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THE SCHELDT MINED., Issue 15627, 19 October 1914
THE SCHELDT MINED.
BRITISH WOUNDKD STARVED AND TANTALISED. AMSTERDAM, October 18. (Received October 19, at 8.50 a.m.) The war correspondent of the newspaper ‘ Tyd travelled in a train conveying 2,000 wounded from Brussels to Landen on the 9th. He saw there 70 wounded Britishers lying on filthy straw. They had ' been foodies? for five days. The German soldiers distributed soup to others, but tantalised the Britishers by holding food to their noeos and then withholding it, and. they spat in the Britishers’ faces. The correspondent protesting that the Britishers had done their duty like the other wounded, a sergeant roared ; " They are dirty mercenaries!” Not one of the hundred Germans present offered the least aid to their dying enemies, BRITISH SUCCESS NEAR ARRAS AGAINST GUNS THAT WERE PROVIDED FOR 18 MONTHS AGO. PARIS, October 18. (Received October 19, at 8.50 a.nu) During the recent fighting southward of Arras the British posted on the declivity of a hill were suddenly exposed, to a murderous artillery rifle fire from Germans concealed on the opposite hillside. The British wore ordered to retire. Thereupon a strong body of German infantry advanced against the British. British reserves erne mod from cover and moved diagonally across the valley. Simultaneously the cavalry advanced. The two forces converged, infantrymen holding to the stirrup leathers. Both charged. The Germans were swept beyond the positions they had been holding. The British artillery compelled the Germans to leave the oaves in the hillsides, where the guns had been cleverly hidden. 'I hese guns were abandoned after being made useless. An examination showed that the guns were mounted on concrete platforms which had been constructed at least 18 months. A GERMAN' TRAP THAT FAILED. NEW YORK, October 18. (Received October 19, at 8.60 a.m.) Sir Valentine (Third's exposure in the ‘Quarterly Review’ of the German efforts in 1901 to entrap Britain Into an alliance committing the British to support an attack on the Monroe Doctrine has aroused the fiercest indignation in America. CURRENTS SHIFTED AUSTRIAN MINES. (London ‘Tiroes’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) LONDON, October 18. The report of the Commission on Austrian mines in the Adriatic states that originallv the mines were fixed with chains, but some broke and the currents carried the mines to the Italian coast. THE HORRORS OF WAR. (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, October 18. A correspondent says that sometimes the combatants in the trenches agree to a truce for rest, when the French sleep and play cards and the Germans enjoy music and singing. The correspondent supplies a vivid picture of the sufferings of the wounded when sheltering in a farmhouse, with the German artillery concentrated thereon. The belief holds that French .guns and French and German uniforms are mixed anyhow. A sufferer asks for a drink, and lifts himself to take it, when a bullet strikes him through the heart. Suddenly the plaster of the ceiling cracks, revealing the head of a shell. A terrific explosion follows. The house is wrecked Everybody in it is half suffocated by the dust and the gas of_ the shells. The wounded are carried into a cellar. The Germans give rein to their exasperation. They have not eaten for three days. They arc exhausted, and have lost patience, and ask “Why must the war, continue, costing co many lives, since defeat is inevitable?’’ 'Ehey desire defeat rather than victory, as*a national deliverance. During four terrible hours the wounded were"kept suffocating in the cellar, shells constantly falling, -and men dving all around. Eventually they were removed when the house was a smoking ruin. AMERICA URGED TO PREPARE. NEW YORK, October (Received October 19. at 8.50 a.m.) The ‘ Now York Herald' urges the necessity for powerful American navy aircraft and an army more adequate for coast defence. THE UNDAUNTED CHASES THE GERMANS. LONDON. October 18. (Received October 19> at 8.50 a.m.) Captain Fox, formerly captain of the Amphion, was in command of the Undaunted, which took part in the destruction of the destroyers off the Dutch coast. The Undaunted left Harwich yesterday morning, and during ,the engagement ehe followed the Germans from the mouth of the Scheldt to off Amsterdam. MR NOEL BUXTON SHOT AT. BUCHAREST, October 16. A Turk named Pachilassam fired four shots at Mr Noel Buxton, M.P., and his brother Charles, who were motoring in Bucharest in order to attend the King of Rumania’s funeral. Mr Noel Buxton was.
