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THROUGH GERMAN EYES

» The following letter, written by a subject (if the Kaiiier in (krmany. to an Kng-Jis-h friend in Lyndon, is interesting as ;d>owiug lu.w the '.vnr presents itself from the (lorman pi.im of view:— " You may be wondering to ion a Wtoifrom mo in there times, l.ut ! think ihi-» \rry deplorable war j-hali not <lijninislt tiic feelings, of friendship that have united n> iny tin 1 past year. Vou will !>•• viit happy (o haw with you now. Ur ha.s horn cruelly wounded hy a shot through the motitli and shoulder. But he is iei yvi'i ing. i am employing myself under the Hcii I'ros.-. In a few dayc we i-hall no to join our ylorio-j;; army. I fool myself obliged to tell yon 1 lie (ruth about this war. its onuses, ami the way it is led wre. To-dav our wondeifui and bra.ve army is rialitlng under the wall,, of Paris. The' French. P.elgian. ;uid soldier? have been beaten wherever they have met the (iern:a::s in a groat bailie. In the (■■a.-; the Russian attack is broken down : I wo of their armies are defeated : thev lost mote than 800 eannou au<! about 150.0C0 captives. In Austria the enormous Pussi;';, forces are partly driven back: at Pembero they are attacked siiocessi'niiy. This war. it is evident by official doeii-

I ments. was pawned by Ensrland. France, ! Russia. and Beltrinm years before. In ! the French oasth* of .Ma.nheuge (now I taken! there has hcen found a stock of ammunition for the Knulisit Expedition i Armv. I think that is sufficient to prow | that,' this war ha* Iwen prepared by our ; enemies. Hint they intended to destroy iCermany by a Midden and unexpected sit- : t.iek. Russian captive* have confessed that, 'already in .June and July the Russian forces were and prcparin-::'. During the o\eitiv.u' days befoie 'lie de- : claration <>( w;ii'. v, h-.'ii our .j lot-ion* an<i : beloved Fmperor ami Ids < on-eminent. (I'd ! trv by nli mranc to stop tb" imminent I well a.s by Sir Fdward <;rey. I!y in- '; Belgium only did prevent the French from doing- 1 h-e same and al- : tackinjr our Rhine nrovine ■. Weeks be- '. fore French officers wore in IP-lidum to | instruct the soldier*. And what about 'war against Germany to defend lb-.' nen- '. tratity <i!' Bebjiinn. This • neu; i-;:ii: y ' i was broken by the French earlier than ! liy the Cermaus. Th's war between the ; two Germanic ' lirot!|f-r< ' is "!■.'• of tile i most fatal accidents that evrr happen -d 1 For voars we tried in keeji peace and i frienoship with Knelnnd. I.iu >,,- Kdw.oal i Grey did deceive us. and even started the Japanese C/ join tiie _ircai attack upon

: Germany. How- is iPii ■=. war kd ! The i Belgian and i'Vii -h Governments hav* ! aimed the oitizei o . who. like savages, 1 k-11 our .soldiers \iy shooting behind \lk j door? and from vi ndows and attic?, (if i course, we must d| -fend ourselves such r r lie i ties by ;i II means. Great quantities of dmvduni in-oieetiles hav<? been ! found with French and Knjlish soldiers. : A few days ;:-.t:o <r ir F.mneror did protest Pi a Noli' to President Wilson ataiii«t i such a i-riiTT "i» humanity. Kven the i Tied Cross i; Rot .'irspyeted. TltOie | pa.pers that t'e'J u- of the erurlii.-.s of th" German sole, ae.- are ahstfitilelv wroi;u. i The oilier .lay I read n nub beat ion of ; Ajnerico: hni rn::!t sis. who stated that ike ! disi ipliue of t']<; German sold'?'-* i? r \ cedent. In the hospbal at 1 )ip<4vre. ',:'■ wounded Firr? eli.and Flit-dish cnirliers ha<" th"ir meals 1030.?. her w.ith our v.v-und'-d men. They arc truly thankful for ih ■ told me. T write a. 7 ! this because the ■ are ilece:v ; { ,'hiimiKii u: iuf'V-. 'Pitue sital! prove tliat 1 tbf.-e. n.y vsoi-d--. -,!•,> true: that victorx at las: will b- w.ith the 1 eend to you mv kimb-st rej;;irds, and , hope there v.-j.i, b-> a time when we ran j f\- us aitain iriihont any hatred ;'i:d su.-h | liitlar feehn:-s as ir.niio! be Mtpprcsscfl : now."

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THROUGH GERMAN EYES, Issue 15705, 20 January 1915

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THROUGH GERMAN EYES Issue 15705, 20 January 1915

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