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FRENCH TOWNS SUFFER

LEYIES AND HOSTAGE!?. The following details .of the conduct of the enemy in occupation of three of the small towiis to the north of Paris are ffivon by u. correspondent of the London ' Daily Chronicle*: At SenlLs, it id stated, on what appears to be good authority, that a poacher shot one German soldierand wounded another as the forces entered the town."" The German commander then assembled the Mayor of the town and nve other leading citizens, and forecti them to kneel before graves which had already been dug. Requisition was made for various supplies, and the six citizens were then taken to a neighboring field and shot. According to the corroborative evidence of several independent persons, soma 2'l people, including women and children. were also ehot. The town was then pillaged, and was fired in several places before it was evacuated. It is believed that. the- cathedral was not damaged, but many houses were destroyed. Creil was also thoroughly pillaged, and many houses were burnt. At Crephy, on September 3, various articles were requisitioned under threat of a fine of 100,000 francs for every day's delay in the delivery of the goods. immediately on arrival a proclamation •was Issued by the commander ot the German division. The main points weie: That all aTms were to bo handed in at the Town Hall at once. That all civilians found with arms would be shot at once. That no person was to be in the street after dark. . That no lights vera to be maintained in the houses or streets at night. That the doors of all houses were to be l*ft open. That the inhabitants were, not to collect in groups. That any obstruction of the German iraop* or threatening of them wotild be immediately punished by death/v That Gorman money was to be accepted at the rate of 1 mark for If 25c. At Tillers Cotterets the mayor appears to bavo behaved very judiciously, and although- supplies far in excess of th* capabilities of the place were demanded, the town was not seriously damaged. Tlm Germans evacuated the placo on Scptcni' bor 11 iii such haste that they left behind SM2HS&- °i th» bread «o^j'i c £s ( k

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FRENCH TOWNS SUFFER, Evening Star, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914

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FRENCH TOWNS SUFFER Evening Star, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914

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