The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1918 · Page 7
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The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

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TtTESDAT, JULY 2. 1-J15. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNBLLSVILLB, PA. PAGE SEVEN. Albert ftDep EX-GUNNER AND CftlEF P MEMBE3. OF THE FOREIGN LEGION OF FRANCE CAPTAIN GUN TURRET, FRENCH BATTLESHIP WINNER OF THE CRO!X DE GUERRE At daybrert oar trencncs were ill pounded la and most of onr dn it* were flU«d up. Then Frits opened up with Ilia artillery fl»» right on m. We thoacht they were folzf to charge and we fljured the)' barrage would lift and we coold sec them come over. We received order* to stsad to with faed bayonets. Then tie man at the periscope shontnd. "They cornel" A lattery directly behind us went Into action first and then they all Joined In and Inside of five minute* about eljht hundred gnu were raising Cain with Fr'tz. Tlie Bodies were caufht square la No Man's Land and oar, rUtas and macnla* gnat simply mowed them down. Many of them cam* h»lf w»» across, then dropped tietr guns axid*rau for onr tranches to give themselves up. They could oat h»T» c*t Mek to their own trenches. II wu a shame to wmste a shell on tkc**- poor flah. If tliey hud been eiv- ·*M tk» law would prevent yon,from hlttlor them--yon know the kind. Tnrfy could hardly dree themselves alone. OMt III the way they look when yoo aave tot them.' Bat when they bare lot yon--kicks, calls, bayonet jobs-then It nothing they will not do to add to your misery. They seem to think that it boosts their own courage. VB artillery On like oun was great twf. Hot the gnansra, bat It was not ancs fun for Trlts or for ^ In the trebles. We got tnder cover almost a* much as Fritz aid held thumbs for the fanners to get through In a harry. Then the fire dl«l down and It was ao quiet It made you Jump. We taonrht our parapet was busted B{ a good deal, bat when we looked through the periscope we saw what nad happened to ErttJ 1 trenches and, believe me, they 'were practically rained. Out in No Man's Land It looked like Wodworth's flve-and-ttni ererywhere were gray mlforms, wltsrtlscnps and accoateraMota' that belonged to the Germans before oar artillery and machine fians got to them. Our stretcher b*arers were busy, carrying: the wonu d back to first-aid dressing station, for, of worse, we had ·offered too. From then- the blesses were shipped to the clearing station. The dead lay IB the trenches all day and at nljSt they were carried out by working parties to "SI IE park," as I called If A man with anything on his mind ought not to go to the front-line trenches. He will be crazy Inside of a month. The best way Is not to care whether It rains or snows: there are plenty of important things to worry about CHAP*TER VIII. On Runner Bervlca. One night a man named Bartel and I were detailed for rnnner tervice and were Instructed to go to Dlxxnnde and deliver certain dispatches to a man whom I will call the burgomaster and report to the branch stuff headquarters that had Been secretly located In another part of town. We were to travel in an automobile ~nd keep a ·harp watch as we went, for Dlxmnde was being contested hotly at that time and German patrols were in the neighborhood. No one knew exactly where they would break out next. So we started out from the third- line trenches, but veiy shortly one of oor outposts stopped us. Bartel carried the dispatches and drove the car too, so It was np to me to explain things to the sentries. They were convinced after a bit of arguing. Just as we were leaving a message came over the phone from onr commander, telling them to hold us when we came. It was lucky they stopped tis, for,oth- enri«e we would have been out of reach by tbe time mis message came. The commander told me, over the telephone, thut If a French flag flew orer tbe town the coast woald be clear; if a Belgian, that our forces were either in control or were abont to take over the place bat that Germans patrols were near. After this we started again. When we had paseed the last post we kept a sharp lookout for the nag on the'pole of the eKl flito market, for by tBJs we would gef onr bearings-and perhaps. If It should be a German flag, a time!? warning. But after we were down tic road a bit and had got clear we saw a Belgian flag whipping around In a good, strong breeze. Bet while that showed that onr troops or the British were about to take over Ings as best they could. On reaching oar objective we made straight for the Hotel de Ville, where we were admitted and after a short wait taken to tbe burgomaster. We questioned him as to news, for we had been Instructed to pick up any information, he might have as to conditions. But we did not get much, for be could not get abont because of the Germans, who bad made It a policy to terrorise the people of the town. · We had Just got into the car and were abont to start when the burgomaster himself came running oat. He ordered as to leave