THE MASTER BUTCHER
ORDERS KILLING OP WOMEN AND.. CHILDREN. I/mdon, October 15.— The 4 PobUb * I’etrograd correspondent sends the text of a document found on a German officer, os follows: “ Secret. “ The Jovcd defenders of tlie Father, land: '• Our Fatherland has been overtaken by a sorrow that involves all of us. We have been com j»c I led to go to war at a moment when we wore totally unprepared, and the corn lies nngatheied in tho fields. To riie last drop of your blood you must fight not to surrender to the enemy. We have heard rumors that German troops in several places have been attacked, not only by the enemy's army, but by the population, and therefore I order you to shoot inhabitants on whom arms are found in the enemy's country, not sparing either women or children. Furthermore, in places where tho population offer resistance, you aie to take, the entire population, great and small, prisoners, to bum their towns and raze them to the ground.” This document, says the official journal, is signed, but it refrains from reproducing the exalted signature. This extraordinary order was found on a prisoner taken in. the neighborhood of Frzemvsl. From It* obviously circular character it presumably represents orders issued generally to German soldiers.
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THE MASTER BUTCHER, Evening Star, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914