours.
English Residents Freed.
Prisoners who have been residents
of England for years, but who have
never taken out naturalization papers,
have been unable to secure their free
dom. English friends have interceded
for them. They were taken before
the army officers in charge of the
Olympia and closely questioned with
regard to their feelings for their na
tive country. Those who have been
able to convince the officers by their
testimony and the pledges of their
English friends, that they bear a love
for their adopted country, have beeh
allowed to go free.
It is a very motley assortment of
prisoners. Many clerks and traders,
unable to prove their innocence, are
forced to lie by the side of wretched
ruffians and outcasts.
The English officers feel sorry for
the better class of prisoners, but they
are powerless to help them. They are
forced by the terms of war to hold
them as prisoners if they cannot
prove they have no relations with
their native country.
The crews of captured German
merchantmen are a sullen lot. They
do not mingle with anyone else in
the "prison." Holding aloof by
themselves, they converse In low
tones, talking about their probable
fate.
German Troops Quarrel.
London, Sept. 16.—A dispatch to
the Times from Ostend says that the
Prussian and Bavarian soldiers are
quarreling and that a serious collision
has taken place near their barracks at
Etterbaek, a-suburb of Brussels, in
which ten lives were lost.
American Consul Will Intercede.
Peking, Sept. 16.—At the request
of the Japanese legation, Willys R.
Peck, American consul at
Tsing-Tau,
has been instructed to employ his
good offices in behalf of the two cap
tured Japanese traders who sailed
their vessels into Klao-Chow not
knowing that war had been declared.
The Germans report that the Japan
ese have stationed a patrol at Pingtu,
Shantung.
The Japanese legation discredits
Chinese reports of difficulties between
the Chinese inhabitants and the Ja
panese commanders have been In
structed to compensate with cash any
damages to Chinese farms and other
property.
No Time for Hot Air,
(Houston Post)
Of course, we are not neutral,
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For the neutral man's a mutt
We know who we'd have win, but
Wear® keeping our face shut.
Corn Comas Off as
Easy as You Please!
fO^ts-HP' Ma* VMd by KUUonsI
te-fhe first time that a real, sure
aa-fkta corn cure has ever been discover
ed. "OBT8-IT" is the new corn-ender,
bmed on an entirely new principle, it
In .a new. different formula, never sue
eessrtlly faits.ted. It makes corns
•luriytf' and then vanish. Two drops do
your toe
as? *or* With .stfcky tape and plasters
that pre** 49*nr. ?fr th* poor corn—no
mors flesh-satiac sKlvss th«t don't "»uy
JMiw luckta* *t corns with
no
more bleeding or
Mwr of bloed palae* nor* limp
li» around jttr days vfftfi' sore' corns, no
jjt now the biggest-selling
the world. U#c jLon any
eerp. wart, oOlus or bunion.
Co.. Chleag*—Adv.„
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DEWS VICTORY
IS NOTREJUJZED
London Times Correspond
ent Says German Offense
is Completely Broken.
London, Sept. 17.—The Times cor
respondent who wires from flve miles
south of Provin, in the department of
Selne-et-Marne, says:
"I have traveled to this point prac
tically along the whole line of the
allied army, though, of course, always
in the rear. General von Kluck's host
in coming down over the Marne and
the Grand Morin rivers to Sezanne, 25
miles southwest of Epernay, met little
opposition and I believe little opposi
tion was intended.
"The allies, in fact,. led their op
ponents straight into a trap. The
English cavalry led the tired Germane
mile after mile and the Germans be
lieved the Englishmen were running
away. When the tremendous advance
reached Provifls the allies' plan was
accomplished and it got no further.
Germans Out of Ammunition.
"The whole country near Meau.
was strewed with the dead and dying.
When at last the Germans retired they
greatly slackened their rifle fire and
in one place retired 12 miles without
firing a single shot. One prisoner de
clared that they were short of am
munition and had been told to spare
it as much as possible.
