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VON KLUCK'S SUNDAY

1 .i:K.U)Y FOR PAJiJ.S. General Von Kluck spent a delightfully restful day at (Jouloinmiers on bunday, September 6. in contemplative preparation for the, promised entry into Paris on -Vioitriay. An hour or two before his arrival on the. Saturday evening- stall officers selected a hou.-.u for him. anil their first care, was to commandeer a horse and cart and maka the i o Hid of the place to collect every bottle of (hainpagne they could discover. The general's entry was preceded by a squad 01 mo to i- rycli.-.fs. who cried : '' Clear the streets for the general staff; let uo ontt show himself outdoors !" Behind them clattered innumerable Uhlans, and then came the general in his automohilo. lie looked about him curiously, and seemed amused at some of the quaint old shop.* and their Only the gardener's wit a was left in the bouse lie u~ed. On. learning that she had five <ons with the color; Yon. Kluck remarked: "I'll make a point of looking after thern when they become) Germans. You'll all be Germans, you know, inside a. week." The general felt so pleased with himself, find was so taken with the idea, of beinjr in Paris the next day. that he ordered out a regimental band, which played dance music, under hi* windows while the younger officers danced to if. •" We must get in good form for Paris,"' they said, " for the day after tomorrow at the latest we shall be dancing with the midineftes on tho boulevards.'* By order of the general the Mayor wa* sent for, and told to find change for 10 £SO note.?. .Ho was given half an hour to get the, money, and when he returned with £SOO he was fold that German notes wera at a premium, and the general wanted eft least £520. A little while- later orders were issued for oats and bran, and when the reply carno that there were none, m the place Von Klnck's good-humor' vaa» ished, and lie declared that the. town should be ransacked high and low; an* it was. The, soldiers went about the work, with tho agility of experts. They divided into shifts, and so that one parity mijtht not waste any time over a house or building that had already be«n stripped bare they would chalk up outside: " Nothing more worth taking here." The general's last order was for 20 more bottles of champagne, and with that he and his staff made themselves comfortable for the night. Then came the famous march to the southeast, and Yon Kluck had to make himself hapcy without his Paris,

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VON KLUCK'S SUNDAY, Issue 15692, 5 January 1915

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VON KLUCK'S SUNDAY Issue 15692, 5 January 1915

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