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THE Tho ConfcSSfdns of a Geriy Deserter Written by a Prussian Officer Who ramctpaitru m . try and Pillaging u. of Belgium GERMAN PIONEERS THROW j PONTOON BRIDGES THE MEUSE IN FACE OF MURDEROUS ACROSS FIRE Synopsis The author of these confessions, no ollleer In the pioneers' corps of the Ciurmun unuy, branch of the service correspond-luto the engineer' corps of the L'nltrJ States army, Is sent Into Belgium with the first German forces Invading that country. Ignorant of tlieir (lestlnutlon or of tlie reusons for their actions, the tier-ma- n soldiers cross the border and attack the Belgian soldiers defending their frontier. Civilians men, women and children are driven from their burning homes as the Zeppelins and giant guns of the Germans razed the strongest fortifications. The Germans sweep on across Belgium, slaying and burning under orders of their officers to show no mercy. Some German soldiers who tried to aid helpless refugees were rebuked by their offices, one of whom declared that such a thing as pity was Insanity. men were detailed to attend to the dead and wounded and we were faken The scene of the slaughter could out of this dunger cone. After we now be surveyed at leisure. Dead and marched about two kilometers up the wounded were strewn all around, and river, we were hnlted, and discovered over them clouds of smoke and flames that the corps bridge train was In made the nlr thick. But we were al- place. We were told thnt we would ready too hardened to feel much pity. get the bridge ready on lund. Sections Humanity wns thrown to the winds consisting of two pontoons each were and the cries and hewing of the firmly fastened together, equipped with anchors, everything else made ready wounded left everybody cold. Some Catholic sisters lay dead In and then put in the water. The locafront of their convent. The only build- tion for the bridge was Indicated to ing that was spared In Ponehcry was us and we rode with all our mighty French down to the bridge position. The the armory of the Twenty-thirdid not see through these tactics dragoons. There wns not much time In which and did not Interfere, so thnt all the to do anything, for at seven o'clock parts reached the position In a very the French began to hurl shells Into short time, where they were fastened In less than twenty minthe village. We fortified ourselves be- together. hind a thick garden wall directly In utes the bridge was completed and front of the Meiise. The river bank the Infantry stormed over It. The bridge was covered with straw t this point was fiat, but on the opposite side It was sleep. Here the French In order to dull the noise of the troop Infantry had dug Itself In and estab- movements. At the same time, at diflished three lines, one above the other. ferent places, transports with pontoons The artillery firing was too far. We were assisting the army to cross and did not come within Its range, so that before the French found out what had we were able to observe the effect of happened our troops had occupied the the shelling of our own artillery on the opposite hank and established themenemy Infantry positions before us. selves firmly there. The shells raced by The French artillery and Infantry almve our beads and burst with a fear- now opened terrible fire on the ponful noise In the enemy's trenches. toons. Our units, which had defended The French could not resist this hall of shot very long. They anon abandoned all the heights on the river bank. They abandoned Soudan without a fight and It was left Intnct. which had not been the case with iHinchcry. Hardly a house had suffered. When the bugles sounded In It was discovered that our comI pany had lost 38 men In battle. A position was taken behind the dragoon armory and our company, which now ,- was reduced to ft) men, was ordered to attempt the building of a pontoon fridge over the Meuse. After we had been by NO men, we marched In small detachment In order not to draw the enemy's attention to s. After an hour's march we lopped In a small forest alxut 2nf to rest until meters from the Meu darkness set in. At twilight a division bridge train was driven up close to onr billing place. This was soon fol lowed by a corps bridge train as a re-erve. After all preparations were made and the main advance work, mtch as setting up the bridge stays and landing platforms, were ready, the ingle (Mintnon wagons drne tip. They were -- v cedlly but silently unloaded. V , ?rZ We completed four pontoons, that Is. 20 meters of bridge, without the enemy discovering anything. Then suddenly the searchlight of the enemy was set In ation and canned the river. We dropjicd to the One ground at once. The enemy tnut have Arrived With Two Dead and Wounded. . for the scan Might en played here and there and kept our bridge the mtoon". were relieved and reposition tinder continuous glare. We placed by Infantry. I was made a we In fore were discovered hardly In the pontoon and with four knew whst had happened, and a rnln leader nd 1H infantrymen of fire fell In the water In front of men at the pnddlc as crew, we