"Monday saw a tremendous en
counter on the Ourcq. In one village
which the Germans hurriedly vacated,
the Fronch in a large house found a
dinner table beautifully set, with
candles still burning on the table,
where evidently, the German staff had
been dining. A woman occupant said
they had fled precipitately.
Fifteen Trains Carry Wounded.
"I am convinced that the full ex
tent of the rout at the River Ourcq
is not vet appreciated in England. It
was of a truly terrific character and
such a blow will not fail to have a
lasting effect.
"The number of wounded entailed
colossal transportation work. I my
self counted fifteen trains in eight
hours.
"The enemy crossed the Marne on
the return journey north under great
difficulties and beneath a withering
fire from the British troops, who pur
sued them hotly. The river was swol
len with dead.
Imperial Guard Defeated.
"On Tuesday last the British were
In possession of La Ferte-Sous-Jou
arre and Chateau Thierry, and the
Germans had fallen back 40 miles,
leaving a long train of spoils behind
them.
"On the same day, in the neighbor
hood of Vitrey-le-Francols, the
French troops achieved a splendid
victory. Incidentally they drove back
the famous imperial guard of Ger
many from Sezanne toward the
swamps of Saint Gond, where a cen
tury ago Napoleon achieved one of his
last successes. The main body of the
guard passed to the north of the
swamps, but I heard of men and
horses engulfed And destroyed.
'It is our revenge for 1814,' the
French officers said, "if only, the em
peror were here to see.'
"On Wednesday the English army
continued the pursuit towards the
north, taking guns and prisoners.
"On that day I found myself in a
new France. The good news had
spread. Girls threw flowers at the
passing soldiers and Joy was mani
fested everywhere.
Prefer Death to Surrender.
"The incidents ot, Wednesday will
astound the world when made known
in full I know that two German de
tachments of 1,000-men each, which
were surrounded and cornered, refus
ed to surrender and were wiped out
almost to the last man.
"I repeat that England scarcely
realizes yet what has been achieved,
alike in breaking up the enemy and
in heartening our troops. Mons and
Charleroi are completely justified."
PfACEJARMY
Went to Battle Front in
Emisary Between Joffre
and the French.
(By Lawrence Elston.) lucuuersioe oune mgnii
London, SeiSt. 6, (by mail to New
been at the front twice within the past
fortnight.' His latest .visit,, during
which he was away from the war of
fice for two days and a half, was to
confer with Field Marshal Sir John
French and General Joffre, com
mander-in-chief of the French army.
This was for the purpose of pre
venting a leakage of news of Kit
chener's presence at the front.
However, flve minutes after the bul
letin was issued the press bureau told
the newspaper correspondents who
are stationed there, that the item was
not true, but hoped the newspapers
would not deem it necessary to with
draw the bulletin—which none did. It
is an instance of the frank way in
which British officials take newspa
per* Into their confidence.
No, Alonso, a woman Isn't neces
sarily homely because she Is fond of
h«r home.
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SEES BATTLE AS
Correspondent Describes the
Perliminaries to Belgian
Attack on Town.
(By E. Alexander Powell.)
Antweirp, Sept. 17.—This was orig
inally intended to be the story of the
taking of Weerde. Owing, however,
to circumstances over which neither
the Belgians nor I had control,
Weerde remains untaken.
Sunday morning four Belgian divis
ions pressed forward along a front
extending from Aerschot nearly to
Alost, a distance something over thir
ty miles. The Belgian center rested
on Sempst, two miles south of Ma
lines, its objective being the town of
Weerde on the Antwerp-Brussels rail
way, a point of considerable strategic
importance.
Belgians Shoot All Day.
It was known the Germans occupied
Weerde in force, so throughout the
day the Belgian artillery, masked by
heavy woods, pounded away Inces
santly.
By noon the Germans' guns ceased
to reply, which was assumed by the
jubilant artillery was silenced. Don
ald Thompson, the Kansas photo
grapher, appeared and we arrived at
the headquarters of the first division
at Sempst early in the afternoon.
