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RICHARD NORTON. 'JKZ, AT AMIENS.
Awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery in rescuing the wounded.



CARLTON THAYER BRODRICK, 04. HARRY GU8TAV BYNO.

Killed in the Luaitania maasacre. Killed May 16 while leading a charge.

HARVARD MEN AND THE WAR.



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C. p. Adams, '09. Henry AdaOM, 9d. 'M,
A. G. Alley. Jr.. '01. C. L. Amee, '06. J. 8.
Axnee. '01, Haroourt Amory. Jr.. 'Id, G. L.
Appleton, *08, F. R. AppletoD. Jr., '07, H. N.
Arnold. '96, E. P. Adams, p '04. R. L. Baoon,
'07, G. G. Ball, '08, T. H. Barber, '11, W. A.
Barron, Jr., '14. C. C. Batohelor, '01, E. DeT.
Bechtel. '03. Presoott BeUmap. I'91]. £. 8.
Benedict, '96, E. N. Bennett, '09, C. 8. Berry,
p '07, 8. 8. Bigelow, '15, A. C. Bla«den, '06.
Crawfoid Blagden, '02, Thomas Blacden, '14.
F. 8. Blake. '93. G. B. Blake. '93, Harold
Blanohard. '99, T. 8. Blumer, '09, J. E. Boit,
'12, Edward Bowditoh. Jr., '03, W. O. Bowers.
2d, nO], T. 8. Bradlee, '90, Ralph Bradley,
'09, J. C. Breckenridge, { '95, Gorham Brooks,
'05, P. R. Browne, '05, P. B. Brown, plO],
E. 8. Bryant. '06. K. P. Budd. '02, J. W. Bur-
den. '06, F. M. Bumham, '11. Garleton Burr.
•18. 1. T. Burr, Jr., '06, G. E. Buxton, Jr., I '06,
Raymond Belmont, ['10], Winthrop Burr, Jr.,
'18, R. C. Boiling, '00, J. J. Cabot, '13, N. W.
Cabot, '98, 8amuel Cabot, '06, P. A. Carroll,
•02, E. K. Carver, '14, O. M. Chadwiok, '11,
H. D. Chandler, '06, L. 8. Chanler, Jr., '14,
H. M. Channing, '02, Oswald Chew, '03, 8am-
ud Chew, '93, H. B. Clark, '01, W. A. Clark,
Jr., '16, Grenville Clarke, '06. W. J. Clothisr.
'04. J. 8. Coahran^ '00, C. R. Codman, 2d., '16,
Julian Codman, '92, L. deP. Cole, '01, W. C.
Coleman, '05, E. J. D. Coxe, S.B. '08, Clar-
ence Crimmins, '10, F. H. Cniger, rosj. John
Cutler, '09. Robt. Cutler, '16, B. Curtis, '99,
A. 8. Dabnoy, '09, C. W. Dafl, '05, W. W.
Daly, '14, C. C. Davis, '01, J. L. Derby, '08,
Riehard Derby, '03. R. A. Derby, '05, D. H.
Dewar, '05, Eugene Dodd, '14. E. L. Dorr,
8.B. '85, C. D. Draper, '00. J. P. Draper, I '03.
H. C. Drayton, r061, E. E. Du Pont, '03. W. C.
Durfee, '04, A. C. Eastman, m '00, B. A.
Edwards, '14, W. V. EHis, '08, Roger Ernst,
'08, 8. A. Fahnestock, '06, J. W. Farley, '99.
J. 8. Farlow. '02. G. R. Fearing. Jr.. '93. R. M.
Ferry. '12. Hamilton Fish, Jr.. '10, C. B,
Forbes, '00, NevU Ford, '13, R. C. Foster, '11,
W. L. Fox, '13, N. L. Francis, '92, P. R. Frost,
'07, F. E. Frothingham. '94, B. A. Fuller, '00,
R. H. Gardiner, '04, E. H. Geor«e, '00, J. F.
A. Giblin. '11, E. M. GUbert, '09, G. deK.
GOder. '08, H. T. Gleason. '09. J. M. GUdden,
'00, Conrad Goddard, '08, G. A. Gordon, '06,
Patrick Grant, 2d., '08, H. G. Gray, '97, J. C.
Gray, '97. R. W. Gray. '01, H. D. Greeley,
I '05, H. 8. Grew, '96, R. C. Grew, '95, Law-
rence GrinneD, '08, Roger Griswold, '14, W. F.
& Gifford, '04, Albert Hale, '93, R. 8. Hale,
*91, P. L. Hammond. r06], W. L. Hanavan,
'08, D. G. Harris, '00, M. K. Hart, '04, Cyril
Hatch, '00, Lawrence Hayward, '01, Lawrence
Hemenway, '15, J. J. Higginson, '07, P. W.
Hobart, '11, R. B. Hobart, '06, A. I. Hoe, '04,
W. W. Hoffman, '02, J. P. Hogan, '03, £. J.
Holmes, '95. 8. W. Holt, '10, Robt. Homans,
'97. W. P. Homans. '08, J. L. Howe. '99. Ken-
neth Howes. '08, B. B. IngaOs, '02, B. DuF.



