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A TELEPHONE COUP.

TWO TRAINS OF GERMANS BLOWN UP. Two trains of badly-needed German reinforcements have been blown up between Peronne and St. Quentin (says a report in the ' Daily Mail *). The job was neatly done. A French officer tapped a telephone wire. He learned that there were communications passing between two points, and that at 6 o'clock in tho evening some message would be on the way. He therefore cut tho wire, attached a receiver to it, and sat there waiting. After a while he heard a voice asking in German : " Are you there, Biedemann ?" " No," he said, " Biedemann is not here for a moment. I am taking his place." (He spoke in excellent German.) " What is it?"

" Tell the general two trains of reinforcements are being sent down." "Very good. Two train-loads, eh? I will let the general know." He did let a general know, and the consequence was that when the trains arrived they found guns (hastily collected and placed in position to command the railway) waiting for them. They were annihilated, literally blown to pieces. " It was a great joke," the officer said who was telling me about it. "The two German armored trains came thundering along. The first one wont off the rails: the second collided with it. Our machine guns were trained on them, and those of their occupants who did not surrended were quickly annihilated. The slaughter must have been very heavy."

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A TELEPHONE COUP., Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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A TELEPHONE COUP. Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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