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U. S. SOCIETY GIRL WAR NURSE WEDS OFFICERS
SHE SAVED FROM DEATH .1
BY NIXOLA GREELEY-SMITH
A society girl who served several
months as a Red Cross nurse in the
thick of the fighting in France has ri
turned to this country and written -an
book about her experiences one of
the most simple and yet touching and
convincing documents the war has
produced so far.
The girl is Adele Bleneau or
rather that is the name she chooses;
to use for the public. An American'
girl, the daughter of a physician of ;
French descent, she was among the
first women to volunteer for service
in France, and because of the skill
acquired in her father's office she was.'
instantly accepted. While at the
front she fell in love with an English
officer whom she nursed back from
the point of death after he had been
desperately wounded in battle. To
day she is married to him and is' now
in the neighborhood of New York city
awaiting the birth of a child. '
She will not give her real name foe
publication, but the story she tells is"
absolutely authentic. When I talked
with her the other day she said:
"In my book, 'The Nurse's Story
I have tried to Bhow the woman's side"
of the war. I have dedicated it to thfr
Red Cross nurses of the world the
silent heroines who bear the cross
bnt not the crown of glory of the
fight I was a nurse myself, attached
to Field hospital 18 at the French
front I am forbidden to say where.
Men have been shot before my eyea
I have been under fire repeatdly my
self, and I must tell you that the most
amazing thing about the death and
destruction of this war is that it is
so great, so terrible, that you do not
feel it after a while!
"When you see one wounded man
you almost faint with pity and hor
ror. When you" have seen 5,000 it is !
all just about the day's work. You
are drugged with death, stupified by
the pain of others. I must say,
though I never quite got accustomed
to the wounds made by shells, for
they tear "whole limbs away. They