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Between Arras and Armentieres (writes Mr William Maxwell in tho London ‘ Telegraph ’) is Cmo of tho richest and most populous areas of France, while between Arras and Lens stretches an undulating plateau —an agricultural country, of which the distributing centre is Arras, a town that has preserved the aspect of the Middle Ages. Arras has suffered terribly: its town hall, one of the most precious monuments in the North of Franco, is in ruins. Albert, an industrial town to the east of Amiens, looks as if it had been struck by a tornado; 500 houses have been demolished; its great factories have been deliberately destroyed by bombardment. At Lens begins what has long been known as the Black Country, reaching west to Bethune and north to Armentieres, a region of vast monotonous plains with narrow valleys. Here are coal mines richer even than those of St. Etienne, innumerable factories, and many agricultural villages. Looking north and east from tho low hill on which Bethune stands among its boulevards you see nothing but mill chimneys and collieries. A few miles to the oast, on the bank of a canal bordered with poplars and elms, is the pretty little town of La Bac-sce, whore tho marsh lands begin. These marshes have been drained by canals and planted with trees, until tho whole country north is a vast network of waterways, through which run good paved and macadamised roads. Along th© rigfet bank of the Lys, which flows in a narrow channel to the north, are miles upon miles of houses, known as “ tho streets of the Lys,” which mark tho position of the coal mines. They reach almost to Armentieres, with its great factories and its six railway lines. In the days of the Flemish wars this region was often swept with fire and sword, but not even m those bad old times oould it have presented such a picture of devastation as “the greatest civilised people known to history ” have produced during the last three or four weeks. Towns, villages, factories, farms, and mines have been ruthlessly bombarded with deliberate intent to destroy, as is manifest from the fact that the poorer quarters of the towns have been spared, while the richer and industrial quarters have been ruined. The member* of the liberal League are requested to attend at 'he rooms, Empire Buildings, to-night, to meet £ir Joseph Ward.

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THE PATH OF GERMAN “KULTUR.”, Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914

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THE PATH OF GERMAN “KULTUR.” Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914