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THE BEE: OMAHA. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19. 1014.
Resume of Findings of Inquiry Con
tain Allegations of Slaughter, .
ARRAIGNMENT A SWEEPING ONE
Bareaa Camlasj to I tilted States to
Protest Asserted Atrocities of
Germans Presents Declared
Evidence la Mass.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17. A re
' tume of the findings of the Belgian
commission of inquiry appointed by
the king of the Belgians to investi
gate the alleged atrocities com
mitted by German troops was made
public today after the report had
been presented to President Wilson.
The findings were grouped under
the heading of "the atrocities at
Llnsmeau and Orsmael," the Mas
eacre of Aerschot" and the "destruc
tion of Louvain."
The summary follows: t
"German cavalry occupying the
Tillage of Llnsmeau were attacked
-by some Belgian troops and two gen
darmes. A German officer was
killed by the Belgian soldiers during
the fight and subsequently burled at
the request of the Belgian officer in
"None of the civilians had taken
, xart in the fight; nevertheless, the
Tillage was invaded at dusk on Au
, gust 10, by a strong force of Ger-
man cavalry, artillery and machine
' guns. In spite Of the formal assur
! ances given by the burgomaster that
: none of the civilians had taken part
' in the fight, two farms and six outly-
Jng houses were destroyed by fire
,Lnd reduced to ashes
"All the male ' population was
then compelled to come forward and
i hand over whatever arms they pos
) aessed. No recently discharged fire
arms were found. Nevertheless the
invaders divided these peasants into
three groups, those in one group
were bound and eleven of them
placed in a ditch, where they after
wards were found dead, their skulls
fractured by the butts of rifles.
"During the night or August 10, German
cavalry entered Velm In great numbers,
while the Inhabitants were asleep. With
out provocation the Germans fired on
JI. Degllmme's house and broke Into.
They destroyed furniture and looted valu
a bios. They burned his barn, hay, corn
stacks, implements, cattle and his farm
I "They carried off Mme Degllmme half
raked to a place two miles away. Bhs
was then released, and as she fled, was
fired upon without being hit, however.
Her' husband was carried to a pulnt In
another direction and fired upon; he fs
Ulylng. ' The same troops sacked and
burned the house of a railway watchman.
. Telle of Outrages. " t.
"Farmer. Jef Pkerck or Neerhespen Is
an eyewitness . of the following atro
cities committeed by German cavalry at
Orsmael and . Neerhespen on August 10,
II and 12:. An old man had his arm cut
In three longitudinal slices, he ,wns then
hanged head downward and burn J all v.
Toung girls were assaulted and little
Children outraged at Ornmael and mutila
tions, too horrible to describe, were In
flicted on other Inhabitants. Prisoners
were hanged, while others were lied to
together and shot.
"After an engagement at Haelen. Com
mandant Van Damme -was so severely
wounded that he was lying prone on his
back. He was mutilated' by German In
fantry firing their revolvers Into his
"Numerous wounded and unarmed sol-
.fliers were ill treated or killed by Ger
man troops and in different places doc
tors and nurses and ambulances wers
Use BeJa-lan Flaar.
"At times 'the Germans went into bat
tie with a Belgian flag.
"While digging trenches and with the
white flag hoisted, Belgian soldiers were
,aet upon by Germans and shot
"Another time, near a fort at Loncin,
a group of German infantry hoisted the
white flag and when the Belgian soldiers
approached them .to take them prisoners,
they were fired upon at close range.
"The massacre of Aerschot: Aerschot.
' , e town of 8,000 inhabitants, wasinvested
by the Germans In the morning of Au
gust 19. No Belgian troops remained be
hind. No sooner had the Germans en
tered the city when they began shooting
several Inoffensive civilians. . In the
evening, claiming that a superior Ger
man officer had been shot by the son of
the burgomaster, or according to an
other version of their story, that a con
spiracy had been hatched against the
German commandant by the burgomaster
and his family, the Germans took hold of
tvery man In the city, carrying them,'
fifty at a time, within some distance of
. the town.
Fire on Them.
