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THE LUST FOR BLOOD

MURDER AND OUTRAGE. App;:!!iii:' detail; of t-lio atrocities, com mitted by German soldiers on d'-fenc-elc-s Pclgiau uonmn and ihildien ate given in the''course of (he following uariafivo by M. Ludoie Felix Grids, a Belgian refugee who has atriwd in I.ondou fiom Oslo rid. M. Oruk ea tried on a prosperous printinu" works at Saint Josso. a suburb of Brussels, giving c!ii| lovment to several men. "When hostilities broke oat," commenced M Grids. "1 wan called up for service in the Guard Civic, and wati stationed on the Ohausceo de Luivain. the road between T.onvain ami Brussels. Tins was on July 29. but it was not until Augu.-f 8 that we had anything to d--. Ondhat-dav the wounded he-an to airive. Mv wife «;is stdformg fiom an internal complaint, .-uid art ft rumor was spread through Brussels Unit Urn Germans had poisoned the. drinking water 1 took her ami our three children to 0:-tcnd. So disorganised was the railway system that it took seven horns to do tho ordinarily two hours' joamev. T returned to Brussels in a taxe-ab', and for 60 hours on end* T had no tde-op and very little to eat. That will give you emtio i!-' of what ihe Bcbdani people, had to go fhroimh ovc/n. in thoWlv <l'.vs of the war. At midnight on August 19-20 I was on duty onlheohause.ee de Loiu-aiit watching tho refugees come m from tho vaiious towns and. villages. I lie road was blocked when i g»t, near. 1 saw that a part.v of German laiicvrs were at the rear c-i 'the procession of refugeei-. I saw one of the lancers prodding a woman, who had four or live children walking by her side. —Fate of a Child.---"'lhero was nn old woman, evidently tho mollier of the vmuiu; Avoman, walking -with viieui. One <>i the Lar.eem was amusing IdniH'lf bv prickinu-. this old woman with his lance'in order to make her walk akuvr more rmieklv. 'i'lv voting woman turned round and shouted soutethiue; at the lancer, oith-r bv way of remonsiranee or ins-ult. I was not near emei-'h to hear what .she smd. Tho lamer look up liiw le.noe and ran it throiurh »iin of the little idrls who were walking' clutching the hand of her mother. She was a. I'.iir-haired eirl of about «ven or cii,'ht. years of a-c. Wiien the cro\T<l saw bl!>e<i spurt through Icr white <lress thev ueceme iuiuriated, and a panic cntutod. Lite lancei-s bored down upon the li.ople, seat.t"ri:U: n ' tb.m' in ail <lu-ecttons. V.'hat, became of these people .1 do not know. I want to he pertocUy fair to the German soldiers, so 1 will .-ay hero that I saw niajiv of them K-havo properly. The etrociiW 'were not in the nature of an orsaiiiced series of insults." itefcrj-ine to the. case of two little ciid,ji,.i, from bie.= t.. wiiosc. parents were murdered before their eye.s by lim (c.um;in t-ikiki-s, in said: "Tho |=eopio were so Idled with piiv for tho children Unit some ii-.- ii picked them up a.nd petrhed them into a tiain as 'it was po'iif; out of the .-tat-ion for Ostein! Tim. childivn fell on the teu-,-:,.r of tiio engine, and tlun> i ravelled to Ostoud where they arrived ci.vured with i oa.i dust. A stee-a'rik-se of the Marie lleured'e a mail fleam n' p.lviic; between Osten,l and Dover, was, so tilled with sym-r-a-hy wiih the. terrible sutt'eriugs which these two little mites had undergone that sh-- heisclf took them, on to the. boat. .—"Youth is Better."— '■Another fc-lorv 1 ha.vo to relate was told mo bv the'mother heteelf. It happened near Lean. A squadron of about ciO LTdc e;.-. iearcitvd throu<,di the town, ■uid. alle-uu-' that foinc-body had shot at. theio as"t':t-.-y were passing throu-h the streets, went .round to al! tho house* lor tiuMtms, the rifles in oi-.!e:"to -ee- if they had been recently tii.d. At the bous.e. at which this woman livuL theio could be no (luoiion that a ritle had been tired, as_ there, was nut a iiivarm of aav i-k.-seiipt.ion in the 'place The family i : iie' t v consisted of :i -randfather, tho father, mother, and a «al 01 17 or 18. and a voum,' bay, who. lipen .-ceim: the approach of the Gernuin i-oldici-ci, l ; e».l and hid himself. 'Liu: soldiers came :u, and without any questioning iivcl at a.nd killed the father. Tle-y were e-.du..-

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THE LUST FOR BLOOD, Evening Star, Issue 15635, 28 October 1914

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THE LUST FOR BLOOD Evening Star, Issue 15635, 28 October 1914

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