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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

months old.

"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

August 25th:

"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.