the car there and said be would direct us -vcne to go. He Insisted that we go«a foot, but I could not understand when he tried to explain why. We soon saw tbe probable reason for the burgomaster's refusal to ride in tbe car. All around for about a mile the roads were heavily mined and .small red flags on iron staves were Etuek between the cobblestones, ag warnings not to pat In much time around those places. Also there were notices stack np'all around warning people Tof the mines and forbidding heavy carts to pass. When we got off the road I breathed again I After a great deal of questioning we finally reached onr destination and made our report to the local commandant. We told htm all we could and In torn received Tarioos information from him. We were then taken over to the hotel. Here we read a few Paris newspapers, that were several weeks old, until about eight, when we had dinner, and a One dinner It was, too. After we bad eaten all we could, and wished for more room In the bold, we went out into the garden and yarned a while with some gendarmes, and thai went to bed. We" had a big room on the third floor front. W t - bad Just turned In, and were all set for a good night's rest, when there was an explosion of a different kind from any I had heard before, andVe aad the bed rocked about, like a canoe in the wake of a stern-wheeler. There were seven more explosions, and then they stopped, though we could bear the rattle of a ttachlne gun at some distance away. Bartel said it must be the forts, and after some argument I agreed with him. He said that the Germans must have tried an advance under cover of a bombardment, and that as soon as tbe forts got into action the Germans breezed. We wero not worried much, so we did not get out of bed. A few minutes later we beard footsteps on the roof, and then a woman in a window across the street, asking a gendarme whether It was safe to go back to bed. Then I got up and took a look Into the street. There w re a lot of people standing around talkjng, bat It was not Interesting enough to keep a tired man up, so into the hay. It seemed about the middle of tbe night when Bartel called me, but he said it was time to get out and get to work. We found he had made poor guess, for when we were half dressed be looked at his watch and it was only a quarter past seven, but we decided to stay up, since we were that far along, and then go down and cruise for a breakfast. When we got downstairs and found some of tbe hotel people It took them a long time to get it through our heads that there had been some real excitement during the night The explosions were those of bombs dropped by a Zeppelin, which had sailed over tbe dry. The first bomb had fallen less than two hundred yards from where we slept. No wonder the bed rucked'. It had struck a narrow three-story bouse around the corner from the hotel, and bad Mown It to bits. Ten people had been killed outright, and a 'number died later. The bomb tore a fine hole and hurled pieces of Itself several hundred yards. The street Itself was filled with rocks, and a number of houses were down, and others wreck- jed-'i Wb*n we got out Into the street and talked with some army men we found that even they were surprised by the force of the explosion. We learned tbat the Zepp bad sailed not more than five hundred feet above the town. Its motor had been stopped jnst before tbe first bomb was let go, and it had slid along perfectly silent and with all lights out. The purr that we had thought was machine guns, to the hotel. Then we started back to our lines. We were ordered to keep to the main road all the way backi or we would be shot on sight, and to report to headquarters immediately on j onr return. I thought if the sight of 1 me was so distasteful to anybody, I would not take the chance of offending, being anxious to be polite in such cases. So we stuck to tbe main road. Fritz did not give ns any trouble and we were back by five, with all hands out to greet ns when we hove in sight, and a regular prodigal son welcome on tap, for we were later than they had expected us, and they had made up their minds tnat some accident bad happened. While I was around Dtxmade, I saw mauy living men and women and children who had been mutilated by the Germans, but most of them were women and children. Almost every one of the mutilated men was too old for military service. The others had been killed, I guess. But the Belgians were not the only ones who had suffered from German knltnr. Many French wounded were tortured by the Huns, and we were constantly finding the mutilated bodies W» Were Constantly Finding the Mull- lated Bodies of Our Troops. of onr troops. It was thought that the Germans often mutilated a dead body as an example to the living. The Germans had tibsolutely no respect whatever for the Bed Cross. Fcr Instance, they captured a wagon loaded with forty-French wounded, and shot e^ery oue of tbun. I saw the dead ocidios. When the Germans cftme- to Dix- mude they got all the men and women and children and made them march