1914 – September 2

All round Paris on the circular railway run trains of reinforcements and return trains of wounded and the whole population of Paris line the railway banks and shout “Vive les Anglais” all day long. Men are cheered into action actually on the battle field by women and children – come off wounded and a few hours later parade again before the gaping crowds of Paris. Wine, pears, peaches, chocolate etc. etc. pressed on us at every halt and all the women come to be kissed. Not only panic-stricken people flying everywhere, but panic-stricken engines come flying by in batches of six with their whistles sounding despairing shrieks! The whole of Paris is flying in crowded trains. Parker of the Grenadier Guards (Devonshire) is on the same job as myself – he has brought with him his own motor-car and his valet. After the war I ought to give another lecture at Bishopsteignton [see this entry[.

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