El Paso Herald (El Paso, Tex.), Ed. 1, Monday, April 8, 1918 Page: 3 of 14
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ADVENTURES IN FAMINE STRICKEN
TOWNS OH THE RHIKE IH 6EBMM
Shortage of Food Causes Strikes; Terrible Bloodshed at
Hamburg; Attempt on the Kaiser's Life; $5 for a
Cake of Soap; Dysentery and Cholera Conse-
quent Because of Bad Quality of Food.
(The writer of this unique series is Pvt. Thomas B. Dickinson of tie Dar-
ham Light infantry whs was captnred sear "pres as the 26th of April 1915
and ha: just returned to England after a remarkable escape from Germany. Pvt.
Dickinson is a school teacher by profession blessed with' the gift et keen and
accurate observation. He teamed many important facts respecting the economic
conditions prevalent in the fatherland and those revelations diversified by
graphic accounts of his own personal adventures and sufferings form an Alu-
mina ting and thrilling account that cannot fail to interest our readers.)
WRITTKX BY T. B. DICKIJiSOS. -
(Bmcapti Prisoner ft War.)
J OXDOX Engr April S. Germany is
Li a nice country to be ant of. This
insertion contains the quintessence
f truth for I have bean there and
it emerges from the bit tor depths of
personal and painful knowledge.
Germany I repeat. Is a nice conntry
:o be out of so nice thai any Indi-
ldual endowed with a hard and un-
forgiving disposition could not do bet-
. etter than consign his enemies to the
fitherland in preference X a region
hicn. after all may possess nothing
:i "re than an Imaginary existence.
As an unwilling guest cf bis impe-
rial majesty Wilhelm rX. of the house
of Hohenzollem and of the fierce and
warlike mueta Chios I endured many
; nings of a nature calculated to create
ter.ous evaporation in the fountain of
gratitude. In other words I feel so
rntaankful for the entertainment
With which I vu provided on the
astern bank of the Rhine where
icntable slaves In their millions
o! night and day that I might
:orget myself and dare to ruffle the
.-foresaid Wilhelm's sense of his' di-
Mne kingship were 1 to meet him in
cme lonely spot "far from the mad-
Having thus expressed my senti-
ments towards the head of the Gx-
mnnic empire upon whose shoulders
I .ay the main responsibility for the
war and my own sufferings I think
it advisable even at this early stage
of my story to draw a pen-picture of
ecent economic conditions in the land
of the gentle Hun-
Strikes Due ta Lack at Vm4.
"What are the real conditions and
what ire the people thinking over in
These are questions I have fre-
quently been asked since returning
home and before relating my adven--urts
as a prisoner of war in the land
of hc Hun I think It well to answer
From the summer of 19TS until the
c ose of IS IT. when I made my escape
i re German nation was gradually alrp-
r:ng down the hill of food shortage
into the vallev of starvation.
And you can take it from me that
bv this time the German nation has
i cached mighty near the bottom of the
-Mope. The foil force of the British
blockade was in evidence when I left
and the result has been that tne great
bulk of the civilian population never
confe in contact with a square meal.
In mv opinion the strikes in the
fatherland we have been bearing so
much about within the last few
r-onths are more the result of lack of
'nnj for the masses than any strong
"fire for a just and honorable peace.
Genua OffKera Isgenlosw.
I must admit that the German au
thorities display an nmaiing amount
of ingenuity In feeding the fires ef
rope. Seldom a day elapses but the
rewspapers announce uiat consequent
i i-on improved organization or tor
some other equally plausible reason
-ore and better rations will shortly
be forthcoming. Nor do whey forget
to reiterate stories to the effect that
while there Is a shortage in the fath-
erland the conditions In the British
Isles are Infinitely worse.
"It Is true tiat we sometimes go
hungry" wrote one Germsn journal-
ist "but our sufferings are paltry
compared with those of the hated
English. Our U-boats form a ring of
iron around Britain and the popula-
tion is starving. The memters of the
working classes are- dying In -their
thousands for lack of food. Let those
.c-wian hn ari inclined to arnmble
; .-call to mind a little those facta We
SHERIFF IS OUT
WITH THE F
"We know from actual ex-
perience what Tanlac will
do" says Joe Chad wick.
