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TRAGIC TALE IN WAR DIARY

German tales of tragic episodes of th. war have been issued by the Official Pres* Bureau. The stories wore taken from a hook called ‘ Krieg’s Chronik.’ which was seized from aliens entering Knglish ports. The volume consists, according to the bureau, " partly of a highly untrustworthy chronicle of the war and partly of soldiers' letters from the front.”

“As showing the methods of thought of the enemy, these last have considerable, value." continues the bureau. “It is not the truth or falsity of the tales that matters, but the applause and self-con-gratulation of the writers on deeds of gross treachery and cruelty claimed to have been done by themselves or comrades.” The narrative of an artillery officer "on the extermination of a Belgian village." as given out by the bureau, follows;--"The countryside was full of our troops. Nevertheless, the stupid peasants must needs shoot at our men, as they marched by, from lurking places. Day before yesterday morning the Pnissian troops surrounded a village, put the women, children. and old people aside, and shot all the men. The village was then burned to the ground.” The story of the shooting of a Roy Scout is given as follows:—“A traitor has just been shot. He was a little French lad. belonging to one of the gymnastic societies which wear the trioolnml ribbons, a poor young fellow who, in his infatuation. wanted to he a hero. As the German column was passing along a woixfed defVe he was caught and asked whether the French were about. He refused to give any information. Fifty yards farther there was lire from the cover of the wood. The prisoner was asked ia French if he had known that the enemy was in the forest, and he did not deny it. “He went -with a> firm step (o a telegraph pole, and stood against it. with a green vineyard at his back, and received fhe volley of a firing party with a proud smile on his face. Infatuated wretch; ,ll was a pity to see such wasted courage.^

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TRAGIC TALE IN WAR DIARY, Issue 15645, 9 November 1914

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TRAGIC TALE IN WAR DIARY Issue 15645, 9 November 1914

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