The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on May 6, 1918 · Page 7
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The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

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MONDAY, MAY 8, 1918. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNEU-SVILLE, PA. PAGE SEVEN. The Gbnf05ilns ··*- f- j -,j of a Gennadi Deserter Written by a Pnhsian Officer. Who Participated in the ing and Pillaging of Belgium Coryrij* h DdfOit ?H t*1U ' "Will jou sing, you pigs?" cr'eS an j officer and the pitiful-looking "pigs" i tried to obey this order. Fiilntly sound- j ed from (be ranks of the orertired men: M Deutschlantl, Deutschland Ueber-Alles. Ceber Alles In Dcr Welt." Despite their broken str?nsth. their tlreil feet, disgusted nntl resentful, ' these men sang their symphony of su- per-Germanism. Severe! comrades who like myself had watched this troon. pass, carae to CAPTURED OFFICERS AND CREW OF A GERMAN SUBMARINE IN UNITED STATES PRISON CAMP K), "Let tin go to the camp !*·£ tryto atoeft eo that we might for* - - w |- We were honpr *nd on tbe way i*w caught screral chickens. We i gte Una h*l*mr mad then laid down £fe tfce open aikl slept until four o'clock hjb Hw nwrolnf when we bad 1 to b« jflMdr to march. i OBT destinmtiaB on fhte day Before (be march started the j order was read : "SoMters, Ma majesty tbe emperor, BT supreme war lord, thanks the sol- i of the Fourth army and sends to bfc§ foil »ppr*dmtloo. Too hare our beloved Genoany from the of hostile hordes.' We will not tmtfl the last enemy lies OQ the and before the leaves Call from tbe tree* we shall re torn home victorious. Tb« enemy is in full retreat and the Almighty will bless our arms farther." . After this talk we KBTC three clieers, ·omethiDg which, had become routine for urn. And the a we resumed oar north. -W* DOW bad plenty of time and opportunity to dlseros the gratl- tvde expressed by the supreme war IwdL W» couM not mate out just what fatherland we had to defend so far In France. One of tbe soldier:; expressed tbe opinion that the Lord had blessed o«r arms, to which another replied: M A religious man repeating such silly ·entbaents is guilty of sacrilege, if he ·peaks seriously." Everywhere, on the march to Solp- pes. In the fields and in the ditches. lay dead soldiers, most of them with hWeows-looSInij open wounds. Tho-o- Mtnds of huge flies swarmed on the corpses, partly decomposed, and giving off a fearful stench. Aiaong these corpses, unsheltered under a blazing Ktm, were encamped wretched fugitives, because they were forbidden the use of the roads while the armies needed them, which, was practlcuTly atl the time. In the evening, after a long march, ·we reached tbe town of Suippe-s. Here onr captain, told ua we would find numerous frank- tlrcurs. We were ordered to, bivouac. Instead' or being assigned Quarters, and all £oir:g into tlie Tillage were obliged to take guns and 1 cartridges with them. After a brief rest we entered the village In search of food. Dead civilians lay In the middle of the streets. They were dtlxens of the village. We couid not learn the reason for their having been shot Tbe only answer to onr questions was a shrug of tbe shoulder. . Tne village Itself had not suffered to any noticeable degree us far as destruction of buildings was concerned, but never in the course of the war hud I seen a more complete Job oC plundering than hnd been done in Suippes. That we had to live and eat Is true, and as the Inhabitants and merchants had flown there was no opportunity to pay for onr necessities. Therefore we ; simply entered a store, put on stock- j ings, laundry, ami left the old things, j then went to another place, took whatever food looked good to us, nnd then proceeded to a wine cellar, there to seize as much as our hearts desired. The men of the ammunition column,, located in the village as well as the sanitary soldiers and cavalry by the hundreds, searched the h'oosesaud took whatever they liked best. The finest and hirgest business places In Suippes served n very large rural district surrounding and therefore were stocked up on almost everything. Within a short time these places had been cleaned oat The munition drivers and train columns carried away old pieces of silk, Indleii* dresses,, linens, shoes, dress goods and every other article imaginable, and stored them away in their ammunition cases. They tooU children's and women's shoes, and everything else they could lay their hands upon, although many of these articles had to be thrown away shortly afterward. Later, when the Geld oost was developed and cave rwraiar service, many of these things were sent home. A'large chocolate factory was robbed completely, and chocolate and candy in heaps were trampled In the ground. Empty houses were broken into and wrecked, wine cellars cleaned oat and windows smashed, Che latter being a special pastime of the cavnlryToen. A» we bad to pass the night In tSe open, we tried to find some quilts and entered a grocery store nod a market place. The store was partly demolished, but the apartment upstair? wat as yet intact with all the roonoslocked, It