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AFTER THE SIEGE

THE CONDITION OF ANTWERP. In giving a description of Antwerp under German occupation, a correspondent of 'The Times/ who entered the city from the Dutch frontier, says: —"Tho destruction in iha city lias not been severe. The American Consul, after investigation, estimates that 150 houses havo been burned. In addition, many houses were struck by shell, but their damage is only partial. The most important buildings aro practically unharmed. The delicate tcwer of the cathedral rises unscathed. A shell exploded in the east door, close to the spot from which two of Rubens's masterpieces had bo;n removed two days before, but did no serious damage. The Palais de Justice has all its windows broken. Several cornices are chipped, and the facade is scarred by shrapnel. The Museum, tho Palace, the Town Hall, and the Banquo Rationale and principal churches and railway stations aro unharmed. Fire destroyed one side of tha Marche aux rSouliers, and, burning through to tho Place Verte, burnt cut the Cats Royal and the Hotel do Europe. In this quarter sevjrai bouses were burnt down, particularly in the Hue aux I-its nnd Rue des Peignes. On tho Avenuo Van Brce. at the co.-iior <f Eno dc L'Argile, 11 dwelling-houses were burnt. Several houses were struck in lh* Avenue do L'lndustrio, and near the Rue du Bastion tho fire burnt, through to the Rue di; Palais. This street is badly eearrsd. Eight of thrs ten house* nto burnt. In the ]tu<3 "areoins and around tha Rues Lozane and Ansehno the Berchen quarto:- suffered most. There, is hardly a block without a burnt house or wall torn by shrapnel. "The inhabitants remained in collars during the 50-hour;-' bombardment. Many say that tho Fecond night (Thur?ilay) was the worse of the two. The sand, strav, and cirt piled up to protect the windows cut off all fresh air. Thr-.ro was little or no water, and it was necessary to patrol tho houses continuously for ftro with pitchers, and in some car.es with only <sups, of water. To tho courage and devotion of the nurse*, Belgian and Eujjlish, and the Belgian women who had been working in the hospital, a tribute must b,; paid. They moved the wounded through the streets with the sheSa bursting about them and fimid burning houses. They moved tho urgent case* and the dying: to safety. Tlty carried iaeE upon 6iretchero and men v/j-thoui stretchers downbtairs aud upstairs. There were not enough doctors and assiste/nt, and some had fled. They held back the delirious, soothed the terrified, and dressed wound?, and they solaced tho dying-, all {n these crowded, foul-aired cellars. Iu ons cellar tho nurs6* disarmed a .doctor who had gone mad and threatened to shoot the wounded. In Miother building; they remained tw lend those whoro they could not, movo whUe the roof vras buni'ns* above; and to-day, iu tha Stafio d<!s Fetes or the Jardin Zoolog:que, where all the wounded havo bfren. taken, tho Belgians are back tending their wounded with uu'ih'ing devotion. Tho German flag flies ovsr the Cathedra!. Tho ere-at c'oek at tie summit of the tcivcr tells German time, ■which is one hour later than Belgian time, and all about the Belgian clocks have stopped. They givo the final emphasis to tho city's absolution, end sceia to mark Its last tragic hour of liberty."

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AFTER THE SIEGE, Issue 15678, 17 December 1914

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AFTER THE SIEGE Issue 15678, 17 December 1914

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