WE have seen that the 10th of September, Thursday, was filled with the general retreat of all the German line from the Argonne to the Ourcq. The morrow, the 11th, saw that retreat continued. Its first rally appeared at the close of the third day.
Upon the evening of Friday, the 11th, the end of the third day of pursuit, Maunoury's right had already come in front of Soissons; his left was in the Forest of Compiègne.
It was a day of cold, fine rain throughout the morning, turning to a regular downpour in the afternoon, and as the sun declined a strong wind began to blow. In such weather the German troops in Compiègne itself defiled endlessly out through the northern gate.
We have a vivid picture from an eye- witness of that nightly procession: The guardians of the palace watching through the