LIEGE

ON THE LINE OF MARCH

[Illustration: GLENNA L. BIGELOW]

LIEGE

ON THE LINE OF MARCH

An American Girl's Experiences When the Germans Came Through Belgium

by

GLENNA LINDSLEY BIGELOW

New York: John Lane Company

London: John Lane, The Bodley Head

MCMXVIII

Copyright, 1918, by

John Lane Company

_TO THE KING OF THE BELGIANS_

_Multitudes upon multitudes they throng

And thicken: who shall number their array?

They bid the peoples tremble and obey:

Their faces are set forward, all for wrong.

They trample on the covenant and are strong

And terrible. Who shall dare to say them nay?

How shall a little nation bar the way

Where that resistless host is borne along?_

_You never thought, O! gallant King, to bow

To overmastering force and stand aside.

Safe and secure you might have reigned. But now

Your Belgium is transfigured, glorified,

The friend of France and England, who avow

An Equal here, and thank the men who died._

_H. M._

_London Times, August 14, 1914._

FOREWORD

Liege on the Line of March, or An American Girl's Experience When the

Germans Came Through Belgium, is a unique story. No other American

probably was in the exact position of Miss Bigelow who was at the

Chateau d'Angleur, Liege, Belgium, with the family of Monsieur X. at the

outbreak of the war and experienced with them and the people of their

country those tragic events which, up to the present, have hardly even

been sketched for the world.

What the public already knows of armies, guns, trenches, etc., has

little to do with the suffering that the people of an invaded country

endures, when the white-hot flame of the enemy invasion sweeps over the

land scorching every flower and leaving in its wake only desolation and

pain and despair. This narrative describes in detail just what might

come to any one of its readers if the Germans were victorious in Europe.

Let him picture to himself his line of action or even his line of

thought if an insolent officer came into his home, took his paintings

from the wall, his rugs from the floor, his private papers from his

desk and, finally, his sons to--what fate? The most pacific of pacifists

would draw a tight breath at such proceedings. And these are the least

of things that have happened in Belgium.

But the journal was not written with exhortative design. It is the

simple and truthful story of daily events as they occurred; if, at

times, the words seem brutal, the circumstances were brutal. Why should

one not know them?

The Chateau d'Angleur was respected as far as real pillaging and

destroying were concerned for the fact that a cousin of Monsieur X., a

Belgian by birth, is the wife of the Count von M. of Germany, at one

time Grand Chancellor of the Imperial Court and a trusted friend of

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