One hundred yards In front of the
farm house stretched a highway
which runs from Brussels to Ant
werp. Lying in a deep ditch border
ing our side of the highway was a
brigade of infantry which formed the
Belgian firing line.
Like Seat in Bleachers..
Ascending to the garret of the house
we broke a hole through the tiled roof
and found ourselves looking down
upon a battle precisely as one looks
down on a football came from an
upper row of seats in the Harvard
stadium.
In the immediate foreground were
two regiments of carbineers and-two
regiments of chasseurs, crouching in
the ditch_ or lying prone on the
ground. Five hundred yards along
the other side of the highway we could
..
see
York, Sept. 17.)—Lord Kitchener has ™ofs
through trees the
and
whitewashed
Weerde-
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that there has been considerable dif
ference of opinion between the Brit
ish and French leaders, arising out of
the retreat of the allies after the bat
tle of Charleroi. So acute did the
feeling become between the two lead
ers that Lord Kitchener deemed it
necessary to personally intervene,
•which he did successfully.
To Prevent leakage of News.
In connection with Kitchener's ab
ttence from London this week, the,of
ficial press bureau requested London
newspapers not to make any mention
of his inovements. In fact, the day
after he left, the press bureau issued
a bulletin to the effect that "Lord
Kitchener visited tl\e King in Buck
ingham Palace to4ay."
si i*&i-\¥>
&
at sempst early in the afternoon, «"«uies pass ana
leaving our car at the gate of a con-
vent, over which a Red Cross flag was
Work Way to Farmhouse.
Thompson and I, accompanied by
Roos, my military driver, by keeping
close to the trenches which the Bel
gian infantry evacuated in their ad
vance, succeeded in reaching a farm
house which stood quite by itself in
the middle of a field.
red
p0ttery
walls of
Musketry Rattle Heard.
A short distance beyond in a heav
ily, wooded park was a large stone
chateau. The only sign-that the town
was occupied was a pale blue grav
vapor which hung over it, and. the
auuci -iii-uuiei or me .rrencn army. wnun nung over it, and. the
It has been known for some time constant crackle of musketry issulnc
at thp h^n -as. frnm it
8
from it.
In the late afternoon word. was
passed down the line that the German
guns were put out of action, and that
the enemy was evacuating the town
in disorder and that at 5:30 sharp
the whole Belgian line would advance.
No Mistake
Mr. Norman Lunde. whojn we
sent to a qpl'endid position with
the First State Bank of Ray, ,N.
Dak., made no mlsta.ke whert he
acquired a business training at
our school. Neither did the' many
°»her young men and women
whom we sent to good positions
this past year. If you obtain a
business training you will make no
mistake because you will be ab
talnlng that knowleda-o- 'vhlchiwill
enable you to advance step by
to the higher positions in the busi
ness world.
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Union
Commercial College
Grand Forks, N. D.
THE GRAND FORKS DAILY HERALIb THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 17,1914.
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LEADBIHURRICANE
DtSCitlBED BY VET
German Captain Tells of Be
ing Wounded Three times
in Making Charge.
New York, Sept. 17.—A vivid de
scription of the fighting before Liege,
attributed to a German officer who
was seriously wounded in the battle is
published by the Weser Zeitung of
Bremen, copies of which reached here
today. Under the caption "from the
border to Liege," the officer describes
his experience and feelings in a let
ter which reads in part as follows:
"Our trip to the Belgian border was
a triumphal procession. It was pour
ing rain as we marched through the
Ardennee. The towns seemed de
serted. We had no rest and during
the night were fii$4Atfipn.
"At 6 a. m. (AugjT$jj we marched
through the OurtheT Valley, meeting
obstacles everywhere. It was an aw
ful march the roads were blocked
by felled trees and boulders of-bridges
that were only remnants. In the aft
ernoon we took up quarters In a vil
lage south of Liege.