Irving. r091. Gugy M. Irving. Jr.. 8.B. '07.
Oliver Iselin, '11. Chas. Jackson. '98. Henry
James. Jr.. '99. Wm. James. '02. Be^amin
Joy. '05. D. H. Jay. '03, J. T. L. Jeffries. ri3].

F. A. Jenks. '07. G. L. Jones. '02. H. T. King.
'92, LeRoy King. '06. F. H. Kinnicutt. '97,
H. B. Kirtland. '01. C. H. Krumbhaar. '03.

B. M. Langstaff. '06. C. 8. Lerch, I '14. Harris
livermore. '01. J. H. LoweU. '14. Ralph
Lowell. '12. G. H. Lyman. Jr., '16, C. C. Lund,
*16, Wm. MacLeod, '04. R. McC. Marsh. '09,
L. P. Marvin. '98. V. C. Mather, '03, W. R.
May, '04, A. H. Metcalf. 8.B. '09. W. W.
Metcalf. '06, G. H. MiflSin, Jr.. '00. J. J. Minot.
Jr.. '13, L. H. Monks, [« '06], Benjamin
Moore, '08, E. D. Morgan, Jr., '13, G. A.
Moriarty, Jr., '06, Joe Momingstar. Jr.. I '14.

G. B. Morison. '83. A. H. Morse, '01, G. P.
Metcalf, '12. R. P. NewhaU, '15, J. B. New-
ton, '10. E. B. Nye, '02, N. J. O'Conor, '07,
J. V. Onativia, Jr., '06. R. W. Page, '08. James
Park, '08, E. C. Parker, '05, H. McB. Parksr.
ri4], J. 8. Parkn. '13. J. D. Peabody. *06.
F. A. Pearson. '11, H. P. Perry '01, J. C.
PhilUpe. « '99. J. D. PhilUps. '97. A. 8.
Pier, '95. R. E. Pierce. '06. C. L. Pitkin. '06.
D. a Pitkin. [b'06], 8. Plununer, '04. J. H.
Proctor. '89, A. Z. Pyles. '10, G. B. Redwood,
'10, J. A. Remiek, Jr., '06, A. B. Richardson.
'12, C. R. Richmond. '09, R. 8. Richmond,
r06], J. H. Ricketson, Jr., '97, H. L. Riker,
'03, R. L. Robbins. '97, 8. L. Roberts. ('04],
F. W. Rockwell, Jr., '07, C. W. Rodgers, d '00,
D. P. Rogers, '96, P. J. Rooeevelt, '13, T.
Roosevelt. Jr., '09, C. C. Rumsey, r02], J. L.
8altonstaU. '00. F. M. 8awtell, '02, Perdval
Sayward. fOS], A. H. Schefer, '03, B. E.
Behleeinger, '99, 8. P. 8haw, Jr., '99, T. M.
Shaw, '00, L. H. 8hepard. ['98), H. R. Shep-
ley, '10, R. W. Sherwin, [« '99], L. E. 8hipman,
'96], H. R. Shurtleff, '06, G. 8. Silsbee. '18,
Theodore Simon. '14. Bulkley Smith. '13.
F. E. Smith. Jr.. ['OOJ, H. W. Smith, '95, WU-
lard Smith, '14. T. P. Snow. '04, P. L. Spald-
ing, '92, H. D. Stickney. '02. H. K. Stockton.
'02. Thomas Stokes. '03, J. J. Storrow. Jr.. '15.
T. W. Storrow. '15. J. M. Sturgis. '96. J. A.
SuUivan. '97. Harold Tappin. '00. W. N. Tay-
lor. '03. Landon Thomas, '09, P. W. Thom-
son, '02, Donald Tucker, ['99], H. G. Tucker,
'06, Bayard Tuokerman, Jr., ['11], Wolcott
Tuckerman, '03, J. R. Tunis, '11, Roberts
Tunis, ri3], Harrison Tweed. '06. B. M.
Vance, '08, R. G. Vickery, '13, C. C. Walker,
'98, Gordon Ware, '08, John Warren, '96, D.

