3450 UNIVERSAL HISTORY-THE MODERN WORLD.
description of the retribution inflicted, on
the night of September I, on a Belgian
village near Blemont:
"The inhabitants fled through the village. It was horrible. Blood was plastered on all the houses, and as for the faces
of the dead, they were hideous. They
were all buried at once, to the number of
sixty. Among them many old men and
women, and one woman about to be delivered. It was a ghastly sight. There
were three children who had huddled close
to one another and had died together.
The altar and the ceiling of the church
had fallen in. They also had been telephoning to the enemy. And this morning, September 2d, all the survivors were
driven out, and I saw four little boys
carrying on two poles a child five or six
"All this was horrible to see. A blow
for a blow. Thunder for thunder. Everything was pillaged. The poultry and
everything else were killed. There was
a mother with her two little ones; one
had a large wound in the head and had
lost an eye."
Captured diaries contained descriptions
of many such horrible scenes but space
will permit the insertion of only a few.
The following is an excerpt from the
diary of Reservist Schlauter of the 4th
regiment of field-artillery of the Guard
describing an incident which occurred on
"Three hundred of the inhabitants of
the town were shot and those who survived the volley were requisitioned as
gravediggers. You should have seen the
women at this moment! But you can't
do otherwise. During our march on Wilot
things went better. The inhabitants who
wished to leave could do so and go where
they liked, but anyone who fired was shot.