was evident that a woman's hand j had worked in this house, for every- j The captured .officers and crew of the German submarine U-HS arc snow a iust inside the first barbed-wire gate at Fort McPherson, where they "will held in tlie war prison cainp. * in thp open ''because It swarmed with frflnk-tlnnirs." Such were our Instruc- rolllng of gunfire continued to sTM'-v j coat t « n and shouted !ri my er.r: stronger. We did not know then t h a t a fight hod negtio which waf destined to beconio fatal to the Ocrman.s. . The first duy'a battle of the Marne hud begun! CHAPTER VI. At 12 o'clock-, roldnlpht. we were alnrmed aod half nn hour later were [ o n the march. The cool night air fe!: , brought up. ! good, and despite our weariness, · rcnrle rapid progress. Toward four o'clock In the morning we arrived at Cheppy. Ft had been completely'plun- dered. We halted here for a brief "Here we nre. Are you wounded? You had butter look. Perhaps yon are wounded and don't know it," 1 was ninong tbo.se of my comrades who had gotten through. Trembling all fiver, ] stopped and looked around. "Sit down nnd you will feel better," jjnfd one of the men. "We also have trembled." Pre.-W'Mt.'y some wounded were There were ntioat 48 men and a sergeant took command. Nothing more wns seen of our officers. We continued to advancc'anrt pnsed several German batteries. Many had suffered heavily In de*d and wounded. rest and watched prepornUona being j which lay around their gTins destroyed mode for the execution of two frac- by enemy fire. Other batteries still ti^ours. They were (TWO little farmers i manned were useless because no more who had supposedly couce«Ied H French machine gnn with its crew from the Germans. Tbe sentence was executed In Piich ft w»y that the people were shown who their real rulers now were. Tlie little town «f Togny, located ^idwny between Cnnlous-sur-Marue and Vitry-le-Francois, fared v DO better thun Cheppy. a fuct which we discovered whei: we entered there at nine o'clock. emraunltion could be gotten through. We paused to rest. Several artillerymen approached us, and a noncorn- mipsloned officer asked Them why they did not fire. "Becanso -wo b«vc used up all our aramnnition," was Ihe answer of one o£ the-fatvery racn. "is It Impossible to bring ammunition through this barritjie?" - "No," replied the artilleryman, "bn!: there is no more araoiunJUon. That Is Devastated Everything. We were now con K! durably nearer ' wliy we cannot j^et anv. At Kenfcha- the spot where the ffnns were roar- j teou we started llfce wild men after the enemy. Mnn an* beast died from the and retiring of wounded and tbe verse: a braid of heavenly roses In earthly life." (Schiller). Th owner apparently was a young bride, for In the wardrobe was a trousseau, tied with neat blue ribbons, carefully put away. All the wardrobe drawers In? open. Nothing was touched here. When we visited the same place the next morning, impelled by some impulse, we found everything In that bouse destroyed. Barbarians had jone through this home, and with bitter ruthlessness had devastated everything, with every evidence of having ntterly cast off the ethjcs and stand- j ards of cirlllzed races. The entire tronssean bad been tore from the drawers and thrown partly on the floor. Pictures, photographs, mirrors, everything was in pieces. The three of ns who had entered the room clenched oar flsts with Impotent wrath. We received orders to rerflaln In Sulppea until further notice and the The next doy we were obliged to march to Chulons-siir-Marne. This ; lino^ wher^4'''cnnK-^vitMn'^:rch"of was one nf tbe hsrdest days we ever ; hostUe firej ft tMT ifl r \^\\ O f shells tore bad. From the very beginning. a« we ; u p CTCr _ foot oC ~ rnl:m ]. Thousands began our Journey, the sun blaswd j of ^vscs o{ German soldiers imll- down npon ns. It Js nbout 85 kilome- \ cMed at w l m t onora -.ous cost the Garters from Suippes to Chalons-sur; m a n 5 had b n U B n t n n a!1 available re- Marne. This distance would not hnve j sorvea ^ Frencll dltl CVf * ry thing been so bod, despite (he beat; we h a d 1 . lhev ^^ to piwnt tlie Germans already made longer marches; hut the , f ; , th reserves !nto actlml j Knn.i*)* 1 .,! _ n n r * t ~n n, C » l n n n i . tf, m . » , l _ I " * * * * * * I benntifnl rond from Suippes to Chal- ant] increased the urtillery lire to un- worse wes evident from the many dead was halted, and permitted :o stretch , Two men had scarcely , . the line when a well-directed shot from They came In groat throng , its-weary limbs on tbe ground for a ; fl of a , C Q l j b c r bl)rst dlre( . t , v from the direction of Chalons-sur- j brief rest. And so ft crept a!on«r liku next day witnessed the return of many Marne. They found Instead of the a snnil. Only, Instead of having n snail's shell on Its back, there was a teactfen burden. Tht monotony of the mnrch wnfl peaceful homes they had left a wretched and deserted min. A furniture dealer returned to his store, as we stood In front of his house. He broke ; broken .when we reached the down when he viewed the remains oC i mous c^rnp at Chalons. This his enterprise.. Everything had been of the "largest