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MOBILISATION--FIRST DAYS OF THE WAR Mareuil, Saturday, August ist,
'14. I will try and write regularly, Dear, but this iniquitous war
has come so suddenly that we are all bewildered. Even my journey
down here seems a horrible dream, the Gare de l'Est crowded with
troops of all grades, reservists joining their corps, soldiers
guarding the line, a strong detachment at every bridge and tunnel.
When I think that on Thursday, when Francis lunched, he said the
state of things was serious, that many men had been sent off to
join their corps, but merely as a matter of precaution, but that
the two Emperors, German and Russian, were still "talking," and
every one hoped there would be no general war He thought I could
perfectly start for Cowes on Monday, and it was agreed that I
should come down here for the day, Saturday, to say good-bye to
them all. However, I must say that on Wednesday night, when
Ambassador Herrick and Sir Austin Lee of the British Embassy had
dined with us, they were pretty blue. Mr. Herrick thought a general
war was inevitable; it would be impossible to keep it between
Austria and Servia; that Russia would surely interfere if Servia
was attacked, and then France must fight. 3 Friday afternoon we
drove about Paris in all directions. Here in our part of the town
and in the Champs Elysees, all was quiet enough, but the boulevards
were crowded. In front of the office of the Matin that issued an
extra about 7 o'clock, a long line of people stretched half-way
across the boulevard. All threw themselves on the paper, those who
could not get one reading over the shoulders of those who had one.
A perfectly quiet, well-dressed crowd, a great many women, a great
many Americans, all most eager for news. Austria's declaration of
war to Russia, the only news--speculations of all kind ...
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