The Daily Mirror

Page 2 THE DAILY MIRROR September 14, 1914 r- TRAGEDIES OF WAR IN A HOSPITAL. Dying German Who Had Been Shot by His Own Officer. SUNS’ SILENT PRATERS. “BULLETS ALL ROUND ME. American Who Saw Battle from Tree Says British Are “ Just Great.” HOW UHLANS WKRK DOIKJKD. (From Our Special Correspondent.) A n t w e r p, Sept. 12.— I wish I could forget a certain little bit of the war which T saw a few <ays ago. Three of us had been trying to get to Ter- monde, and had reached a village beyond which we were not allowed to paas. The commandant received us in the village caf6 and, after discussing the impossibility of proceeding, told us they had some wounded German prisoners. One of the officers said, “ You may see our hospital if you like, but I warn you it is an ugly sight.” He was right It was not a nice, clean, orderly hospital, with .model cots and clean sheets, but a whitewashed village schoolroom and an adjoining farmyard, which had been con vert ed into an emergency hospital for those who were too badly wounded for removal to Antwerp. The kindly doctors and nuns were dt>ing their utmost under difficult circumstances. The first wreck of humanity was a German, who had just been brought in with only a rough field dressing. He had been shot in the head at close range by his own officer, pre­ sumably for cowardice. Too weak to be un­ dressed, he lay on a mattress in a shallow box BELGIAN CARDINAL IN LONDON. Cardinal Mercier. Archbishop of Malines, who has come to London, was present at St. Georpe's Cathedral yesterday. The picture shows him sprinkling noly water on the Bishop of South­ wark before entering the building. made of rough boards naiied together. One foot was bare and the other shod with a heavily- nailed boot. It was little the doctors could do for him; his time was ebbing away. In this yard there were altogether eight Ger­ mans, including an officer, and a number of Belgian soldiers and a sad old grey-bearded peasant, who had been too slow in getting away from the battle. DYIXG SOLDIER Needless to say, the enemy were treated with exactly the same attention as the Belgians, and one of them showed his apprciation by a faint smile of thanks when his bandage had been ad­ justed. The little schoolroom was full of bad cases. Just inside the door three nuns were standing round a bed. their lips moving in prayer and their rosaries faintly clicking. The dying soldier was a handsome young Bel­ gian of about twenty-two. While he lay dying another wmmded man tried to struggle from his bed and reach up to a crucifix hanging on the wall. The doctors hurried to him and gently laid him down again. As we left that village schoolroom our feelings were summed up by somebody, who said, " I f ever a man deserved the hate of the whole world that man is the Kaiser.” T. E. GRANT. GERMAN POSSESSION SEIZED. How the British flag was hoisted by an Aus­ tralian landing party in a German possession is told in the following message issued on Satur­ day by the Press Bureau:— The Secretary of the Admiralty announces that a telegram has been received from Re^r-Admiral Patey. com rrt tndin*? the Australian Squadron, an­ nouncing the occupation yesterday iFrid'y) of the town of Herbertnhohe, in the inland of New Pom- mern (I te Ne v Britain), the largest island in the Bismarck Archipelago. The British flag was hoisted without oppo­ sition. A nwal landing party under Commander J. A. H. Beresfcrrd. Australian. Navy, established them­ selves on shore without enemy’s knowledge; in proceeding to destroy the wireless station its pro- Cress wits stoutly opposed. Our c tsualtie^ are as follow :—Killed : Lieu­ tenant Commander Charles R. Elwell, R.N.; two seamen, Australian Naval Reserve. Wounded: Three. Two German officers and five non-commis­ sioned officers are prisoners, also thirty native poliee. A grim little story of the war was told to The Daily Mirror yesterday by Mr. A. de Young, an America!., who has just returned to London from the fighting area round Meaux. Mr. De Young, who was out seeing what he could see, suddenly came across thirty-eight British soldiers, who had become separated from their fellows and lost. “ They were composed of all sorts/’ he said. “ Queen’s Own, Grenadier Guards, Royal Field Artillery, Irishmen and Welshmen. They had been wandering about for a long time, and their plight was all the worse as seven of them were more or less badly wounded. I joined the party, and we nearly all came to an untimely end. I or suddenly we espied a party of about fifty Uhlans riding towards us. I ike lightning: some of us scrambled through the hed^e- ro.vH and hid ourselves in the Ion* growth in the fields. The tThJLina did not see us. Unfortunately some of the BritL.ii tried to cro*s the fields on the other side and the U h lan spotted them- Mr. De Young had another narrow escape when he saw the historic fighting at Meaux from a tree. He said :— I heard the booming of heavy guns close at hand, and a little later I saw Germans. As I d d not wish to add to- the li«t of casualties, J climbed up a tree with heavy foliage. . T had a splendid vie* of the subsequent flrhtin Some of the Germ ?n trnnpa passed within * 2 0 1 1 yards of me* and the bullets were whistling all round me. Jud-dng by the fighting I did see, I take my hat off to the Brithdi troops. They are just srreat. They are the coolest tknftg that ever happened. 