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six feet away.

the smile of contentment on his mouth, Get me back! I was going to get you

back. You mean to say you were n't anAll Eben's love and desperation broke gry? I don't see how you were n't. How into a sound. He clutched the square bar could I help smiling? I'd been waiting of the fence until it seemed hot.

hours." "Damn you! That 's right, go on smil- His eyes were gray now, and the ing! Go on hating me all you like, Juddy! smile came back, bringing no shudder But I 'm coming, too.

with it. The smile was gone before he said so "And I," Eben put in quickly,"was gomuch, and Judson raised his hand in a ing down to enlist so I could be somegesture as if he thrust something away. where near you, see you maybe; not come He stared at Eben with black eyes.

back if you did n't. I wrote you just "Hated you, Ben? Hate? I don't know now, asking you to come to see me. It 's - what do you mean?" His cap slid off, gone to your office, Jud. You don't think and he stooped to pick it up; held it, shak- I was ever angry! I was n't.” ing, in one hand, put it on again, still star- For a moment Judson was in heaven; ing. “I don't understand. I wrote you, then he groaned. and you did n't answer me. I waited - “You 're not coming to Mexico ? No! I'd been waiting for you hours in the sta- for God's sake- Ben, if you do still love tion that day, and you cut me. I don't

me, stay home. It won't be long. Nothknow what


ing 'll happen to me. I 'm as strong as a "You wrote me! No, Juddy, you did horse, and you 've got your wife and kids n't!”

and your shoulder. Yes, I know. I know “I did! I did !" cried Judson, beating all about you. I 've kept people busy

" his fist on the iron. “I did! That after- finding out about you. Ben, I 'phoned noon! I posted it myself. I can tell you your place just now, and your wife told what I wrote. And you never said you 'd me you'd be back directly. I was just forgive me; that you saw how it was. And walking up; I swear I was.” you cut me!

Could n't you see? I was He had surged in so close to Eben that crazy that morning in Gloucester. You their sleeves touched. were going away, and I was sick, sick as a "You come along home with me, Juddy, dog. It was those damned doughnuts.” and eat lunch. Ria's father 's there. No,

Eben shook his head because seeing I won't go to Mexico. It may not be Jud's face tore him, and hearing Jud speak anything, anyhow. I've treated you like washed him of years.

a dog. I won't hurt you again, ever. You "I never got any letter, Juddy. You've have n't had lunch, have you?" got to believe that. And seeing you smile "I don't know. No, I have n't. I 've that way in the station, I thought you got to be at the armory at ten.” were done with me. What did you say?" "Well," said Eben, “it 's not two yet.

Judson shut his eyes and bit his lip. And-when do you go?" Two tears had run down his cheeks, and

“Search me.

I fixed up my will in the drying path of them gleamed.

case — " He got into step with Eben, turn“Just a sec. I can tell you exactly every ing north. “Gave it to young Jud. He word. Just a minute, Ben. It went


looks like us, does n't he? I saw a picthis way."

ture. But he won't get it for a long time. Eben listened as the voice dropped word By George! it's raining again!" after word, nodding to the throb of it. They began to chatter, with proud side

"I never got it, Juddy. Why did you wise glances to be sure of reality. But smile at me that day in the station? I'd Eben, marching along, could not be quite been waiting all fall. I was going to try sure. By and by his hand slipped into the to-soften you down somehow and show crook of Judson's elbow and clung there you I was all right-get you back —” as they walked up the quiet street.

France and America, Partners


Author of “L’Eve nouvelle," “La Douler d'aimer,” etc.


