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SACK OF TERMONDE

DEADLY PETROL BOMBS. BODIES IN THE RUINS. Further details are to hand of the sacking of Termonde. The population of Termondo. roughly, is 10,000. There are Bomo 4,000 buildings in the town. Of these, there are not a half-dozen that have not been burned out. The work of ruin is terribly complete The beautiful Roman Catholic Cathedral, with its wonderful paintings, towers untouched above the ruins, however. But this cathedral is the only exception. A few soldiers were guarding the towu from pilferers as a newspaper correspondent entered over planks thrown hazardously across a blown-up bridge. Tho first thing struck the eyo was a German Red Cross motor car, carefully attended by a couple of gendarmes. Next an enormous pane of glass, advertising a brand of cigarettes, which looked as new as the day it was put up. Then, as the eye wandered around, gradually the brain took in the scene. Up and down the street one gazed on the charred pieces of brickwork which once wero houses. Here and there, perhaps, half a house would be standing upright. Elsewhere a mass of bricks were strewn across tho street. A little further on in the town foldiers were searching tho ruins for tho bodies of those left behind in the mad rush for enfoty. Outside the town a large mound marks th« last resting-place of those roasted to death. For the last two days soldiers have been enpaged in the gruesome task of finding the charred bodies of their fellow-countrymen. Particularly diabolical was the method by which the Germans completed their work of destruction. In the ruins were found petrol bombs, which the German had thrown into the houses. These bombs are composed of aluminium and filled with petrol, and a wick orotmdes from the ends. The wiok is l.ishted and flares up. Then the bomb is hurled into a building with devastating results. There were, perhans, six citizens in ihe town who had dared to return after the deluge. One was an old woman, who had dragged a few household articles into the street and sat forlornly among them. She ppitomised the tragedy of thousands. By the courtesy of a priest the tower of the cathedral was ascended, 400 ft in air, where one looked down on the ruins of what a week ago was a beautiful city. A pale was rising, and the wind shook the battered remains of the houses, which tottered and then fell with a crash into the street. Two women passing escaped barely with their lives. As the descent into the street was made other houses fell. At the outskirts of the town the commandant of the forees was met. He told a wondwrful tale of heroism on the part of the earrison which defended Termonde «*nin«t the Germans. For sis hours this gallant little force held its own awu'nsfc a fore» which outnumbered it ten to one wh'l* the citizens escaped. Then, gradually fighting every iuoh desperately, it retired.

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SACK OF TERMONDE, Evening Star, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914

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SACK OF TERMONDE Evening Star, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914

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