The Lexington Leader (Lexington, Okla.), Vol. 24, No. 4, Ed. 1 Friday, October 9, 1914 Page: 3 of 10
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LEXINGTON. OKLA.. LEADER
By EDWIN MARKHAM.
Author of "The Man With the Hoe" and Other Poem*.
Who are the ghosts in flight
Where siege guns spat their rage upon the nlghtT
What shapes are those that shiver in the moon
About the towers and banners of Verdun?
And what those cries at night on hill and tarn
Down the long ruined valley of the Marne? (
They are the ghoBts that cannot rest, that cry
Because there was no need to die.
And look, on the north still runs a line of fire
Where armies struggle In the battle-mire!
And yonder, see the crimson battle-rain
Upon the heights of Aisne!
And further still upon the clifTs of Oise
The streaming banners and the loud huzzahs.
And far upon the eaBt the marching masses
Are pouring through the wild Carpathian passes;
And the bright quiet flood
Of Vistula is red with brother's blood.
Peace, peace, O men, for ye are brothers all—
Ye In the trench and on the shattered wall.
Do ye not know ye came ,
Out of one Love and wear one sacred name?
Let there be no more battles; earth is old
With sorrows; let the weary banners fold.
And the grim cannons spewing death on men.
They, too, are weary and would sleep again.
And they have drunk enough, the battle blades-
Enough, God knows, are laid asleep with spade#.
Yes, there are ghosts enough hurled on ahead,
Choking the shadowy passes of the dead.
Peace, brothers; let the music of the loom
Help us a little to forget the doom.
Yes, let the busy whisper of the wheel
And the bright furrow of the happy keel,
Help to forget the rage of sword and flame,
And wrongs that are too terrible for name.
And let the grasses hurry to the graves
To cover them with ripple of green waves;
And where the fields ran reddest In wild hours.
Let Mercy hide them with a foam of flowers.
O brothers, lift a cry, a long world-cry
Sounding from sky to sky—
The cry of one great word,
Peace, peace, the world-will clamoring to be heard
A cry to break the ancient battle-plan,
To end it in the sacred name of Man!
SLAUGHTER OF 380 UIION FIGHT ALONE
Civilians of "famines Executed by Highlander With Maxim Routed
SINKING THE GERMAN CRUISER MAINZ
This photograph, taken from a British cruiser, shows the German cruiser Mainz sinking during the naval en-
gagement off Helgoland. Her two funnels and two of her masts had been shot away.
SCENE IN D1NANT AFTER ITS DESTRUCTION
Germans, Is Story.
Abbot of a Benedictine Monastery
Tells How Citizens Were Lined Up
Against a Wall and Shot.
By HARRY HANSEN.
War Correspondent of the Chicago
London.—When I was In Flushing
a remarkable story was told me of
the death of 380 leading citizens of
Tamines, a Belgian town near Namur
and Dinant. It was related to me by
Mgr. Columba Marmion, abbot of the
Benedictine monastery of Maredsous,
near Namur, who, disguised as a la-
borer, has just evaded the Germans
and was on his way to England.
"On the best of authority," said the
abbot, "1 know that the Germans killed
great numbers of civilians in families
because it was reported that they had
tired on the troops. The most amaz-
ing instances of wholesale execution
occurred at the bridge across the
River Sambre, where these men, who
were accused of bearing arms, were
placed against a brick wall in the
form of an angle. The commanding
officer demanded that all cry 'Hoch der
"The civilians obeyed hoping for
leniency. Then they were told to bend
over, whereupon many cried out for
mercy. The order to fire was given,
and all fell in a heap, the living with
the dead. The officer then ordered all
the living to rise. These expected
freedom, but no sooner did they stand
erect than a second order to fire was
"One man was not killed, and he
lay under the heaps of corpses. The
soldiers left the place, but he remained
lying there several hours longer. To-
ward dusk he extricated himself and
crawled toward the bridge. Finding
It guarded, he slid down the embank-
ment into the water, swam under the
bridge up the stream, and occasionally
dived to escape observation.
"Coming to a tree, he held himself
to the roots while soldiers walked up
and down the banks. He remained
there probably an hour until his body
became cold. It was necessary for
him to get out of the water, so he drew
himself up, but was observed by a sol-
dier, who poked among the roots of
the tree with his bayonet.
"The fugitive dived again and swam
feebly as long as hlB strength lasted.
Then he sought the bank again and
lay there exhausted. He was not dis-
covered, and finally crept away into a
thicket The next day he walked,
crawled and ran until he reached
friends and safety. •
"This story is vouched for also by
H. A. Poels, formerly a professor in
the Catholic university at Washing-
ton" . . .
Mgr. Marmion Is an Irishman, al-
though at the head of a Belgian mon-
astery. He wore a blue and white
laborer's shirt, open at the throat.
Careless of his attire, he was happy
over his escape, because of the dan-
gers he had passed through. He said
that a priest's life is not necessarily
eafe under the German occupation.
His first attempt to leave the German
lines was frustrated, but he finally
got through In an automobile with
Saved Bridge Over the Aisne and
Then Fell Dead With Thirty
Bullet Wounds In Body.
Paris —A gigantic Scotch Highlander
is the hero of one battle for the pos-
session of a bridge over the Aisne.
A German attack was not expected
at . this point and the Scotch detach-
ment of 150 men was meant to act
rather as a guard than as a force to
defend the bridge. Suddenly, however,
the Germans opened fire from the
woods around and a strong force out-
numbering out little detachment came
forward at a run toward the bridge.
