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By BARR FERREE A chronological survey of the bombardment of Reims from September 3, 1914 to September 3, 1917, giving the details of the bombardment day by day for the entire period of the siege. This is the first book in any language dealing with the bombardment of Reims in its entirety, and presents a remarkable picture of daily life at Reims under the shells.
- The book includes a general introduction on the bombardment, a sketch of the history of the cathedral, churches and other notable buildings, and a history of the destruction of the cathedral and other important structures in Reims.
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BLACK WOOD'S MAGAZINE.
A MOBILE X-RAY SECTION ON THE ITALIAN FRONT.
BY HELENA GLEICHEN.
OUR X-Ray plant consisted Our first month was full of a switoh - board, an inter- of woe. We know we could raptor, and a coil, the motive take good radiographs, but power being derived from the every one we took was & engine of the motor-oar, which failure-in our eyes at least. worked the dynamo. This People were kindness itself, dynamo was oarried under the and politely assured us that front seat, and worked with a they were very good, adding, separate gear (150 volts, 17 in their own minds, " for ampères). The table we found women and amateurs !" But most useful was Sir James we know well how bad they Mackenzie Davidson's ordin- were, and could not make out ary ambulance stretoher, laid why. At last we discovered. on a couple of trestles, which We borrowed some plates folded up, and took very little from a base hospital, and, lo room in the war. We pre- and behold! the beautiful ferred it to other tables, be radiographs we were acouscause it only meant one move tomed to see produced by for the patient instead of one our apparatus reappeared. from his bed to a stretoher, Our plates that we had another from the stretoher to bought in Paris must have the table, and then the whole been stored in a damp place, performance having to be re- and had been utterly ruined ! peated before he got baok to Cappelli, the big plate-mand. bed. The apparatus took ten facturer at Milan, was most minutes to unload and fix up kind when we told him our ready for work.
trouble, and volunteered to VOL CCIV.NO. MCCXXXIV.
banketies, they also be used on that we
take all the spoilt plates and getting ap went into Mrs replace them with good ones Hollings' room. I found her for nothing - & truly noble firmly in bed, saying, “We present to the wounded. shall have to get acoustomed
Such an innovation as this to this: it is perfootly natural, type of work, run entirely by and will happen every night.” two women, was bound to Wo agreed that it was a little meet at first with a good excessive, but as it undoubtdeal of ouriosity, not unmixed odly was a most natural with suspicion, as to whether thing in the Zone of War, we were capable of carrying we had bettor go to sloop out what we had offered to and get acoustomed to it as do; but when the surgeons soon as possible. So I dosaw that we understood our partod, and slept the sloop job, and only thought how of the just till next mornbest we could help them in ing, when our orderly bano theirs, they adopted us whole- in with the news that thoro sale, and used us on every had been & big attack by oooasion. This was what we the Austrians in the night, had come out for, and we and that they had got through were excoedingly proud of the in one place, and had reached faot.
a little village not three kiloThe first evening that we metres from our house. They sport in our now rooms had been driven baok to their will long remain in my mom- original lines only at five that ory. The windows looked to- morning. So my getting out wards the Austrian lines, of bed had not been so very about seven kilometres off, unoalled for after all. I packed and the persistent flashing ro- my bag with necessaries, and flooting in one's room, and the kept it under my bed for quite incessant booming of the big a long time after that, inoludguns, quite did away with all ing sufficient for my partner, possibilities of sleep. I sup- as she was proud, and refused pose I must have boon snooz. to take any preoautions for ing, when I suddenly booame herself. aware that the big guns had As soon as we found that changed to the quiok rattle all our platos had been spoilt, of rifles and machine-guns, to we decided that one of us my unaooustomed ears sus- must go to Milan to see what pioiously close. I lay and Cappelli could provide: we listened for some time, but were determined that wo would did not like to get up, as, be ready for a rush of work being new to the game, I when it came, as it inevitthought it probably was al- ably would come, and that ways like that. At last I fairly soon. So I settled to could bear it no longer, and go in our Berliet touring.car.1
i Presented to us by Sir James Mackenzie Davidson, who had kindly given us six weeks' coaching in the localisation of foreign bodies.