C. Watson, '16. F. D. Webster, '06, Melville
Weston, '15, H. E. Wetscl, '11, Philip Whar^
ton, '15, F. W. Wheeler, [ '12], W. H. Wheeler,
'10, L. G. White, '08, J. G. Wiggins, '12. R. B.
Wigglesworth, '12, Lewis Williams, '00, C. H.
Wihnerding, Jr., '14, F. N. Wilson. '94. C. G.
Winslow. ['93]. Bertram Winthrop. [I '11].
Frederic Winthrop, '91, P. E. Wood, '08,
Francis Woodbridge, '98, J. W. Worthington,
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The Moior-Ambtdanee Work,

Almost as soon as the American Am-
bulance Hospital was organized, it was
realised that a transportation service
would be necessary. Its beginnings were
small; in the battle of the Mame there
were only a half-dozen hastily built cars
in the service, which consisted in gather-
ing cases in the field and carrying them
direct to the Neuilly Hospital. Their
work, however, was so satisfactory that
its possibilities of wider usefulness be-
came I4>parent, and rapid growth b^gan.

At present, in addition to the Paris
squad of ambulances which serves to
carry wounded from the freight station
of La Chapelle to all the hospitals in
the Paris district, including the Ameri-
can Ambulance Hospital, there are four
other units at work. One squad is at-
tached to Hospital ''B,** at Juilly, about
40 kilometres east of Paris, and serves
between the clearing hospitals at Com-
pi^gne, near Soissons, and Juilly. The
other three units are stationed at Dun-
kirk, Pont-li-Mousson, and on the Alsace
border, the total number of cars em-
ployed in these places being about 75,

Allowing for the great di£Perence be*
tween the character of the country on
the Channel coast in Flanders and the
abrupt slopes of the Vosges Mountains
in Alsace, the work done by these field
sections is much the same. Each section
is attached to the French army, is fed
and lodged by it, and is subject to its
discipline. Also the army furnishes the
required gasoline and tires, but the dri-
vers act as their own mechanics in the
matter ol routine repairs. Officers are
appointed by the Ambulance Commit-
tee in Paris and are in complete charge
of the sections and the squads that com-
pose them.

An impressioD seems to have got
abroad that the men in the Ambulance



drive thdr extraordinary Fords out into
the battlefields, pick up the wounded
where they have fallen, and after admin-
istering first-aid and loading them into
the ambulances drive them dangerously
back to shelter and the waiting sur-
geons.

The fact is otherwise. The army's own
stretcher-bearers do the hazardous work
of collecting the wounded, largely by
night. The army's surgeons in the first-
line dressing stations give what surgical
attention is imperatively demanded, and
again the stretcher-bearers and the
army's horse-ambulances and mule-
litters move the wounded back to the
second-line stations, all temporary af-
fairs removed from the immediate rum-
pus of the battle, but almost always
within artillery range. It is at these sta-
tions that the work of the motorwimbu-
lances begins, and it ends at the big
clearing hospitals that are established at
varying distances to the rear. In some
cases the work is routine evacuation of
hoq>itals to the railway stations — taxi
service and very dull, but invariably
useful.

All the men in the service are volun-
teers and unpaid, except for the regular
one sou a day paid to all soldiers in the
French army. A very large majority of
our drivers are graduates of American
colleges, among them Yale, Princeton,
Dartmouth, U. of P., Virginia, Columbia,
and Harvard, the greatest number from
any one of them being from the last-
named.

