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STORIES FROM THE FRONT

"A -\EVER-SURHEXDf:n, " COLOXHF.. Private George Xcil, of the Ist Gordon 11 igh lander-;, who vcere eommanded by Colonel Gordon, stated on hu return invalided that during the fighting af .Mons t'.to Highlanders ami others were near a nunnery which had been converted inta a hospital Although the Germans imr-t have seen the Red Cross Hag living thev slidled it from a comparatively' short rsnge and lulled everyone in it.' There must have been between 3Q and 40 of them, lie said. Tim Jit-nisli troops had a trying time of it in the trenches, although , it look the Germuu artillerv n loim time i to find the range. A:< to their rifle fire, it wa» poor in the evtveme. Nei! asserted that the Germans used dum-dum bullets. "But.'' he said, •• at fambrai our boys got in with the bayonet. We got among the German Maxim cunueivi and infantry, end thev ran for their lives and shouted for mercy, flinging down their arms and accoutrements? "hut vrc had a very stiff time. \\'e lost about 800 men m one. day—ehiefiv thu Royal ricots, the Royal Irish, and ;U id a battery of artillery. The Highlanders suffered the worst of all. Out" of 1.200 who went into action on nm. daw -m!v 170 answered the roll call the no\t'." MtTcilTOO PREVIOUS. The mam feature of the German newspapers during th,. |' irst ~,u . t ,„• was their glowing ~eeo:ir,t „i brilliant '"victories' in Ivistern Prus-ia. (Jenerid A'on. Hindenburg, the commander of the German troops who were credited with having cleared East was momentarily the popular hero. The -iiissiuns, one gathers from leading tierman newspapers, fled in disorder on the. approach of this wonderful commander, leaving thousunds of soldier,, to bcoonm prisoners mid many guns to be added to the vast quantities*;:lrea.lv captured. The Emperor of Austria has 'bestowed on the "victorious leader of the Cermaii Eastern Arn.y" (he ('rand (.'ro,.-i of the Order of St. Stephen and the Cro.-s for eminent sei vires rendered on the held oi batl !e. 'J'he German Emperor arh::ow!ed«-in" the receipt of General von Hii)deiibin"r's"news that he had destroyed the Russian \are.v Army, said :- Your telegram of to-da-. (Sejitember li has given lhe ine..Mire-".-ib!e pleasure, cou have accomplished a, deed'of arms thai is almost nnioue in hi.-torv, that will ensure you and your troi'.p* imperishable rd;:-v i:<'.- alf time, and that, with ih- irr.-ee of Cod. will five our dear Fatherland from the. enemy for ever. As a mark of my grateful appreciation f bestow en von the Ordre pour le Merite. and request you to express my Imperial thanks to'the brave and matchless troops of your army for their magnificent deeds, 'f am proud of my Prussian regiments. The • Loealanxiegor ' {of Berlin) bailed iTindenburg as a second Blucher, and prophesied furth.T great deeds by him, because " ]u> is accustomed to do thoroughly what he undertakes.'' THE BOASTFC], KAISER. ■\Yheu th" K'ai.ser visitefi Vitrou, near Longwy. lu see Ins son Oscar, who had been wounded, he inspected his grenadier.,. .As he passed along the line he exchanged greet hies with the men an!, reaching the machine guns pau.-cd iheie. ! "' Von have fired mauv rounds," he r-arl ; t'i the detaeliment, " 1,1e. v many hits have j you made'.'' "One hundred 'per cent.,' . was the quirk reply of a reservist, and the j Kaiser laughed. Addressing tin- regiI nient the Emperor said that the light- I i big in the neighborhood of Longwy I j would lie inscribed in letter.-, of eold ..'': i tlit- 101 l of history. '• Ali our ' I Mm added, "we must ascribe t) the Cod! ! of our fathers, who is above n<" ■ | AS T'llOrCH AT 'DRILL. ' ! A lieutenant, in (he lit.yai l'ield Arid- [ j !:;y, writing to his father on September IP. say': "Jlv halt- ly iias jusl. nceived the eoiigiatidati<ms oi the general on our voo.l wiirk. 'l'lu- maj'-r pnsht d u<- up to v\iillin tied y.-irds of the enemyV, Ueiieh<s. j .pii-i. behi.ed a wood, and I'iuiii there v.- j 'aid out lun (jcrman l-.iite'.ies and kept down the iufa-itiY l:i,\ I eoiiiil liardlv ! .-peak at. the mid of the day with .-i'.oiitin'g ! out ord-ts in t!i-.. din, although I had a j meL'rqihor.e to help me. The men. were | veiy i 001, ami wovko-.l just a., though they | h-."l at diill. ,\t <n, ; time fluting! t!;o day the viibige wiiere we are had fiuii-e a. tlieatiieal aj peaiaut e, men and holies fahing, shells bursting, houses <■:'. lire, and nothing hut smeke and noie.'. P.m th batteiy went, on living .-teadily all the .i'l.e. Ammmiil ion cam-', up legu- ; larly. We ha I a i"] j ing target- a few I day,s ago. I was. tent, on as advance guaid j with my section, and spotted a column of transport, on the joad l hive miles ahead. We opened <i. deuce, of a tire on them, and scrapprd tile whole lot. Batteiy. Royal Iloise Arlilleiy. v.'e'e doing tlu> .same further up. We aftern aids saw the ie>iut. j They had aruminiu'-d foraue waggons, sup | plies, bievehtt, riiles. and .lmmunitiou ami ! Heaps of" kill-1 lay a.ound." j A V.C. CAXDIDA'I'E. Private .]. V.'arwick. of tile 2nd Du: ham Light L.o.utrv. uov. in the Man ch-ster Military 110-spital, say.- that at the batik' of the Ai-iie the Ooimaii:- v, ere. eutr<'nche»! Ie»: SO \ai-cis away on ;h----o:!.oi :-ide of i hill.'tiK'ir ttenehes b.Miig :ai th" nee.' h>rmida'')le. "We had not veiv lone; lo wait be'eie slvlifs and bullets twgau i.i fly about us in all directions. n ur men tii-'d to rush \\\< th-i hill, but fiisf one and then another I fell under Hie hail ot liie. The fJevmans j we v o at leaf! 12 to 1. ieit our men lead j