before them with their bands in the air. Tl ose who did not were Knocked down. After a while some of them saw whit they were going to get and being £ _,nnie sports as I ever heard of, tried to fight They were finished! off at once, of course. The former burgomaster, had been shot and finished off with an ax, though he had not resisted, because he wanted to save the lives of bis citizens. Tuey told me of one case, In Dlx- /mude, where a man came out of his j house, trying to carry his father, a , man of eighty, to the square, where they were ordered to report. The old man could not raise his hands, so they dragged his son away from him, knocked the old man in the head witli an ax, and left him there to die. Thosu who were spared were made to dig tno graves for the others. There was a doctor there In Dlx- 1 mude, who certainly deserves a military cross If any man ever did. He was called from his house by tbe Germans at 5:30 one morning. He left his wife, who had littd a baby two dayii before. In the house. -He was taken to the square, lined op against a wall with three other big men of the town. Then he saw Ms wife and baby being carried to the square on a mattress by four Germans. He begged to be allowed to kiss bis wife good-by, and they granted him permission As he stepped away, there was a rattle and the other men went West. They shot him, too, but tboigh he was riddled uith bullets he lived, somehow, and begged the German officer to let him accompany his wife to the pilson where they were taking her. This was granted too, but on the nay, they heard the sound of firing. The soldiers yelled, "Die Franzosenl" and dropped the mattrebs and ran. But it was only some of their own butchers nt work. Doctor Laurent carried his wife and baby to an old aqueduct that was being rebuilt by the creek There they lived for three days and three nights, on the few herbs and the water that Doctor Laurent sneaked out and got at night. Doctor Laurent says that when the [ Germans killed and craclfled the civilians at Dixmude, they first robbed them of their watches, pocketbooks, rings and other things. 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Our Special Sale Price for the Rocker Pictured Here is only It's a beauty All overstuffed Deeply upholstered and covered in that luxuriously rich golden brown, imitation Spanish leather, so exceedingly fashionable and so universally admired Eitremely maasixe Comfort' You can't imagine antbmg more invitingly comfortable. It has it '1 spring back *7,ith side vrings, as well as great broad spring seat. In justice to yourself, and the attractiveness and up-to-dateness of your home, don't YOU let anything cause you to miss this sale. Remember you need only pay 50c a week. This is the easy way to get things lor your home. COMPARISON ALWAYS PROVE - "YOU'LL DO BETTER" AT CormellsviUe's Most Dependable Furniture Store.. after the eighth explosion, was the Belgians a f ;reelnfe on a German peace, starting of the motor, as the Zepp got while there la a Belgian alive to argue tac Jinnsn were aoont 10 tase over mt 0 , ^ of (he ^ mt t j tn t were be . about It. They will remember the Gerthe ptace It also Indicated tbat the , ta , tm ^ attacfc °- - , mans a long time, I think. But they German were somewhere near by. Which waa not eo cbMrfaJ. As we went through tbu suburbs along the canal which runs on the edge of the town we found that all the bomscB were battered np. We . tried to hall several heads that stuck themselves oat of the spaces between buildings and track themselves back Joat as qotckly, bat we could not get an oaawer. Finally we got nold of a man wao came oat from a little «a!e. He tot! ·· taat the Germans bad keifQ through tbe town and had shot It 'ip considerably, killing and wonnd- IUK a w Inhabitant}, but thnt shortly alterward a small force of Beldan cavalry had arrived and driven tbe Boche* out. The Germans were expected either to return or begin a bombardment at any moment and all the inhabitants who sported cellars were fading in them. The reft were trying to get out ot town with their belonir- The last bomb bad struck in a largi square. It tore, a hole In tbe coble- ctona pavement aooot thirty feel square and five feet deep. Every window on the square wad smashed. The fronts of the houses were riddled with rations sited boles. An the cracker* and china and mlrron in the boose were In fragments. Not much more than an boor before the Zepp came, we had been sitting In a room at tbe bouse of tbe local mill tary commandant, right under a big glass-dome skylight This boose was now a very pretty rain, and It was Just | as well that we left when we did. Ton could not even find a splinter of tbe big ronnd table. The next time I sit under a glass skylight In Dlxmnde, I want a lad with a live eye for Zeppelins on guard outside. Something abowt the branch headquarters rains made us think of breakfast, which we had forgotten, TO back need. not worry : there are a lot of us whd will not forget, either. 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