started onr firt cto- on the He flat We continued to B. Inc in a veritable ball of shell, but ground as f(nr more shols stmk the with only one minor cinalty, we to nearer a water. t!il time little A cm and one shot hit the bank. At ret bed the opposite bfink. took my plsce at tlie sfeerine oT.ce a third rsln of shot followed ftnd rne m Two men fell gnr. "n the rtnrn trip, our two siricV the t.rl'U-e-. In th" water and Ian lay (lend on the toon was 'ni'k by b!'et but fortn ifcriw In the water swsm tmtcly atiove the water line. All brblre. nitiins rron"l, several In , bore 'id escaped none the worse for us the sinkliig condition. The nti n who their experiefee except for a bath. In spite of the continued volume of mnnnml lhcii, sll of whom could swim, tried to swim to the batik, but many rllHery f.re, we bronchi the two dead men to land. The bridge was riw Infantrymen were drowned. We landed, and twk n ne-- fontoon. greatly damsgid and there was no rhotre except to replace the riamnged which, by a superhuman effort, we pontoon by new ones. We legn this manac-- to ct across the river a secsoon as the artillery ond time. This time we arrived with difficult tak Are let np. Hardly bad we hrgnn It two dead and one wounded infantrybefore we rear bed the ssln when a sidvn strut k and gresfty man, Into the dsmeged the brldt'e. Fortunately we bank the Infantrymen Jumi-en allow water and waded to land. bad no losses. We were no- ordered to retire, and. after a ha'f bonr begin With the two dead left In the boat, we new. The enemy's searchlight were turned round. Our crew ached as now dark. We broucht atxnit ten pon- reso't of the Continuous rowing and toon" op without Interference nd then their hand were soon covered by bliswe were suddenly bombarded agstn. ters, but nevertheless) we bad t row We bad attracted the attention of the on. There ws no rest. trol. When we were 20 meters from the enemy's the Sever I batterfe sjow opened fire on bank, onr jmntoon was bit Whew s t one time and after ten minutes wster Vne by several bul!r-,s- . our bowt t?rf-- jnarje the entire wo k was on'y a pile of the bulbs It eroerred on n!y S tiny bole, but wreckage. Twe more rnen were k: Jed. The order sow earn to retire. Eight the boUom, It tore an ojrilng a large CHAPTER IV. ron-cher- ' - iiV ! al-o- tlw .f-ti- rk a plate. As a result our pontoon settled rapidly and there was nothing else for us to do except to Jump Into the Icy water and swim. Hardly, had we left the boat when It sank, but we all reached the other bank safe for the moment In spite of our wet clothing we had to take a new boat at once, and with our blistered hands had to man the oars again. In the middle of the river we collided with another boat. This boat had lost Its pilot and two rowers. It rammed us and our pontoon tipped over and 18 Infantrymen and one member of the crew were thrown Into the water. We were saved along with four men from the other pontoon and taken to the left bank. Hardly had we landed before we were ordered to take over a pontoon loaded with ammunition. About five more times we crossed the Meuse. Meanwhile day broke and then a terrible battle developed between the troops which had crossed and the French. The Germans had the best In this encounter because they could not be shelled by the French artillery. 'We were given a short rest and lay In our water-soakeclothing In an old abandoned trench shivering with cold. Our hands were swollen to twice their normal size. They pained so greatly that we could not hold a bottle to our Up. It was a terrible sight to see young and strong men lying on the ground helpless and broken. After a short rest we were ordered to seek for wounded In the burning houses but we did not find many, for most of those who had been badjy wounded and unable to save themselves, were burned to death. Only the buttons of their uniforms and their weapons (indented to us to which side . they had belonged. In some cases, there were not even these vestiges. Only a little heap of ashes wlthlu the ruins of a house, was all that was left of whole families for whole streets. Iurlng the serr.i most of ns behaved as If we had not taken part In the terrible events of the last hour, as If we bad not seen the horrors of this encounter and as If we had forgotten entirely the danger we had just escaped. As to honoring the dead, something which had been taught us by our mothers from lnfaucy, or a fear which the toward a body, average person-feelthere was no sign. My pen would bulk If I tried to recall the expression, to describe the acts soldiers as well as officers c nltted to determine the nationality or sex of the dead. In the meuntlme, the battle between our troops and the French had reached a climax. Our troops had suffered great losses but now our turn came. Tlie German artillery shelled as we crossed the enemy's position with great fury. Our artillery succeeded la silencing the enemy's batteries and we tried to take tils high positions by storm. When we were within 200 meters of the enemy's defenses, the French machine gun were turned upon us and we were driven back with enormous