1 1 I have some pretty idea of the debt that France owes to them- -it’s a bigger debt than most people think. For things have happened, terrible things, which can only come out af;rr all the fighting is over. But, anyhow, the British soldier is just wonderful/’ SEW MOVE lev UNIONISTS Lord Lansdowne’s Bill to Postpone Contro­ versial Legis'ation. (By Our Parliamentary Correspondent-) A situation of considerable delicacy confronts the Government to-day, when an announcement concerning the Home Rule and Welsh Church Bills is to be made bv the Prime Minister. On the Unionist side of the Bou^e there is a strong feeling that all controversial legislation should be postponed till after the war, and this afternoon Lord Lansdowne will introduce a measure in the Upper Chamber to suspend pro* ceedings on such measures till hostilities are over. But the Government are determined to present both the Home Rule and Welsh Church Bills to his Majesty for royal assent before the session ends. Both measures have now been befqre the Lords for more than a month ber ore the end of the ses­ sion. and it is claimed that, the other requirements of the Parliament Act having been complied with, the meiaures only need the royal approval to be­ come the law of tne land. But while the Government will enforce their right to put these measures on the statute book before the prorogation, it is regarded as probable that short Amending Bills to each measure will be introduced immediately. A new Amending Bill will delay the operation of the Home Rule Bill to a certain specified date. A small Welsh C hurch Amendment Bill will postpone the operation of the disendowment pro­ posals till the end of the war. REST FROM RECRUITING. Enlistments Fewer During Week-End Owing to Farewell Visits. 32 FBOM FIVh FAMILIES. Although fairly steady, recruiting was quieter during the week end. Some of the officials arc getting breathing space after a time of extra­ ordinary pressure. One of them told The Daily Mirror that there were several causes to which the slight slacken­ ing could be attributed. The chief factor is that young fellows who are going to join drew their money on Friday night, had a good time on Saturday and 8i>eiit it, went to see their friends yesterday, and will roll up in thousands to-day. Another cause is the raising of the height standard of recruits for infantry of the line from 5ft. 3in. to 5ft. 6in., and the chest measurement to 35iin. The 60th Rifles and the King’s Royal Rifles can take another 4,500 men, and many Lon­ doners are being sent to their headquarters at W mehester. Hcrsham (Surrey) has enrolled 30C men out of a population of 3 J5 0 0 . Five groups of brothers, drawn from five families, contributed thirty-^two towards this total. 9 Recruits for the reserve regiment 1st County of Loudon Yeomanry (Middlesex Hussars) are wanted at once. Preference will be given to applicants who can ride and 3hoot and are will­ ing to serve abroad if required. Applications should be made in person to Officer Commanding Depot, 1st County of Lon­ don Yeomanry (Middlesex Hussars > , Duke of York’s Headquarters, Chelsea, S.W., between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. TO SAVE t’OOH HOMES. Mme. Clara Butt to G ve Concerts on Behalf ol Queen’s Fund for Women. Have you sent your donation to the Queen’s Work for Women Fund ? Money is flowing in—up till noon on Saturday the total sum received was £39,577—hut much more is needed to back up adequately her Majesty's splendid effort Amongst the subscriptions received during the week-end were the following :— The Duchess of Devonshire............ £100 Sir Francis Trippel (first contribution) 1 0 0 Mrs. W. Rierson Arbuthnot ........... 1 0 0 Women’s Soci * 1 and Politic 1 Union (half profits Dpera S*pt. 8). £75; Lady Fitzgerald. 150; Mrs. George of meeting held at the London Op^ra fiottse. Moaenthal. £50; A Sympathiser. £50. Mme. Clara Butt and her husband, Mr. Kcn- nerley Rumford, will give a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on October 10, the entire proceeds going to the Queen’s Fund. Mr. and Mrs. Ilurnford will have the assist­ ance of the Queen’s Hall Orchestra and the full chorus of the Royal Choral Society. Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Frederic Cowen and other eminent conductors will assist. In addition to this concert Mme. Butt and Mr. Rum ford, who are resting in Scotland, will give patriotic concerts in Aberdeen and Peterhead, devoting the proceeds to the funds. The Queen has sent a letter thanking them for their '* kind and generous proposal/' Subscriptions and donations to her Majesty's Work for Women Fund, however small the amounts may be, will be gratefully acknow­ ledged by Lady Roxburgh, acting hun. treasurer, Foley House, Portland-place, W. e/ All communications respecting the work of the Central Committee on Women's Employment must be addressed to the secretary, Wimbome House, Arlington street, W. Ca l a is ? B O U L O G N E # ST0HfR Ha*eorouek" XlGp& b LILLE: • M ontrvu*! •fruqes A 9 u ,OK,rt * .S , p p , O O UAI. ARRAS, "B R U O eS G H E N T a s / ’P *. ''•Ovdendrde jourtrai Graniroont* > \ < { °Tburnai #AL* --------^ TurnhouU ? ANTW ERP \ A L IN £ 5 • lO U V / U f ? 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SOFT EYES FLASH PRIDE. (From Our Special Correspondent.) Havre, Sept. 13.—Every wounded soldier in regarded as a hero in Havre. There is no mistaking the admiration that gleams in the eye of every woman and child who sees a wounded man. Their sad faces—for they probably have a loved one in the thick of the fight—suddenly light up as if by magic. Their look is one of pride and gratitude. Nor is this admiration confined to women, for men salute the wounded. It gives one quite a little thrill to see some elderly man come stiffly to the salute as a wounded soldier passes. This salute is a most gracious and expressive act—the delicate homage of one who is too old to fight to the soldier who has fallen fighting his country's foe. B RITISH T0!WWY,5 . ^ i ^ p aiSE. I saw a verv charming incident this evening— a French soldier saluted an English Tommy who limped painfully along. He had been left behind here in hospital. It was a delightful little incident, and the Er surprised as well as pleas* rp _ ^ _ Tne Englishman was wounded about two weeks ago, and was out to-day for a “ trial run," as he put it. When I asked him what struck him most forcibly about the Germans, he laughingly re­ plied, “ The bullet that hit my calf. ' Then he went on to say that the machine guns of the (Vnnans impressed him most. 4 4 Why, they just turned the tap on us,” he said. * * Those Germans know one thing, and that is the use of a Maxim gun. • 4 They seem to have thousands of them, and, after all, when one comes to think of it. what good are us chaps with rifles against all those Maxims, that just sweep around like a fire­ man’s hose? ** But, mind you/’ said the wounded soldier, f‘ we don’t sit ~&till. I expect if you asked a German about us he’d admit we were pietty useful with our little lot of guns. “ Oh, yes/’ concluded Tommy, “ we’re on a good egg, sure enough." HORACE GRANT. Engli ased. YVAK CHASE IN THE AIIL Famous Belgian Pilot Who Faces Shrapnel in Reconnoitring Enemy's Position. (From Our Special Correspondent) Antwerp, Sept. 7.—*'The Germans have sent many shrapnels at me, but they have never come near." It was in this matter-of-fact way that Belgium's most popular airman, Jean Olies- lagers, told me to-day of his dare-devil work as an air scout. Olieslagers, at the beginning of the war, volun­ teered for service, and since then there have been so many reports of his death and daring deeds that he cannot even take his coffee on a cafe terrace without a crowd quickly gathering “ What is it like to be an airman in war time?" he said. "W ell, before the war I did what you call ‘ the stunts,' but now the Germans with their shapnels give me the emotions with their ‘stunts/ Yes, it is fine." If an aeroplane is over a battle you may be very sure they are trying to shoot you; if over a bivouac, you can see because the soldiers always form into groups to fire, I suppose because a »er- gennt is sivin# them the ran^e. When it is shrapnel you can always see the burst of the shell and its little cloud of smoke. u What are your sensations,’* I asked, “ when you know they are trying to kill you? " 4 1 Well/' replied the smiling airman, 4 4 I say, * Jean, my boy. that is for you; jnst 1 0 0 metres more, Jean/ and I bo a little higher/’ M. Jules Tych, another volunteer airman, told me how he was chased in the air yesterday by a German Taube aeroplane armed with a machine gun. He said :— It was over Termonde that we sighted each other, and he started after me, but I knew I safe because I could fly as fast n s he could, and it was only necessary to keep well in front and * 2 0 0 yards lower. I knew the construction of his aeroplane, and that as Ioni; as 1 kept in that position he could at me. and so come into range of our guns. “ But the German saw the danger and gave up the chase." THOS. E. GRANT. Wi»c\ THE WAR IS 0ER. n While the immediate war news of the day ab­ sorbs everybody, there is a general demand for a connected story of the world-changing events that are in progress. The sixpenny weekly parts of "The Great W ar" fill this want. They form an accurate history of the thrilling combat of the nations, written by an expert and illustrated by photo­ graphs direct from the various theatres of con­ flict. Intensely interesting to-day, this wonderful record of the titanic struggle will be in the days to come, 1 1 when the war is o'er," the standard history of happenings which can never be for­ gotten.
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