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Bloodshed in Warsaw.

TERRIBLE SCENES ON EASTER MONDAY. Writing on May Ist, the Warsaw correspondent of the London " Daily Express " says:— This bas been a terrible and disastrous Easter Monday for Warsaw. In one encounter and another the troops have shot down over 100 people, and the number is increasing every hour. Tht> populace is burning with anger, and it. is feared that beiore the end of the week, the bloodshed and excesses may bo as bad as anything which occurred in January. When morning broke, the city was alive with tvoopa. Who;e regiments guarded s?ome of the principal buildings—the banks, the churches, and the railway stations. Stroug picktta of infantry were stationed at the street corner. Endless patrols of cavilry movod about the thoroughfares, keeping people on the move. Yet there was nothing menacing in tho air. Tempted by the unusual spec*ado, fathers, mothers, and children went out of doors, enjoying tliH sunshine and thu ho'jd/iy. Occasional processions, with red flags, and the like, excited no inoro comment than a Saturday utteinoou demonstration in Hyde Park. The first disturbance occurred a little before noon. In gpito of. all warnings, a few terrorists persisted in distributing socialistic handbills, In the Wola district a student was shouting " war news "—which \va?, in fact, a recital of rather ancient disasters. A policeman tried to arrest him. He wrenched himself clear, and shot the policemftn in the leg. A passing patrol opened fire. They missed the fugitive, and continuing to fire after he had rounded the corner, they shot a carpenter, who wa? standing quietly on the footpath, and was not concerned in any way with the affair. ANGRY CARPENTERS. The news ran like wildfire through the town. The death of the student might not have mattered much, but the carpenter was well known to the men of his own trade, and the murder, for as they regarded it—inflamed them with anger. The carpenters approached the other trade guilds, and organised a great procession. Several thousand workmen marched through the streets, carrying red flags and Polish national emblems. They sang the " Marsellaise" and other revolutionary hymns. Crowds of women and children clustered about the tail of the procession. Drawn up against the kerbstone in Theodora street, Jerusalem Avenue, was a squadron of Uhlans. Half the procession passed the troops in safety. Apparently the officers regarded the red flagß and the music as natural expressions of the holiday feeling. Then a body of infantry came marching down a side street, and the situation changed on the instant from v picturesque spectacle to a tragedy. Tiie Uhlans charged into the procession, slashing right and loft with their swords. The holiday-makers— rueti, women, and childreu--became mingled with the strikers. Women shrieked, and they all turned to run. Then the infantry tired several volleys, and »■ great number of independent shots. Man, women, nnd little children were shot fiown, and their wounds, almost without exception, were in the back. It is admitted that thirty-three wore killed and fifteen wounded. The number must have poen much higher. Those fisjuros are the totals from the hospital and ihe mortu .ry, but the police took a'; least sixty mori dead and wounded to other places. Tumbrils, which appoaved as if hy magic at the found of firing, ware quickly fillad and drivoa away. ■ RED FLAGS TAKEN. As t'ia afternoon wora on the streets A£R<n filled. At the slightest sign of i\ gathering the coosacks charged, tlflshiru; with their whips and driving the pnop'e ■uvay. There was n good d9al of " saiping." Men shot at the p'itrois from nppat windows, and ftoua behind wj.'ls. Afr.fr one of those shots tho patrol fired vl,.<lit and left, not earing m the least who fell. It is reported that nearly fifty were killed and wounded at this spot, ana several red flags wore c*ptuied. There was a good deal of stone-throwing. Tn every case tho troops replied with a volley, and the pitiful part of tho busiiies b rhab several tmall children were shot down in these indiscriminate fusillades. While writing this telegram I was startled by a loud detonation nenr- the Vienna station, followed by a fusillade Listing for quite tsvo minute?. The explosion was caused by a bomb throwu into v Oossaok p-itrol. Three Cossacks and a policeman were killed. Many passengers who had jmt arrived by train, including two ladies, were wounded either by thrt bomb or by the rifle fire. It is suid that twenty people were killed hy the voiloys.

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Bloodshed in Warsaw., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6599, 19 June 1905

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Bloodshed in Warsaw. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6599, 19 June 1905

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