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ESPIONAGE AND BRUTALITY

RUSSIAN CONSUL’S STORY. The ' Phare d’Alesandrie,’ ono of the lead. , ing French newspapers issued in Egypt, publishes a very interesting interview with M. Petr off, the Russian Consul at Alexandria, who has returned vo iiis post via Constautiuop.c iron) a visit to Russia. Speaking of xiio mobilisation cf the Russian army, ,M. Pet roll laid stress upon the great work that had bcc-n performed by the tirau.l Duke Nicholas, who, in Lis capacity of Inspector-General of Cavalry, bad personally superintended all the arrangements T To each man three pairs of boots were issued, and there was no distinction in the uniforms <n' the officers and men, except that the former wore epaulets. The officers messed at the same oamem as the soldiers. It was. however, when 31- Petroff ipok" of the German and Austrian systems of espionage that the inteiview became most interesting. On. the point of leaving Pctrogra.i, Hie Austrian Ambassador confided a pocket, book, comaiivng important documents, to his private secretary. Captain loss?. At, the sldtijj! the iplain was not to be found, and the Ambassador refused to leave mud his whereabouts bad been ascertained. For three- hours a search was made by the railway official:;, hue wjthout success, and the Ambassador was then iold that the train could not be kept waiting any .onger, From every station lie Rent telegrams to Pclrcgrad, asking for news of his secretary. It was not mill' some days afterwards that the police learned that Captain lossa had betrayed the Ambassador’s trust by handing over the pocket- book and contents to the Russian Staff. By means of this information the authorities were enabled to ascertain the inner secrets connected with the declaration of war, and also to arrest a number of spirs. Another consequence of the obtaining of these documents by the Russians was that a search was made at the Austrian Consulate in Odessa. The vice-consul, M. Felunger, attempted to commit suicide, and he is now in the hospital at Odessa, At Kovno the German Consul, who had been ordered to leave (.he country, disappeared. A week after he was discovered inPetrograd just a.:- he was on the point oi leaving for Finland, with plans of the fortifications of Kovno. He was arrested, but was not shot —as be ought to have been although the Germans bad, without any reason, shot the Russian Consul at Koenh,,; burg. Many instances arc given by M. Petrol! of the cruel maimer in which Russian subjects had been treated in Germany. His authority for these statements was M. KoutcpotT, fj’rd secretary to the Russian Legation at Carlsruhe. Madame BaranoiTski had been operated upon in Berlin for in juries to the face caused by an explosion of benzine. Hardly had the operation been performed when she was obliged to leave Berlin. German soldiers entered her compartment, and on the pretext that. she was concealing documents under her bandages tore them off, causing the wounds to bleed afresh. Then they spat into the wounds. A young girl was sc cruelly ill-treated that her father, mad with grief, struck an officer. He was immediately shot dead under the eves of his child. M. Petrol! cites a fearful incident which took place at the Catholic convent at Tchenstokhoff, where German soldiers despoiled the image cf the Madmna of jewels ■ of great value. A Jewish woman on her way back to Russia from Germany with two small children asked for water for the children to drink. The German, soldiers pointed to a basin of water in which they had washed their feet, and told her that the water was “ good enough for mob pigs.”

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ESPIONAGE AND BRUTALITY, Issue 15630, 22 October 1914

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ESPIONAGE AND BRUTALITY Issue 15630, 22 October 1914

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