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Golden Lads

Golden Lads

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WAS IT REAL? 113 "CHANTONS, BELGES! CHANTONS!" 127 FLIES: A FANTASY 152 WOMEN UNDER FIRE 168 HOW WAR SEEMS TO A WOMAN 192 LES TRAVAILLEURS DE LA GUERRE 234 REMAKING FRANCE 253



LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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The Play-boys of the Western Front Frontispiece
Peasants' cottages burned by Germans 8
The home of a German spy near Coxyde Bains, Belgium 13
The green pass, used only by soldiers and officers of the Belgian Army 33
Church in Termonde which the writer saw 42
One of the dangerous Belgian franc-tireurs 51
Fifteenth century Gothic church in Nieuport 69
Sailors lifting a wounded comrade into the motor-ambulance 87
Door chalked by the Germans 105
Street fighting in Alost 123
Belgian officer on the last strip of his country 134
A Belgian boy soldier in the uniform of the first army which served at Liège and Namur 139
Belgians in their new Khaki uniform, in praise of which they wrote a song 145
Breton sailors ready for their noon meal in a village under daily shell fire 187
Sleeping quarters for Belgian soldiers 206
Belgian soldiers telephoning to an anti-aircraft gun the approach of a German taube 215
Postcards sketched and blocked by a Belgian workman, A. Van Doorne 229


INTRODUCTION

By Theodore Roosevelt

On August 4, 1914, the issue of this war for the conscience of the world was Belgium. Now, in the spring of 1916, the issue remains Belgium. For eighteen months, our people were bidden by their representative at Washington to feel no resentment against a hideous wrong. They were taught to tame their human feelings by polished phrases of neutrality. Because they lacked the proper outlet of expression, they grew indifferent to a supreme injustice. They temporarily lost the capacity to react powerfully against wrongdoing.

But today they are at last becoming alive to the iniquity of the crushing of Belgium. Belgium is the battleground of the war on the western front. But Belgium is also the battleground of the struggle in our country between the forces of good and of evil. In the ranks of evil are ranged all the pacifist sentimentalists, the cowards who possess the gift of clothing their cowardice in soothing and attractive words, the materialists whose souls have been rotted by exclusive devotion to the things of the body, the sincere persons who are cursed with a deficient sense of reality, and all who lack foresight or who are uninformed.

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