David J. Castleman letter to Mary Pride Jones, 18 April 1919
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The Germans searched high & low to discover the editor & his printers and a great sum of money was offered for their apprehension. Several times they had hair-breadth escapes, but after a lapse of one or two weeks-it was a weekly-it would appear again. One of the most remarkable things is the way it was distributed. Every week Von Bissing even found a copy, sometimes at his office, or again at his home. It was delivered to Belgian patriots & they in turn passed the paper to trusted friends. The penalty for having a copy was death & quite a number were thus sentenced. Miss Cavell was found with a copy. Several who passed thru the ordeal here have told me some awful stories of the German crimes. A young lady in charge of a small patisserie told me with tears in her eyes of how her family had to suffer. It is past bed time. I wish I could write you all I've seen & heard. A heart full of love - D.