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BELGIAN REFUGEES IN YORKSHIRE.

A Keighley (Yorkshire) resident writes ; —“ Wo have two batches of Belgian refugees (110 in all) in Keighley; poor things, it- was so pitiful to see them come in with their bits of luggage. Many e.bilclrcu and one tiny baby, six weeks old, wore among litem' Wc have had houses fitted up so that families and friends could live, together, and quite a. nice sum has already been collected for their maintenance. Boxes arc put on the floors of tin; grocery stores in town no that anyone may put in anything they like whilst shopping : quite a Jot of provisions are got that way. Wo have gathered np all sorts of things, and throe hoy scouts with a hand cart do the carrying for ns. The .great difficulty in dealing- with the Belgians is that of language ; one feels so foolish, being unable to converse. Some are very nice people, and can speak a few words of English : others are hopeless in the matter. Mrs is acting ns interpreter. You asked whether 1 'thought the rumors of German atrocities had any foundation in fact, and 1 didn’t reply when I wrote last, only knowing than what was in the papers, and one cannot rely on these, reports. Since, however, f have heard from Mrs (the interpreter 'mentioned above) what onr Belgian refugees say about it. They not only confirm what tire papers say, but Further that all that has been said is white compared with, the blackness of the deeds they have witnessed. The German conduct was unspeakably bad, and the story of their deeds absolutely unprintable ’’ BAYONETS AND BAGPIPES. A very interesting account of recent fighting near La Bnssec has been furnished by a French otlicer accompanying the allied forces. " At all costs it was necessary to create a diversion in order to give our gunners a chance of crossing the zone of fire,’’ lie tish forces claimed for his troops the honor nf leading the attack. Then we saw th,e Scotsmen advance from onr left wing. \\ ithoiit a moment's hesitation they plunged into the hail of shell. Without, suffering great losses they approached nearer and nearer to the great guns. They stopped an instant to fix bayonets, and then they charged to the sound of their beloved bagpipes. They charged like Sir Walter Scott’s heroes, with their glengarries and dancers’ skirts. Neither ditches nor barbed wire, stopped these won- I dorfnl warriors. Their dash carried them right np to the gnus, striking down the frightened artillerymen. It was the work of seconds only to remove the breechblocks, and thus put the. huge field pieces out of action. The whole affair fasted only 10 minutes.” GERMAN JUSTICE. Punishment for cowardice in the German army at the. time of the Thirty Years’ War was so severe as to be ferocious. In the year .1642 the Swedish General Torstenssou stormed Leipzig. A force under the command of the Grand Duke Leopold gave him battle before the gales of the city, hut during tho engagement the. Madlonischc Regiment became suddenly panic-stricken, and lied. Punishment immediately followed. When the regiment had again assembled six other regiments surrounded it, and tried it by court martial in the open field. The verdict was that the colonel and the captains should die by the sword, and that every tenth, man among the noncommissioned oriiccrs and men should be banged. The stern verdict was carried out to tho letter, except that at the request of Leopold the men were shot, instead of 'hanged. Colonel George. Madlonische was beheaded, after he had sought in vain for a- pardon. The survivors were consigned to quarters with other commands, and the regiment never regained I its name or former prestige. In those days there was no alternative but to be brave. Cowardice meant either death or everlasting disgrace.

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BELGIAN REFUGEES IN YORKSHIRE., Issue 15692, 5 January 1915

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BELGIAN REFUGEES IN YORKSHIRE. Issue 15692, 5 January 1915

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