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PARIS REFUSES TO MOPE IN
SPITE OF THE WAR
By William Philip Simms,
United Press Staff Correspondent.
'"Paris, Au&12 (By Mail to New
York). GayParee! Never has the
French capital so well deserved her
reputation as now. The Paris of
wartimes is surely not the Paris of
peace times, but Paris just the same
and more happy-go-lucky than ever.
The people left behind here are
smiling. Tables and chairs on the
sidewalks, the Prenchiest of French
institutions, hava been abolished in
conformity with the state, of siege,
but inside the restaurants and cafes
the merry throng continues to sit and
sip its favorite drink usually a
"soft" one, and swap f,unny stories.
A Martian dropping to earth at this
particular spot would never guess
that there isn't a home in France
without its soldier at the front, for
these people simply refuse to sit.
about and brood.
Alphonse is 60 years old and is
consequently too old to go to the war.
His pal is Ihe same age and the ser
vices he has volunteered have been
"My son," says Gaston, who is
quite rich, "writes me he is having a
hot time at the front"
"Indeed, and what is he doing?",
his cronie asks.
"He's the company's cook," re
plied Gaston, laughing over his joke.
His son is a social lion and he can
picture him playing kitchen mechanic
near the firing line.
Gaston's joke is a good one, but
his companion chuckles in a way that
indicates he has one, too.
"What do you thins," he finally
says, "you know Jean, the butcher?
He has joined the colors."
"Mais non!" exclaims Gaston, "1
thought he had been refused because
"Oh, but they took him in the aux
iliary," comes the reply. "He is the
company barber." - i
Whereupon the two cronies, each
with sons and grandsons in the
trenches facing German shrapnel,
bullets, shell and bayonets, if not al
ready dead on the field of battle,
laugh softly but heartily and sip their
Paris keeps her temper and her
gaiety, but she is vastly different
from the Paris Americans know. The
only way of getting about is by taxi
cab or horse cab, the famous auto-f
busses having disappeared the first
day of mobilization. Bicycles are at
a premium and many a gray-haired
American may be seen pumping
through the streets.
Theaters have been closed. Many
of them have been offered to the gov
ernment for whatever use they may
be put to, while the Jardinjde Paris,
known to most Americans, has be
come a nursery for the babies of wo
men compelled to get out and earn
their living during the day.
The Grand Palais, just off the
Champs Elysee, where the great art
exhibitions take place annually as
well as the horse show, automobile
show and aviation exhibition, is used
as a "hotel" to house soldiers as they
pass through Paris on their way to
London. John Mackenzie, an
American, reaching here from Brus
sels, said German officers in paying
for meals in restaurants tossed gold
coins across the counter, with the
remark: "We will get the change on
our way back, from Paris."
The Hague. A friend of Roland
Garros on a Dutch paper says he has
learned definitely that the noted aviar
tor is alive and well. This discounts
the story of Garros' sacrificing his
life by driving his aeroplane into a
Zeppelin and wrecking it.
Paris. Driven from cover by con
stant firing, wild hogs are overrun
ning districts in-eastern and central
France and destroying crops.