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I GIRLS OF 16 EXECUTED

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I GIRLS OF 16 EXECUTED I HOW BELGIUM IS "RULED" BY TORTURE AND DEATH. The National War Aims Committee have issued the following: Although German y has been in occu- pation of Belgium for over three years the blood-lust of the onemv mntiitues. So far f:om iiit-rod-oucing a humaner rule OYtT that unhappy people, the I sword, the gibbet, and the prison are still the maLn factors in their Govern- n?Mt. News has reached this country lately from Belgian official sources reporting .58 more executions in that unhappy, country. This brings to 170 the um- ber of Belgians killed srince January, 1917, for some patriotic "crime" under the rule of Governor rOil Falkenliau- son, who su<x»eeded Von Bissing. Among them we han, th names of at least 10 women, three girls of from 14 to 16. and several boys under 2Q. They are supposed to bo guilty of spying, but in many cases the arrest, eondem nation. and execution have taken place within three or four days, so that no serious inquiry could have been made. Under the rule of Yori Bissing, who rendered hirns- If responsible for the murder of M CaveXi, abuut a lmnd- red executi'iJn.<; tcv^k place in one year (1915-196), according t can official German stat-TiTinit. Von Falkenhaiu- sen, surname^ "tlie tiger, thinking very likely that Iiiis been too element, iiwreased this mun- ber thre<ff(dd. Most of these victims of Germain terras-im have been subjected before their exevution to most eruol tortures tn enter to force them to de- nounce their "accomplices." The two daughters of M. Groneret, a shopk<M->jx>r of Liege, wore forced to wi tness tho death of their father and mother. Life was then promised to them if thev consented to sneak. The eldest, aged 20, refused courageously, rnnd was killed beside her parents. Pre- sume was then put on the younger, a girl of 14, but she remained firm in spite of all the efforts of her tomentors and shared the same fate. In a group of 20 prisoners shot re- cently at Ghent was a young girl of 16 whose only crime h:1lll been to carry letters over the frontier. She begtjefl for her life until the last moment, and was shot kneeling. • The Germain public well aware of the wholesale executions. The "KcL nische Zeitung" complained recently (Doe, 10) that the number of Belgian spies who were granted their lives was far too large, I).ad tha t the Belgians were not worthy of Germany s gener- fitw merey.

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