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THE VANDALISM AT RHEIMS

| BUrtMXO OF CATHEDRAL. I The correspondent 'it' the ‘Daily Jin,; ’ I at llheiin'. under date* of Monday, bcplem- ' her 21, gives a story by tin' Abbe Cainu >•’. (In- terrible scenes in the cutlKdral when " , was set o'i fire. He said; | “It was all over in an hour. Them, we;.- , two separate fires- We pur tin: first out ; with four buckets of wait), all wn laid in ,1: place, bat soon a nether shell struck t It-* roof, and the wind drove the flames ah ng the i rafters inside of the nave. We rnsln.d up : again, but it was flaming all along, and as iwo cmdd do rolliiiij v b.iuiied down. There wire holes iu the citing of lhe nave, / and sparks began jc i a.d ibr.*u;gb Them i).ao i a great, heap of straw 10ft high and 20yd--1 long the Ormans had piled along the norih i aisle. W'c tried to catch the spaiks in our i hauls as sin v fell, a- d ‘licit of the German ! wnnndrd as 'were aid- lo walk helped »s ; 1,i,l the first spark that fell on the pile set li blazing. There was time to think of no- | i bii’." but netting on* the wounded. The v iniud horribly. We canted many of tl-.0-.e lh.ii could not walk, while ethers dragged themselves painfully along to the side door in the noilh aide. Those who had only hand and arm wounds helped their ccniir.idt s. W" got out all except 13, whore ; bodin' l,e he-e now. . When at. la*t I cam- ; out of the flaming building I tumid the i whole billy of wounded lu.ddhd together ! ai.-mnd iiia doors. Oppcsife to them was a inriourdv hosiile crowd of civilians of tin 1 low’d, liud a number of soldiers with llwii i liilv- nbiiady hvelhd. I tpiang forward. I - What, arc von doing I-'" I vr'd. ‘They shad I all burn!’ shouted the soldiers in answer, i Thtv shall go hack to the cathedral or we 1 will ’shoot th un here.' ‘Von are mad!’ I exclaimed in reply. ’Think of what, this un ans. Ail the world v. ill hear of the cnimthe German? have committed here, and it you sheet these men the, world will know that France has bc:n as criminal in her turn. Anyhow,’ 1 said, ‘you shall shoot nv first, for I will n<-t move.’ Unwillingly the soldiers lowered tin'll* rifles, and I turned to «ix German officers who were among the wounded and asked if they would obey m? : and do everything I to id them to. Tin y , said they would, and T. asked them to tell I their men to do the same. Then I made ! them up in a solid body, those who could 1 walk unaided carrying or helping those win. I could not. I ~nt* niv«> !f at the head and ; we set off to the Hotel de Villc, which is | ccly a few hundred yrc.ds away."

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THE VANDALISM AT RHEIMS, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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THE VANDALISM AT RHEIMS Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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