Horses Treated Better than Men, Daily Racing Form, 1918-05-18


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I I - | | i I ,• a i i t r • r t I I HORSES TREATED BETTER THAN MEN Among the most interesting stories hearing u|M u the Great War ami the horse is one relatetl by a German now. and for many years past, a naturalized citizen of the Cnited States, and an enthusiastic supporter of his adopted country at this hour of stress. The narrator, like all natives of Ocrmany. of the male sex. when the proper age arrived, was placed in the German army for thn-e years compulsory military service, as is the custom in the land of the kaiser. It chanced that he was made a cavalryman a branch of the army to which much care and attention is and always has been given. At the end of two years he hail become thoroughly trained, ami the regiment to which he ln-longed. on account of its efficiency and fine ap|M arauce in drill, was chosen to maneuver in a grand review to Im- held by the kaiser himself. On the day of the review, as the regiment was executing a difficult maneuver, one of the horses stumbled ami threw his rider. The officer in command immediately gave the wor.l to close up the ranks anil pay no attention to what hail hapiM-neil. so that the smoothness of the inan-i eiiver should not Im- marred or the kaiser detect anything amiss. In ortler to do this it was neces sary for hundreds of horses to gallop over the body of the fallen cavalryman, ami he was trampled to death in. so to sm-ak. the twinkling of an eye. No mention of the incident was ever publicly made, probably having been forbidden by the military authorities. "I served out my third and last year." saitl the teller of the story, "anil then immediately arranged my affairs and sailed for the Initetl States. 1 did not want longer to remain a citizen of a country in which such things were |Missible. During my army service I learned that nothing was so cheap as the life of a common soldier. Indeed, in tea cavalry to which I belonged the horses were treated far iM-tler than the meu."

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