"There they grouped them in lines of
four men, made them run ahead of them
and fired upon them,' killing them after
ward with their bayonets. More than
Xcrty men were found thus (nassacred.
"They pillaged the whole town, taking
from private residences all thy could
lay their hands on. The following morn
ing they took one man out of every three
Whom they had arretted the previous
evening and, leading him outside the city,
hot them. Among these were the bur
gomaster of the town, Mr- Tielemans,
his 15-year-old son and his brother.
"Then they compelled the remaining
vlllageig to, (Jig holes to bury their vic
tims, ' . 0
'For three whole dsys they continued
to pillage and set fire to' everything in
"About IM inhabitants, of Aerschot are
supposed to have thus per:shed.
Moat mt City Destroyed.
"The Is'rgest psrt of the city Is de
stroyed. Five times the Germs ns tried to
set fire to the big church, having sacked
the Interior of Its contents. The1 town rec
ords were destroyed or carried off.
"It must ,be borne In mind that the ci
vilian population of Aerschot had been
repeatedly warned -by their burgomaster
hot to offer any resistance or commit any
fcoitlle act toward the Invaders. They
tne Germans shot upon U fleeing clU-
GENERAL 'PAU ON TIIE BATTLEFIELD To whom
is given credit by the French people for having stemmed
the tide of defeat and started the retirement of the Ger
man invaders from the vicinity of Paris toward their own
? is - itN - 4
map 9Wh rsi
. m0c th ih' . v i
f f (-.h!!. f. I JPjW?
t-. nil -iir
stns, set fire to private houses and
sacked them. 'They wanted to make the
victimized citizens declare that they,
themserWs, had set fire to their own
homes. Everywhere along the road of the
German march the same horrors were vis
ible. The iwttness mentions the names of
eighteen persons, to his knowledge, who
were massacred at Aerschot
"The destruction of Louvain: The Ger
man army penetrated .Into Louvain after
having set fire to the surrounding towns
and villages. -
"From the moment of their entrance
Into the city they requisitioned lodging
and food for their troops. They entered
every private bank and looted Its reserve.
They entered private residences and
sacked and pillaged them, and indulged
In orgies of all kinds.
"They took' hostage; all the prominent
men of the city were detained. Women
and children were outraged and ill treated
by the soldiers.
"Previous to the German Invasion the
whole clty had been warned repeatedly
not to offer any' resistance to the German
troops or to oppose hostile acts. More
than that, all arms belonging to civilians,
down to fencing foils, had been ordered
deposited several days previously In the
city hall, and there was not a weapon
found on any civilian, .
Germans Retreat. .
"On August 25 an engagement, took
place In the neighborhood of Louvain be
tween German and Belgian troops. The
Germans, repulsed and pursued by the
Belgian troops, retreated toward. Louvain
in full panic. Many witnesses testify that
at that moment the German garrison In
Louvain waa erroneously informed that
xeigians. were entering the city
"Immediately the German garrison sta
tioned at Louvain withdrew to the sta
tion, where they clashed with their own
troops which were being pursued by the
Belgians. Everything seems to point to
the fsct that a contact took place.
"From that moment, pretending that
the Belgian civilians had fired upon Oer
man troops, the Germans began bom
barding the city and kept up their bom
bardment until 10 o'clock that night. At
the place where the affray started not a
single body was found of a civilian, prov
ing that the population bad not partici
pated In the shooting.
Fired hy Rackets.
"The houses which had not taken fire
were set ablaze by rockets with which
the German soldiers were supplied'. The
largest part of the city of1 Louvain. es
pecially the 'haute Vllle', that is to say,
the part comprising the modern liousfs!
the cathedral of St. Peter, the university
halls with the old and famous library
of the university, its manuscripts. Its col
lections and scientific Institutions, the
theater and many more buildings were
at that time consumed by flames.
"The fire continued for several days.
Numerous corpses of civilians covered the
streets and squares. An eyewitness
testified thst In one place he counted
more than fifty charred bodies, many
persons wh6 had taken refuge In their
cellars trying to escape and falling Into
the furnace, of the blazing city.
