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The Town before Which a Vast Battle Has Been Raging: Verdun in the Days of Peace

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” Nine-inch shells are falling round Verdun to-day,” wrote an Associated Press correspondent recently. “The gendarme on duty near one gate told me he had kept tally of those that fell last night. There were Iz7 of them Sheltered by massive earth and stone-work, at one of the gates, I counted projectiles exploding about every three minutes . The city is vacant, more like the ghost of a city than a modern, well-built town. . 22,000oo people locked their doors, and, with a small allowance of personal baggage, left by order. … One can walk


through miles of shuttered windows without seeing a person. The city is little damaged.” Mr. H. Warner Allen writes: “Verdun . .. can muster three ciilians. . .. Thefirst objective of visitors to a bombarded town is invariably the cathedra-ace the Germans have made a habit of the destruction of these sacred edifices. In Verdun, however, they cannot see their target, and consequently, so far, beyond an insignificant hole in the roof and the breaking of all its glass, the cathedral is intact .. . Several large shells had fallen near the cathedral.”



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