HE great European War has al- by the love of adventure or impatient at

ready lasted long; it may still last the restraint imposed on them by old laws long. Save for some unforeseen event, or too constricted territory, have crossed unhappily it can be brought to a close -- the Atlantic to form themselves into a new and the fault is not ours-only through an nation, freer, more energetic, more idealisincrease of destruction.

tic, and at the same time more practical, But the world does not come to an end: settling there in an immense land the deit is simply transformed. Death is only generate natives of which, in their ignoone aspect of eternal life; destruction is rance of any way to turn it to the best only the troubled sleep of resurrections. account, had left barren of man's cultivaLet us turn our eyes for a moment from tion. this wild crisis. We know that it will Sometimes these hardy pioneers had end in the triumph of right. Let us try sought unknown regions under the spur from now on not to picture in mind a of persecution; sometimes they had gone theoretical renascence of the dreams of through a longing for adventure, drawn visionaries, but to correct the balance- to the New World by the great expectasheet of our deficits, to face our difficul- tions it held out. They were not exiled; ties like men, and, recognizing our mis- they uprooted themselves from their countakes and meditating on our faults, strive try's soil, impelled by that migratory imto escape their recurrence. Let us seek the pulse that in the past as well as to-day has remedies that exist for all ills.

always been the point of departure of new But how reconstruct? Reconstruct the civilizations. body and the soul? It is not too early to Now, these men, after having won their consider all this, because it will demand ,

rill demand independence through a foreign war, and much time and attention. We must de- cemented their different racial tendencies liberate, discuss, exercise our critical fac- and aspirations by civil war, have enjoyed ulties, cultivate enthusiasm, coördinate our and continue to enjoy a security and prosendeavors. During peace Germany had perity that their native lands no longer prepared for war; we must not await the know. But although they are Americans end of war to prepare for peace.

and only Americans, they cannot forget,

and ought not forget, that their ancestors WHEN the husbandman sees his fields laid were Europeans. Most certainly they waste by hail, storm, drought, or fire, if he have worked out their own destiny in the is wise he does not wring his hands, curse New World: they have cleared the land the heavens, or collapse in fruitless despair; and peopled the wilderness, with their but he turns to his granaries, where in own hands they have built opulent and years of abundance he has put aside a re- flourishing cities that rival the most faserve store of wheat and provender, and mous cities of ancient times; but this stuat once prepares for a new sowing and a pendous economical and moral developnew harvest. In just such a sense Europe ment they have accomplished well through has a granary

-a granary that has made the European training and culture that itself. America is that granary.

they carried with them, and which have For several centuries certain men, fired brought forth results wholly unexpected.

Americans do not deny this debt to the ous affection that America has for us is Old World. Of their own free will many real, vital, and has no need of treaties and have devoted themselves and their wealth agreements. France to-day responds to it, to Europe. Moreover, they have been and will respond more and more. But able to separate the wheat from the chaff. the realization of this friendship, now an They have given their sympathy and their established fact, must become clearer in coöperation to those nations that they rec- order that we may cultivate it and make ognized as being especially loyal to the it more fruitful until it yields the two nacause of liberty, consecrated with justice tions the rich harvest of its promise. The and blood-to England and to France, plan is too vast for us even to attempt to and particularly to France, whose help in sketch. We must content ourselves with their own hour of danger and deliverance giving a little advice, making a few sug

, they have not forgotten.

gestions. The best way to bring the two This has come about naturally through peoples together is to show them their the keen vision of popular instinct, which common characteristics, to define their outstrips the subtle interpretations of di- common interests, and to enumerate the plomacy and the explanations of govern- ideas and sentiments that they share. The ments. When Lafayette hurried to the rest will take care of itself. We ought not assistance of America, young then and to force that which should come about in eager for self-government, it was the spirit accordance with the rules of common sense of France that led him, not the will of a and natural attractions. monarch or statesman. He was impelled by a principle, the right of the people, and DESPITE certain very marked external difby that true love of liberty that always ferences, there are profound likenesses in leavens France, and to-day is leading her the genius of the two nations that will to sacrifice herself not alone for self, but work in harmony because they are fundafor civilization. In the same way those mental and are based upon character and Americans who are fighting in our ranks spirit. Though the constitutions of the and are giving their lives to care for our two republics differ in certain respects and wounded are moved by no selfish purpose; their customs have their individual pecuthey desire to show their gratitude and liarities, the two democracies nevertheless serve the ideal of justice and liberty. I follow the same impulses and respond to am sure that if there existed an instru- the same principles. As Frenchmen and ment that could measure the quality of Americans, we have the same national and emotions, it would undoubtedly show a international ideals. There is also a more strong likeness between the splendid exal- nearly indefinable likeness. tation of your young aviators hovering While I am well-rooted in my French above our lines and the big-hearted de- and Latin soil, I have traveled far through cision of Lafayette. One of our moralists the world, and one may believe me when has said, “The heart has reasons that rea- I


