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LONDON TODAY AFTER YEAR OF WAR,- HOW
WORLD'S BIGGEST CITY THINKS AND ACTS
BY MARY BOYLE O'REILLY No newsboy shouts the latest flash
London, July 12. After a year of from the front. There 5s no need.
war the Strand and Picadilly are ap- During each instant of every day
parently unchanged. But become one England thinks, lives and suffers the
kvith the crowd on the pavement and war.
Corrosive anxiety checked by a self
control more touching than tears has
made the once complacent Britishers
less "British." Both the classes and
the masses now feel the bond of a
Down the sunlit street drifts the
music of an advancing band.
An old gentleman seeking his cau
tious way across the traffic akes ref-
"An old gentleman removes his hat
as the Terriers pass."
the sense of subtle difference is con
vincing. There are noticeably fewer motor
cars, the dress of women is far quiet
I er and more practical, middle-aged
men march about with new alertness,
wearing war service shoes, and fully
half the younger men are in khaki.
These are merely the outward signs.
More significant symptoms of fun
damental Ghange are shown in a hun
dred different ways. The new defer
ence toward women and weakness, a
tendency to silent comradeship, that
second look and half smile which in
dicates instant understanding.
"Six wounded men in khaki, hav- '
ing tea, assisted by a pretty nurse, '
uge on an "island." The marching
men swing past him, rank on rank of I
young, young faces, lean and brown.
The heavy kits prove this is no prac- j
tice march, tney are Terriers
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