War Bread; A Personal Narrative of the War and Relief in Belgium

War Bread; A Personal Narrative of the War and Relief in Belgium

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...eyes, crisp hair always in place, fine firm mouth, slender hands, and few gestures. His wit and fearlessness were the talk of Brussels. He drove into Louvain under fire to report to the Legation on conditions. He rode into Antwerp while the siege was in progress, carrying a Belgian Minister of State to present to King Albert a confidential message from GovernorGeneral von der Goltz. The King repulsed the messenger, and the Minister of State reported afterward that he was coerced into going. But for Gibson the journey was a routine matter of business, even if the hood of his motor-car was shot off en route. He had been frequently under fire and he had the happy faculty of telling about his exploits without the taint of boastfulness. Like most of the Americans in Belgium, Gibson was dogged by spies. One of these hangers-on made himself so conspicuous that Gibson began to take notice of him and to treat him familiarly, much to the spy's disgust. One very rainy day the pet spy was discovered standing under the dripping eaves of a neighboring house. Gibson caught up a raincoat and hurried over to the man. "Look here, old fellow," he said in German. "I'm going to be in the Legation for three hours. You put on this coat and go home. Come back in three hours and I'll let you watch me for the rest of the day." Ante-bellum Baedekers have not starred the American Legation at number 74 rue de Treves, Brussels. It is no worse and no better than most American legations, but it is not a beauty spot in a Belgian pilgrimage. Straight walls enclose the Whitlock residence, a dingy plaque with the Legation seal leans forward over the door, a flag droops weakly from its staff in the incessant rains, and the dull streets are empty. The house itself...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236619285
  • 9781236619280