"Seven o'clock—rAn alarm le
sounded. The captain shouts,
'Storm Liege!' It is impossible. We
cannot go further, the forts are 35
kilometers away, but we press on.
Thirty.^minutes pass and we are fired
shots
upon from
BELGIAN VILLAGE TUMBLED HEAP OF RUINS BELGIANS FIGHT UHLANS IN STREETS
the heights, .jiow
are flred
flying. This promised, therefore, to P°Int0- We draw our revolvers and
flying. This promised, therefore, to
be fairly immune from shell lire.
NOW
snots
Erectly at us from nearer
rush forward.
Cannon and Thunder Roar.
'The field is alive with troopers' of
all arms. It is raining in torrents a
thunderstorm is roaring and the night
is pitch dark. Now they fall in mass
es and do not rise. The sky clears,
the moon shines, we hear cannonad
ing.
"Suddenly we hear that our bag
gage has been attacked. Our com
pany turns back. The village has
been burned down all the people
shot. Such are the atrocities of the
franc-tireurs. Meanwhile we keep
on, close to Liege and turn off behind
the wood. Four regiments lay down
their knapsacks and 'iron rations'
are taken out. The last exhortation
Is given, we form in ranks for the
charge.
"Shells whiz past but without aim.
We gallop by our artillery, stuck
helplessly in the mud up to the stom
ach. A wild hail of bullets bursts on
us from a point directly opposite. Our
own men are firing upon us, but just
in time we are recognized. Now we
are directly in front of the firing line
of the forts- There is wild clamor
ing. The parole 'woerth' is given.
Friend and enemy look alike.
Hit by Shell Fragment.
"I am lying before a barricade of
trees and barbed wire, with my com
rade, Lieutenant G. on my left and
the captain on my right Shells ex
plode all around everywhere is the
infernal noise of musketry fire. The
air Is hot. A few yards ahead we may
get better cover, nudge Lieutenant
G. and ask 'shall w6 g6 forward?' No
answer. He is dead- The captain
jumps to his feet arid falls back he is
shot in the breast. I raise my arm.
the company responds to my word of
command.
"I rush forward. A terrible blow
throws me back three feet. have
received a shell in the left thigh The
pain is terrible. Before me an offi
cer calls, out his name, holds out his
•hand to mo and then falls back
dead. In front of me there is a flag
and try to crawl up to it. The bear
er is dead.
"A second shot ptr.lkes me in the
loft arm: a thlM in the ri«rht arm I
bite the earth with nnln. A few stepn
in front are the Ti«lff1*n rifle pits. Our
men advance. I He In one nlace near
ly 12 hours yet desnlte the hall of
bullets, nothing hnnnens to me. A
doctor comes with bandores. At noon
am f»rrled away. 8htver)nr wjth
fever. T*i»«t n«r refjrlmefit. If« lniei
are tprr'Wf—thr»« cant»inR. s(x 1'eu
dead, nearly ail from my bat
talion.
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Great Britain Surprised at
Compromise Suggestion
From United States.
London, Sept. 17.—Until Prussian
militarism is crushed for all.
time, both
on land and sea, Great Britain will
refuse even to consider prppositions
of peace.
This is the emphatic position taken
in London today. British officials are
admittedly amazed by suggestions that
the United States wishes to propose a
compromise for the immediate ending
of the war. It is felt that the position
of the allies must be greatly misun
derstood if it is believed that. any
peace proposal would even be received
at this time.
Were the war ended today, even
though Belgium were indemnified: and
France received 'back Alsace-Lorraine,
tHe g/eat German fleet would remain
as a menace to the peace of Eur orr
Great Britain is determined that this
shall be the last war. Its official
from the king down, insist that the
real cause of the war was the German
dream of world power.
Compromise Unacceptable.
A compromise now it is claimed,
would mean that at a later date Ger
many would' renew the attempt and
this time the allies might not be able
to present their present un broker
front.