"The fire started a little above the
American college; the city is entirely de
stroyed with . the exception of the ,plty
hall and the station. The fire continued
for days, and far from trying to atop
It, the Germans seemed on the. contrary
trying to feed it by throwing straw Into
it. The tathedral and the theater were
consumed by the flames and fell Into
ruins. The library of the university also
is destroyed. , The town resembles an old
city In ruins .In the midst of which
drunken soldiers were carousing, carrying
around bottles of wine and liquors the
officers themselves were Installed In arm
chairs, drinking like their own men.
"The procedure of the Germans seems
to be the same everywhere first of all
they requisition food and drink of whicb
tbey partake to the point of drunkenness. ;
f r, ; "
Then they begin to shoot wildly from the
windows of abandoned houses, declaring
that the . Inhabitants have fired upon
Neither Alte Nor Sea Respected.
"Then the .firing and shooting scenes
begin, and murder, and, especially, pillage
and acts of cod cruelty, are witnessed,
neither age nor sex is respected. Even
where they claim to know the perpetrator
of the deed they allege, the Germans do
not content themselves with executing
summarily th culprit they wreak their
vengeance on the whole town. After a
first massacre, somewhat at random, they
shut the . men In the churches and order
the women to gp back to their homes and
leave the doors open.
-"In several Instances the civilians were
sent to Germany, to be compelled there,
It seems, to labor In the fields, as was
done in the days of slavery."
Merger to. Churches
The Omaha Presbytery at Its meeting
in Benson yesterday afternoon, adopted
a resolution approving the efforts being
made In Columbus, Neb., to consolidate
the worship and work of Congregational
and Presbyterian churcbet. The resolu
"Resolved, That the Presbytery of
Omaha sympathizes In the effort made by
the Presbyterian and Congregational
churches In Columbus, 'to federate their
forces for loyal worship and -work, and
we give, our hearty commendation and
approval to the plan of federation, which
they have adopted."
Action commending , the management
of the Presbyterian hospital followed a
discussion In which an attempt was made
to force the abandonment of ' the name
Presbyterian. ' Manager ' Robert Mc
Cleland, after explaining the hospital's
work, waa commended and the hospital
was permitted the continued use 'of its
name. . ' '
In accordance with the ideas of the
Presbyterian assembly recently held at
Chicago, In which a national vacancy
and supply bureau was established at Co
lumbus, a committee of three was selected
to look after this community's Interests
In the bureau work. The three were nom
inated by , ballot cast by the members
of the church. Rev. J. 8. Bchwarti,
Omaha, was elected chairman and will
serve three years; Rev. Robert W. Tay
lor, Osceola, for two years, slid Rev. E.
II. Jenkins, Omsha, one year. These
men will keep track of the vacancies and
pastors available and will report to the
E. A. CUDAHY, SENIOR. IS
GOING TO QUIT HIS JOB
CHICAGO. Pept. 17.-E. A. Cudahy, sr.,
president of the Cudahy Packing com
pany and son of the . founder of that or
ganization. announced tonight that he
would retire as head of the concern Oc
tober 1. He will be succeeded by hla
nephew, Joseph M. Cudahy. E. A. Cudahy
has been president of the company since
the death of his father In 1911, He de
clared his retirement was to permit hltn
to devote more time to other Interests.
PENNSY MOOSE NAME' DEMO
NOMINEE THEIR CANDIDATE,
HARRISBURG. Pa-. Sept. M.-Vance C
McCormlck of Harrlsburg, - democratic
nominee for governor was late today
nominated by the Washington (progres
sive) party state committee, as Its candi
date, for governor, after William Draper
Lewis, nominee of the progressives at the
May primary, had formally withdrawn
and made a personal plea for toe selec
tion, of Mr. McCornikk
AFFAIRS ATJOUTH OMAHA
Annexation More to Be Pushed This
Fall Under New Plan.
CHEEK IN INSURANCE
Well .Known I.le Stork et
Takes t TVnrk that Marks
t haaae in Pnllry t Rail,
road as to Liability.
Although It was hoped lo keep the an
nenaOnn spirit under cover this fall, the
move for a Greater Omaha alth the petty
spirit crushed out is becoming active
more and more each day In South Omaha.