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shot through the lung, and his brother was slightly wounded. The assailant was arrested. Both Mr Noel Buxton and his brother are making satisfactory progress. MR BUXTON’S ASSAILANT. BUCHAREST, October 18. (Received October 19, at 8.50 a.ra.) It is' reported that Mr Noel Buxton’s assailant confessed that he was a member of a secret society. He considered Mr Bi.xtou on© of Turkey’s greatest adversaries, inasmuch as lie was seeking to establish a new Balkan Alliance against her, and did not wish Turkey to come under Britain’s exclusive influence. AUSTRIANS FOR BELGIUM. ROME, October IS. (Received October 19, at 8.50 a.m.) Austrian regiments containing Italianspeaking soldiers have been ordered to relieve German troops in Belgium. CONFESSIONS OF A GERMAN. “FRANCE WILL BE OUR GRAVE.” LONDON, October 18. (Received October 19, at 9.15 a.m.) Am extract from a pocket book found on a dead Gorman soldier early in October says; “At Dommery the French opened a hellish fire and created panic. Everybody gave orders. Nobody thought to tell us to lie down. It was a shocking mess. We were shot at by friend and foe. The burning of Rethel was dreadful vandalism and a disgrace to tho German army. The damage was to millions of marks'. Our losses at Lauterrc were enormous. Tho 178 th Regiment alone lost 1,700 wounded, besides killed, and was practically left without officers. Everybody thinks the situation critica l. We advanced too quickly, and the French beat us in using cover. 'This country will be our grave.” [Rethel is a town of France, in Ardennes, on the Aisne, 25 miles south-west of Mezicres.] SYMPATHY WITH BELGIUM. LONDON, October 18. (Received October 19, at 8.60 a.m.) Tens of thousands of people assembled on Wimbledon Common to salute the Belgian flag and to express through 'the Duchess of Vcndome their sympathy with Belgium. The Right Hon. H. Chaplin, M.P., said that, though it meant suffering and ruin, Belgium remained unfaitered, and declined to break her word of honor and betray her friends. The vast crowd, at Mr T. P. O’Connor's instance, lifted their hands and registered a vow that whatever might come they would never sheath the sword until Belgium was free and reparation made. A GERMAN PROTEST. ROME, October 18. (Received October 19, at 8.50 a.m.) Germany has protested against the Belgian Parliamentary party delivering antiGerman lectures in Italy, on the ground that they are a broach of Italian neutrality. CAPTURED CARGO BURNT. LONDON, October 18. (Received October 19, at 9.15 a.m.) The cargo (valued at £200,000) of the steamer Suedmark, which was captured in tho Red Sea, was burned in a warehouse fire at Alexandria. HIT BY A MINE, BUT ESCAPED. LONDON, October 18. (Received October 19, at 9.15 a.m.) The steamer Noordam, from New' York for Rotterdam, struck a mine in the North Sea, but continued her voyage. Seven aboard wore wounded. THE BRITISH ARMIES. NO CHILDREN AND NO GREYBEARDS. STANDARD THE HIGHEST INEUROPE. LONDON, October 18. (Received October 19, at 9.15 a.m.) ‘ The Timos’s ’ military correspondent, in response to German allegations about the failure in recruiting, says: “ We have 1,200,000 men in organised form in Britain at the present moment, and so many are offering that Earl Kitchener is compelled to raise the standard above that of any existing in Europe, otherwise he would be overwhelmed with recruits. All our men are of military age. We have no children and none of the greybeards so common in the German armies. It stands to reason that an Empire of 400,000,000 can never lack men. The Dominions of the Overseas have come to manhood, and seek to establish their claim to recognition, each for its own Dominion and all for all. It will go hard with Germany. Her misdeeds will never be forgotten in the Dominions