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FROM THE FRONT.

In a letter fo his parents an officer of t!>'- F : f;h T) rape on C"ards des'-iibinc the fighting in which his bricade was engacod. wrote: '"' L " Battery fought their guns to the last. Bru'lhnrv himself firing "a gun with his leg off at the knee: a shell took off his other leg. He asked then to be carried from tho gun*, so that the men could not hear or >rr him." The " Bradbi:iv" mentioned was Captain I*'. K. Bradbury, of "L"' Battery of the Royal Horse A:til!cry. which was attar hod to Briga-dier-General Briggs's Ist Cavalry Brigadp. His death was reported in tho casualty lists a few days ago.

Corporal B.'L. Price, 3rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who is i?i hospital with wounds, writes to hi* mother at Weymouth that he is hoping to go to the front again. "' There ie one thine;." he continues, "T am gladto say, and that is ':hat I have fulfilled my undertaking by killing I don't know hew m;my German?. They fell before us like broken eggs. I was promoted to full corporal for sticking it out in my blockhouse for 73 hours without anything to eat or drink. Wo were tiniply firing away all the time at the savages—for that is all that I can call them." Mr Richard Harding Davis, who caught up with the French army while it was fighting at vSoissonp, cables to the Now York 'Tribune' an account of half-saw bayonets that tear the flesh and rip the bone, and are forbidden by the laws of war, which were found in the trenches al andoned by the Germans. The saw edge was not given them by the soldiers hammering one bayonet against another, but was machine made, and each bayonet bore the Government stamp, a number, an imperial crown, and the word " Ivrfuvt." A sapper who took part in the destruction of the bridge at Soissons has told the shvy of that achievement in the following letter to his brother:—'"We had. lacier an active day on Monday. Fortysix of us were, (old oft' under the major of the 23rd Company (Royal Engineers) to stand by a bridge, and. in case of a German advance, to blow it up. When we pot near to the bridge we were find en by a German advance party of eharpshootevs from behind some trees. Then iiic major gave, the order to rush tor the bridge, the fuse of the. mine having been previously fixed by in>. That rush I shall never forget, for 24 of our bravest sappers fell, 13 killed outright. Wo pot somewhat under cover, when, all by himself, our major made a. rush. In an instant the fuse, was fired, and all that could be *een of the bridge was a cloud of dust in the air." Captain Springfield, of the 2nd Dragoon Guards, «uy.«: "T:ie Bayii were being outflrt'krd in o fog. which would have meant their utter undoing. To stop it, Lieutenant Champion de Orespigny ;:nd a handful o; men made a sortie on their regiment's right flank. They were suceessiul, but were wiped out. .However, they saved the. regiment." Private Brown, Ist Lincolnshire Regiment: "The Germans were nearly 100 to 1 ag:.h;frt ns, hut we were leading them a dr.nce these Inst two or three days. You know how a harvest field of potatoes looks like when yon have left plenty, and it has . .-.i raminc? That is what the Germans' battlefield looked like." The following are extract? from a letter written bv an assistant paymaster of the Fleet to his sister :—"This evening we had a parcel mail, and found that s-ome good laay had sent her husband about 51b of dam6ons (originally) in a thin cardbonrd box» with the result that all the other pnrcel* were suffering slightly. I got the Maltese cook to cut nw hair the other day, and he has left a <lranghty patch on the bMk which has given mo a cold in the head. P.S. —I would have sent a lock of my hair, but I -want it all now with that bald palch."

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FROM THE FRONT., Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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FROM THE FRONT. Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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