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SNIPERS FARE BADLY -— .0 —- SUPERIOR MARKSMANSHIP OF OUR SHARPSHOOTERS. According to "Eye-Witness" present with General Headquarters in France, matters have been very quiet lately. He gives a de- scriptive account of how the German snipers fail. They frequently cover themselves with ferns and straw and are thus not easily seen, but our soldiers are effectively dealing with them, and in one place an English sharpshooter accounted for e-, x of the enemy'.s snipers. "Eye-Witness's" message is as follows:— The past three days have been the most uneventful we have experienced for several weeks. On Monday, February 8, all was quiet on the British front, except for some rather cevere shelling at certain points in the centre, where the enemy made use of incen- diary shell, but effected little damage. In this quarter the activity of the enemy nipers has diminished of late owing to the marksmanship of our sharpshooters. These Rnipers frequently cover themselves with ferns or straw, so as to render themselves letis easily distinguishable when crawling on grass or stubble. At one placo on this day, out of five Ger- man snipers who had crawled out in front of their trenches and were trying to annoy us three were promptly ^fcot dead. At another point one of our marksmen recently accounted for six, singlehanded. Similar rounding up of snipers by our patrols is taking place on other parts of the front. and is an encouraging indication that this nuisance is being effectively dealt with. South of the Bethune-La Bassee road the French made a successful attack, capturing a point of some importance in the German line. Tuesday, the 9th, passed equally unevent- fully. At one or two points on the left of our line the Germans displayed unwonted friend- liness by throwing cigarettes into our trenches; our men smoked the cigarettes while continuing to shoot at their loopholes. In the centre the heavy shelling continued, .but otherwise .the enemy showed no activity. BRITISH AIRCRAFT SUPERIOR. Wednesday, February 10, was a very bright, clear day, with a little wind, and the interest centred on warfare above rather than on the earth. A large number of air- craft on both sides hovered over the battle- line, and there were many encounters, in which our airmen maintained their usual superiority. The importance of the supe- riority can be imagined, for it means not only that the enemy finds it difficult to dis- cover the dispositions and movements going on behind our line, but also that his artil- lery is compelled to work entirely by the map instead of by direct observation. His Vmners can, of course, tell by the map the exact distance of the target, but the range to be given the gun is a factor which varies with the condition of the atmosphere and the wind, and therefore cannot be definitely ascertained without direct observation. Even after the most careful calculations have been made there is a possibility of error about this method which there is no chance of correcting. There is also a discouraging sense of uncertainty as to the effect pro- duced. A DINNER THAT VANISHED. Some places en our left and centre were heavily bombarded. A party of our officers had ax extraordi- nary escap e on this day. They were on the point of sitting down to dinner in a dug- out when a bomb from a German trench mortar landed in their midst. When the smoke and dust of the explosion had eleared away the dinner had completely disappeared, but not a single man was hurt. An incident recently occurred on the left which serves to show the nature of the present underground fighting. A disused communication trench, which led from one of our trenches towards those of the enemy, had been blocked by us with a barbed wiie entanglement. One night a party of German cut the en- tanglement. When this was discovered our men repaired it, and on the next night lay in wait Ül the hope that the enemy would come again. They were not disappointed. Six Germans came cautiously up the nar- TOW trench to the entanglement, and were all shot dead at point-blank range. The en- deavour to get the better of the enemy in all sorts of little ways such as this makes up the daily life of the soldier. NOTICES FROM AEROPLANES. The Germans have recently shown a desire to disabuse our Allies of the idea. that they are maltreating prisoners. A few days ago an aeroplane dropped several notices in French not far from our lines. The trans- lation is as follows: "French soldiers! The very prevalent idea in your ranks that French prisoners are shot by the Germans does not conform with the truth. Quite the icomtrary, they are absolutely well treated bv the Germans." Unfortunately for Germany, the evidence as to the treatment in many cases of pri- soners of war and the wild threats made in the Press to starve tnem in case of a s hort- age of food are not likely to remove the im- pression conveyed by this notice that "Qui e'excuse s accuse." "INSOLENT ENGLISH DOGS." Letters on prisoners continue to tell cf the increasing strain of war and of the hatred of England, as well as of the delu- sions cherished in Germany. Here are some examples: Lahr, January 11.—The place of the Young German League is how taken by the Jugendwehr (cadet corps, literally 1 cor; 3 of youths'), in which are incorporated youths of sixteen years of age. They are commanded by oiffcers, and undergo military training, but have no arms. The Serbians and Montenegrins are now played out. The Russians, owing to their enormous losses, are no longer in the majority. The French are also no longer strong, and the Belgians cease to exist. Only the English now. These insolent dogs must be beaten. You can then come back, and perhaps bring the JrOD Cross with you." "Eschersheim, December 13.—Foodstuffs are very expensive here owing to the war. Thank goodness we have a good stock of potatoes and coal in the cellar. Petroleum is not to be hadaziywhere, and we have got a special spirit lamp." A SUBSTITUTE FOR WOOD. I "January 16.—I write by candlelight, as the Italians will not let any petroleum go through to Switzerland for fear the Swiss will give it to the Germans." "Pforzheim, January 15.—It is hoped that things will go better when the war is over, for if it goes on there will be many poor people here. In all Baden no town is so badly hit as Pforzheim." "December 30.—I can well believe what you write about the Ersatz troops. The men are trained for scarcely four weeks, and then they go to the front. What can one learn in four weeks? I always think that is the reason for the heavy losses, as the men are still so helpless." January 4.-Hermann,-If yon have no wood for your fires burn Englishmen's bones." FOOTBALL WITH GERMAN BREAD. The following outburst from the "Ham- burger Nachrichteil" is interesting:— "At last what we have so long hoped for is being done. England must be struck at the most vulnerable point. She must feel that she can no longer comfortably stand aside, and rob and cheat and practise every brutality, while she is represented on the European continent by mercenaries, the scum of her people, who play football with German bread [for this crime five British officers were locked up], and expose to their criminal tools of murder the valuable life of our healthy, gifted, and educated youth, the springtime hope for the future of our race. Our people are struggling and offer- ing sacrifices for Emperor and empire, for its existence and its future, and these-, things cannot be sacrificed to moral super- stitions. What have we achieved in six. months with our noble-spirited conduct of war? Calumnies and hate and bitter hostility everywhere."

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