Saturday, February 27, 2010

25May1871, La Semaine Sanglante

LONDON, May 25th, 1871.
—It is too true that Paris is being destroyed by the miserable insurgents, who have deliberately fired the glorious public buildings with petroleum. The Tuileries is burnt to ashes ; also the Hotel de Ville and a large part of the Louvre ; other buildings, including S. Eustache, are more or less injured, and the mad people are constantly being caught flinging petroleum into houses—a body of firemen were found pumping it upon the flames instead of water. There is fearful exasperation, and endless bloodshed seems certain.

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