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"CULTURED" RAIDERS

Madame Mary King AVaddiiiL'ton. widow of the former French Ambassador to Kngini.d, hn.s jrivon U, the l'aris correspondent of tho ' Xew York Tribune ' the. following description of a. visit to her country house, near Maieiiil-siir-Onrcq. between Mcaux aiul tSoisson.-,-, recently o rupu'd by (ieljuni) oilicers : " Ambriss;..dor Iferrich ."rrniieed to send mo in autoinolnies. with my friends, Mr and Mas Tiffany : and a young American ollicer. Lieutenant Creble.'attached, to the Embassy. to->k commanil of th-si party and brought, a-.- siraicht. to our ga'.rs. After p;is:-injr over a icfdon of empty villages, bt'i-ned bouses, fields cut up. ami marks of fish Ii us on ail sidew, I found my gardener's wife and h-er son, a. hid of 17"yeare. The hoii'e outside was intact, but what devastation within! The Germans had strh-ii or spoiled ovcr.vLhinjj. They took all the linen, blankets, lamps, kitchen utensils, medal.-, arms, fixtures, old ,En»r-li.-di engravings, nutogi-apli ]i!iofographs of the late Queen Tictoiia and Queen Alexandra iii Their coronation robes, clothes, and liodv linen of my d,im.;hter-in law. Ail furniture was broken, with tho exception of a piano and u billiard table. Drawers were yiel'ed out ami emptied. A satin, diess of my daughter's, lacst-;, and gowns were all lorn and thrown on the floor. The bedding was in a filthy condition. The pillows end mattresses were cut and

ilashed. To think that, those savages, probably half drunk, slept in my beds! ] foe! as if the house were soiled and spoiled fo • ever. All the wines in the cellar ihey took. al-o an automobile, and th-ey completely smashed another. I'hey brought a van into the courtyard and' it with their loot, .varying away china, soilverirs, and ornaments. Tho floors were s-i.rewn with papei::. some of them my busbend's. The library was wreokwl. * The hooks had pages torn out, by the handful. The wn-nan had cleaned up a little, but. she left two rooms—a Charlotte boudoir and a Francis dressing room —just <*is she found titer.i. Tt was sickening. It seems that the oilicers slept in tho bouse, and the

men on straw in Iho trarttg-e. J told AL-.dan 13 G. to leave, the" wrecks, that, my son Francis might, see them if be comes home from the war. 1 had visits trdm the mayor am! two iviuuieipal councillors. The Germans had destroyed ev-eryt.hir.g whtireevcr ihey passed. The, poor little peasant homc : : wore ruthlessly broken to pieces. The. ji: tie of the French peasant is :>, large wooden bedstead, and all these were smashed. T found poor women standing helplessly. Their things were ruined. Always the same spiiit of wan!on destruction was shown, but no harm was done to the ciiiuvli. I tv.-k-: told that the honors went on. but T only deseribo what I saw with mv own eves."

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"CULTURED" RAIDERS, Issue 15696, 9 January 1915

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"CULTURED" RAIDERS Issue 15696, 9 January 1915

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