The Great War Part 206, July 27th 1918

that anew blow by Hindenburg will force the enemy to throw in all his remaining reserves which are now scattered over three sectors of the front in Prance. From the Italian front no further help is to be expected. “Frankfurter Ztitung." Britain and Her Colon ie s.—I twas purely superficial observation which permitted Germany to hope a t the beginning of the war that the Colonies would betray the Mother Country in the hour of danger. As is well known even the Boer rebellion collapsed miserably and was so insignificant that the English Government was able with a mag­nanimous gesture to pardon the leaders of the rebellion.'¦ Varwiirts In England up to the end of May 18,307 limbless men had been fitted or were in process of being fitted with artificial limbs and 12,855 were still unfitted. Of the latter number 4,321 are ready and waiting to be supplied. GENERAL MAUDE Story of Fatal Cup of Coffee in Bagdad Mr. Edward Wright in his chapter on the Mesopotamian campaign records briefly the fact that General Maude died in Bagdad after drinking out of a cholera-infected cup offered as an act of hospitality. In the Philadelphia “Saturday Evening Post ”Eleanor Franklin Egan tells the story in detail. She was the guest of General Maude who insisted heron being inoculated against cholera. An Army surgeon she says came within his needles and serum and not only I but his official household and everybody present had to take it. He would have none of it himself however in fact, his physician had tried in vain for many months to inoculato him. He would not permit it and his curiously unreasonable excuse was that no atman his age ever got cholera. Sir Stanley Maude was invited to a performance ”of “Hamlet given by Arabic children at a Jewish school in Bagdad. It was an occasion of ceremony representatives of a dozen ISastern races were present in their finest garments and the women were in bright silk robes unveiled. I twas the first time that high-class Bagdad women had ever been known to appear with uncovered faces and it was a subtle public acknowledgment of the trustworthiness of the British. That was what it was intended to be. “Under ”British rule said one man “our women need never be veiled.” A good half-hour was wasted in preliminary courtesies. One person after another came up anti greeted the general and there were numerous intro­ductions. The chief rabbi of the city a large black- bearded man in long silken robes and a white-and- gold turban took a seat on the other end of the little platform and assisted in the ceremonies while the headmaster atypical Bagdad Jew with a French education and old-fashioned French manners hovered about and displayed his pleasure in the occasion by much suave gesticulation and many smiles. Then they brought a small table and placed it before the Army commander and me on which were two cups a pot of coffee a bowl of sugar and a jug of milk. Before the recollection of th atone must pause to speculate and wonder. Yet one may speculate and wonder for all time. What can anyone ever possibly know ?As I write General Maude lies dead in a desert grave outside the Old North Gate and they are saying boldly and insistently in the bazaars to-night that he was murdered. He drank the coffee and he poured into it a large quantity of the cold raw milk. 1 drank the coffee, too but without milk. When it became certain that he could not live the doctors asked what he had taken that night and I told them. They had no suspicions a t the time and no thought of anything but the overwhelming disaster but they decided that that was where he probably got the infection. He had cholera in its most virulent Inform. a few days Sir Stanley Maude was dead. There were adds the writer frequent plots to assassinate the general and a day or two before she arrived in Bagdad a perfectly-arranged scheme had been uncovered by the secret service with the result that the schemers got into very serious difficulties and the guard surrounding the Army Commander was strengthened. There were always sentries posted outside his room. General Maude was oblivious of his own safety anywhere military object was to be gained. The Madsen Gun Trials of the Madsen gun took place on June 14th. The trials lasted six hours. Each member of the trials committee independently placed the guns submitted to their judgment in the following order of merit: (1) Lewis gun (2) light Hotchkiss gun (3) Madsen gun (4) heavy Hotchkiss gun (5) Berthier gun. There was a 200-rounds 1 test. Since the trial above referred to the company’s agent has been invited to manufacture a gun with a longer barrel which will be tested to see if the objections to the present gun can be overcome. The Madsen gun is the property of the Danish Rekyl Riffel Syndicate Copenhagen. I t is believed that the syndicate overtook the patents of M. Rexel who died some years ago. Historic Cartoons of the Great War CANCELLED. By Order of the Competent Military Authofity. {Reproduced from “Punch ”March 211917 by permission of the Proprietors.) THE ENEMY PRESS What the Hun is Saying About Us su“Re ming Business lateR ions/ —As soon as the nations now facing one another in arms are ready for peace they wiil very soon feel the necessity of entering once again into mutual business relation­ship. This process of reconstruction should be left to the businessmen of both sides who not­ withstanding all that has been destroyed can rebuild more easily than the political officials. “Hamburger Nachrichten.” B lite t ling Italy' sPar t.—The Italian Army, instead of striking strong blows as the Entente programme demands in order to work upon Austrias will for peace is on the defensive—a defensive moreover which has to be conducted with great activity and at the cost of great losses. This is totally contrary to the interest of the hard-pressed Western Powers therefor is no doubt Printed and published by the A glam a mated Pres sLim i ted The Fleetway House Farringdon Street London E.C. 4.^ T I Published by Gordon& Gotch in Australia and New Z ealand by The Central News Agency Ltd. in South Africa by the Standard Literature Co. 13/1 Old CourtHouse Street. Calcutta and the Imperial News Co. Toronto and M in ontreal Canada. 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