The Bend bulletin. (Bend, Or.) 1903-1931, September 25, 1918, WEEKLY EDITION, Page PAGE 6, Image 6

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The Confessions
qf a Gcrma1r
.Written ty a Prussian Officer -r
flWio Participated in the RavafiV
$ig andPiltaging of Belgium,
CrrtU b rwroa ft vu
I must confess that most of us be
lieved in this nt the time, thnt wo
would soon be tn Paris. Other bodies
of troops arrived from all sides. Wo
had marched several hours when news
came to us that Vltry had been re
taken by the French and that they had
Fclxed n tremendous amount of mili
tary stores, captured the hospitals, to
gether with their medical units and pa
tients, and that the sanitary compa
Dies also had been made prisoners. At
about two o'clock In the afternoon we
arrived at the heights which had been
pointed out to us early In the march
by our captain.
We now began to understand that
something had gone wrong. Streets
were filled with troops from all
branches of service, trying to use the
road along which we were marching.
Being outnumbered, we were crowded
backward. Empty munition columns
raced by us In no order whatever.
They were followed by canteen and
other supply wagons. The greatest
confusion reigned everywhere. Every
minute added to the congestion until
finally there was a dead halt. The
drivers of some wagons left the road
and tried to pass around the congested
portions by traversing the fields, which
had been soaked by heavy rains. Sev
eral wagons turned over and others
became imbedded In the mud. The
horses were unhitched from these and
the wagons left behind. The wagoners
mounted these horses and drove on.
forgetting everything In one wild
panic-stricken race for safety.
An ofilcer rode up and handed an or
der to our captain. We were halted
at a field close to the road. There we
were permitted to stack our guns and
rest. As we lay nt this point we
watched the passing columns, field
kitchens, munition trains, sanitary col
umns and field postal wagons racing
by In one grand carnival of confusion.
Every wagon carried wounded men.
Their faces Indicated clearly what tor
tures they were endurfng as tEey were
bumped along over the unspeakable
roads upon heavy trucks. SUH Jjiey
were anxious To go ahead at whatever
cost. TJjejr fcarec the fate which
poUld befall them should they fall Into
(he hands of their merciless enemy,
which would show them the same con
sideration which they themselves bad
offered in previous encounters, In
which they took no French wounded
men prisoners.
V Evening come on and with It tor
rential rain. We lay In the fields,
weary and chilled through, yet no one
of our unit moved, for we were ut
terly overcome by exhaustion. Artil
lery detachments now began to arrive,
but few of them bad their required
number of six guns. Many had only
three, others two, and a few proceeded
with only one fleldplece. At one time
a whole row of about fifty gun car
riages passed without any guns mount
ed upon them whatever. These bat
teries had managed to save their
horses, but were compelled to nbnndon
their guns to the French. Some car
riages were drawn by only two to four
horses Instead of the required six.
There now passed before us some
fifteen magnificent automobiles, the np
pearanco of which won the admiration
of everybody.
"All," exclaimed mnny of the sol
diers, "the general staff Duke Al
brecht of Wurtemberg and his friends."
Discontent and murmurs of rebel
lion went through our ranks. Every
body was mad and the accursed tor
rential rain had no tendency to lighten
our spirits. "They have directed the
slaughter of thousands and now they
motor away," said one man, while we
lay here in a morass in the rain. "We
are not considered."
What we wero to be assigned to do
had not yet been told us. We were left
lying In our swump until ten o'clock
thnt night. The troops continued to
flow back in great disorganized con
tingents. Muchlne gun companies
passed with emnty wagons, having lost
We will give you value for
your money in what can be
procured in the markets and
we adhere strictly to all
Food Administration Rules
Baker9 s Grocery
'lliAailJJ J-"j
Heir UlUW. iiiG tliuiuh-rlug ot tlie
cannon gradually camo nearer from tlio
west. The noise along the highways
became greater and a panic spread,
adding to tho horrors of the night. Fu
gitive wandered around In the dark
ness through the streaming rain, trying
to lead their wives and children to
safety, only to find death under the
wheels of the wagons. The wounded
wero also mangled by scores; piteous
cries for help wero heard everywhere.
Under the strain of the traffic tho
roads became badly broken up and all
along their sides abandoned vehicles of
every description lay.