Several of the Harvard men who have
been in our service have left it to take
an active part in the struggle, feeling
that ambulance work expressed inade-
quately their desire to serve. Among
these are O. D. Filley» '00, now a lieuten-
ant in the British air service, who was
recently decorated for brilliant conduct
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man, Jr., *QS, who are now said to be
driving armored motors with the British
Expeditionary Force in the Dardanelles.
Elliot C. Cowdin, ftd, '06, is now a mem-
ber of the American Squadron in the
French aviation service and has already
been mentioned for distinguished con-
duct. Two Harvard men who have not
been connected with the Ambulance, but
who are also in the same squadron, are
Fraxier Curtis, '98, and Norman Prince^
'08, who organised the squadron late last
winter. Robert T. W. Moss, '04, entered
the Ambulance service in January, 1915,
but in March he resigned to go to Serbia,
which he felt needed help more than any
other of the belligerent countries.

A. Piatt Andrew, Princeton, '08, for*
meriy Assistant Professor of Political
Economy at Harvard, drove an ambu-
lance for several months in the north of
France before he was appointed inspector-
general of our service, in which capacity
he maintains the coordination between
the field sections and the central admin-
istration in Paris. Regis H. Post, '01, is
adjutant of the sta£F, and Philip A. Car>
roll, '02, served on it for some months.
J. S. Cochrane, '00, was in charge of a
squad that was stationed at St. Pol until
his resignation in the spring, and C. T.
Lovering, '02, succeeded Filley in com-
mand of a section that served in the
north and then at Hospital **B*' in
Jnilly.

E. V. Salisbury, '08, is in conmiand of
the section at Pontrli-Mousson. His
section worked in the hospital centre of
Beauvais for nearly two months, and
was the second of our units to be sent to
the front with the French army. It has
done work so notably good that the sec-
tion has twice been dted in the '''Order
of the Army."

The first section to be sent to the front
was formed under the command of R.
Lawrence, '02, and is now at work in the



recaptured territory of Alsace. Law-
rence's assistants in the section were D.
D. L. McGrew, '03, and Lovering Hill,
'10, the latter succeeding to the com-
mand alter Lawrence and McGrew left
for America. R. W. Stebbins, '00, had
temporary charge of one of the squads
of the Dunkirk section, and P. H. Wood,
'16, of the Paris squad.

A roster follows of the Harvard men
who have been in the service, or who are
now serving, complete so far as the avail-
able sources of information go: F. H. All,
G.S.; Charies L. Appleton, '08; A. Piatt
Andrew, Ph.D. '00; G. C Broome, / '86;
A. G. Carey, '14; David Garb, '00; J. S.
Cochrane, '00; C. R. Codman, 2d, '15;
J. R. Childs, '15; E. C. Cowdin, 2d. '08:
C. R. Cross, '03; E. J. Curiey, '04; L. H.
Delabarre, '16; J. S. Farlow, '02; S. P.
Fay, '07; O. D. Filley, '06; H. D. Hale,
Jr., '15; L. Hemenway, '15; Alex. I.
Henderson, 'IS; C. Higginson, '17; Lov-
ering Hill, '10; Carlyle H. Holt, '12;
Allyn R. Jennings, G.S.; P. B. Kurtz,
'16; R, Lawrence, '02; D. W. Lewis, '15;
W. Lovell. '07; C. T. Lovering, '02; J. O.
Lyman, '06; D. D. L. McGrew, '03; J.
Melcher, '17; J. M. MeUen, '17; H H.
Metcalf, '17; Robert T. W. Moss, '05:
W. G. Oakman, Jr., '08; T. J. Putnam,
*15; Durant Rice, '11; Laurence Rum-
sey, '08; R. W. Stebbins, '00; H. M.
SuMey, '10; M. F. Talbot, '16; P. B.
Watson, Jr., '15; W. B. Webster, Jr., '11;
H. B. Willis, ['121; E. C. Wilson, '17; C.
P. Winsor, '17; P. H. Wood, '16.

Li addition to this work of the Ameri-
can Ambulance of Paris, Richard Nor-
ton, '92, has organized and is in active
charge of the American Volunteer Am-
bulance Corps, which is maintaimng in
the fidd two units of 25 cars, one with
the French army in the H^buteme dis-
trict, and a newly formed section with
the British. The work of this organiza-
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has been decorated by the French
Government with the newly created
-War Crois."

'In the opportunity for humane serv-
ice» for illuminating experience with the
noblest qualities of mankind, for develo|H
ing the knowledge of war that inspires
dread and horror of its relentless waste,
this ambulance service in France has
been of incalculable value. It must never
be undertaken lightly or in a spirit ol
adventure, but with a detennination to
serve, and to serve well in every detail
D. D. L. McQrew, '08.

