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CITY OF DEATH.

Terrible in its reali-m i- the story which Joscjih Sebastian I'tde/.ai. Arclibishop of Pr/.cnivid. had to tell of the stare in which he' left the beleaguered cits. Tin'-, narrative, w. hich lie told when in Milan on December T more than confirms the g;rim tidings of luij)peninu< at Pr;'.emv-,1 already told. '•Would to God.'' exclaimed the Archbishop, "my cathedral city niigdit he spared the horrois of invasion: but I feel I can hope no longer. Our '.tanison has resisted with heroic stubbornness, but the Russians outnumber them by two to one. " I got away on!v alter long, wearisome wanderings across Russian lines. The Muscovite.- had then aheady captured several of the outer ring forts, besides oilier important vantage ground, and had hemmed round lhe whole fortress in a circle oi steel. When f Cjtiified Pr/emv-1 indescribable de-olatioli reigned th'M-e. Mouse-, palaces, and public hiiihliin'.s v. eie reduced to a dusi heap. Do-pito :he

severe mriiMifi'v laken by iLo authorities, brigand hands prowled among lhe ruins and pilli-egod such <>l the civil population :ts -till remained. '".-\ never-ending procession of caravans traversed the streets, which were clirx'ki'nl of the v. minded and dying. The hospital-, were overcrowded, and the injured were laid in row.- in the churches. Famine stalked abroad in ugly mood, all tlm stores of victuals were exhausted, t loops and non-com-batants alike lacked the very necessaries <)f life. ;;||(! [lie pilllgS of hunger were fast intonsif ring the down hcirtedness ot the defend. •!■>." In eoni'lushm. the Archbishop staled that cholera and other epidemics were everywhere working fearful images, and that among the soldiers the rate of mortality haul risen to appalling proportions.

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CITY OF DEATH., Issue 15705, 20 January 1915

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CITY OF DEATH. Issue 15705, 20 January 1915

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