My idea was to go through as On my speaking English the quiokly as possible, and bring carabiniere became convinced back with me in the car fresh that we were spies. He ordered plates, developing materials, us, in a very abrupt manner, &o. I had many adventures to put out ovon the little oil on that journey, mostly due lamps, which was manifestly to the fact that I had no ridioulous, as every one else proper permit with me to in the street was using them. get petrol. It was not He said we were to go immy fault, as the Colonel mediately with him to the of the Staff had assured me police quarters. Whitehead that his signature was suffi- turned to me and said that if oient to prooure mo petrol in the man insisted on his turning any army; here, however, I out the small lamps too, he learnt a lesson—that no per- should assuredly drive into the mit belonging to one army diteb in the darkness. The is of the slightest use in any dark was solid, and you couldn't other, whatever the person who 800 your hand in front of your signed it may tell you. Woll, face. The carabiniere by this we got there all right, and time was rabid with us for started back as quiokly as speaking English, and again might be. I slopt in Brescia, orderod us to come with him and started for Cormons at to the headquarters of the seven in the morning. We Carabinieri; this I promisod made good travelling until to do direotly I had finished dark, when it beoame necessary filling up my tank, the military to fill up the petrol tank. I had depot being two doors off. Ho had the brilliant idea of trying was furious, saying he forbade a short out home. I have now it, and that I must immediately learnt that short outs are not give him the number of the car. advisable in the Zone of War. This I had oompletely forgotten,
Our first adventure happened and as the carriage was thick when we tried to got the potrol. in mud, I told him to look for It was dark and pouring with himself, which enraged him rain, and as we drove into a still further. I too, by this little town, Whitehead, my time, was getting angry, and go Red Cross chauffeur, a first-rato baok I would not until the car man, got down to ask the way was filled up. So I told Whiteto the military petrol-depot. load to drive on to the depot. Not being able to make himself Here the man in charge was understood, he returnod to ask charming, and had just finished me to explain. By this time a filling us up when his corporal carabiniere appeared, and on came out and whispered someseeing our lights rushed up and thing in his ear. The first ordered us to put them out im- man, & sergeant I think, then mediately. I agreed politely, advanced in a very shy manner and gave the order to Whito- and said, “I don't know how head to put out the big ones, to tell you, Signora, but an but to leave the little ones. order has just come through
on the telephone from the head ried as to what to do, and of the Carabinieri to say that retired to consult the sergeant you are to be detained here of the dopot as to the next prountil an officer arrives. I am cedure. I, meanwhile, was half ashamed to incommode a lady, soared and half amused at my but orders are orders, and I own swagger, and much redaren't disobey-if you would lieved when I heard the caralike to oome into my office I biniere depart. Then ongued should be delighted." I chose another long wait, oboered by to remain in the oar, as warmer the encouraging remarks of my and more oomfortable, and won- friend the dopot sergeant, dored if I should ever get home who looked at me with anthat night. Now that I know disguised admiration, and morthe game better, I should be mured at intervals, “Che much more worried if such a coraggio !” He also mur. thing should happen to me; but mured that English people I was new to the country, and were known to have very bad hadn't realised the many agitat- tempers, and that it was very ing things that may happen to unsafe to exoite them too much. tho most respectable people in I waited another ten minutes, A sorap with the powerful Car- and was beginning to think I abinieri! So I sat calmly in had had enough waiting about, the oar and read a book, secure when a obeerful face showed in the thought of the fat itself at the window and saloase in my pookot oontaining uted, saying, “Signora, I regret innumerable permite.
my Captain cannot come him. After about ten minutes had self, but if you will accept passed, I heard the bell of an my escort we shall soon be at approaching bioyole. I did Headquarters, and this tirenot move, and presently & some matter will then be largo face was thrust in at settled. I regret that I am the window and a graff voice only a Brigadiere, but it cansaid, “The orders are that you not be helped." I at once are to accompany me at once asked him to get in, and told to the headquarters of the Whitehead to go where the Carabinieri.” I answered with Brigadiere? told him. It was much dignity, “Am I to under, not far, but he made himself stand that this is an arrest?” most agreeable, and said I This time ho spoke more oivilly, must not judge the man too “Si, Signora." I informed him hardly who had originally that I was an officer, and made all the trouble, that he that if they wished to arrest was young and only a conme they must send an officer tadino, and new to the work, to do so. I thon composed my- &o., and that the Carabinieri self to road again and paid no are not what they were in further attention to the man, peace time, when they were all who was evidently much wor- pioked men--that they had to
IA Brigadiere is between a N.C.O. and an officer.