losses. Ten minutes later, we stormed a second time and had to retire again with great loes. We again formed for attack within the shelter of our trenches, but the fighting spirit was gone. t we dared not lose courage, although the victims of our useless storming attacks covered the field and we were able to look at our dead comrade all about u. The artillery started up again; arrived ; after half an hour, we stormed a third time, over the bodle of our fallen Comrades. As we hatted about 20 meters from the enemy's trench, be withdrew his entire first line. Soon after we saw the fierman advance along the whole line. Tlie reason for this unexpected retreat was explained later when we learned that the main iart of the French army bad retired some time before. The heavy toll of life among ur comrade; was taken In a mere rear guard action. I urlng the next hour the enemy abandoned all Ihe heights of the Meuse. A we reached the of these heights, we could easily over-bw.- k the roads over which the French bad retreated. They were departing In close formation. In long cotumns. ttur con psny and others received order to aciiible and soon we pursued the fleeing enemy. It was our work to repair ronda which bad Iwen destroyed so that they would be passable for our urn iles, task that was harder In the burning midday sun, owing to the fact that the dead and wounded bad first t d g v?' NEPHI. UTAH. TIMES-NEW- rt ! r1ied of. French soldiers, surrendering when they found themselves surrounded, were slaughtered by the Getwsns. acting under commands of theif officer. This is one of the incident described In the nest installment. TO Oopperileld was the flrnt community In the Thrift Stamp campaign. Copperfleld was ulloted Watch Hi Laugh. leopsrd rsnnot change bl nor the leueber bis Isneh. It hi noe or the I chsrscterWIC color f hi eyes. No polish or educational veneer ran alter the Is net mnrfl In quality nd tone, althongh It may unsoften It. Tet, ev-- n then. In guarded moment the old Isoeh rings of cackles, or explodes, and the show Is given awy. A man to be avoided, t be passed by on the other side, I the nisn who lorh without smiling. The mn ih Isngh like mk or a enfrllrsjtlst" H! face wrinkle. He makes a t'.ot be is smtteles a rwe'er when erk!!rg. Take It from ine. thst mi Is hard, relentless, rroeL mstignsnt. t.s. , ACROSS IHE PIAVE 110,000. Clyde Pickering, 17 years old, of Centervilli), died at his home following period of four hours during which be was unconscious as a result of ROAD i WLWm sun-atrok- e. Federal Aid Road Act Exerts Important Influence on Legislation States. (Prepared by th lTederal-ut- United States Department of Agriculture..) d road projects, umpues-tlonabl- y, are ready for conduction In every state this year. Under the roud act of 1010 every state In tlie Union Is now in a position to with the federal govern- ld ment In the building of highways. Results of Importunce and of even greater potential value than the appropriation of federal funds have already been accomplished by the federal act. Among the lnipres-elv- e results t) the estublltdinient outright of state highway departments In Delaware, South Carolina, Texas, Indiana and Nevada and the strengthening of other state highway departments so as to remove all question as to the 10 states which were not qualified to obtain federal at the time of the passage of the federal act In the past winter more constructive state highway legislation has been pluced ujxin statute books than has ever been enacted In any similar period fcl nee the American republic W'as founded. The conditions laid down by the federal act as necessary to participate in Its benefits operated powerfully to bring about the establishment and strengthening of state highway departments, the placing of a vast amount of road construction under skilled supervision, the and correlation of road board of pardons. According to the latest available Information, Frank Strong, formed division engineer of the Salt Lake Route, la recovering in a French hospital from the shock of losing his right foot. Solidified support for the closing regulations pertaining to retail stores was given the commercial economy board of the state at a meeting of the Retail Merchants' association at Suit Lake. Friday, June 23, hna been set by the state public utilities commission for hearing the petition of th Consolidated Stage line for an lncreuse of passenger rates between Salt Lake and Bingham. With both the union representatives and the cafe managers yielding certain points, a settlement was reached last week In the strike of cooks and waiters, which has been on at Ogden for some time. Mrs. Elizabeth Baer, aged 84, of Suit Lake, has knitted SO pairs of socks, all of which have been donated by her to the Red Cross, to warm tlie feet of the Amcrlcun soldiers fighting in the trenches of France. Instructions sent out by Captuln F. V. Fltz Gerald to local draft boards prescribes that conscientious objectors to military service must be classified without consideration of their claims. Fort Douglus has one of the best and most inodcrnly equipped base