of the Empire.” OSTEND DOESN’T MATTER. LONDON, October 18. (Received October 19, at 9.1S a.m.) * The Times,’ in a leader, says that the German occupation of Ostend is a matter of no importance. The harbor is useless to an enemy who will not dare to bring his ships into it. Used as a base for sub- I marines, it would be instantly and effeclively tackled. A Zeppelin shed at Ostend -i would be agreeably vulnerable. The oc- ! cupafcion has no' relation whatever to either the military or the naval position, and from the viewpoint of the progress of the war the matter Is not worth a second thought., I
THE FIENDISH GERMAN BULLET. TURNS' HEADOYER HEELS, WORSE THANTHE DUM-DDM. AMPUTATIONS SELDOM NECESSARY. LONDON, October 18. (Received October - 19, at 9.15 a.m.) Dr’ Soutar, chief British surgeon of the field hospital in Belgium, states that the ordinary German bullet may make a wound even worse than that of the dumdum. It is so constructed that as it strikes it turns head over heels, and the base, which is of soft metal, “ mushrooms,’’ inflicts an enormous wound. The remarkable thing about modern surgery is that amputation is hardly e.-'er necessary. It is possible with steel plates and screws to repair almost anything. Dx Soutar gives striking instances. THE SCHELDT MINED. AMSTERDAM, October 18. (Received October 19, at 9.15 a.m.) The Scheldt is mined between Antwerp and the south-eastern extremity of South Beveland. THE GERMANS’ HAUL AT OSTEND. AMSTERDAM, October 18. (Received October 19, at 9.15 a.m.) Advices from Berlin state that the Germane at. Ostend seized many rifles, quantities of ammunition, and 200 undamaged locomotives. THE UNDAUNTED’S HELPERS. WELLINGTON, October The Prime Xvlinister hoa received the following from the High Commissioner, dated London, October 17 (7.30 p.m.) : Official : The cruiser Undaunted, accompanied by the destroyers Lance, Lennox, Legion, and Loyal, engaged four German destroyers off the Dutch coast this afternoon, and all the enemy’s destroyers were sunk. NEW SORT OF FORTS NECESSARY. LONDON, October 18. (Received October 19, at 10.20 a.m.) Eaxon Sydenham of Combe (George Sydenham Clarke), being interviewed, states that owing to the great strides in field and siege artillery, and the development of high explosives, it is absolutely fatal to build forts in conventional form. He also says it is difficult to believe that after the upsetting of her plans Germany will have impetus enough to again take the offensive on Paris. Ho adds that the British Government should take more active steps to restrict outside supplies reaching Germany. A GERMAN FACTORY CAPABLE OF DOMINATING EDINBURGH. LONDON, Oc.v.bc, 18. (Received October 19, at 1C.20 a.m.) The ‘ Observer ’ states that the military raided a large German factory in Edinburgh, built a decade ago. The sum of £30,000 was spent on magnificent concrete foundations. The proprietor explained that enormously-heavy machinery was required. The factory was capable of accommodating 500, but there were never more than six Germans seen. The machinery never arrived. It is stated that tho situation dominates Edinburgh, and that big guns on it could hit the Rosyth forts and bridge. GERMAN TROOPS FOR THE COAST. PARIS, October 18. (Received October 19, at 10.20 a.m.) Largo bodies of reinforcements were rushed to the German right flank during the week. The force recently at the depots in Dresden aro now in North-west France, their objective being the coast line, Ostend to Boulogne. NEUTRALS USED BY THE ENEMY. NEW YORK, October 18. (Received October 19, at 10.20 a.m.) The ‘New Yorlc Herald’ states that Germany is shipning lari c quantities of grain and provisions through Swedish, i ilanish, and Norwegian agents.
THE SCHELDT MINED., Issue 15627, 19 October 1914
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