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PRISONERS OF WAR

HOW Till-: FRKXt H TRKAT TUKM. A dospa'ch to th-.', Xew York ‘World’ I from its London cm ic.'-p-r.drnt des-rihes the treatment of prisoners of wju- hy the Frcn-: hj ; The fir- 1 thing <io;u- the French with a. prisoner of war i.« to disarm him, occasional exceptions being made in the case oi ojlie.vs, for bravery, or some other special re;;p.m. Tho prisoners arc then smt in groims of 20 to prearranged points, where everything nc-ces.-ary fur j purpose.; of identili-alton is noted, and a | medical inspect ica of each prisoner is lurid. i After tho wounded and sick have been i eliminated, thti remainder, in rohnnna of j not more than LOCO, .'ire tornardod to ilie j f-.tmps or barracks wheto they are to he detained for the rest of t l ;** war. He fore starting the rides of th'-- eseori, are loaded in full view of the prisoners, and the hater arc. warned tin-.; the least attempt at escape will be punished until death. If thy prisoners travel a toot, an advance gauid precedes the column, and should it re neeessarv f.,r the c;v.,rt to fight on tiio way tim prisoners arc directed to lie dov.n on p;.iu of bring tool should they vansc tin nr-elves without pel nin.-i(..u from the recumbent positbn. A roll call :r; held iiioming and evening. L’ travelling by train, the prisoners arc iwrimbt'ii to put their head'; or nnr.s out of vl l ■ * windows, to sing, or to smoke. OflLer ■ a -.- placc-J together in the ventre of liny train. On j ai l ived at the place of destination, oihcci'.i I who .are wilting to give Ihr-tc wo.■ I not to ! at -empt to c.a-.-ipe m-- eiiov.eil i<» i' - ci;pv ; lodgings in the l-ya n, met men to retain ; tin if soldier fcn.-jn-..-. Ti.ose officers w;-,., j refuse to ia!-." such a ji;moi>e are incar- [ eeratvd in a f'ltree-. P) Ivale Aeios ; admit a ; oners of war e: o ty: s !.e J, with | f"sjii.cl to sleeping m-eomnerialion, feed | ami cloiiiir.!:. am:) lim m: a-. th . : Fr.,n. i; t-.ddmr. A • ._•.•< ri;t i: I ■ • ; pay m ; allv’.vcd in the clhe:"-;. A tvwav.l c? .Thu it; paid to anyum w l»t. capture; .-a eep-i ing pnlvaf'.,' ,-o!di(j, while lOde-i ;.t the ! reward for capturing .r.i <v.tp:r. ; : officer. I Tlv* capl’.'ed officer n. treat.-I after !»:s | carriurc like the ''amine:; soldier. If .-a;,tufed carrying arms he is liable no nut . to death. Prisoners of war .".re permitted ■ to correspond with their relatives ar.d ! friends, but it. must- be ’ey post card or j open letters. They cam buy Hiprri;,;?, ;n- j eluding tobacco, at the French .-anteim. and need cr receive sums of money oy post. The re.guiat.ions on tin; treatment of wav prisoners even allow of a prisoner of war getting married, provided, however, that lie has the authorisation of the French Minister of War. On the con clarion of peace uiflcers arc repatriated separately, while private soldiers are sent, in groups with an escort. Tho spirit of the French regulations on the whole subject is highly laudable. Article 8 says ; * Prisoners of war’ must never be insulted, illtreated, or robbed; each of them must bo treated with the regard due to his rank.’ ”

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PRISONERS OF WAR, Evening Star, Issue 15650, 14 November 1914

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PRISONERS OF WAR Evening Star, Issue 15650, 14 November 1914

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