A Day at the French Front
The universities of F«ngland and
France are bearing with cheerful hero*
ism far more than their share of the ter-
rible burden imposed by the present war.
Without excepticm they have given lav-
ishly ol their very best Many of the
university grounds and buildings in
Oxford and Cambridge are being used
by the military and hospital authorities;
the only students left in residence are
cripples, Hindus, Americans, and women:
most of the younger dons are at the front
or on their way there, and a large pro-
portion of the older ones are serving the
cause in one way or another at home.
All this has won for the two great Knglish
universities a place in the popular a£Feo-
tion and esteem such as they have per-
hxpB never occupied before. In France
there is precisely the same tale to telL
The tragedy of the situation there is pei^
haps not as evident at first sight as in
England; for the "plant" of the conti-
nental university is so much smaller than
that of a residential institution like
Oxford or Cambridge that the outward
effects of its desertion are less immedi-
ately obvious. But a look beneath the
surface or a talk with any of the academic
people who remain will quickly reveal
the true state of affairs. And yet, despite



the overwhelming strain of it all, so de-
voutly does Fnmoe believe in the nece»-
Bty of maintaining in every possible way
the continuity of her intellectual activi-
ties that no lecture and no academic
occas i a n that could by any possibility
be retained has been suffered to go by
the board. The Sorbonne-Harvard ex-
change has gone on as usual; two Har-
vard professors have made the rounds of
the provincial universities, and incredi-
ble as it may seem, the visitors have been
made to feel that their hosts were really
glad to see them and anxious to hear
what they had to say. And there are
few Harvard men who would not feel a
real thriU of pride could they realise how
deeply the French care for the good opin-
ion and qrmpathy of this University —
how strongly they desire "that Harvard
at least should know the truth of this
war," as they often expressed it. Pres.
Eliot's views concerning it have been
widely read in France, and have created
a profound impression there; whatever
the rest of the United States may feel
and do, the French look to Harvard for
assurances of friendship and understand-
ing. Only those who have recently been
in France can understand how highly
such assurances are prised there today.
To this desire. " that Harvard at least
should know the truth of this war," I
owe <Nie of the most interesting days of
my life — the 16th of last March —
when 1 motored some fifty miles along
the French front from Nancy through
Lun6ville to Gerb^viller and back, in
company with the Mayor, and Recteur
of the University of Nancy, and Pro-
fessor Paul Petit, of the Faculty des
Scienoes there. On the previous day,
during my lecture at the university, I
had heard the cannon roar at Pont-4-
Mousson, and though I was assured that
there was eabne abtolu along all the front
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two or three kilometres and more apart,
and that in all probability nothing but
artillery duels would occur, I felt that
some little excitement was probably in
store for me.

Promptly at 8 o'clock on the following
morning we were off. Our first stop was
at the picturesque old town of St. Nicolas
du Port, where certain final formalities
in connection with our all-essential safe-
conduct had to be gone through with.
The Mayor, — most genial and cour-
teous of men, — who had already given
himself an infinity of trouble in making
the preliminary arrangements, under-
took to interview the military authorities
himself and sent us to visit the curious
and interesting cathedral while we waited.
Identification blanks wore sent in to us,
and we filled them out on a beautiful
marble table in the south transept. We
had need of aD our papers, for we were
challenged and held up at least a score of
times that day. Usually one or two sol-
diers leaped out into the road and flour-
ished their rifles (occasionally they made
a show of pointing them at us) when
they wanted us to stop: and, generally
speaking, a cursory lamination of our
safe-conduct sufficed to get us through.
But on one occasion there was a different
tale to tell. The sentry knew personally
the Mayor, who was sitting on the front
seat, and waved to him to pass with-
out further ceremony; but bef(»« we
could get by, an officer rushed up, and
after chiding the punir^piou for letting
any one through without examination,
ordered us all out of the motor and put
OS through our paces in most approved
style. " Ce rCesl pas un nam franQoU,"
he truly remarked when he came to me;
"(TailUuri ce moruiewr n'a pas eeni
quair&^nfftrdix de hauteur" I was about
to reply that I never said I had when I
remembered that such was the approxi-
mation (in centimetres) which had been



set down that morning in my identifica-
tion blank. After a few more queries he
waved us back to the car and let us pass.
I have a shrewd suspicion that the show
was played out for the special benefit of
the too easy-going sentiy; but the fact
remains that the authorities are exceed-
ingly strict and that several innocent
persons have been shot for neglecting
details. There was a story going the
rounds that General Joffre himself had
recently been stopped in that region and
subjected to a most searching examina-
tion by a suspicious sentry, and that
after his identity had been established
he complimented the soldier on his vigi-
lance.

