America at War

America at War

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... a secretary, writing, smoking, paying no attention to us. Suddenly a tall, swarthy, black-bearded man enters, and the company rises to receive him. It is M. Hovelaque, described to me the other day during the landing of the party, as the intellectual interpreter of France, designated in that capacity to accompany the delegation. He speaks English with regal ease, as if to the manner born, and is evidently a thoroughly accomplished man. M. Hovelaque began by saying that in their original intention they had come just for a brief stay of ten or twelve days, simply to "salute" the American government and people. It was now clear that the government of the United States wishes to concert specific measures for practical collaboration. Under these circumstances the stay of the Commission is likely to be considerably prolonged. The Commission was much struck with the difference in the conditions obtaining here, as contrasted with those of France, after more than thirty months of fighting. "Everything to-day in France is grimy and war-worn." A number of amusing and gratifying incidents had occurred since their arrival in Washington. When M. Viviani had visited Mr. Marshall at the Capitol, the Vice-President had said: "The ambition of my life is to shake hands with Joffre on the floor of the Senate. I have been a pacifist, and never wished that I had had the opportunity of seeing Caesar or Napoleon; but I do wish to see Joffre, the Charles Martel of modern France. Charles Martel hammered the Mussulmans, and Joffre has hammered the Huns." M. Hovelaque gave us vivid pictures of the members of the Mission. Marshal Joffre was born in the far south of France, but there is apparently nothing or little of the meridional about him....show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236648404
  • 9781236648402