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Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, August 26th, 1914

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,961 / 42 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 352
Added to site: 2008.09.24
mnybks.net#: 22134
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Periodical, Humor
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us eventually, and we arranged a very fine battle there with a river in between.

The Meuse was easier. We infested its banks with our hosts and fixed a splendid array of troops all along the Franco-German frontier. Next we invaded Germany and Austria from the other side with several Russian armies and put some local troops to meet them. Without boasting, I think I may say the result was very pretty. But to our dismay we found we had a number of armies left. Helen said they must fight somewhere.

"You can't keep all those troops idle," she said. "Look at the waste of good material."

"That's true," I admitted. "Perhaps my newspaper can help."

It did indeed contain enough rumours of battles to dispose of all our flags and a few dozen besides, but at the same time it urged me to accept unofficial statements with the greatest reserve. Mr. F. E. SMITH, it declared (it was a Liberal print; such are the vicissitudes of war) was the only reliable authority. Helen and I decided we could accep

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