that I have found no city that more son itself cannot understand.” However resembles Paris in its ways and the charthat may be, in this case I believe the heart acteristics of its inhabitants than New is right.

York. Even London, admirable as it is, Even our enemies realize that America is more apart. This is not to say that and France are linked together by a New York is not profoundly original, but strong, though subtle and yet scarcely con- that between it and Paris there are paralscious, bond-a bond largely made up of -a

lel originalities. The gaiety of the streets; sentiment. This war, in affirming it, already certain aspects of picturesque anstrengthening it, proving it to be logical, tiquity; the atmosphere of welcoming; the

, now gives it historically a new brightness. vivacious spirit, cordial hospitality, and One discovers one's friends in the hour of disinterested enthusiasm for talent, merit, suffering. The traditional and spontane- or novelty; a certain quickness to adopt and to discard ideas, art movements, and menace of barbarians-a menace that did people; a restlessness at times too feverish; not begin in 1914, and which has continua love of pleasure, elegance, and luxury; ally brought us together as a united force. a tendency to respond instantly and as one Royalty, welding together its feudal man to any great and international event forces; the First Republic, with its hu- all this is what makes of Paris and New manitarian and national gospel; and NaYork, each in its own particular way, with poleon, with his centralized system of adits little faults and grand qualities, the ministration, so skilfully made of all these two most sympathetic, the most "electric" provinces a coherent economic and politicapitals of the civilized world.

cal organism that without any danger or The manner in which France slowly any weakening of the inalterable identity formed herself through the centuries re- of the united country the people of the calls the manner-and this has never been several provinces may display their racial sufficiently remarked-in which the United characteristics and varied origins. States came into being and was developed. America will not lose sight of such an To so great an extent is this true that one example not of uniformity, but of groupmight call France a solidly traditionalized ing, so blended together, so impossible to America, and America a France that is be made to crumble or to dissolve, that the magnificently improvising herself.

world can find therein a reason for our The geographical position of France growing victory. It has been said in the and the attraction that she has always ex- Holy Word that "if a kingdom be divided crcised have, by a peculiar process, slowly against itself, that kingdom cannot stand." developed her from many crossed races The United States ought also to desire to into a homogeneous people. She is not become more and more united in purpose. wholly Latin, like Italy; or Celtic, like They are already united; they can be, and the country of the Gauls; or Norse, like ought to be, even more united. Scandinavia or Scotland and a part of Nevertheless, we should be slow to deny England. Far from being a peninsula an encountered peril, and one that may relike Spain, almost isolated from European appear-the settling among us of hostile influences, she is made up of a series of and unassimilated foreigners. We, too, alluvial deposits: in the north, the Bretons, have our problem of "hyphens." To be the Normans, the Angles, and the Flem- exposed to the same risks is only another ish; in the middle and the east, the form of resemblance between the two Franks, the Gauls, the Arvernians, the countries. Burgundians, the Lorrainers, and the Alsa- To-day France has become aware of her tians; in the southeast and the south, the vitality and power; but she realizes that Latins, the Italians, and the Greeks; and she has remained France only by not perin the southwest, the Basques and the mitting herself to be weakened in times Iberians, with not a little trace of English of peace as in times of war by malevolent blood, especially in the region of Bordeaux. aliens. A nation exhausts itself and is not

