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Section Two
In enntinuaiion of the very interest
ing' ttearrtpum f Tartfi at the time of
ln Rffninff of the armistice and the
Wdlar of tb wr, presented by FTank
r. Smith former ojnde of the. superior
court of TvpJ county, and pub
lished in The Kefublican recently, the
TaHowins letter. la.i been received by
relaitres of the former judge who went
tTOWs to engage In T. M. r. A.,
Paris', Nov. 22, 1S18.
I know thai some account of the end
nf the war will interest you. You have
seen Ibe- letter I wrote to Amy, and
an lake this as the final disconnected
hp4w. 1 have .pokcn of how calmly
thn Vrench waited for the news of the,
msnioir at the armistice. The fall of
Bulgaria of Turkey and the dismem
berment of Austria, and the flight of
the kaiser, ailed to arouse enthusiasm,
and even when it became certain that
the urmisltce terms would be accepted
tiy fiormanv, there was a. curious re
serve evident among th Krench. They
ntered into the Joyous festivities
heartily when the news became abso
lutely official, but, through it all, there
ran the conviction that Germany had
not bivn punished, that the terrific
suffering and losses that France and
Rngtand had endured from the hands
of wraany were not being properly
recompensed. I can't say that it was
a feeling that the allies should be re
venged upon the Germans in kind, but
there certainly was a feeling that no
possible peace terms however drastic
no sajnount of ships, of war materials,
or of money, could give to Germany
the jest punishment she deserves.
. Monday noon, November 11. the
streets of Paris were a beautiful sight
with the wonderful decorations of
flags and flowers, not only the stores,
hotel? and buildings were brightly
decorated, but all of the camions,
lutos and other conveyances as well as
nearly all of the pedestrians carried
(lags. On every street coiner there
was a flag vendor getting rid of them
rapidly and making according to my
experience a million francs a minute.
Dancing-was going on in all the streets.
as well as ring-around-the-rosy, and
many of the old-fashioned American
games, which the American soldiers
were teaching the midinettes. Out in
front of the dignified Cafe de la Paix
and American soldier took a chair and
placed himself squarely in the center
of the great boulevard, where he sang
In a stentorian tone the popular col
lege song, relating to the "One keg of
tieer for the four of us."
AU kinds of conveyances were on the
streets carrying the celebrators. Of
eourse, the ordinary taxis were every
where, every Amercan motor driver
that was within running distance of
Paris managed by some miraculous
means to land on the Paris boulevards
with a load of the midinettes. I saw
no accidents, but how people lived
through it all I am unable to imagine,
for some of those, heavy army lorries
would go by through the crowds, run
ning 15 to 20 kilometers the hour, and
here and there, some poor one-horse
vehicle, loaded to capacity, would get
in tbe way and block the passae. Some
dignified Parisian would sail by in a
beautiful limousine, but he would be
halted and the gamins of Paris would
take possession, if he took it good
naturedly very well, but if not, he soon
surrendered and decided to take it that
way. I have no doubt that many a
jam in rode around on plush covered
cushions that day that had never
known what they were before.
I had on my Y. M. C. A. casque, and
tudcjily it Uisapeared. I turned around
to look for it. and found that it was
disappearing with a one-horse vehicle,
loaded with some working boys and
girls the leader of the band wearing
my hat, I had to have it and started
alter it, but finally had to drag the girl
down from the carriage and just as I
recovered the hat, the whole band de
icerded on me, my arms were pinned
to my sides, and I was thrown bodily
on top of the carriage, minus my
a-sq-ue, and on we went. The driver
was an old Paris working-man and he
had been protesting loudly, for he had
a load of wood under his crowd of pas
sengers, aJid bientot the old horse
stopped absolutely dead, and the old
man made an addres- in passionate
French, which so moved the young peo
ple that they descended, and I recov
ered my hat and started away thank
fully: they were, as near as I could
make out, a group between the ages of
fourteen and sixteen who work in the
Paris factories. The interesting thing
that. I noted about them was their abil
ity to sing well together. I am satisfied
they were all strangers to each other,
nd yet they seemed to have an end
less repertoire of songs -which everybody
knew, and their voices were good, and
they ang continuously. I noticed that
this was true of very many similar
bands that we passed. The singing was
really beautiful, but I am not sure that
the sentiment of the songs were of a
very high character.
