An Englishman working in Germany for an Anglo-German company, is caught up in the preparations for war as Germany mobilizes.
with the English!" Tourists of all nationalities were flocking to the station and to the landing-stage for the Rhine steamers. Soldiers were everywhere.
At the station ticket office there was a long queue of people waiting. Kenneth saw little chance of obtaining a ticket for some time; but being well acquainted with the stationmaster, he sought his assistance and was provided with a written pass.
"I can't guarantee that you will get beyond Aix-la-Chapelle," said the official. "You must take your chance."
Kenneth set off to return. Attracted by a crowd at the door of one of the hotels, he went up to discover the cause of the assemblage. A mountain of luggage was piled on the pavement, and the distracted owners, turned out of the hotel, were vainly seeking porters to convey it to the station. The riff-raff of the streets were jeering at them. Kenneth turned away, feeling that the scene was ominous.
He had walked only a short distance from the spot when a hand touched his shoulder fr