A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: General von Luttwitz has come out with another Proclamation, forbidding the sale of foreign newspapers in Belgium: I remind the population of Brussels and its suburbs that it is strictly forbidden to sell or distribute newspapers that are not expressly authorised by the German Military Government. Any infraction of this prohibition will entail the immediate arrest of the vendors, as well as long periods of imprisonment. The German Military Governor, Baron Von Luttwitz, General. My laisser-passer has not come, and there is no telling when we shall get away. The Germans swear it was sent last night. On board S. S. "Oranje Nassau" off Flushing, Sept. 30, 1914-—We got away on Sunday morning about eleven o'clock, after many calls at headquarters and a mild row about the laisser-passer that had not been sent. It was finally discovered that some boneheaded clerk had sent it by mail—a matter of three days! It was fished out of the military post office, and we got away in a few minutes. We were in the big car, heavily laden—two trunks, several valises and a mail pouch on top—my two passengers inside with their small stuff, the chauffeur and I in front. We made quick time out through Tervueren and down to Namur, hearing the heavy booming of cannon all the time away to the north. Ruin was all the way— odd farm-houses burned, towns with hah the buildings in them, the Grand Place destroyed, etc. The great square at Namur a heap of brick and mortar. The great bridge across the Meuse was dynamited, and the three sections hung in the river. All the way to Liege the main bridges had been destroyed, and we had to cross on temporary affairs constructed by the Germans. And the Germans were thick all the way, holding us up at frequent intervals to look at our papers. They have...
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