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A RUSSIAN'S. GREAT FEAT

Tho special correspondent of tho ' Busskoe iSlovo/.tho well-known publicist, Grigori Petroff, who signs his military articles with tho name. " Ousmovitch," sends to his-journal an account of the operations around the fortress of Ivangorod, to the south-east of Warsaw. The following are some extracts from his messages : At the •beginning of the war Colonel Schvarz, the well-known military engineer and hero of tho siege of Port Arthur, vas appointed commandant of the fortress. The Germans well knew tho character of their adversary, as Colonel Schvarz's book on tho siege of Port Arthur serves as a manual for the German military After their check at Ivangorod the Germans spread a report that among the prisoners thev captured were a hundred Japanese, and that they also took several pieces of heavy artillery. The fact is that the Germans did not capture a single gun during the ifighting around Ivangorod, and as for the Japanese, there was not ono in the neighborhood. The Russian artillery worked splendidly. On one occasion at night a battery approached within two miles of the German trenches, and succeeded in concealing itself very well. Thev could not, however, see the enemy. Then a, soldier, taking with him a, telephone attached to a wire on a reel, went for a distance of nearly two miles through the forest, and then, reaching the open country, dragged himself along the ground until he was within a hundred yards of tho enemy. In full view of the Germans he stood bolt upright, and _ the enemy, observing him in the, moonlight, and recognising "him as a Russian, fired at least 10 shots at him. He fell at the first shot, made a convulsive movement, and lay quite still. At that moment the Russian guns opened fire. Their aim was remarkably accurate; not a single shell missed. The terrible fire produced cries of horror in the German trenches. As a matter of fact, the bravo Russian was not dead, or even wounded, and all the time vas telephoning to his battery some two miles in the rear. Finally, the Germans were compelled to abandon their position. The hero of this exploit has been decorated villi the Cross of St. George.

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A RUSSIAN'S. GREAT FEAT, Issue 15692, 5 January 1915

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A RUSSIAN'S. GREAT FEAT Issue 15692, 5 January 1915

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