Emperor William the Second. As was proven afterwards this relationship,

surprisingly enough, had some influence on the side of clemency.

Monsieur X. was one of that family of famous Belgian bankers which has

existed for four generations. He was also President of the International

Sleeping Car Company of Europe to which honor he was appointed at the

death of his brother Monsieur Georges X., the originator and founder of

the Company.

Madame X. is a Russian by birth, the great-granddaughter of Prince ----,

who was at one time Grand Chancellor of the Court of Russia, and a

cousin of Princess ----, a lady in waiting to Her Former Majesty the

Czarina of Russia. The daughter of Madame X., Baronne de H., wife of a

Belgian nobleman of Brussels, is a personal friend of Their Majesties,

the King and Queen of Belgium.

Miss Bigelow, though a neutral subject, was nevertheless a virtual

prisoner of the Germans from August to November, 1914, owing to the lack

of facility in getting away from Belgium. The railroad was taken over

entirely by the German Army; automobiles, horses, carriages, etc., being

long since confiscated and appropriated by the Germans. Considerable

anxiety was felt as to her safety as no communication with the outside

world was possible during those three months of internment. Therefore,

her journal was faithfully kept for the benefit of her family and

depicts the comfortable luxurious life of the days preceding August,

1914, the shock of the Declaration of War, the terrific battle of

Sartilmont, three kilometres from the chateau, which entailed indirectly

the death of Monsieur X. in the early morning of the following day while

the guns were still booming. It also includes the bombardment of Liege

which lasted twelve days, the care of soldiers burned in the forts, the

capture of the city by the Prussians, their brutal shooting of

civilians, the burning of parts of the town and the taking of citizens

as hostages.

The passing of the German army with all its accompanying paraphernalia

that went to the front in the first days is described as it was

photographed on the brain of the writer, looking down from her window,

day after day, onto the highroad.

The journal ends with the attempted withdrawal to Brussels, the final

escape to Holland by the aid of the Dutch Consul of Maestricht, the

journey from Flushing, Holland, to Folkestone, England, to Calais and to

Paris. The last part of this journal will appeal to those who have known

and loved Paris in the old days, and portrays her to the world as the

flower she is, revealing her truth and her worth tho' stripped of that

individual worldliness which was yet a charm.

_Note.--All except German names in the Journal are fictitious._

LIEGE

ON THE LINE OF MARCH

LIEGE, ON THE LINE OF MARCH

_July 30th, Thursday._

To-day has been warm, very warm and sultry, a day of surprises,

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