"Wo started forward at about three
o'clock In the morning and soon we
were with the rear guard. Infantry
regiments, now merely fragments of
their former strength, arrived In n
fearful condition. Tho soldiers had
thrown away their knapsacks nnd ev
ery unnecessary article which might
be an Impediment to speed.
Before long the first enemy shrnp
nol burst over our heads, which re
sulted In an even faster marching.
The road used during the first march
contained deep shell holes, which wero
filled with water. In tho heavy dark
ness men fell Into these water holes.
Thoroughly drenched, we continued
our march. No attention was paid to
obstacles tn the way ovci which we
were constantly stumbling. Speed was
tho only aim. Dead men and horses
lay In the middle of the road, but no
one took pains to remove them.
At dawn we arrived at a little vil
lage, where we halted. We took pos
session and established as strong a
temporary defense as possible In the
time permitted. Our position wns es
tablished behind a cemetery wnll. New
troops continued to arrive, but all were
badly dlsorganlxed. Cavalry, mounted
artillery and machine-gun detachments
followed. These had some sort of
formation and while there was some
disorder the panic, which character
ized the other units, was missing here.
They also showed evidences of having
suffered losses, but nothing In com
parison to ours.
The enemy's shelling to reduce our
position gradually grew stronger, but
without effect. Some houses caught
fire. Enemy cavalry patrols In strong
force appeared and disappeared again.
Everything became quiet. Within ten
minutes matters again became lively,
Enemy Cavalry Patrols.
ns Inrgo hostllo columns approached.
We retired, some distance without fir
ing a shot. The artillery took u posi
tion behind a village and began shell
ing tho upproachlng enemy. A cavalry
P'Urol pnllopp'l peroKM mi' nmn field.
hisnd nuiiMrriN, hknd .oiikgon,
tho horses covered" wltfi fun in. Wo
heard tho commnmler of tho patrol toll
n cavalry officer thnt tho enemy wero
nipronchliig from nil sides. Wo quick
ly left tho vitiligo. Tho nrtlllery ro
mnliied nnd tho cnvnlry detachments
occupied u position while tho cniuion
worn trained on tho enemy. Toward
noon shrapnel shells ugtiln liege"
bursting over our tieniK but they ex
ploded too high In tho nlr to do us any
itiuiingc. Yet this served ns n serious
reminder to us thnt thoenemy kept
right on our heels, n realization of
which mused our retreat to hecotno a
rout. Tho numbers who dropped ex
Imuited constantly Increased. It was
Impossible to render them uny nsMst
ntice, for thero were no more wagons.
Many soldiers uod their lint atom
of strength to .drug themselves to the
sldo of the road. Others fell where
they wero marching to be crushed soon
nfterwnnl under the horses' hoofs or
the wheels of tiny vehicle that might
pass. The road was strewn with
equipment thrown nway by tho sol
diers. Our detnehments had long since
cast aside ull unnecessary linpedl
mentn. In this way we proceeded until we
reached a forest which was filled wtth
fugitives. Many of theso had stretched
some sort of cloth from tree to tree
as n protection from tho rain. There
they lay, men, women and children
nnd old men. some tn unspeakable mis
ery. This fugitives' enmp was sprend
over the forests to tho edge of the
road and ns we passed we could see
tho furrows woven Into their faces by
the terrible sufTorlngs they had been
through. They looked nt us with weary
and saddened eyes. Tho children
begged for bread, 'but wo had none
for oursolves. even though wo were
tortured by hunger. Tho enemy's
shrapnel continued to accompany us.
Scarcely had we passed through the
forest when shrnpnel burst In It. As a
consequenco a camp of fugitives, now
exposed to trench fire, was abandoned
and Its numbers sought safety In the
open fields. Many tried to accompany
us uutll the order came forbidding
them tho road, as their advance hin
dered troop movements. The fugitives
therefore, were forced Into tho rain
soaked fields.
