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1913 edition. Excerpt: ...had lived under her rule, and they were
capable of sacrifice for what they loved. Jean-Joseph grew up under
German rule; he was sent to a German school. His parents did not
know that their spirit had revived in their son, and that the
little boy had a secret. When he was fourteen Jean-Joseph asked to
speak to his father, who, to be alone with him, and to see his face
well, led him to the window. ' Listen," said the boy: " I want to
be an officer." Vicomte de Vogue. Ceux de Bir-Taouil. " Not in
Germany, I suppose? " " No, in France." " But, child, you will
never be an officer. You don't even know French.... You are too
young to discuss all that with me. Do not mention it again." It was
not spoken of again for three years. The father Fiegenschuh often
thought of what his son had said. He had seen other little
Alsatians declare that they would be soldiers of France, persevere
in their intention, and join the Foreign Legion. But these never
returned to their own land. The German law considers them as
deserters, condemns them to a fine of 30, forbids them to set foot
again in Alsace-Lorraine, and if they cross the frontier sentences
them to arrest and imprisonment. " Must my Jean-Joseph," he
thought, " leave Robertsau and Alsace never to return? " And he
dared not pronounce with his lips, even in a whisper, the reply
which he would give if his son said to him a second time: " I wish
to be an officer, in France." It remained hidden in his mind. But
it was quite ready, for the elder Fiegenschuh was French at heart.
When Jean-Joseph was seventeen he renewed his request. And the
father answered: " Yes." The young Alsatian could only join the
Foreign Legion. So he became a soldier in the 2nd foreign regiment,
spent eighteen months in Algeria, learnt...
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