As soon as we left St. Nicolas evidences
that we were in close proximity to the
battie-line crowded in on us thidc and
fast. We passed several detadunents of
mud-stained infantry who bore unmi»-
takable signs of having passed the pre-
vious night in the trenches. Tliey had
not had any actual fighting to do for
some time, but they knew that th^
could not afford to rdax their watchful-
ness for one instant; there had been a
terrible struggle all the way from Nancy
to Lun^ville and beyond during the first
two weeks of September which they were
in no danger oi forgetting; the country-
side still bore marks of it which the win-
ter had by no means effaced. The fields
on either side of the road were pitted
with shell holes; many of the farmhouses
were charred and roofless; and the phiin
wooden crosses which marked the graves
of fallen heroes became increasingly fre-
quent as we sped along. Some of the
bodies had been buried so hastily that
the spring rains and early ploughing had
uncovered them, with the result that in
many places the air was black with crows
hovering about in search of carrion. A
stnq>ping young peasant giri, whom we
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work in the heavy fields, told us a mov*
ing tale of how German soldiers had
forced her at the point of the bayonet to
dig graves for their fallen dead.

Stopping for a brief instant at Lun6-
ville to order dijeuner to be ready for us
on our return, we continued on our course
till we reached the ruins of Gerb^viller
which my hosts were especially anxious
to have me see. No place in France has
suffered as much from German KuUur
as has Gerb^viller, in proportion to the
size of its population. It ioa« a charming
little townof some 1800 inhabitants pret-
tily situated on the green banks of the
river Mortagne; it is today a heap of
dusty ruins, among which a few wretched
old men and women are creeping about,
seeking vainly for some trace of their
belongings. Two or three houses are
practically untouched; the waUs of a
score of others are still standing, with
charred and blackened holes where the
doors and windows were; but the vast
majority are simply pyramids of brick
and mortar, stone and wood. The €rei^
mans did their job with characteristic
thoroughness here. The place was not
bombarded; it was destroyed by incen-
diary bombs and other engines of devas-
tation deliberately placed there by the
German force which occupied it, in re-
venge for civilian resistance. That such
resistance occurred is not denied, though
there are naturally immense discrepan-
cies as to the nature and quantity of it:
but even the eztremest estimates would
go only a littie way toward justifying
such a display of SehreekUckkeii as the
town was treated to in return.

But if we want to know more about it
we must go and call on the saintly Soeur
Julie, who lived through it all and re-
mains today at Gerb^viller comforting,
helping, and feeding the starved and
homeless, daily performing tasks which
render her worthy many times over of



the medal of the Ligion d'Hanneur with
which she was decorated some months
ago. We find her established in the cen-
tre of the town, in the only house in
Gerb^viller which can boast that it pos-
sesses a complete roof. The Mayor and
the Recteur greet her with empreswment
and eagerly inquire for her decoration,
to which Sceur Julie does not attach ex-
aggerated importance. Finally they lift
her broad white collar, look underneath,
and find it there. **Ah, mesneur$, me^
tieun,'* exclaimed Soeur Julie, "il nsfaut
pa$ lever le rideau; d'ctiUettri ga ne eert
qu*d aUraper Us mauchea.*' An eager
conversaticm ensues about siq>plies for
the inhabitants: the Mayor has already
done much for Gerb^viller in this re-
spect, and promises to do more. Sudden-
ly Sceur Julie turns around and faces me.
"Et qu*eel<e-que vous faitee Idrbaa en
AnUrique^ monsieur, dans eette guerre
pour le salut de la emlisation kumain^
II faut eenir qudqtCun vous taper svr le
dos.** The questioncameso unexpectedly
that it was difficult, if not impossible, to
answer it there and then; and whatever
the ultimate reply, it was only too easy
to see why Sceur Julie felt as she did.

The next fifteen minutes were occu-
pied by the good sister's description of
what she had seen and heard at Gerb6-
viller during the time of the German
occupation. Shedidnotminceherwords.
One of the mildest episodes which she
recounted was the taking up to the
church of a number of women and chil-
dren whom the Germans had announced



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