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CHATEAU DESPOILED

COARSE SOLDIERY. A concrete example of the coarse habits of the German soldiery is to be found at tho Chateau le Gue, near Means. When the Germans began to bombard the town of Meanx the General Staff established itself in one part of this large country house, while the rest was

used as an ambulance depot. Now that the Germans have evacuated the district tho servants have returned to the chateau. They found-it in a pitiable condition. With an utterly senseless passion for destruction, the German soldiers had ripped up the canvases and old paintings, smashed valuable cabinets, used costly carpets to wipe their boots on, and even forced open cupboards to take linen belonging to the mistress of the house. The General Staff had had a billiard table carried out to the lawn to use as a revolver target. The room whero

thoy dined was decorated with flowers taken from the garden. The remains of their last dinner, evidently an interrupted meal, were found pn a table, with a vast number of empty bottles of wine and liqueurs. Tho meal must have been eaten within sound of the groans of the wounded, who were being operated on on a table in the hall outside. About 30 of these wounded, in too serious a condition to be moved, were found in a dying condition on the floor of the drawing room of the chateau when the French troops entered the village.

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CHATEAU DESPOILED, Evening Star, Issue 15643, 6 November 1914

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CHATEAU DESPOILED Evening Star, Issue 15643, 6 November 1914

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