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LITTLE BELGIAN GIRL, DRIVEN FROM HOME
BY WAR, ADOPTED BY 50 "MOTHERS"
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Elizabeth Gallebauldt, the Little Belgian- Refugee, and Her Little English
BY MARY BOYLE O'REILLY
London, March 27. Elizabeth Cal
lenbauldt, 6, skipped up to me in
"Hello," she chirruped, "look at
my new leggins. They're bla'ack.
They keep my legs warm. C'est bon,
In a neighborhood peopled by the
thrifty poor the child's clothing was
well chosen, new and practical. She
stood a small living model of "Sensi
ble Style for Six-Year Olds."
"Are you a little English girl?" I
The baby face grew grave. "Je
suis Beige I am a Belgian," cor
rected a reproving voice, "moi I am
refugee. Since a long time I have no
home. Now I go to see all my moth
ers." "Have you MANY mothers9"
Smiles dimpled the plump cheefls.
"Most fifty," guessed RHzabethj
"some has light curls; some dark like
Then recess rang from the Wild
street school and half a hundred lit
tle girls ran out to play. Next min
ute a smiling dozen surrounded
Elizabeth, who distributed kisses with
Two elders kneeling gravely in
spected the new leggins, anothei
made butterflies of the baby's hau
ribbons all were Elizabeth's "Moth
ers." "You see," explained one of them,
"our class have ADOPTED Elizabeth.
One morning war news told about
Antwerp how everybody in the city
fled from their homes.
"Next day a hundred lost children
arrived in London. Not one could
speak English; they had no fathers
nor mothers. Some were asleep;
"Elizabeth was almost the littlest.
We waved to her, and she yelled