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HOW THE SOLDIERS HATE

EFFECT OF GERMAN BARBARITIES

A correspondent at the front in tho French army writes to the London ' Daily Telegraph ': — " I went to the battlefield to fight thn hostile invaders of my country with no hatred at all towards the Germans. My feelings would have been no different had they been Eskimos or Hottentots; I simply swore to defend my country. I abhorred the Government who declared war upon France, but I was not prejudiced against the individuals whom I was going to fight. I emphasise these facts in order clearly to make it understood that what I nrri going to record now has cot been inspired by hatred, but is a true statement of facts," so utterly disgusting, atrocious, and horrible, so alien from ' fair warfare,' and so obviously committed with the sole purpose of satiating mere thirst of blood and a craving to destroy, that I am at a perfect loss how to express my thoughts and feelings. I think no language has got the right words to describe the thoughts which oppress orn-'s mind and the feelings which sicken one's heart after having witnessed such things as 1 have. Years ago I had seen, accidentally, a man being_ strangled in Spain: during'" the revolution in China! saw two Chinese being decapitated in Canton. For a long time I was haunted bv terrible visions. That man in Madrid was a criminal, and. according to the laws of his country,' he had to be put to death. Those men in Canton were rebels, and as such had their heads cut off. From ths points of view of the respective Governments those actions were all right. Bui I have witnessed how German soldiers butchered a woman. . . . I have witnessed how German soldiers" placed two little boys of four or five years old against a wall, and shot them dead, 'because th< evil must be killed in the garm.' . . . I have witnessed how German soldier* who occupied a house threw, purposely, a heavy piece of brickwork out of th« window* on an old man's head. I have ?een the carbonised bodies of a man, woman, and their child, who could not or would not comply with the damauds of the Germans, and whose house, according to the terrified neighbors, wai firmly nailed up and subsequently set on fire. ... A credible story was told me of German? shelling purposely two Red Cross vans and killing several nurses. What, names are we to give to thesa criminals?"

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HOW THE SOLDIERS HATE, Issue 15634, 27 October 1914

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HOW THE SOLDIERS HATE Issue 15634, 27 October 1914

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