; I have . said that l recovered mv
casque, but, in a moment, it disap
peared and I was dragged away by the
same gang again. They had discovered
a.- boy with a heavy truck, drawn by
two horses, and they descended upon
him, taking me, with them It seems
that; be was supposed to be actually at
work, and he was really wild .with
fright -when they took possession and
compelled him to drive on. I could
tel! from their conversation that they
were holding me prisoner for some spe
cial purpose, but I did not expect that
they would hang an American on such
a day. and so I remained as quiet as
possible. ery soon, we drew up
front of a large factorv. and then this
Sir, who was the leader of the band
and who had been wearing my hat all
th time, informed me that the propri
etor of this factorv owned the wagon
and the horses and. that if I would re
quest him to give them the wagon and
the horses for the day I would be
turned loose with my bat, (what would
happen if 1 didn't, was not said). But
I dived into the building, found the bu
reau, and in a moment faced a bearded
and dignified Frenchman. I explained
the situation in my beat French, and
he bowed vei-v cordially saying: "Mon
cher ami, vous etes Americain, prenez
la voiture et la maison aussl si vous
voulez. Vous ponvea avoir tout ce qm
m'appartient." (My dear friend, you
are an American, take my wagon and
(he house too if you want to. l'au may
hav all lhat is mine). And so. the
crowd of roisterers joyously bade me
goodbye snd.1 departed with my recov
ered neadger and they went on their
way hilariously. I am bound ta say,
that was relieved, for I think that
sooner or later they must have come to
grief. This girl leading the hand had a
verv large flag on a pole perhaps three
metres long, and she mad it a prac
tice of knm kinff off every hat that she
could reach among tbe pedestrians, and
she seemed to have quite a reach. It
was ludicrous to see the look of aston
ishment that would come over the face
of some dignified gentleman when his
silk bell-topper would "o flying in the
air. She showed no partiality, and sev
eral asents-de-ville lost their hats also,
but they made no remonstrance, only
one went so far as to even shake his
head. t5he really as an expert at hat
lifting if that is what you would call
it. for I think that she flipped about
one every thirty seconds, the incident
always being followed by a roar ot
laughter from the crowd around the
unfortunate victim.
There were parades of all kinds and
character. Parades of different army
groups, perhaps the most ir.vrestin5
processions were those of the messes
Groups of wounded poilus. who had
been able to get out of the hospitals In
some way or another, who moved slow
ly by on the arms of their wives and
sweethearts. There were many of those
little bands. I saw one composed or
several hundreds; and however boisti-
ous the crowd might be, there was al
ways a hush while they went by. Dur
ing the 11th and the 12th also I saw a
one-armed singer going up and down
the Boulevard, and stopping in various
places to lead the singing of national
airs. He had a beautiful voice, and sttlt
looked the soldier in spite of his miss
ing arm, he always created tremendous
enthusiasm. Then there were chil
dren's paradea from the various schools,
church societies, and civic societies, the
Alsatians and the Loirainers, all in a
more or less disorganized way got out
in the streets to have their part in the
It is needless to say that the streets
made a wonderfully picturesque ap
pearance; even in the French army
there is a wide variety of handsomo
uniforms to distinguish the various
branches of the service but when you !
add to this, trroups from the armies and
navies of all tfie allies, and the various
uniforms ot women-workers, you have
a scene of color and variation in cos
tume that is almost impossible to de
scribe. Men in Turkish costume from
one of the French colonies, Arabs, In
dians in the British army, negroes Ir
an of the armies, added interest to tile
scene. For three days the processions
were continuous and endless for one
group would be immediatelv followed
by another on all the great boulevards.
