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Cruelty in the German Army.

The German Emperor is furious (a telegram from Berlin reports) at another case of alleged cruelty on the part of. army officers, which . has resulted m the untimely death of Private Penzler, of the 76bh Regiment, at Hamburg. His Majesty has ordered an immediate investigation, and the responsible parties will be court-martialiect and. subjected to the, severest punishment', if found guilty. Penzler, a sickly young fellow, was discharged from the army hospital, where he had been under treatment for lung trouble for some time. He was immediately afterwards ordered on duty, and was under drill for five hours. He was slovenly m his drill, doubtless owing to' his weakness, and the captain of his company ordered him to report to Sub-lieu-tenant Wirbel for one hour's punishment drill. Lieutenant Wirbel did not allow the private to rest, but ordered him to attire himself m heavy marching kit with knapsack and overcoat, and, m addition, to enrry a rifle on each shoulder. The poor fellow marched up and down m the midday sun for an hour, his comrades noticing his painful distress, but not daring to interfere. Suddenly he fell to; the ground m a dead, swoon, and lie had to be carried to the hospital, where he had a succession of hemorrhages. Next day he expired. The Emperor noticed the death of the soldier m " Qeneral Orders " for the week, and asked how a man with lung disease happened to be on duty. He then the whole story, and was deeply moved, Turning to one of his aides his Majesty exclaimed, " Are all my endeavours to make my soldiers comfortable to be defeated by the brutality of my officers V

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Cruelty in the German Army., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890

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Cruelty in the German Army. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890

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