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APPALLING ATROCITIES.

IXMDON, April 4. A Foreign Office White Book contains a collection of British official and other reports covering tlie Bolshevik regime from the summer ot 1918 to the present date. It has been issued in accordance with the decision of the War Cabinet last January. It is an appalling story of atrocities and

misery. . A Britisher who left Moscow in December says that thousands of inhabitants have been shot, but lately the victims have been hanged. He mentions that 150 Russian officers taken prisoner at Pskoff were sawn to pieces by Mongolian soldiers. "The British Consul at Ekaterinburg, reporting on January. 13, says that hundreds of civilians were murdered in the Ural towns. Captured officers had their shoulder straps nailed to their shoulders. Some civilians had their eyes put out and others had their noses cut off, while others were dipped in the rivers till frozen to death. Tlie Dutch Minister in Petrograd did his utmost to succour British and other Allied people arrested wholesale in Moscow in the panic following tlie attempt to assassinate Lenin. He repeatedly interviewed M. Tehitcherin, who was impressed with England's power, and said tlie time had come when the Soviet authorities must pay individually for their acts of terrorism, but it was' impossible to obtain definite promises from Tehitcherin regarding the fate of the Britishers. The measures adopted by the Bolsheviki can only end in bankruptcy, though the resources of tlie country are such that there is still scope for a continuance of Bolshevik rule. Nevertheless, the position of agriculture is monthly becoming more acute, and eventually the seed grain must be consumed. The food stocks and live stock are exhausted.

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APPALLING ATROCITIES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919

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APPALLING ATROCITIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919

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