The Imposing list of men now en-
dorsing Tanlac who have held er are
now holding some responsible public
office grows longer day by day. To
the large number of representative
men whose statements have been pub-
lushed in the press of the country is;
now added tbe name of Joe Cnad-
wick. formerly deputy sheriff of;
Bexar county Texas for fourteen
vears and who enjoys the esteem of
ali who know him. Mr. Cbadwick !
lives at 125 Krempltau street San
Vntonio and recently made the fol-
?owmg statement detailing his wife'a:
experience with Tanlac
"I've ust come in to get another
bottle of Taniac for my wife" said
Mr. Chadwick. "She has already
taken two bottles and her improve-
ment is simply wonderful hfy wife
has suffered for ten years from a dis-
ordered stomach that gradually got
worse and about eight years ago she
noticed a distressing feeling of gas
after eating and it caused painful
.-mothering spells to come on. The
sob seemed to press on her heart and
cause palpitations that would nearly !
overcome her and she would lose
sleep cn account of it. She couldn't
sleep on her left side st all. for the
pain was simply unbearable when she ;
tned to. She had a morbid appetite
and seemed to be hungry all the time
but couldn't digest what she ate very I
well and early In the mornings she
would often get sick at her stomach !
and begin vomiting.
"Her condition got to be so serious
1 worried a lot about her till she
.farted talcing Tanlac then she began
10 improve at once and 1 became more
nopeful of her recovery. She sleeps
ike a top every night now and she
' an sleep on her left side lust as rest-
fully as on the other and she shows
i.o signs of her ol trouble. Her
-I'-vee are quieter now and she eats
wetter and everythag seems to agree
with her and gives no distress af-
terwards. She is stronger and has
-tore life and energy than before and
tays she feels more like working
' ow than she has In a long time. We
know from actual experience what
Tanlac will do and are telling all our
f-:ends about It whenever we see
"hT." Tanlac is sold In El Paso by
y & Pollard Co Inc. and Peo-V'up-
Ptore under personal di-
M - a Ti"-!"! Tanlac represen-
nave only to enanre a urtie longer
and complete victory shall fee ours."
Feed Csrdsi Xa Keot!.
The Runs swallow all such yarns
On the other hand the military of-
ficers connected with -the various pris-
on camps know a little oetter. They
see the thousands of parcels wnicb
arrive from the homeland for the Brit-
ish prisoners of war and I have beard
them laughing over the newspaper an-
nouncements about food conditions on
the other side of the North sea.
During the latter part ot the year
l17 It was almost Impossible to ob-
tain meat of any kind and potatoes
were equally scarce.
True the citizens are folly provided
with a plethora of ration cards en-
titling them to purchase quantities of
various kinds of foodstuffs but the
trouble was that the shopkeepers had
not the goods to sell.
Plenty of SsBstttntes.
A great dealshas been written about
food substitutes invented by the Ger-
mans and not a few persons seem to
labor under the imnresslon that such
things adequately fulfil the fonctionw)
or the real articles in mis conncc
tion I would state that tbe vast ma
loritv of tbe snbstitutes have done
more harm than good and the opinions
exnessed about them by their victims
are of an unprintable character.
Thousands of deaths have been di-
rect attributable to the use of food
substitutes in the fatherland and It is
not too much to say that tney nave
seriously impaired the health and
strength of the nation as a whole In
1917 the average German working
man was so weakened by lack of prop-
er and nourishing food that his sow
ers ot production were reduced at
least 60 percent comparea wixn pre-
war times. i make this statement en
tbe authority of the managing director
of the largest paper factory in Ger-
many where I worked for a period.
When I was taken prisoner In the
snrinc of 1915 the Germans were lusty
Hnrt lamaifih Is body while mentally
tney were puneu up wjm me prat ui
victories won ana conceit as to me
rlorlous and aIl-eononerin future.
In those days the streets of the
ancient city of Manster were crowd-
ed with hannr. well fed Teutons and
the numerous cafes and restaurants
did a roaring business. The oeer in
tile beer gardens seemed to be about
a plentiful as water and the strains
of "Deutecherland nber Alios" im-
pinged upon the ear from every direc-
tion. Figuratively speaking. Monster
was a city in a land flowing with milk
and honey and the Heady- wine of
Tbe first eamo I was taken to was
near Monster and when as sometimes
happened I was put to work in the
city I was of. course accompanied by
a sentry witn loaaea riue ana ub
Most Walk in Street.