It is admitted that peace may be
hastened by the defeat of the Ger
mans in France a#»d by the crushing
of the Austrlans by the Russians.
"The Germans as a people," says
the Times, "seldom forsrive mistakes,
and they are certain to' consider a
criminal mistake the inauguration of
war that ranged almost the entire
world against the- German govern
ment. Suggestions that the kaiser
may yet be forced to abdicate are
made in certain quarters usually
familiar with what -is going on, in
Germany."
Belgium Rejects Proposals.
Paris, S|ept. 17.—The Figaro asserts
that Germany Is already making over
tures to Belgium for an agreement
whereby. In return for certain con
cessions, the war between Belgium
and Germany can be ended, but that
its suggestions have been brusquely
rejected.
Wilson Walts Peace Opportunity.
Washington, Sept. 17.—President
Wilson may not wait for any of the
belligerent powers to take the initia
tive in a movement toward peace. The
president and Secretary Bryan are
keenly alert for the slightest opening
in the diplomatic situation abroad
that might encourage them to press
the powers for an acceptance of medi
ation.
Allies Want Complete Victory.
Both Great Britain and France have
stated unequivocally to the American
government that they always are will
ing to talk peace, but must know de
finite terms, declaring with emphasis
their belief that the peace of Europe
obtained through the present war
must be permanent and no temporary
truce.
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ly within 10 seconds, but always with
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Those photos, Which have Just reached the United States, show what
^^L.me?n? Upper pjioto 'shows a whole village on the out
skirts of Antwerp leveled to, the ground by the Belgians so as to allow a
clean sweep for the Antwerp forts. Lower photo shows a Belgian cycle
corps snipping oft Uhlans engaged in making a raid on the outskirts of
Ostend.
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Visit to District Where the
Great Fight Was Waged
Reveals Disaster.
Paris, Sept. 17.—The battlefields on
the allies' left wing, over which ter
rible combats in. the past week have
been fought, present a scene of deso
lation. All the troops have departed,
following on the heels of the fleeing
Germans. Most of the dead have
been buried, but here and there small
groups of three or four lie together
awaiting interment.
Wounded Cared For.
Virtually all the wounded, whether
French, British or German, have re
ceived treatment and have been
transported to neighboring' villages
from which place they will later be
transferred to this' provincial cities.
Heavy Fighting Indicated.
Along the banks of the Marne evi
dences of severe artillery fire are visi
ble everywhere. Some parts, looking
as though they were plowed trenches
abandoned by the Germans,' were ex
cellently planned, but shells bursting
overhead caused hundreds of casual
ties.
All about the fields are fresh heaps
of earth, where soldiers were burled.
The graves for the most part are
marked by rough hewn crosses. The
officers were Interred separately, the
graves bearing their namee and in
some cases decorated with flowers. All
about are battered helmets, broken
rifles, bayonets, swords, belts and
haversacks.
Bodies in River.
In the river Marne, which the Ger
mans made heroic efforts to cross
many timee, but were always beaten
back by the overwhelming French ar
tillery, bodies occasionally came to the
surface. The country people, almost
prostrated by the ruin which has been
wrought, are gradually returning to
their homes from which even today
pould occasionally be heard the far
distant firing of machine guns and
field artillery.
Correspondents Arrested.
No civilians or correspondents are
permitted to approach anywhere near
even the reserve firing lines of the
pursuing British and French troops.
Five correspondents who ventured out
were arrested and threatened with in
carceration in the fortress until the
end of the war.
The constant rainfall for the last
two days has rendered dlfHcult the
movements of the troops.
Persistent accounts of a German
shortage of ammunition reach Paris.
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City Regards penman Aero
planes' Visits as New
Sport, Says Writer.
(By William Philip -Simms).
Paris, Sept. 2.—(By mail to New
Tork, Sept. 16.)-^Paris Is the city
without nerves. Paris refuses abso
lutely to be frightened. Drinking
grenadine sirups, diluted with water*
and watching, quite nonchalantly,, the
dropping of German bombs on the
city, is now the favorite pastime.
