The Case of Edith Cavell

A Study of the Rights of Non-Combatants

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Author: James M. Beck
Language: English
Wordcount: 13,945 / 48 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 45.7
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 543
Added to site: 2007.01.12
mnybks.net#: 15782
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: History, War
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if they have hirelings to do their will, and flatterers to excuse them while they reign, there yet comes afterward a human conscience to judge them and pity to hate them. The murderer has but one hour; the victim has eternity."

At the outbreak of the war Miss Cavell was living with her aged mother in England. Constrained by a noble and imperious sense of duty, she exchanged the security of her native country for her post of danger in Brussels. "My duty is there," she said simply.

She reached Brussels in August, 1914, and at once commenced her humanitarian work. When the German army entered the gates of Brussels, she called upon Governor von Luttwitz and placed her staff of nurses at the services of the wounded under whatever flag they had fought. The services which she and her staff of nurses rendered many a wounded and dying German should have earned for her the generous consideration of the invader.

But early in these ministrations of mercy she was obliged by the noblest of humanit

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