Chapter Two

"THE LIBERTY CLUB, near the British Ministry of Information," I told the taxi driver.

He looked at me, believing me to be white. "You mean the Rainbow Club of the American Red Cross, don't you, sir?" he asked.

On being assured I wanted the Liberty Club, he exclaimed, "Oh, I know now, sir; you mean the American Red Cross Club where the black boys go."

The club was formerly a middle-class hotel, a well- arranged and, on the whole, attractively equipped one. It was Saturday afternoon and the place was filled with men on leave from the London area and near-by towns. The snack bar was crowded with hungry GIs, among them several white soldiers; the Georgia accent of one of them was thick as the mud of the Chattahoochee. He told me he preferred the Liberty Club to the Rainbow or any other "white" Red Cross club in London because he had made friends with several colored soldiers whom he couldn't meet comfortably in other clubs. I asked him about the continuation of these friendships when he returned to America. Ruefully he spread his hands, palms upward, and shrugged his shoulders. "I don't know," he said sadly.

During the afternoon and evening strange tales were told

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  • Chapter Six 56
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