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ARROGANT CAPTIVES

F/vcu in captivity the Pru&dou cfiPer 'say.? n Bordeaux Pre.-p carres-p'ndi ntj maintains that a ast .'.ifi'.it.io arrogance which proves him, among other llrngs-—no aristocrat. Having hem ; -hu inert to a barrack vjrd around which aV.ut 59 German pri-so-i.. r; were taking (heir cxb:t>. 1 was at i iter, struck by me h'-aring of two mail

promenading apart fun;) tho others, obviously eon>c cuts i,r superiority over ilicir urr-i’in.lines, ’imir Iteopcrs, and their com-jiitr-uis in jwi.ofortuiif. As they came Ter 1 saw that one sows a cavalry major and the other an artillery lieutenant;. The major, a (iiickiy-sct man with a heavy mv; a ltd tt sunerb Imperial moustache, wan n grif.ii example of the tin gods of militarism v.bow a;ch deity is the Kaisa. Tin younger officer was tail and slim, with the rosy face of frauleiii .vbove ii, lona angular body, a woriby repr<tentative of the Kerr lieutenant eiaes. whperfect, type is the Crown ldit.ee. With th'dr tightly-fitting uniforms mill high hoots they reminded one of caricatures in the famous German pwiodioai ' ddiipiici rinuis,’ oao of whose mots was “The K-übt alone dines, the officer eats, ml ethers feed." •' Funny, aren’t they?" said the dapper French corporal in charge of the Senegalese truer Is. He proceeded to tell mo how the iion!L-iimr; had complained only that morn* in;.; of 1>; mg disturb;*! in his cel! by the r uftaiii, passing of people down the corridor, and had demanded that this should cense forthwith. Tie same young officer mid to the attendant who took him cafe au in it ou the morning after bis arrival in Bordeaux: "Take it away, my good fellow, and remember in future that I always drink: Muck coffee first and milk afterwards, but never cate au lait.” The major, it appeared, was an authority on modern war according to the precepts of U:c vroat German General Staff. On one ■occasion he explained that such exploits as the shooting of women and children and the burning of villages were fully covered by the Instructions of lha eelf-same General Staff, who sought to prove by the obscure methods of Prussian profeasordom that “Th" pitile-s use of necessary violence by the conquerors is often the beat thing posr.ihri for the conquered.” la support of this ho quoted at length from “Kriegebraugh in: Landkricgc, 1 the bible of the German officer.

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ARROGANT CAPTIVES, Evening Star, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914

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ARROGANT CAPTIVES Evening Star, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914

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