November 25, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

From the Wednesday edition:

EXPERT ANALYSES GERMAN CAMPAIGN AGAINST RUSSIANS
Says the Main Object Is to Prevent Russian Invasion of Germany
WARSAW OF NO USE AND IS NOT WANTED
Hope to Discourage Russian Troops by Showing They Cannot Advance

IS TRYING TOWIPE SERVIA OFF THE MAP
Austria Concentrates Troops In Supreme Effort to Finally Dispose of Enemy

PORTUGAL IS READY TO JOIN THE ALLIES
Parliament Grants Authority to Government to Take Part in War

William Philip Sims, whose reporting the paper criticized editorially, writes of the modern and comfortable conveniences to be found in the French trenches:

FRENCH TRENCHES ARE WORKS OF ART AND FULLY MODERN
Correspondent Says They Are Under Ground Homes Safe and Comfortable
SOME HAVE HOT AND COLD SHOWER BATHS
French Loss Trifling While that of Germans Attacking Them Is Enormous

With the French army at the front via Paris, Nov. 23. – (Delayed.) – The French trenches at the battle front are works of art. I inspected the details of some newly occupied works today while the soldiers were still digging.

The trenches were deep, well drained and sanitary.

At the beginning of the war the French soldiers scorned to entrench to a depth of more than a few inches. The campaign quickly changed, however, to one of trench fighting, and the French fighting men changed their tactics accordingly.

The trenches I saw were provided with spacious rest rooms, toilets, and covered bomb proof observation chambers. Some of them were provided also with kitchens, with devices for carrying off the smoke, and there were even baths with hot and cold showers.

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