Some of the verv simnlest nf tint-.
caused tremendous amusement, an
American soldier found an old shoe and
lunuwea oy snouts of laughter
wherever he went greeting one lady oi
another to inquire whether or not thev
had lost their shoe? I cannot tell voii
..u ii ny cannons and other German
war implements I saw dragged about
the streets. ...
Now that I have come back tn ,-;.,
week. I cannot hoin y,t .
mark how quietly and earnestly everv
one has settled down to tho; ."i.
as before. So far as
ed, you might think that ih. . i,.i
been over for a generation, although
you are continually reminded of its
existence by the visible siimJ hcfnrn
you. For instance: sand basrs ami
concrete still protect manv nf th
beautifu works of art in the Paris
streets and parks.
I aris has a beautiful Mnxtrh.
statue of Edward VII. and I happened
to pass it on the morning of Nov. 11.
i am quite sure that the faro in.
changed expression in tho
days, for there certainlv i o" !i
there now that I never saw hern
I could not help but recall that morn
ing, with the fate of the kaiser In mv
mind, the word of kmglv Edward when
ne saici. lou know, my nephew, Wil
liam, is a wicked poltroon." One of
the last incidents in the celebration
was nry meeting with an American
soldier on Tuesday morning the 12th:
he looked rather forlorn, and I could
not help inquiring whether I could do
anything for him. "Pardner, you
could do about a million things for
me, but if you can give me some
breakfast first I'd appreciate it. I got
into Paris yesterday morning and blew
in all my money on this show and I
have had nothing to eat. the 'things
I did I hate to tell, and I hope vou
won't ask me." Well. I didn't. I took
him in. managed to get an omelette for
him with bread and butter and coffee,
and he waded into it; as he ate I
listened to his story. ' You see, partner
I'm not just used to Paris, it's my first
time here. I come from Dartv nhin
that's in Champagne county, there's a
grocery store there and that's all, a
man might go there and spend three
hours and it would be a curiosity to
see it, but for a lifetime there, well,
when the war broke, out I broke loose.
You see, to get there, you take the
Pan-handle railroad, and you ride as
far as you can up to Salem, and then
you get off and drive the old horse
back up through the hills, between the
cornfields and the pastures, until you
get just as far as you can go and you.
are at Darty. Along in November this
time o' the year, they sit round the
old iron stove in the store, borrow to
bacco from some unlucky stranger,
spit juice all over the stove, and each
one tries to tell the biggest lies about
the amount of corn he can shuck,
that's the biggest topic of conversa
tion back there, even now.' the war's
a secondary 'consideration. There's no
need of me ever trying to tell "m what j
I've been through, 'cause they'll think
I'm a bigger liar than the rest of 'em.
If I start in -to tell them what I've
seen when the machine-guns zipped,
and when I got mine and the gas too.
some old-timer will say to me: 'Well I
(you didn't have half as bad a time as
Jim White in the Civil war, his legs
and lungs both never were any good :
after the battle of Bull Run.' And if ',
Td tried to tell 'im about what I've '
seen in Paris, someone will say: "Well, !
that s all right, but by gum. Darty is '
good enough for me.' "
In all the gaiety there certainly was ;
to be observed a note of sadness.
There were many men, and more wo
men, whom you would see here and
there taking no part in the celebra
tion, and looking on without joy. You
would meet tbem here and there also
In the little stores, and in the hotels.
I talked with several. And asked why
they were not participating. The an
swer of one is typical: "I am glad the
war is ended, but there can never be
any celebration for me. 1 must keep
on working without stopping or I
would go crazy, for whenever I stop I
think of my bay. He was a beau gar
con, it has been two years now he was
killed at Verdun, but never again can
I have any joy in life, for I cannot for
get, him. There can be no joy in life
for me."
As she spoke I remembered the
words I had seen on the tomb of one i
of the soldiers, it was written in a
youthful hand, and the translation
would read: "Our father, neither time
nor tears will efface our sorrow."
With all love;
F. O. S.
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