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BOASTFUL GERMANS

The following are extract? from an ,icooimt of a stay of nearly four weeks among Germans in Belgium, written by a neutral who was provided by Germans -with exceptional facilities, and published in the. London 'Daily Mail': "Tho Germans are making a house-to-hoiise canvass right through Belgium for all tho young men remaining. These are taken away to Germany to work on farms or to be drilled. The only newspaper in English procurable in Brussels was 'The Times-,' and that only at imminent risk. The Royal garage, attached to the Palace, is now filled with some of tho German Emperor's own motcre. bearing the Imperial erest, and sent t-o Brussels from the Royal Palace at Potsdam, on the special instructions of the Kaiser "On October 13 I Raw half a battalion come in after fighting around Antwerp. Out of 460 men, all, with the exception of About 30, were staggering along like drunken men, the officers striking them as they marched with their swords, and shouting at them 'Singen' (sing). I could hear the click of the officers' swords on the men's bayonets. All the men were singing different tunes. The Germans take great care of .their men. For instance, the Royal baths and baths which are run entirely by Germans are largely patronised by tho soldiers. I eaw tired men going in parties of 150 to have a Turkish bath and to swim beiov-e. proceeding to tho Botanical Gardens or tho Royal parks to sleep. As soon as the men ara in condition again they are sent back to the front, or, as they say, on their way to London. All the grounds of the Palace of Laeken, one of King Albert's Slimmer residences, are occupied by troops, but tho Palaca itself was occupied for three davs by officers. The officers would only dine at tho Palace. They always paid for their dinners when ordering, signing the bilis with a rubber stamp of King Albert which thev took from the King's desk. "A detachment of the Army Air Corps was quartered at my hotel. On Thursday evening, October 15, the General Staff entertained about 30 or 36 army airmen to a banquet. They had their coffee and liqueurs in the smoking room, where I was tho only civilian present. Here they spread out » large map of England, with an inset map of London. A major begau to deliver some remarks, illustrating what ha was saying with a pointer. Though they talked low at times, I distinctly heard them remark the location on the map of the Bank of England, Buckingham Palace, the War Office, and the Houses of Parliament. After the lecture a bottle of champagne was opened, and [presently the officers began to talk to mo. They declared that the next two weeks were to be the busiest weeks of their lives, for they wtr© leaving the next d:iy en route for London. "The treatment of English people by the Germans is pitiful. Anybody in a cafe suspected of being English is asked for his passport, and should he be English is sent off to Germany a prisoner. Tho General Staff issued special orders last weektransmitted, I was told, by the Imperial authorities in Berlin—that no more British soldiers were to be brought in as prisoners on penalty of forfeiting of leave for a. week and one month's pay. A German officer I met said to me as we parted : ' Unless, you go to England soon, I shall be there before you. All our arrangements are made. My address will be, on my first arrival, care of the Charing Cross Hotel. Don't fail to look me up, and I shall be as happy to give you the freedom of London as 1 have made you- free of Cologne*'"

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BOASTFUL GERMANS, Evening Star, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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BOASTFUL GERMANS Evening Star, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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