Back from Belgium: A Secret History of Three Years Within the German Lines

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H. K. Fly Company, 1918 - World War, 1914-1918 - 268 pages
 

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Page 248 - One duty alone is laid upon our wills, stubborn resistance [applause, cheers]. At this grave moment two virtues are indispensable — courage, calm [renewed cheers] but firm, and close union among all Belgians. Striking evidence of both these virtues is already before the eyes of a nation full of enthusiasm. The faultless mobilization of our army, the multitude of volunteers, the devotion of the civil population, the self-sacrifice of families have shown incontestably that the whole Belgian people...
Page 238 - NEVER since 1830 has a more grave moment come to Belgium: the integrity of our territory is threatened. The strength of our just cause, the sympathy which Belgium, proud of her free institutions, and of her moral conquests, has never ceased to enjoy at the hands of other nations, the fact that our independent existence is necessary for the balance of power in Europe, these considerations give rise to hope that the events which we fear will not take place. But if our hopes fail, if we must resist...
Page 238 - Flanders and the region of Wallonie, in town and country one sentiment alone fills every heart — patriotism; one vision alone fills every mind — our threatened independence. One duty alone is laid upon our wills, stubborn resistance (cheers). " At this grave moment two virtues are indispensable — courage, calm (renewed cheers) but firm, and close union among all Belgians. " Striking evidence of both these virtues is already before the eyes of a nation full of enthusiasm. " The faultless mobilization...
Page 248 - ] From this moment, with a view to meet every contingency, the valiant youth of our nation stand ready, firmly resolved with the traditional tenacity and calmness of the Belgians to defend their fatherland at a moment of danger. [Cheers.] To them I send a brotherly greeting in the name of the nation. [Cheers and cries of "Long Live the Army!"] Throughout Flanders and the country of Wallonie in town and country one sentiment alone fills every heart — patriotism; one vision alone fills every mind...
Page 241 - ... the foreigner, disregarding the neutrality whose every duty we have always scrupulously observed should violate our territory, he will find all Belgians grouped around their sovereign who will never betray his coronation oath, and around a Government possessing the absolute confidence of the entire nation. (Cheers on all the Benches.) " I have faith in our destiny ; a country which defends itself commands the respect of all ; such a country shall never perish. (Hear, hear. Long live the King,...
Page 197 - In the name of the freedom of domicile and the freedom of labor; in the name of the inviolability of family life; in the name of morality, which the policy of deportation would gravely compromise; in the name of the pledges given by the Governor of Antwerp and the...
Page 240 - a country which defends itself commands the respect of all ; such a country will never perish ; I have faith in our destiny; God will be with us in this just cause.
Page 240 - The Government, firmly attached to the populace and supported by them, is conscious of its responsibilities, and will bear them to the end with the deliberate conviction that the efforts of all united in the most fervent and generous patriotism will safeguard the supreme good of the country.
Page 54 - ... and that for him and me there could be no marriage—indeed, he never asked me to marry him. Yet I know he would have done so if he could. When I came to know what he was jailed for doing, I felt there was no place for him and me together in the world. Yet my heart kept crying out to him, and I felt there was but one thing left for me to do, and that was to make it impossible for me to think of him even, or for him to think of me. Then you came and offered me your hand. It was a hand most women...
Page 235 - Nachrichten hears from a very reliable source that the report is confirmed which states that serious differences exist between Belgium and England — that is, that all personal relations are interrupted between King Albert and the British Staff, The King desires an understanding with Germany, which Great Britain is endeavouring by all means to prevent.

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