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Fighting For Peace

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Author: Henry van Dyke
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 37,361 / 117 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.3
LoC Category: U
Downloads: 666
Added to site: 2006.11.02 15134
Genre: War

Three-quarters of Dr. Van Dyke's volume is a sketchy account of the origin and the earlier course of the war not vividly illuminated by the reminiscences of one who in Antwerp marveled over tennis-court emplacements for those big German guns which Professor Pollard assures us were really fired from their own carriages.

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ws of trees down the middle. Our house had once been the palace of the Duchess of Saxe-Weimar, a princess of the Orange-Nassau family. But it was not at all showy, only comfortable and large. This was fortunate for our country when the rush of fugitive American tourists came at the beginning of the war, for every room on the first floor, and the biggest room on the second floor, were crowded with the work that we had to do for them.

But during the first winter everything went smoothly; there was no hurry and no crowding. The Queen came back to her town palace. The rounds of ceremonial visits were ground out. The Hague people and our diplomatic colleagues were most cordial and friendly. There were dinners and dances and court receptions and fancy-dress balls--all of a discreet and moderate joyousness which New York and Newport, perhaps even Chicago and Hot Springs, would have called tame and rustic. The weather, for the first time in several years, was clear, cold, and full of sunshine. The canals were



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