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Page 36 - Durham, quoting Professor Leon Van der Essen, who had recently seen the librarian, Professor Delannoy, who went to the spot August 27, 1914, to see whether anything could be saved: The Germans did not penetrate the building, but contented themselves with smashing the main window looking on the Vieux Marche. Through that window they introduced some inflammable liquid and fired a few shots, causing an immediate explosion. On the night of Tuesday, the 25th, a father of the Josephite College, which is...
Page 36 - In such a w7ay, by the use of chemicals, may be explained the fact that on the morning of the 26th the whole library was already destroyed, a thing which would have been impossible in the case of the building being accidentally set on fire by the neighboring houses. No soldier entered the library during the fire and no book and no manuscript was taken away.
Page 41 - When formerly I read that the Huns under Attila had devastated towns, and that the Arabs had burnt the Library of Alexandria, I smiled. Now that I have seen with my own eyes the hordes of to-day, burning churches and the celebrated Library of Louvain, I smile no longer.
Page 37 - Through that window they introduced some inflammable liquid and fired a few shots, causing an immediate explosion. "On the night of Tuesday, the 25th, a father of the Josephite College, which is located a few yards from the spot where the Germans smashed the main window, called the attention of the commanding officer to the fact that the building he was going to destroy was the University Library. The officer replied, textually, 'Es ist Befehl!' [It is the order.] It was then 11 pm These are the...
Page 5 - East, as a contribution toward the fund of $500,000 sought by the National Committee of the United States for the Restoration of the University of Louvain...
Page 7 - t had by seeing to it that in the new library of the revived university there shall be a good representation of our best historians, our best writers in both prose and poetry, and a collection of the chief American authorities in science, medicine and technology.
Page 41 - I had three quarters of an hour to go to my home, awaken my family, and get together some clothing for my two babies, one of them only fifteen days old, being born the very day of the declaration of war on Belgium. In great haste I gathered together some papers, among which was the manuscript from the University of Louvain Library, which I had had at my home for consultation.
Page 43 - It was decided that this expression of sympathy should take the form of a gift of books: a set of the publications of the John Rylands Library and a selection from their stock of duplicates. A list of upwards of two hundred volumes was prepared and sent with the offer of help to the Louvain authorities, through the medium of Professor A.
Page 45 - President of the British Academy, to cooperate with the Institut de France in the formation of an International Committee which should have for its aim the restoration of the University of Louvain and its library.