Toward evening we reached a vil
lage which had previously been sacked
and hero we found some rest. The
mayor and two citizens of this village
had been seized by the Germans nnd
taken nway under cavalry escort. Just
why this had been done we wero un
able t'o find out. We did know, how
ever, that almost every town was
obliged to give hostages. Most of tho
cattle were taken 'along and tnrgo
herds wero transported to tho rear by
Wo belonged to the ' rear gunrds,
which explained why we wero unnblo
to find anything to eat. There was ab
lolutely nothing to the vitiligo where
we were now quartered. After half
an hour with our hunger still unnp
peased we returned our mnrch. After
we hud marched about three kilome
ters wc arrived at a spot which had
formerly been a bivouac. Advancing
armies hnd camped here perhaps eight
days before. Dread, which had been
plentiful then, lay strown around on the
ground. In spite of Its water-soaked
condition It had been gathered up and
eaten with ravenous nppetltes. Noth
ing mattered how our stomachs were
filled If only our hunger might be ap
peased. Night now enme, yet no sleep nor
rest wns In sight. No ono knew how
much farther we would have to retire
before there would be a respite. The
unfamiliar surroundings Indicated to
us that we were not returning over the
rood which we hnd traversed when, ns
victors, we marched to tint Marne.
With this nnd similar thought, hour
after hour passed. Some of us ran
nlong, others actually walked In their
sleep. Our boots were filled with wa
ter, yet wo had to keep on. Thus the
night paused.
Tho next morning troops of the
mnln army were placed In tho rear
guard. They formed long columns
which they opened to let us pass
through, after which they closed
ranks. Wo gave n sigh of relief, for
wo wero at Inst freo of hostile artil
lery fire. After marching about five
moro hours, wo Joined a company of
Infantry which fortunately had saved
its field kitchen. It wus not qulto
dark when we reached tho village.
Here we wero billeted In order to
get as much rest ns possible. Dut we
nil knew thnt wo could rest only ns
long as the rear guard wus ablo to
keep bnck tho enemy. Wo were placed
In tho village school. Ilecnuso of the
shortage of provisions wo wero al
lowed to use our tinned supplies, but
nono of us had any left. This consist
ed of some meat and hardtack. It had
long Mnco been enton up nnd so wo
wero compelled to llo down with our
hunger still unsatisfied.
(To Do Continued.)
Men Called From
Deschutes County
to Report October 7
Paul Armstnig, Tumnlo,
Lavrlts I. Mlkkolson, Hond.
Elmor Leo Gist, Hond,
Harry W. Johnson, Hond.
Krnoat P. Dick, Ilond.
Ralph McClaln, Ilond.
Harvoy Dayton, Tumalo,
Harry M. Doltorlch, Tumalo
Wilbur Gardner, Bond.
tiiuiwday, hkpt. an, huh
Hero Is an American commander In Alsnco nccompunyliiR n French
general In his rovlow of a Yankee contingent billeted In a town whero tho
trench lino fri tho Vosgos bus Invadod territory under tho (Ionium flag
when tho wnr began.
Fourth Liberty Loan bonds will holp romovo tho llocho from Aliace
nnd Lorrnlno as woll ns from ravished
From Alox. Livingston of Mill
town, Montnnti, comes tho following
song, "Whon Wo l'tit an Irish
Kalsor in tho Palace- Ovor Thero,"
to bo sung to tho tuuo ot "Tho Wear
ing of tho Green":
When tho wnr la over, laddlo, Just
tako n tip from mo,
Thoro'll ha no Gorman submarines
n-dlvlng through tho sen.
For tho fatherland or Kalsor lllll, tho
guy wo'ro going to lick,
Will hnvo a brand now kaiser, and
tho snmn will bo n Mick.
We'll chnngo tho song, "Wo Wncht
Am Hhlno," Into an Irish reel,
And mako tho Germans danco It, if
so Inclined wo tool,
For tho pollen forcn in Ilorlln will
bo Micks from County Clnlro,
Whon wo put an Irish kalsor In tho
palaco over thoro.
Sure, In ovory Gorman parkwny you
will find n sweet Colleon,
And tho fields of waving sauerkraut
wo will plnnt with shamrock
No llverwurst or sauerkraut when
tho Gorman drinks his suds,
He will got corned beet nnd cabbtigo
and good old Irish spuds;
Tho heathen guns nnd gas bombs,
wo'll throw them nil nwuy,
And make thorn uso shlllalahs or
bricks of Irish clay,
Thoy'll vwcnr no Iron crosses,, sure,
'tis shamrocks they will wear,
When wo put an Irish kalsor in the
palaco ovor thero.
(From Monday's Daily.)