The pavements were sacred to the
Huns. It was "verbaten" that the feet
of a British -sebweinehund" should
perambulate anywhere but in the cen-
ter of the roadway.
anai. MlJe our progress along
the tnorougsxares l oecame a iar&et
for the dull and gross wit of the olea-
"3ee tbe Britisher! How thin he Ir
cried a pedestrian one day. adding:
"Aim before wa are done with them
the whole cursed brood will be hiring
themselves out as pipe cleaners."
Heaven knows. I was as lean as a
rake at that period the reason being
that my parcels from home bad not
started to arrive and I had perforce
to exist solely on the meager rations
doled out ny my captors.
Th Lanes Is Tnrned.
And the laughter of the bystanders
on hearing the prophecy which I have
quoted might have worked me up into
a temper ana got me into kthw trou-
ble had n not remembered the old saw
which declares that be who laughs
last laughs' longest.
ThA aaiM nnnret true In this par
ticular case and although 1 could not
ajrora to rejoice apenry. my careiuixy
concealed merriment nlaced a severe
strain upon my risible faculties. The
Junnstentes tooseo an ran ana oaouy
as it la nessfble for Germans to look
until about tbe beginning of Decem-
ber. 1915. Prior to that date "business
as usual" accurately describes the
stats of affairs m .the way of eating
and drinking. Food was plentiful and
the whopping "corporations" ef the
Huns respecting the terrible trials
ml sarilstilM that lav in store re
mained In a state of blissful igno
fland the British Blockade.
It was about this time that I be
gan to hear the Germans refer to the
sntisn Diocaaae. a u y at il miwu
their language was ot an unparlia-
They considered themselves the most
persecuted and maiireatea people un-
der the sun. As for the British they
were tbe vilest and most depraved of
evil doers a nation that wanted to
starve tbe civilians of the fatherland ;
that was incapable of adhering to the
recognized rules of civilised warfare.
Truly the psycnoiogy or me ronton
is a beat the only comical factor with
which be is endowed. His sense of
right and wrong is grotesque In the.
extreme. Pnt briefly there are in
numerable things that are fit and
proper when done by a German and
bv a Herman only. Deeds of a simi
lar character performed by men of
another race if they affect the wel-
fare of Fritz are he win serionsly
Inform you. crimes of the blackest
Stranae German Stories.
Kurt Brieger a farmer for whom I
worked tor a time in Wesrpalla was
a typical Hun In this respect- I got
fairly well acquainted with Brtoger
who. desipte his nationality was not
at all a bad sort. He would talk quite
freely to me about the war and seme
or tits views sounaea strange to my
One dav. when the sennelin raids
were at their height. Brietrer came to
me with a garish story a scut the de-
struotion of London and several of the
leading provincial eftles. Thousands
of citizens he declared had been stain
and great conflagrations aaa de-
stroyed square miles of buildings.
"That's what we do to your conntry
for trying to starve us." he cried es-
Speaking in German I told him I did
not believe the sepps. were ca cable ef
doing so much damage and that
scarcely a week elapsed in Janaater
without the prisoners of war being
assured that London had ceased to
The PeeoUar German Mind.
-I grant you. Brieger." I added
"that nothing would please the Ger-
man people more than to know they
had razed London to the ground: and
I am equally sure that no tears would
be shed in the fatherland although
all London's citizens numbering near-
ly C.000.000 went down to death be-
neath its rains. But why can't yon be
"What do you mean?" queried the
"Just this. You know as irell as ii
That Rookie from the 13thSanad ByF.L.Crosby
fyes'- I'LL TAK5 YOOR
WfFeiN. I HAVE A SHIL
ROOH OH THe -TOPRCOR
THAT IWILlLeTYtOU HAVE
$250 A MONTfV'
I feet that we
HOST AO. po
do taat ei cn had there been no block-
ade of Germany yonr military leaders
could have employed these zeppelins
just the same."
"No no. never!" shouted Brieger.
"We could never have thought -of do-
ing such a terrible thing. We are
.clean fighters. We have been forced
to use tbe seppelins to bring the Brit-
ishers to their senses. Anyway all
of your towns are fortified end tbe em-
ployment of our airships is legitimate
"Ah! Bat That Wac Different"
"Look here. Brieger." 1 replied. "I
am going to ask yon one question
one I have put to a lot of yonr coun-
trymen and I want a straight answer
as aetween man and man."