hospitals of any post in the west, as was recently shown In a report of an from the surgeon general's department at Washington. Gus Snickers, 40 years of age, a miner, was found dead in the main comtunnel of the Montana-IUnghapany's mine at ltlnghani. He was discovered, face down. In a puddle of water and had apparently been dead about an hour. Joe Rogun, 28 years old, and Edward Leland, 23, two of the convicts who escaped from the road camp near St. d Johns, Utah, were captured near while they were hurrying toward the Arizona line In an effort to escape from the state. During the present month Salt Lake Chapter, American Red Cross, must provide nearly 20.000 pieces of clothing for service In Europe. Most of the articles required are for women's and girls' wear, although a goodly numlier are for hospital service. Utah's crack regimental hand, which has won fame throughout Southern California and which contains more ololst than liny other military musiin the Western cal organization states, wilt be heard In Utah on July a, according to plans being made now. Mrs. F. C. Schramm, publicity director for the food administration for Utah, and I M. Bailey, executive secretary for the food administration for this tate, have gone to San Francisco to attend a conference of the food and of the western fuel administrators Mil-for- 1 , MOUNTAINS. Thrown Into Panic When for the murdtjr of Policeman Ford, at Invader Learn That Their Llnea of They Bait Lake, has been granted by the Communication and Food Sup. BUILDING OF GOOD HIGHWAYS In Man ITALIANS PURSUE THE PANIC- STRICKEN FOE TOWARD THE Parole for Joseph Sullivan, who was ent to the penitentiary April 9, 1908, '.JJ Getting Road Level Preparatory t Improving Highways, work so a to provide the Improvements most needed to. meet trallle requirements, the creation of large funds for construction and maintenance and the establishment In many states of definite provision Insuring maintenance of highways from the date of their completion. The working season of 1917 marked the opening of actual construction work onder the terms of the post-roanecesprovision of the federal act, sary bglslative and administrative work mad It Impracticable to get construction projects under way earlier. On January 31. litis, the secretary of agriculture had approved Z'A Individual projects, agerrgntlng 2,Wt:v .4H miles and calling for an exiendl-tur- e of from federal fund and from state and local fund of pi.fil 7.1 40.70. making a total of These projects represented applications from 44 states. Bone. In a divorce case at Ogden, the trial Judge decided that no pecuniary loss should fall uisn one from another's wrongs and therefore the wife's permanent alimony should be In proportion to leave her as well off financially In divorce a she would hove been in marriage. Seventy-fivmen, ranging In age from Xi to 45 years of age, since June IS have been taking dally military training on the campus at the University of Utah, under Colonel Edward S. Wright, U. S. A preparing themselves for military duty If called by the government. Mrs. Henry Wood, after preparing for her husband and CULVERT OF BEST MATERIAL breakfast aon, committed suicide at I'ueh-esnTwo years ago Mrs. Wood Boards to was adjudged Insane and sent to the Worse Than Folly to U Tak Car of Road That Hav tate mental hospital at Provo, but Coat Much Monty. having been pronounced cured came the home less than two week If the culvert are tint built of good tragedy. material they will have to be rebuilt A new pest In doing much damage In a fewr years, whatever the quality to grain crops In the westnf the road they are made to serve. ern growing of Roxelder county. I he pest part Infective culverts vitiate one of the cannot be discovered by the farmers, elementary tirinrlpte of highway but they find that the ground In their and the Interests of the grain fields I literally perforated cost thst the annual with bole resembling ground squirf every part of the rond built for rel holes In size, but shallow and thf Ir be reduced to the lowest possible feure consistent with efficiency. empty. her husband lie taken from That worse thnn Manifestly, It would ! 1 and Inducled Into military servfolly to bnSld culverts of board to rlas once, formed the basis of a reice at take care of roads that have cost hunwas filer! with the Ogden that dred or thousands of dollar the mile, quest hoard by Mrs. IVIith Pevore, nd It would be none the less foolish, exemption and or wore, tr waste money in work of wife of Andred Burr Iievore, Ihe claim once the board, at by granted thl sort with the use of bad material. made that Ievor had abused and daughter. wife bis Cood Road. Up Speed of good mnstnictioo Application of William McVey for "Pieling tip road I en Integral part of govern- Commutation of bis life sentetica on ment war work. JEnVtent transporta- conviction of the charge of murder In tion I necessary to reduce the mar- the first degree wns denied by the fate board of pardons. McVey gin between producer end consumer." United !Ute Food Administration. convicted of the murder of William fcsnderrwk. a storekeeper