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GERMAN BRUTALITY

EYES PUT OUT Diabolical acts are charged against the Germane in a private letter which Mr Hughes, the Federal Attorney-General, bat. received from Colonel W Oldershaw, formerly of New South Wales, but now in business at Southwark, London. The letter, which is dated September 15, reads: " In a hoMrital not far from here there hto two nurses who have had their right hands cut off. Amd a fine young corporal who,, with his company, put up a magnificent fight against superior numbers until they wore finally rushed by ten times their number and overpowered. The German officer commanding "the enemy asked how it was that they had fought so well, and was told that the corpora' had wonderful eyesight, and was the heio of the fight. The sequel was that the poor fellow's eyes were immediately put out, amd he is now here in the hospital sightless and minus one hand. These are tho instances which create bitterress, and unfortunately there are very many~of them.' I "ABOMINABLE AND AUTHENTICATED FACTS." Atrocities that would have shamed the most savage of Red Indians have been committed by tho Germans, writes the London coirespondent of a Yorkshire newspape-. Every country is harboring refugees, driven from their homes by the ravaging Hun, and the wounded back from the front give us the testimony of eye-witnesses. It is impossible to describe some of these atrocities in print. Just as in the Indian Mutiny the Sepoys were guilty of unmentionable offences, so the cultured Geimane of to-day have perpetrated crimes which put them"right beyond the pale of civilisation. Murder and rapine, destruction and death mark their path everywhere, and our hospitals contain living evidence of a revolting system of tortuie which makes the blood "run cold. At Folkestone are little children with their hands hacked off at tho wrist to prevent them ever carrying a rifle. In the hospitals of France are young girls and women who have been mutilated by the sword to stop them ever suckling a baby. While a British soldier lay stricken on "the field the German soldiers put out both his eyes, and also cut off his hands. Whan in the future you hear well-meaning people pleading for mercy for the blackguardly German soldier, confront them with these abominable and authenticated facts. MORE EVIDENCE. An Ashburton correspondent forwards to the Christcluirch 'Press' this extract from a letter received from a relative in England :—"Just think what I have heard to-day from the Bundles. Their man hag a brother who has beon wounded and sent back, and is now at the Southern Territorial Hospital in Salisbury road (Plymouth). He went to see his brother, and was told he couldn't do so, as he was too had. However, he declared that he had come all tho way from Ugborounh (some 20 n.iles) to se-i him, and see him he would, so he was allowed to do- so. The man's whole head and face were swathed in bandages, and what do you think he found? That in addition to having been wounded, those vile Germans had gouged out both his eyes and cut ofl both his ears! Just think of it! The brother was so maddened thai ha swore he would at once go off and enlist, so as to be able to revenge himself on them."'

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GERMAN BRUTALITY, Evening Star, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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GERMAN BRUTALITY Evening Star, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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