"Ton shall have it." said Brieger.
"Would your kaiser and his advisers
net have blockaded Britain with the
German fleet if It had been powerful
enough for the Job at the outbreak
of the war?"
The German hesitated for a few mo-
ments and then remarked "I am sure
that our kaiser would never have
tried to starve the women and chil-
dren of Britain."
"Tour armies besieged Paris away
back in the "70's." I reminded him.
"Ah." but that was different" cried
And that my friends is the method
of their reasoning In Germany. Herr
Brieger could not explain wherein tbe
difference lay. He was confident
however that it had been' perfectly
right and proper for tbe Germans to
besiege tbe capital of France and that
It was absolutely disgraceful on the
part of the British to blockade bis
Cerse Others for Own Crimes.
While I was at Doaseldorf in T917
a German sentry used the very same
expression "Ah! hot that was dif-
ferent!" He had been cursing the
British because of an aerial raid made
on a German town near the bolder
""The British devils with their bombs
leveled a whole street of houses and
Private Branch Kxeaasge 8300
ganization oi specialists in
matters of style in
TL3T ERE is highly trained super speci-
A alized organization devoting every
bit of its energy and ability to matters of
style and offering you a wonderful
Here are suits so perfectly styled that bet-
ter dressers have come to regard them as
the last word in style details as the au-
thonty in Men's Wear.
That such an organization has something
intensely interesting to show you goes
almost without saying. And it is quite
important that you review this display of
Young Men's Suits at
$12.50 to $45
Had Schaffner & Marx Kuppenheim-
er Rogers Peel "Stratford" "Fitform"
and "High School" Suits are sold here
exclusively in El Paso.
Ask to see the Unadvertised Specials in
Men's Suits. (Second Floor)
C fAlRlOTS?- HAY THEIR TRiBe?
several women and children were
foully murdered" he angrily ex-
claimed "Tney are barbarians and
our soldiers should show them no
"You cannot have forgotten how
the Germans started bombing the
towns" I said. "What about London
where hundreds of women and chil-
dren have been killed by the zeppelins
and the GothasT
"Ah! but that was different." re-
plied the sentry and I was so dis-
gusted with tbe response that I turned
my back to him and walked away. One
cannot hope to convince people ef that
type by mere talk.
F"oodtnff From Holland
Until the 'month of December. ISIS.
I repeat foodstuffs were plentiful in
the fatherland and this happy condi-
tion of affairs was to some apprecia-
ble extent due to tbe importations
I know that tremendous quantities
ot goods came into the country from
Holland because fer weeks on end 1
was employed at the railway station
in aunster Helping to unioaa train
loads of butter margarine cheese.
I eggs onions etc etc. Hundreds of
my zeuow prisoners taoorea witn ma
the wages paid us being at the rate of
six cents ner day.
This remuneration was doled eat in
the form of canteen money and could
only be expended in the canteens at
the orison camn. it was made ox tin.
and was not negotiable outside the
Batter From Reliand.
Butter was then selling at 49 cents
per pound which for many ef the pris-
oners was really a prohibitive prtea
The difficulty however was skillfully
overcome in many instances ana not
all tbe butter that arrived from llol
land reached its nroner destination.
Quite a number of secret rea parties
were held up at the camp and the
Dutcn production was proiuseiy in ev
idence en the war bread.
Probably tbe most convincing dem
Wr Mm 1
i vV-jfc. ram rr KiX
has an or
i - a e- i r riff r i
onstration of the healthiness ot tbe
Hun larder at this period was the ac-
tion of the aulherftiex in Dresestina
each ef the MM prisoners at liunster
with a pound of honey a pound of bis-
cuits a paeekx ot tobacco and a few
apniea Tnese Iormed the only pres-
ents we ever received from the Ger-
mans with tha exception of kieka.
bayonets and other "knitured" forms
in the spring of MIC the fat forks of
Monster oomiw fused ta wear a worried
look. The butchers shops were not
so wen stocked as they had previously
been and both tha quantity and. the
duality dhrslared nittfal sia-ns of de
terioration. And prices soared sky-
wars in a manner wnicn produced dis-
quietude In the minds of the thrifty
When Foods Became Short.