The Highlanders opened fire at once,
and for a time held the enemy at bay,
but the numbers of Germans were so
great that the attacking force crept
constantly nearer, and under cover of
a heavy fire a dense column of troops
were seen advancing along the road
that led to the river.
Then one of the Highlanders Jumped
up from cover. The maxim gun be-
longing to the little force had ceased
its fire, for the whole of the crew had
been killed, and the gun stood there
on Its tripod silent amid a ring of
bodies. The Highlander ran forward
and under a storm of bullets seized
the maxim, swung It and Its tripod
on his back and carried it at a run
across the exposed bridge to the far
side facing the German attack.
The belt of the gun was still charged
and there, absolutely alone, the soldier
sat down in full view of the enemy
and opened a hail of bullets upon the
Under the tempest of Are, the col-
umn wavered, then broke, fleeing for
cover of the fields on either side of
the road, leaving scores of dead that
the maxim had mowed down.
A moment later the Highlander fell
dead beside his gun.
There In the open road he had
checked the advance upon the bridge
and re enforcements came doubling up
to the river bank In such numbers
that the Germans soon retired and
gave up the attempt to gain the bridge.
The Highlander had thirty bullet
wounds in his body when he was
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This Is Not the Way.
Wife (with magazine)—Here's an
article on "How to avoid war."
Hub—What does It Bay—remain sin-
Part of Dinant as it appeared after the Germans had shelled It. The building on the left was a large hotel and,
like all the other structures in the city, was destroyed. Near the bridge are seen some German soldiers fishing.
BRITISH HIGHLANDERS ON THE FIRING LINE
■ntMTTrg aa'rn- rfaKitimiBaasggaisams-' ■ itrr timw.vii
It was a very youthful class in jfhys-
"Why," asked the teacher, "Is It best
to eat soup first when one la very
The pupils stared at her blankly.
Then Jamie enlightened them from
the depths of his own experience.
"You can get It down faster," h«
Photograph taken during one of the battles in northern France, showing Highlanders on the firing line, the
enemy being concealed in the woods.
CATHEDRAL OF MONS IN RUINS
PROUD PRIVATE LANGE
One French Deserter—a Dog.
Paris.—A little deserter from the
front was found by a policeman, wan-
dering disheveled and enfeebled In one
of the boulevards. It was a long-
haired spaniel bearing on its collar the
name of its regiment, "the Twenty-
sixth Cyclist Chasseurs." The desert-
er was taken to the police station and,
pending investigation, was washed and
fed. It developed that the regiment
to which it belonged was usually sta-
tioned at Vlncennes, but had been
one of the first sent to the front. The
opinion was that the deserter, at the
first sound of firing, had turned and
Bare Legs Are Good Marks.
London.—Private P. Barry writes
home: "Most of the Highlanders are
hit in the legs. It Is because of tartan
trews and hose, which are more visi-
ble at a distance than any other part
Doctor Poels and several others who I of their dreBS. Bare calves also show
had passes for Holland. I up In sunlight."
The interior of the cathedral at Mons after the Germans had shelled and
nccnoied that city.
Private Lange of the Twelfth regi-
ment of the Belgian army holding the
order issued by King Albert conveying
to him the decoration of Chevalier of
the First Order of Leopold. This
honor was conferred for his wonder-
ful feat at Horstal, w here he captured j
the flag of the Ninetieth German In-
fantry, killing a colonel and 14 sol-
diers in the encounter.
"One blessing, at least, will come
to us from this dreadful war. We
shan't be Inundated with shocking
The speaker was a leading club-
woman. She resumed:
"At a club dinner the other evening
a man fashion writer—man fashion
writers are the best—said to me:
'A truce to these foreign modes!
They are caricatures.'
'Caricatures?' said I. 'Caricatures?
Yes, perhaps. But wouldn t It be morf
accurate to call them take-offs?'"
Do You Drink Itf
A minister's wife had quite a tus-
lie with coffee and her experience is
Interesting. She says:
"During the two years of my train-
ing as a nurse, while on night duty,
I became addicted to coffee drinking.
Between midnight and four in the
morning, when the patients were
asleep, there was little to do except
make the rounds, and It was quite
natural that I should want a hot cup
of toffee about that time. I could
keep awake better.
"After three of four years of cof-
fee drinking, I became a nervous wreck
and thought that I simply could not
live without my coffee. All this time
I was subject to frequent bilious at-
tacks, sometimes so severe as to
keep me In bed for several days.
"After being married, Husband
begged me to leave off coffee for he
feared that it had already hurt me
almost beyond repair, so I resolved to
make an efTort to release myself from
the hurtful habit.
"I began taking Postum, and for a
few days felt the languid, tired feel-
ing from the lack of the coffee drjjg.
but I liked the taste of Postum, aiid
that answered for the breakfast bev-
erage all right.
"Finally I began to feel clearer-
headed and had steadier nerves. Aft-
er a year's use of Postum I now feel
like a new woman—have not had any
bilious attacks since I left off coffee."
Name given by Postum Co., Battle
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Postum comes In two forms:
Regular Postum—must be well
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Instant Postum—Is a soluble pow-
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in a cup of hot water, and, with cream
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The cost per cup of both kinds 1
about the same.
"There's a Reason" for Postum.
T-sold by Grocers.
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