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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 03, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 13

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The French war office, after irtuch
persuasion and largely because I had
been a student at the Ecole des
Beaux Arts (National Art "School),
gave me a permit to roam at a rea
sonable distance behind their lines
and make sketches of what I could
see. My first stop was at the little
village of Sermaize, or what used to
be the village, for long ago in the
second month of the war, it was
made a heap of rubbish by the Ger
man guns.
A few boards leaned against the
standing walls of ruined houses,
smoke curling from makeshift chim,
neys, and now and then, a family con-
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structing a similar shanty, consti
tuted the "town."
It was a doleful sight to apply a
sketch-pad to.
Here and there a wooden shack,
swinging the sign "Cafe," catered to
the thirst and hunger of troops mov
ing to and from the front. When
darkness cut short the sketching, I
entered one of these for supper. It
was full of soldiers. Everyone is po
lite in France (except civil service
employees) , and the waitress politely
found a soldier willing politely to
move up and let me have a place at
the table. I went after the pork chops
and potatoes, after politely saluting
the crowd,

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