A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium

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Author: Hugh Gibson
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 109,176 / 308 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.1
LoC Category: U
Downloads: 358
Added to site: 2006.08.01
mnybks.net#: 14498
Genre: War
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ation. The tricolor was flying in the fresh breeze, and there was a big crowd outside cheering itself hoarse. It was made up of men who were called to the colors and were waiting to enroll themselves and get instructions as to where they should report for duty. The air was electric, and every now and then the military band struck up the Marseillaise and the crowd instantly became happily delirious. Some of them had been standing in the sun for hours waiting to get in and get their orders, but they were just as keenly responsive to the music and the mood of the crowd as anybody. All the crowd in the Legation had been working day and night for days, and was dead with fatigue; but, some way, they kept going, and managed to be civil and friendly when I had business with them. How they do it I don't know. A Frenchman's politeness must be more deeply ingrained than even I had supposed.

On the way back from the Legation this evening, I saw von Below, the German Minister, driving home from the Foreign Office t

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