And yet a Frenchman is nothing more enriched when it nourishes elements that than a Frenchman, whatever the province cannot be assimilated, because they in from which he comes, and despite certain their disloyalty are wont to attempt to differences of accent, manner, or appear

alter its customs and national characterance. Our soul is one. The same inter- istics for their personal gain. ests, the same ideal, and, though the hori- Paris had become too incongruous, too zons are varied, a like harmony that is at cosmopolitan. Though a certain number once both moderate and refined, have of the select few congregated there, in far molded and remolded the people of that greater numbers the frothy elements of socountry the natural boundaries of which ciety came in foods: inimical spies, breware the Rhine, the Pyrenees, and the Alps. ers of questionable affairs, idlers who Add to all this the constantly repulsed sought to amuse themselves at any cost,


taking advantage of our ready welcome to submit themselves to the most costly palead among us a sophisticated and un- triotic duties, even the complete sacrifice, wholesome existence that they thereupo: if necessary, of the individual to the comcalled "Parisian life." This setting was monwealth, a firmness necessary for the unhappy both for our home and foreign elimination of the baneful and the useless. politics, which it disturbed, and for our In short, safety lies first in oneself beart and culture. Our theaters of late fore one has recourse to laws, which, howyears, for example, no longer reflected ever, must not be overlooked. If a great French manners, but the manners of ad- and varied population is fermenting in the venturers, roués, and intriguers, who came vast American vat, it holds an excellent from the ends of the earth and posed dissolvent for uniting conflicting elements, , among us as masters of the house and ar- provided they are healthy. The character biters of a taste that they made less pure. and physical and moral vigor that you inEspecially is it true that our neighbors herit from your forefathers, your idealism, beyond the Rhine, attracted by our cities which the egotistical pretensions of newand our country, began secretly to colo- comers have not overwhelmed, make a nize among us.

mold where are cast nationalities and inAll this we saw at the outbreak of the dividualities seemingly irreconcilable. I war, but unfortunately too late. The ma- am confident that you will suffer no break jority of these were spies, working for the to appear in this marvelous crucible. Your advantage of their fatherland and prepar- firmness is never tyrannical. On the coning for an invasion that this time was to trary, it wins every one by its tolerance. be armed. They strove, moreover, to The descendants and followers of the blacken the fair name of France. Their great who created America, its noisy eccentricities, their brutal character wealth, and its spirit have sufficient keenistics, and their hypocritical plots had the ness and enterprise to impress upon lateeffect of giving to foreigners the impres- comers, when brought into contact with sion that we were undergoing a moral them, these homogeneous qualities: selfrelaxation. It was a false and regrettable control, love of toil, respect for the point impression, an appearance of frivolity that of view of others, honest ambition, genwas mainly exotic. We had not taken erous aspirations, fidelity to the starry flag. sufficient pains to impress upon those Those who do not accept these duties, whose naturalization we had too readily sources of vast good, are unworthy of you. accepted the necessity of adaptability. You may calmly reject them. This is always a danger that threatens Thus will be averted treason to a counthose people among whom foreigners who try which opens its arms wide to all loyal are not of the best type delight to sojourn. good-will, and which is by a providential

Because of her mixture of races, her mission a redeemer. The country of Linfreedom, and her inheritance of certain coln and Emerson is the country of manEuropean characteristics, the baneful vi- kind. In this America bears another rebrations of which have been felt across the semblance to France, which has been ocean during the course of this war, Amer- called the second country of all men. ica has been brought face to face with the necessity of keeping close watch over those One of our sociologists has declared parasites who establish themselves in a that national likenesses and attractions are country, live upon it, yet turn against it closely connected with destinies. The when they believe that their interests de- sympathy that exists between France and mand such a course.

America certainly inclines them toward In France the remedy for this evil has coöperation. Being an intellectual, I view been national unity, already very ancient, this coöperation especially in its most proand which this recent virus had not yet found and freest aspect - the aspect of orweakened-a unity of those who agree to ganized friendship.

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