Gus Krlegsman and Axol M. John
son, tho two Swedish subjects who
Bovcrnl days ago mado application for
tho roturn of tholr first citizenship
papers to ovndo registration and en
tranco Into tho United Stntns army,
havo resigned tholr positions nt tho
Ilrooks-Scanlon plant and left the
city. Tho attitude of their fellow
workmen toward thorn Is wild to bo
responsible for tholr changu of resi
(From Tuesday's Dally )
Out of 34 questionnaires which
havo' boon roturncd to tho local draft
board, only 10 havo askod deferred
classification, nccordlng to m urn born
of the board this morning. This
represents but a very small number
of tho documents which havo been
sont out, and It Is expected that later
returns will show n greater porcont
ago In tho doforrcd classes. Two
thirds of tho questionnaires havo
boon sont out In tho roglHtrntlon,
whllo practically all of thoso In tho
class of ID to 3G havo boon mailed.
(From Tuesday's Dully,)
Control Oregon Shriller will moot
for a picnic on Sunday, Soptomhor
21), ucconllng to luvllatloiiH Just sunt
out. Tumnlo crook, Just below tho
brickyard road, will bo tho hcoiio of
tho affair.
Ono cent a word Is all a llttlo
Want Ad will cost you.
Aik y" "racrtit for CIIICHH3
Cold metallic boxes, sealed
Kibbon. Takb no otubr. 1
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77iii ij a reproducer of the ivm
dot potter to rvifci uibtcribtrt to the
Fourth Libert) Loan are entitled.
No AMERICAN Home thould
be tviiiutil it.
(From Tuesday's Dally.)
On business connected with tho
Kraxlng department of tint forest
sorvlco. mombors of tho Deschutes
national forest, IncludlnK N. (
Jacobson, supervisor, II. K. Vlncont
and others, left this mornliiR for tho
Fort Hock country. It Is expected
that thoy will return this uvenlnj;.
A Wnnmn's Ilrmiy Itrcommmdiitloii.
Worry and overwork cnuso kldnoy
troublo, nnd womun suffer equally
with men. Miss Sara Wostun, Hclvl
doro, III., writes: "I could not stoop
and whan down I had to crawl up by
a chair I was so Inmo I suffered
agony. Now I fuel llko a now per
son, stronger nnd bettor In ovory
wny. I heartily recommend Foley
Kldnoy IMIIs." Sold uverywhoro.
Adv. v
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-This Qugle Ouuiu-
Summon! all the foreei and reiourcct of the Republic to
the defcnie of freedom
which the United Sulci authentic have ranked one of the
fifteen tlutingulilied initltutioni of the country for excellence In
military training, h" rnponded to the call. Ilia Collc(je It
diitlnguiilicd not only for it military itutruciion, but
It itronit induitrlal couriei for men and for woment
In Aaikultuif. Comment, Knflnctimc, Voiuur
llama Kcoomnki, Mlolfi, I'Uimtcr, anJ
Vuciikiflil Kducation.
Itiwholtiome, purpoiefuUtudent life.
Ill democratic college spirit.
' Iti tuccenful graduate!.
Student! enrolled lait year, 34SJ5 on Iti icrvice flagi, 1158;
over forty percent repreientfng olficcr 1,
Coll. Bo orxna
Tor Ciltlof. nt- Illo.tuteJ Itootli I, "J other
Tile Ru9cii.Tractoh
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I Alll.Al, The Owl Pharmacy
in iihjii school ArniTOHir.u
(From Thursday's Dully,)
Tho llmid nlKht school, with four
Instructors, will coiiiiuonco Monday,
Hoptomhor lit). This was tho nn
iiuutiroiiiiiiil iiiailn by HtipnrliittiiiduuL
Monro this tiiiiruliiK following it most
succonsful nimitliiK wliloli wns hold
at tho lilgli school auditorium last
nlxlit, at which moro than 00 pooplo
littiirosted In tho nlKht school courso
woro prosaut, 3D sIkiiIiik thu registra
tion rolls to tako up tho work nt
that time.
Tho courso of study, ns previously
printed In Tho Ilullntln, will lie fol
lowed out. Mr. Mooro stntnd thlw
uiornliiK that ho hnd reason to ho
lluvo that tho registration might
oven bo doubled before the first
meeting night, and registration
books will bo kept open nt tho supor
Intendunt's office In tho high school
building for tho couvouloiico of thono
who wish to register.
Tho night school will bo conducted
threw nights each week from 7 un
til 0:15, tha meeting nights belnc
Monday, Wednesday mid Friday.
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