In June and July there was a serious
snortage or sngar ana potatoes were
soaroeiy eoiainawe. witn tne result
that a number of the more enlight
ened citizens ttes-ar not only to Brum
ble bnt jo donbt whether their armies
were really going to dominate the
Dcrinjr the autumn and towards the
end of tbe year the nest scarcity crew
worse. That Daeamher I was engaged
wornng in a unwav yarn la .it vaster
the sroBrletor'of wsieh oore the his
toric name of Kruger. In addition to
us prisoners a considerable number or
German civilians were employed in the
yard and a boat a week before Christ-
mas one of these men told me that he
had offered as high as IS marks
$2.M) for a pevU of meat bat had
oeon annate to eviaus a supply. .
rights resolved by T. B. Dickinson.
fin the next Inxtaliqeat tbe awtber
eS of the terrible csosHIosmi nreva
lent In Germany dorinc: tbe aammer
and autumn of 1917.. Tweve mi as
attempt made an the life of the kntier
and thsesands sf rioters were shot
jaown la several sf the prlnciftal
Ave. and San Antoalo St.
Hart Schaffner & Mats
Private BrSarb Karfcaagr MOB.
I Buy Liberty Bonds and Strike
I We Accept Them As Cash In
The Talk of El Paso
From End To End
are the "WAR-
They are a whole-
hearted and power-
ful determined ef-
fort on our part to
do something to
ease the burden of
war prices on our
people and thou-
sands of people are
corring for them.
We siiaH go straight on
through Ac entire month
and if ytra are wise foa
wit turn to this page tbe
first thiag to see what the
neat day's ofierisgs will be.
stands for. a won-
derful value. Wher-
ever you see it stop
For Tomorrow ( Tuesday) a New Lot of
Please Get These Facts Clear
The merchandise in these specials is in new fresh desirable goods that
people want for Spring. In motive and action these specials are different
from any ever held in El Paso being created solely for the benefit of the
Wartime Seroke Special No. II
This Is a Wonder
Sample Line of Women's Low
Shoes War Time Price $L95
The Lowest Price In Two Years On Such Shoes.
isVCU would be likely to sell more of these shoes at $130 or $5.00 than at $1.95" said a shoe
merchant who saw samples of ail the shoe laid out oc a table "because wosea who want fine
low shoes won't believe these are the bud of low shoes they are."
Perhaps that is true but we believe that people will realize that we ate ilwg soaMlawg iipr 1 1 wfcBtad
ia these War Service Specials and will take our word enough to coaae and see these low shoes.
Made of fittest leathers in good styles and $1.95 b only a fraction of the price they were manufac-
tured to sell for.
They ate the sample Kne of Thomson & roaker. There are almost a bundled different patterns.
Low heel Cuban heel and Louis Cuban bed styles k leather or wood There arc Via Kid. Dut Kid
and Patent Leather Oxfords Pumps of all descriptions as well as Oaloniafs. Sizes 3 to 4i C and
D widths. Besides these we shall add a number of low shoes from our regular stock to the saniples.
making the size range complete. Truthfully this is tbe best bargain we've ever offered aad you
should take advantags of this opportunity. Shop in the morning. ' (Down Stnirs Store)
Wartime Service Special No. 12
Women's Pure SilK Vests Go
On Sale Tuesday At $IJS Each
"PURE SILK VESTS of substantial weight made with French band tops; prettHy esabrohfcred in
colors; cut amply long; reinforced under the arms. Profit has been kuorked to tbe winds ia this
War-Time Special. It is hard to explain just how astonishing an offer this is. because there are so
many grades on the market that they are confusing. Few women wiD be content with ONE of these
silk vests so we will allow each customer to have THREE but no more at $1.15 each. (First Floor)
Wartime Service Special No. 13
Fine 36 Inch Black Chiffon
Taffeta At a Yard Only $1.00
"HIS is exactly toe same taffeta same weave same weight same beautiful chiffon fina that
sold a year ago at a lot more than this War-Thoe Special price.
This means that this price ($1.00 the yard) is reaBy ridiculously low in comparison with 1918 prices.
But this is a special lot of several hundred yards that we obtained at an extraordinary advantage and so
we are pashtg it on to our customers as a War-Time Service Special.
High luster black chiffon dress taffeta; splendid weight for dresses skirts and petticoats. Limit 10
yards to a customer at a yard (Third Floor)
Bonds and War
Ae. aad San Aattowta St.
the Kaiser a Blow j
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