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WAR JOTTINGS

Captain Brugerc, of the 160 th French Infantry, who was killed in a recent engagement, was a nephew of General Brugore, the ex-commander-in-chief, who has two sons and three sons-in-law in the French army, and has himself rejoined tho service, despite his great age. Though nearly 80, he ia taking an active part in tho present operations. The correspondent of a London nowspajier said to a French officer : “ I wish you would tell me what you really think of the British troops. The ceaseless compliments aro beginning to cloy.” The French officer put down his knife and fork an surprise. “After all, why not?” ho replied when ho had recovered his breath. “Wo all think you are a little slow about starting. Anyhow, you are slower than we are. You make more preparations. But when you say vou will ho at a given place, wo feel absolutely sure we shall find you there whatever happens.” Tho war is already exorcising its influence in the world of fashion. Mechlin, Brussels, and Bruges lace is in great demand, and the dressmakers and milliners of London aro busily turning out Russian tunics and Cossack hats for the autumn season. Even men have not escaped it, for tho overcoats most in vogue arc all cut in the style of the grey military groat coat. Details of a family complication como from St. Gall, Switzerland. A naturalised Swiss citizen, German by birth, is married to a Hungarian. His* brother-in-law is fighting against tho Servians, and the husband of his sister-in-law fa fighting against tho Austrians. Of the man’s two brothers, one ia in a Prussian .regiment and the other is serving France under General Gallieni. Tho carrying home from taverns or restaurants of beer, except in closed and carefully-wrapped bottles or jugs, has been forbidden in Berlin. The authorities declare that the sight of beer in the streets is calculated tn arouse public anger and envy during time of war. _ A 17-year-old who was found by tho police wandering about the streets of Cologne in a dazed and starved condition, had walked from Mayenco with the intention of fighting with tho German forces. Sho declared she had been called on in a vision to deliver the Fatherland from the enemy, as a German Joan of Arc. There is a fine touch of unconscious irony in an order promulgated by the German military governor cf Liege. He ordered all the Belgian schools in Liege and Vise and the villages between to be reopened as usual at the termination of the holidays, and instructed the Belgian school teachers of both sexes that their pupils "must be taught good behaviour towards the Gormans In a proclamation in the London ‘Gazette’ of December 12, 1911, native officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of tho Indian army were expressly made eligible to receive tho Victoria Cross and the pensions it carries. When the Germans entered Arras three officers made their way to an hotel and ordered lunch. One of the Germans remarked that no serviettes were provided, so he called for tho manager and asked him to rectify tho omission. Tho manager said he was sorry, but he had not one in tho hotel. “ Why, that’s nonsense,” said tho officer, “ I sold yon six dozen a month ago." When Austria declared war and the Slavs were mobilised tho colonel of one of the regiments was found murdered. A court of inquiry endeavored to discover the culprits, but not one man of the regiment would rive evidence. Finally the regiment was lined up in groups of 10. One man in each group was told to fall out, and was shot. The rest of the regiment were sent to do garrison work in Austria. A Russian cavalry patrol mot an Austrian picket and captured it. When the officer in charge of tho picket was brought to the Russian commander of tho patrol they affectionately embraced one another. They were brothers of Polish extraction, one "serving in tho Russian and the other in tho Austrian army. Rudyard Kipling seems to have incurred the undying animosity of the German Press, and tho ‘Kolnischo Zeitnng ’ invites him to join Sir John French's army and “ admire tbo braimvork of German strategy, at the same time becoming acquainted with the weight of German lists.” Some German officers, though prisoners of war, continue to give themselves all the airs they aro accustomed to assume on tho parade ground at Potsdam or in the cafes of Berlin. Ono of these heroes was so insolent to the officer in charge at Agen that the latter sent him to a cell in the Gun- Prison. A German soldier in prison gave a curious account, of the treatment of the German privates by their officers. Ono day ho had been hung up by his arms to the branches of a tree for tho offenco of having eaten his reserve rations. For the same fault ono of his comrades had been beaten with an iron rod until be was black and blue. Mr Samuel Fry, a retired chief petty officer of the Royal Navy, can boast ot eight sons and two sons-in-law serving the country in the present emergency. Of these, eight are in the Navy, ono in the Royal Garrison Artillery, and the other in the .Army Reserve. Krupps, the guumakers, who build the leviathan howitzers with which Liege and Namiy were shelled, employ in normal times of peace 80,000 workpeople, make nearly £2,000,000 profit per annum, and spend about £550,000 a year on their workpeople’s pension, holiday, and Christmas funds. Tho enormous expenditure of rifle ammunition by tho Kaisers armies is bringing about a famine in lead, and to supply the prodigious quantities required for cartridges the “standing formes” of typo m scores of printing offices have been commandeered bv the Imperial ordnance-autho-rities. Hundreds of tons of tho zinc and copper plates from which music is printed have also gone into the German War Office melting pot.

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WAR JOTTINGS, Evening Star, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914

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WAR JOTTINGS Evening Star, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914

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