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"HEROINE OF LOOS," KILLED FIVE GERMANS
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BY MARY BOYLE O'REILLY
In the Zone of the Armies in France,
Nov. 20 (By Mail to The Day Book)
I was looking for the "heroine of
In the Bethune relief station,
thronged with hundreds-of refugees,
stricken women spoke with quiet
pride of Mile. Emelienne Moreau, a
girl of 17, just mentioned in French
army orders for unexampled bravery.
Ma Soeur Henriette of the French
Red Cross, paused empty soup ket
tle in hand to answer my inquiry.
"We all know Mile. Emelienne by
name," said Sister Henriette, "but
not by sight She is, however, a typ
ical French girl, gentle, retiring and
"During October last the enemy
Ewarmed into Loos by thousands. Be
fore New Year her father died of grief
and want of food. His wife, always
frail, soon became a hopeless invalid.
Their daughter, Emelienne, offered
her services as a teacher. Almost a
child herself she alone protected the
threatened home and taught courage
to scores of desperately frightened
children. The vacation school of the
village was installed in a barn beyond
the usual zone of shell firey; Twice
each day the girl teacher pased to her
work through throngs of idle soldiery.
Her quiet, self-possession, her cour
age and presence of mind imposed a
semblance of respect upon the in
vaders." A young girl came up as the last
words were said. "Ah, mademoi
selle," exclaimed Sister Henriette,
"perhaps you can point out to us the
'heroine of Loos.' "