China and the Allies - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXXVIII

The French soldier--Clothes and eatables--A touching incident--The Russian troops--Not quite so black as they are painted--A fancy for jewellery and perfumery--The manner of the Russian soldier--An untidy looter--Musical boxes spared--Italian opera selections refreshing but out of place-- A marvellous work of art--Evil spirits and their ways.

A CONTRAST to the business capabilities of the American soldier, and the enterprise of the British and Japanese in the appropriation of other people's goods, was furnished by the apparent reluctance of the French to take any article of value. They occasionally selected some small trifle, in a sort of half-apologetic way, and their taste seemed to run particularly towards valueless old clothing, which they evidently proposed to adapt to their own wear. Cheap Chinese cotton pajamas were carried away in preference to more precious fabrics, while eatables of all kinds, and tobacco, were in great demand.

On the day when Tientsin fell, I happened to be in the centre of the town when I perceived some Frenchman in a state of great agitation. In my best Parisian I asked them what was the matter. Whereupon with hoarse voices they shouted, waving their arms dangerously over my head:--

"Mais vas donc, vas donc en prendre lά, il y en a taut!" ("But go on, go and take some over there, there is such a lot of it!")

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Illustrations xxiii
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 7
  • Chapter III 15
  • Chapter IV 21
  • Chapter V 26
  • Chapter VI 32
  • Chapter VII 37
  • Chapter VIII 44
  • Chapter IX 49
  • Chapter X 54
  • Chapter XI 59
  • Chapter XII 63
  • Chapter XIII 67
  • Chapter XIV 72
  • Chapter XV 77
  • Chapter XVI 81
  • Chapter XVII 85
  • Chapter XVIII 92
  • Chapter XIX 96
  • Chapter XX 102
  • Chapter XXI 107
  • Chapter XXIII 118
  • Chapter XXIV 122
  • Chapter XXV 129
  • Chapter XXVI 134
  • Chapter XXVII 141
  • Chapter XXVIII 146
  • Chapter XXIX 152
  • Chapter XXX 156
  • Chapter XXXII 167
  • Chapter XXXIII 174
  • Chapter XXXV 189
  • Chapter XXXVI 196
  • Chapter XXXVII 200
  • Chapter XXXVIII 206
  • Chapter Xxxix 211
  • Chapter XL 216
  • Chapter XLI 221
  • Chapter XLII 225
  • Chapter XLIII 235
  • Chapter XLIV 240
  • Chapter XLV 246
  • Chapter XLVI 250
  • Chapter XLVII 255
  • Chapter XLVIII 259
  • Chapter Xlix 265
  • Chapter L 269
  • Chapter LI 273
  • Chapter Liv 287
  • Chapter LV 293
  • Chapter LVI 298
  • Chapter LVII 302
  • Chapter LVIII 308
  • Chapter LIX 312
  • Chapter LX 319
  • Chapter LXI 325
  • Chapter LXII 334
  • Chapter LXIV 347
  • Chapter LXV 354
  • Chapter LXVI 364
  • Chapter LXVII 371
  • Chapter LXVIII 377
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