This afternoon I was sitting on the
terrace fronting the Cafe Cardinal. It
was quite warm, brilliant sunshlpa
having poured down upon the city all
day. Scores of men and women—most
ly women with a scattering of youths
and old men—were sitting about me,
imbibing favorite sirups and water.
Waiters bustled to and fro—if the
amble of the aged and crippled wait
ers, the only sort available at present,
can be termed a bustle—and every
thing was quite peaceful and serene.
Presently a passerby stopped and,
shading his eyes, gazed into the sky.
Hostile Craft Appears.
"Another German aeroplane," he
said, quite as if accustomed to watch
them fly over his head many times a
day.
The people on the terrace looked
up, too. Sure enough, there, high ov
erhead, was a "taube," meaning "pig
eon," a German aeroplane.
A pretty young French woman near
me, sipping her pomegranate mixture,
remarked:
"What gall!"
She did not move. Her face did not
pale. Her voice was as steady as if
she were asking the waiter for. a
carafe of fresh water. She looked up
now and then, alternating her upward
glance with sips of rosy grenadine.
Bomb Let Fall.
Suddenly there was a boom. A bomb'
exploded just around the corner. The
German aviator had. let it fall from
his "taube." Two English troopers in
khaki, seeing all eyes gazing upward,
stopped in front of my table, fired
seven times each at the passing air
craft, and grinned' sheepishly when
they saw It did not falter, but went
impudently on.
The people on the restaurant ter
race kept their seats. They Went right
on drinking and gazing upward alter
nately. The little French beauty said:
"Such a poor bomb. Not nearly so
loud as a cannon."
Then another bomb exploded and a
third. The aeroplane turned deliber
ately over the Eiffel tower arid from
the top of this tall structure a ma
chine gun rattled away. Then a can
non roared from somewhere near the.
Champ de Mars—again and again.
The German pilot turned, now and be
gan to back track. Near the Sacre
Coeur, the church on the top of the
Montmartre hill, the aeroplane flew,
and presently the patter of a machine
gun, working from the dome,' reach
ed-our ears.
"Funny they can't get him," said
the pretty little Frenchwoman^ dab
bling her straw In the grenadine.,
"ASTnored,"- skid ixw- companion 4n
a bored sort of way. "He's flying an
armored aeroplane."
"Why doesn't a French .pilot go for
him?" asked the woman.
"Search me," replied the man.
The aeroplane disappeared and the
crowd on the terrace went right on
with its drinks.
Another Flying Visitor.
While writing the above, the sound
of gun firing reached me through the
open window. Looking out! I saw ev
eryone below me, gating up. About
4,000 feet over the Rue Montmartre,
directly over my head, a "taube" was
blithely making Its daring way toward
Eiffel tower. From the roofs men were
firing by the dozens. Soldiers In the
streets blazed away at the
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the sky, but through the glasses I
could see that the machine was ah
armored one and that the bullets were
doing no harm.
The people were not excited. They
were only curious. Those Who have
watched a crowd at an ordinary avia
tion meet can picture the Paris
throngs mentally and perfectly, as
they watch a bomb-throwing abator
from the enemy's lines sail over their
heads.
After circling the great steel tower,
receiving a baptism of fire from the
top of it, the "taube," returned, pass
ing over the bourse, A number of
people collected under the terrace
roof there as a matter' of precaution.
One man expressed the sentiments
of all the others:
"German bombs don't always ex
plode," he said, "but I'll bet ohe
would hurt a man's head if it fell on
it."
Everybody laughed. The German
aeroplane over their city didn't worry
them a bit. They were not in the least
panic-stricken. They took it as a new
sort of an exhibition, providing a new
thrill. They watched the German pilot
disappear in a hail of bullets, quite as
if accustomed to such things all their
lives.
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