their own. liei.tng a- I have never .'Oem in en fight l>*i i"t »• ■■. We had a. gr<>nt loader in Major Robb. lib; led tlm men splendidly. Lieutenant 'Twist, one of our number, tried to advance with a company up l!v; hill. but Ik- wji« nnickly shut down. J .--aw him idm* and a'lhmigh tue shrapnel was living and buil-.ds were coming like rail' I ma<l:! a da.sh and brought him back to ill;? U'l'lU'llO.-. 'limit 1 P.'lvV Private Hewson. a. Darlington chap, fall, and 1 succeeded in bringing him from the tiring line. The poor chap was jhi.i (inveigh the neck ami .the shotiklein. though 1 b.'lu-v-; 1 lie is still living. 1 thru wont baric again, and Mice cded in bringing l'i iv.;i o .Manr/huu. My W 1 - journey w;io th-e must diiticult, of all". J had to travel over lhe eieK i.f Urn hit! to within ?-0 yard- of iho German trenches, and how 1 escaped iK-hm killed I really do vM know, i rraw'ed on my stomach, aiui got along as h«>st I could, and I am :'!el !■■ ?ay that 1 succeeded in brhuing Major Robb back rLdii.. as it wore, fiom the very noses of the Germans. It. was a hard job to get him. and in my elTon I was .-hot through the back, ami Ml." , LUXURY 0? A HATH. An otli, -r of the ]si B;o' taiimi Royal Berkshire Regiment, who took part in the lighting at Mens mid ai\er. and has been invalided Home, relate.-', the imbnvir.g ineident, which took i.lac- on the way to th? front: On arrival in eavnp there was a general vn-di for w:itei. We found thai on si;:,, theie. wvrn about, 40 hah harr. !-■ fail «,f wat.'.r. hut the median I authorities, i-fu.-nl to allow us in drink it. ft ]ook-'d very good, and. as ore man told me, then- was a ta-'.e of alcohol about, H. As a matter fa't. the b'M'iels had been used for wine. As wo wen; not allowed to •drink it. i' w;t- suggested w- might wash in i!. as we had nor bar: a v. ash. since leaving Aluerskor. Permission to do this was pi von, and in :•. very short time, mo-t of the m*'ll wee making a. bath of each b-.inel. REV EXIiE OK DRIXK? Father Coppcns. a Belgian priest, who in the capa by of a limitary cJinplain wa.; present, at the bombardment- of Malines, said lo a pressman: "From what eanm muler my uii.-evvatiou F am com.need thai. %\ ha; has been published eonK-rning the German atioehies is true. 1 know by my own experience how carefully the Committee oi' "Inquiry have examined I'vny ease that ttm\ fntvo reported uputi. .Many of the. (Jerinan soldiers," a-d<ied Father Conpens, '" nrhaved very well, but there Mere man\- more who, either out of a desire lor revenge on Belgium or maddened by diink. behaved inhumanly, and, what is tlie imaue.-t thing of all," he added with indignation. "Ihey attempt to put the blame on mir soldiers. Jlio KaiVer bus slid '1 am iroin..' to make, Belgium a desert,' and at ruesem, the provinces of Luxemburg, iaege. Xamtir, Brabant, ex eept J!rus>eh— and a. part of the province of Antwerp a.te indeed ,-i, dceit."

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STORIES FROM THE FRONT, Issue 15653, 18 November 1914

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STORIES FROM THE FRONT Issue 15653, 18 November 1914

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