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Lest We Forget World War Stories   By: (1862-1940)

Lest We Forget World War Stories by John Gilbert Thompson

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RECESSIONAL

God of our fathers, known of old, Lord of our far flung battle line, Beneath whose awful Hand we hold Dominion over palm and pine Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget lest we forget!

Far called, our navies melt away; On dune and headland sinks the fire: Lo, all our pomp of yesterday Is one with Nineveh and Tyre! Judge of the Nations, spare us yet, Lest we forget lest we forget!

RUDYARD KIPLING

[Illustration: THE KAISER: "YOU SEE YOU HAVE LOST EVERYTHING." THE KING OF THE BELGIANS: "NOT MY SOUL." (Reproduced by permission of the proprietors of Punch .)]

LEST WE FORGET

WORLD WAR STORIES

BY

JOHN GILBERT THOMPSON PRINCIPAL OF THE STATE NORMAL SCHOOL FITCHBURG, MASS.

AND

INEZ BIGWOOD

INSTRUCTOR IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE STATE NORMAL SCHOOL FITCHBURG, MASS.

[Illustration]

SILVER, BURDETT AND COMPANY BOSTON NEW YORK CHICAGO

COPYRIGHT, 1918, BY SILVER, BURDETT AND COMPANY

PREFACE

Books and articles in astounding numbers have been published in the past four years to explain the World War and to inform the public as to its progress. Societies and agencies of the government have urged that every available means be employed to inform the American people of the reasons for the war and the issues at stake; and much has been done for adults.

Little or no thought seems to have been given to youthful readers who are beginning to think for themselves, and whose first thinking should be properly guided, for they are at an age when tales of heroism and daring make a strong appeal. In many homes the children are the only readers, and in nearly all, their thinking and reading exercise a powerful influence.

This volume of stories of the World War is prepared to meet this important need, and to set before the pupils the war's unparalleled deeds of heroism, with the aims and ideals which have inspired them, and which have led American youth to look upon the sacrifice of life as none too high a price to pay for the liberation of mankind.

It may be used as a reading book or as an historical reader for the upper grammar grades. While great care has been employed to secure accuracy of fact and to select material of permanent value, the stories are written in a manner that will appeal to children.

The thanks of the authors and publishers are hereby expressed to those who have kindly granted permission to use copyrighted material.

CONTENTS

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1. THE SHOT HEARD ROUND THE WORLD 1

2. A KING OF HEROES 20

3. THE DEFENSE OF LIÉGE 31

4. THE DESTRUCTION OF LOUVAIN 38

5. CARDINAL MERCIER 43

6. AND THE COCK CREW Amelia Josephine Burr 57

7. A BELGIAN LAWYER'S APPEAL 59

8. EDITH CAVELL 61

9. SON Robert W. Service 66

10. THE CASE OF SERBIA David Lloyd George 68

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