of Oarfleld Federal Aid for Roads. A call to the state of Utah to send road 4r men to Ihe University of Arizona The theory thst federal-aimntror-towill not be sanctioned for vrvstlonnl training about July 1 during the wr hs been exploded by bn lcen received tijr Cnptaln F. V. Ihe fsrt that the government bat Fitx fierold. draft riisVirsfng officer. at Tucson, and fifed the price rf cement for tbif Tills school I work. has a bleb ranking roong sia'e uul $7..121,-721.7- e. e tax-lite- rs tK fON'TIM'O)) AUSTRIANS DRIVEN to go over th top eco-otnic- s, The fo. UTAH BUDGET pile Hav Been Cut Off. Rome. From Montello to the seu. the AuKtrlans, overwhelmed, are In disorder. - The retreat is on a front of almost fifty miles and from the coufusiou which reigns In tho enemy's ranks, the losses have been large. The Plave bus been swollen d all aemblunce of Its former self during the punt week, and the hastily constructed bridges of the enemy, over which he feared to bring hU artillery. hug been carried away. The Informa tion at hand does uot record how many maintained bridges the Austrian across the river. - Vienna admitted tlie that communication between forces on one shore and those on the other hud been Impossible for hours. and the admission spelled the Inevitable disaster was flushed to the world only a few bourse later. The Austrlans who had succeeded In the initial onrush in reaching the west ern bank of the river were thrown in to panic when they saw that their lines of communication and their food sup plies were cut off. The food hud been brought by aeroplanes: and the ullled aviators, Including Americans, concentrated successfully In cutting the lines. Many, in Panic, Lost In Retreat. Panic, at first small, soon became general when the Italian pressure on the Montello uud all the way along the line to the Adriatic seu slowly but surely turned Into victory. Before the retreat the Austrlans were whipped ond whipped well, and the defeated and overwhelmed attackers or rather defenders of small slices tif terrain, broke and rushed buck across the river as best they could. Many are believed to have drowned in the precipitous attempt to reach safety. During the past week the Kaiser's forces have fulled to mnke progress against Italy or the allied forces in the RheiniH sector. The Germans have been boasting In their newspaper thut they have devised a new form of offensive capable of attaining results far more valuable than was possible by the older methods. When we attempt to anullze the Oerman methods we find nothing esKchilIy new. The on a limited front and the development of the breach was car ried out with considerable success by the British at Cambral, where the element of surprise also was present. The (eraiun and Austrulns tried the plan with success In Ituly last autumn and triumphed beyond their brightest expectations. Indications are tlmt the Austrian are concentrating In the mountains for a further effort against the Italians, and It Is reported that tlcrman divi sion are going to their assistance. In the week's battle the enemy took ,10,0110 prisoners, according to Vienna claims. The allies claim about iri.OOO prisoners, placing the total enemy loss at l.'sl.fHK). The allied loss piohably was under 100.ss. Our troops now hold thirty-eigh- t miles of battle front. In r.ddillon to the sector where they are fighting beside the British anil e'reneh. British, French mid American have leen actively raiding the lines in France. The American attack look place In the Chateau Thierry and the Motidldier sectors. Norhtwet of Chateau Thierry they cleared the enemy out of the northern part of Betlenii r wimmI. Near Cuntlitny, in the sector, they raiihd the enemy lines, taking prisoner. Turkish troops, filtering Tabriz In Persia, are said to have si',e, the British and American consulate nnd the American tub ioimry. Presbyterian hospital. break-throug- h - Mont-didle- Send Airplane Acrote Ocean. The Aero Club of America announced here Saturday thnt It had notified John I. Ity.m, director of American aircraft prodietlon. that a' wa willing to iiiitne the evpensr of In it. attempting a trans Atlantic order to assist the govertiinetit In s,,lr. thouing the problem of sand rif airplane overseas imd of esn trans-Allan- ; Ic nerial tablishing patrol to defeat eriiianj's campaign. New' York. tli-'l- Claim. Germany' Amsterdam. Ship fonn-igsuns: bv nbtiiariesn in the monili of flortsipn Mjiy amounted to ",H.fP0 gro? tons, nernrding to an official statement issued at Berlin. The chihu nl ws made that in addition, bed'y damaged ships with a tonnage of .V..il were-taketo irts of the enlciito. nll.es in April. g w-- a d American L3es 8 631 Casualties In th Washington. American army oversea thus fur reported ty lienors I Pershing, Including the list made public June toti siuw, a with Six't a week unit. The list Includes 1312 killed In Orlando Announce Victory. The Austrian offenie m a defeat more than a failure; It wfor the enemy, who at several )oirii was four tlim-- stronger tl.siii the This anrioimceiiifl! mad by Premier lirlnt.do In ti e s ntte. Rome. - s Pal-Inn- , s.