of the French taken away. We approached the man. He was a Jew and spoke German. When he called down a little he told ns tbat his store had contained merchandise worth more than 8.000 francs. "Had the soldiers only taken what they needed for themselves," he said, "I would be satisfied, for I did not expect anything else. But I never would have believed of the Germans that they would have destroyed everything." Not even a cnp and saucer were left In this man's house. He had a wife and'five children, but bad no Idea of what' hnd become of them. And there were'many more lite him. camps, tance. We saw Chalons from the dls- As we* halted about an hour later outside the city In an orchard, without n single exception every mun fell to the ground exbansted. The flelri kitchens were soon brought up, hut (he men were too tired to cat. \Ve did eat later nnri then wanted to go to town to purchase some articles, particularly tobacco, which we m'.ssed most. " No* body was allowed to leave camp. We were told that entering the city was strictly forbidden. Chnlona hnd pnlri a war contribution nnd therefore no one was permitted In the city, We heard the dnll sounds of the i- into the trap set for us by the French. Before the I'rM umiounltion nnd other relief supplies reach us we wli; all be kilted." Up to this (ime we hnd trusted hllncHy in the I n v i n c i b l e strategy of our grent gcnont! staff. Now It vrns brought home 10 us on n i l sides that the French were tighting at home, close to their greatest source of supply, and had excellent niilroad connections at their disposal. Further t h a n t h a t the French m n i n t u l n e d n terrible urtlllery (Ire from guns of ffir greater caliber than we believed they owned. This led . ,.. We .saw hundreds of j U * t0 t h c conclusion that they were oc- a l o n f i ! shells CTplodlng every minute. We TMPy'«S Potions which had been pre:were ordered to run the gnuptlet of narrd for a long time. Jet we believed strict- i this lie i| m single file " that t l l p P l c t u r e Pnlnccd by the nnll- i l e r v m a n had been too black. We were ; soon to know better. we approuched tho enemy's js, \ve were met wHh a heavy u t i i c ' i i n o pin fire, and In double-^iilck stop hurried to the temporary protection of hastily thrown-np dugouts. A hard rain hnd set in. The field iirniind us wns i-ovcrpd irlth rieiul a n f i wo'und- pl. Bvpn our trench was filled with wounded, which njade Its occiipatlou by the defenders {ilfilcult, Mnny of tViC woiiniied men were paralyzed from lying ou the pi!my ground. All were w i t h o u t h:tndng?s. They begged for broml nntl water, but \vo hnd none for mn-seives. They pleaded piteous!?, just for n Kemp of bread. Many of them bad In'm In this Inferno f o r two days, w i t h o u t h a v i n g en ten a n y t h i n g whatever. ons goes with unending monotony with-i h e a r u . o f T!olcnce lt S(Jttincd Impos . out so much as n curve or a bend to j sib , e f u r as to bo ubk . fo b r c n k tnPOHsl , the right or left As f n r as we could ' see It stretched before us like white snake. Many soldiers frilntpd or wer* en with sunstroke. They were picked , Lying prone l]pon t n e Kroutl(li we np by the Innrraary columns w f t l n h f o l - I Baw how the first of our tnen at- lowed. That the troops who had trav- i tcmpted to pl(ss _ Tht}y nirii l i n m | n d f u l i As ersed this road before us hnd fared j * of t!ie shells bursting a r o u n d them, like m a d m e n ; others were buried under Germans who lay afon R the road. The g r o u n d thrown u p hy commander feared that he could not j erp | OS j Tcai or torn Dy shr(1 puel or K renpei: the mschlne In motion apntn tf It nt i.ielr feet. When the smok cleared, there was no trace of the men. You can f r n n g i n e tho feelings of those who lay on the ground not 100 enor , ' feet away witnessing this spectacle, 3 " one ! and waiting their turn. army I An officer crlrd: "Next r\ It was '.my turn. As If aroused from a nightmare. J .sprang up, my gun in my right hand, sidearm In my left, and ran ahead. 1 dodged two shells Just us they burst nnd rnn close to several others, bursting the same instant. A n u m b e r of times I sprang back, then ahead again, r u n n i n g to and t'ro like a m a d m a n , seeking a loophole. But everywhere there was Iron and fire, I ran like a hunted animal seeking a way to puss to save myself, with a hell In The following night, remaining !n j cunnon In the distance and suspected Snlppes, we were'agaln obliged to camp j that our rest would be brief. The TO BE CONTINUED. Toil have got to clean and clear tbe bowels thoroly to bave good health after mor.tbs of indoor l i f e ; you would do so now If you could see them, as you do yonr face or hands. Hollis- ( ter's Rocky Mountain Tea cleans and front of me, and tin officer's revolver j clears as no thing else. Siart tonight, nlwnys ready behind. · | Conncllsvlllc D r u g Co.--Adv. Throwing c a u t i o n to the winds. prepared to meet clenth and the devil himself. I nt last rim b l i n d l y abend; rnn, rnn, rnn, u n t i l someone seized my Try Our ClnasslfleA Ads. 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