Two plans are proposed. One plan Is to
uKmlf th niuatlAi. mi I I , In.. nl
November. This plan is opposed by the
office holders snd by others who see more
chance of getting by the , legislature
through the usual processes. The other
plan Is to present a bill to the legislature
seeking to annex all the suburbs of,
Omaha to the big town. This bill Is saldj
to be In the hands of an Omaha attorney j
and is said to contemplate the payment of j
official salaries to the present office
holders during .the continuance of their
elective terms and after the consolidation
hss taken place. '
The plan to pay the present office
holders during their term of office Is ad
mitted by those who know the annexa
tion battles to be the only way to forestall
the desperate efforts of -many of the op
ponents of annexation.'
.In 'Houth Omaha the steady raise in
taxes, which are now much higher than
In Omaha, have caused the people to be
come indifferent to the calls of the 'old
time office' holders. The younger office
holders, looking on the opportunities of a'
large city, are leaning to the aide of an
nexation. If so be the bill should provide
some way 'of not depriving them of the
office term for which they have been
elected, or Its emoluments.
Cheek Changes Employers.
WV B. Cheek, for more than twenty-five
years. live stock agent of the Burlington
Railroad company, has severed his con
nection with the railroad and will become
local 'live stock' agent for the Hartford
Insurance company, with offices In the
Live Stock Exchange building. The
change becomes effective October L
W. B. Cheek has been with the Bur
lington for many years, and hie connec
tion with - that, company.- and . the Union
Stock Tarda has come to make him some
thing In the nature of an institution at the
Indianola, Neb., Oct. 31, 1913.
Old Line Bankers Life Insurance Co., ' .
Lincoln, Neb. " ;
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I am carrying other insurance, but think the Bankers Life of Lin
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I will be interested in helping my daughter carry a policy in your
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- Thanking you for the prompt settlement, I remain
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Ask tho man who own one
ysrds. He Is widely acquainted In both
rallrnad and live stock rlrcles.
I'ndrr the new plan the Insurance com
pany a 111 stsnd between the railroads and
the shipper who has lost cattle through
accident In transportation. The rlalm
will be paid without delay. thu saving
the shipper. It la quite probable that as
a renlt of the entrance of the Insurance
company Into the live stock Meld, rail
road tariffs on live stock may he reduced
W. R. Cheek began hla rallmed career
In w at Chicago with Ihe Chicago A
t. Paul. In 1SK3 he was train rtla
patcher for the Partington at Lincoln
and later agent at Mllford. In U7 he
waa appointed live stork agent for the
Purllngton at the Vnlon Stock Tarda His
connection with the company has endured
during the Intervculng years until the
present. Ills change from the railroad
field to the Insurance business came In
the nature of a surprise lo the men at
the yards. The Insurance plan, which he
will, push has already been Introduced
for more than a year st the llv stock
markets of the country. Including Chicago
"hoemaker Visits Here.
Shoemaker, former traffic man
ager of the Vnlon Stock Tarda, hut now
president and general manager of the
Jenver Stock Yards, a as a guet of the
stock ysrds yesterdsy. Mr. Miiemakcr
stopped here for a few hours letween
trains and could not resist the ca!l of old
associates. At the noon hour he held a
regular levee among friends frcm the
packing houses, the stock ysrds and the
newspaper men of the town.
Father OTallaahan Terr
Rev. T. V. O'Callaghan, pastor of Rt.
Bridget's Catholic church at Twenty
sixth andtF streets. Is seriously 111 at
his residence. He has been In poor health
for some time and a grest deal of Ms
work had to be shifted to Rev. M. J. Ral
lou, the aeslstunt pastor of the church.
Recently Father O'Callaghan was given
a leave of absence to recuperate his
health. He was about to go when the
breakdown came. It Is said yesterday
that his condition was critical.
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i TEN PAYMENT LITE POLICY ,
TEN YEAR' SETTLEMENT
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Old Line Bankers Life Insurance Co.
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Total premium .......$ 602.50
. SETTLEMENT ,
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