La France; An American Magazine Volume 4

La France; An American Magazine Volume 4

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...never ceasing rumble, now fainter, now louder, but as unending as the passage of time. Nothing went down that road but soldiers, their knapsacks neatly strapped on their backs, their boots newly oiled and their wrinkled uniforms newly repaired. And for, oh, so long--a year, two years, three years--nothing had come up that road but fewer soldiers, grimy, unshaven, their clothes covered with mud, some without their packs and some with stained rags wrapped around their heads and arms. That was all that ever came up that road, and they always came in the same fashion, straggling and stumbling, with their iron heels hammering on the cobblestones, and always the same fetid smell of sweat and leather. But still they continued to look down that road because Hope whispered in each one's ear: "Marie, keep your eye on that road, because some day something wonderful is going to happen; something that will only happen once as long as you live, and something that you will remember seeing as long as you live. Some day you will look out and see those same men coming back and they won't be stumbling along any more. They will all hurry, and some will be dragging their cannon and their kitchens after them and others will be throwing away everything that they have, even their precious clocks that they have stolen from some of the chateaux. And behind them, coming steadily, never faltering, will be your men, perhaps your Jean at their head." Hope gave these people courage and told them they must be unflinching. A few wavered. Every nation has had its traitors, and the French had theirs. Some betrayed their people for money, and some because they had become deaf to even the voice of Hope, and thought the invader was there to stay. These were more

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  • Paperback | 454 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 803g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236543483
  • 9781236543486