DESTRUCTION OF LOUVAIN
GERAIANK INFAMOUS .. i iloDs. In no part of Northern Europe is (here a i mint ry.side fairer than that between Aix-la-t'h.i.pelle and Brussels, hut the Dermans h.ax :■ made oi it a graveyard. It. !o--'),s, rays Mi Richard Harding Davis, Align; can novelist, who witnessed I lie dr-strue-Don of Louvain, r.s though a cyclone had uprooted its houses, gardens, and orchards, and .a prairie fire find followed. Air Davis, in his raided story to D, ■ New York ‘ Tribune.’ staled : " The Germans sentenced lam v.a in to become a, wilderness, and with the (Jernian system and. love of thoroughness they left Louvain an emptv, Mio-koued shell. The reason ha this appeal to (lie torch ami the excentire of iion-combatauts as given to me ov General Akin Lutwitz. the military govi inor of Brussels, was tins; (In AVVdoesda y. while Dm German military commander of the Hoops in Louvain was at Dm Hotel de Ville talking to the burgomaster. ■) son of Du- burgomaster shot, with an auto niatie pistol. Du; chief of the staff ami German staff surgeons. General Von inn witz claims that this was a signal for Dm civil guard in civilian clothes on Dm roofs to lire on Die German soldiers in the open square below. He said also that tin* Belgians had quick-firing guns brought from. Antwerp. Inasmuch as for .a v, eel. the. Germans laid occupied Louvain, and had closely guarded .all approaches, Dm storv that there was .any gun-running is a!isurel.” Fifty Germans were killer! and wounded, and for that, said General A’nii Lutwitz. ‘'Louvain must he, wiped out." Air Davis spoke of 50 English prisoners ho saw in Louvain. '* Erect and soldierly they regarded the Germans, who outnumbered hut not defeated them, with cairn and uncurious eyes. In one way I v, as glad to see them there. Later they wil> bear witness as to how the enemy makes a wilderness and calls it war."
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DESTRUCTION OF LOUVAIN, Evening Star, Issue 15637, 30 October 1914