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GERMAN ATROCITIES

LETTER FROM. A CHRISTCHURCH NURSE. Some doubt has naturally been felt as to whether the stories told in the Newspapers as to atrocities committed by the Germans can possibly be true. Letters have been received in Christchurch this week containing first-hand evidence on this subject which it is impossible to doubt. The ' Press' ha« been permitted to niaie the following extracts from a letter received by a lady living in one of the suburb* of Christchurch from her daughter, a trained hospital nurse, who assisted to tend the -wounded arriving in Folkestone ■when tho mail left on October 12: Ostond is only 30 miles from here, but then ire have our Navy to protect us. However, several Folkestone residents have quitted ; they are getting nervous. The place is packed with refugees and wounded. I am giving my cervices at our Military Hospital about six hours a day. and I have to keep myself, but it is the least we trained nurses can clo to help our poor brave wounded soldiers. Some of the shrapnel wouivdts are very dreadful, but most interesting. We have 50 wounded from this last battle of the Aisne. and yesterday 100 wounded Belfians from Antwerp arrived. I have been elping with operations five hours today, and am going back to-night. I . am not working all day, as I am not very well myself. Had a nasty attack of " flue," but have practically got over it now. Everyone works like a black in Folkestone. We meet all refugees, give them a warm meal, and do their wounds up. Babies are being born all over the place. Folkestone has 40,009 well-to-do Belgians and 600 destitute. Hundreds and thousands are sent to London ; old men and old women in carrying chairs are brought over. It is enough to make you cry your heart out in sorrow for them, but we haven't time to give way. The Germans and their atrocities are too awful: mutilated women, young girls of good family stripped and'made to wait nude upon the Germans. Then tihey ravish them awl cut off their breasts. Also tho men are mutilated

aind all voung boys, so that tho Belgian race shall be exterminated. I shall take pruseic acid before the Germans ever lay hold on me. Little children with hands cut off—wo have two of them in Folke-

stone, and my landlady has a mother

and father in this house, a Belgian count and countess, whose two daughters are in the Germans' hands. The eldest, 22 years of age, was tortured before their eyes. They think she is dead, and the youngest, a girl of 17. was taken, with 50 other well-born girls, into the German officers' tents. These poor people are nearly demented. Those parents who refcsed to part with their girls were shot iown.

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GERMAN ATROCITIES, Issue 15654, 19 November 1914

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GERMAN ATROCITIES Issue 15654, 19 November 1914

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