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BATTLEFIELD TOURISTS.

Mr C. F. Harrison, general manager of Thomas Cook and Son in the United

States and Canada, recently made a

trip to the battlefields in France to see what the prospects were for American tourists to visit the war zonje next summer. Mr Harrison said he did not believe there would be much tourist travel permitted in that country or Belgium before the summer of 1920. Apart from the difficulties of obtaining permits from the military authorities to enter any part of the war zone, there was the lack of rolling stock on the railroads and want of proper hotel accommodation in these districts. The people

permits

there have no food to spare for stran-

gers and no rooms for them to stay in In addition, Mr Harrison said he did not believe that the people would welcome wealthy tourists riding about the devastated country with its ruined towns and villages on every side. When the railroad facilities became normal, such places as Lille, Reims, Arras, Ypres, Sedan, Strasbourg, Verdun, Bolfort, Soissons, Chateau-Thierry, Toul and St. Mihiel could be visited without much difficulty. "Tliere are sixty military automobiles in Paris," Mr Harrison continued, "belonging to the United States Motor Transport Corps, and some of these are used to take visitors to the battlefields, if they have obtained special permits from the United States' military authorities. No private cars are allowed to go tliere because there is grave danger from the unexploded mines, shells, and hand grenades which are strewn about on the battlefields and in the trenches and dugouts, and especially over the places called by the soldiers during the war 'No' Man's Land.' "

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BATTLEFIELD TOURISTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9593, 24 April 1919

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