Reaching for the Stars

Reaching for the Stars

Reaching for the Stars

Reaching for the Stars

Excerpt

It was the last Saturday in June, 1934. A soft summer day, the sun's radiance tempered by a breeze.

Motoring leisurely across Belgium, my husband and I stopped in Spa at noon for lunch. We chose an open- fronted restaurant facing on the town square, shaded by awnings striped a cool green and white. My husband has the habit of resting after midday food. While waiting for our salad to be mixed he glanced about in a way which I recognized to be a search for a quiet corner; and I gave my attention to the possibility of having a look at Spa, preferably with a resident of the place.

Recently I had read Ereignisse und Gestalten byKaiser Wilhelm II . Inheritor of the kingdom of Prussia with the emperorship of all Germany and German responsibilities beyond the seas, he abandoned his position, at the threat of German revolution, in a hasty flight from Spa, thus losing for his descendants the power which a notable line of ancestors had won, by military victories and political strategies, for the House of Hohenzollern. So Spa was of interest to me just then, not as a Belgian town but as related to him.

The restaurant proprietor kindly sent for his daughter, whom he introduced as an educated woman, a teacher be-

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