An American nurse furnishes perhaps ; the first really thorough-going and expert opinion on the Franco-Am-erican marriage situation in France, After a year and a-half in France this American girl Ends French femininitj "delightful," with a knowledge of captivating, masculine hearts that would put most American girls; completely out of the running. She suggests the advisability of •• presenting .President Wilson with a petition to send all American troops home at once, "in the name of American debutantes." Her letter, written to a relative in New York, appears" in the New York "Evening Sun." , •;.'., "You seem rather incredulous about so many of our American boys having married Frenchwomen. Why, 1 wonder? 1 don't see any reason why they should not. The Frenchwoman is a delightful creature. Even We American and English nurses can see that, much as we should like tit times to see otherwise, for we're still human and still feminine, and it goes rather hard with us to see some of the finest of our soldier lads marrying pretty little Alines, Maries, and Ninettes. , "We think we could Jind better mates forl them , and some of us think that a few could be found without even going outside of France. But still they're being captivated—we-call it "captured" when we 1 talk among ourselves —by the Frenchwomen. Jjouise told me last night that she had it on positive authority that, in the neighbourhood of 100,000 American soldiers and sailors had married Frenchwomen over here! No wonder we are jealous—only don't tell anybody tliat we are, for maybe I'm the only one of us who 'i,i ready to admit it even to herself. "Still, as I've just said, 1 don t blame the boys. These girls are really almost irresistible,, and they understand the art of flirtation better when they are bom than the average American woman understands it alter her fourth divorce. They know how to dress, too, to bring out the very littlest as well as the greatest of their charms. And they know how to talk to our soldiers with their eyes and hands and shoulders and Americans can talk to them in their own United States. They speak a universal language—the' language, of. appeal—ana they never fail to make themselves understood. "Besides all this more or less superfluous charm, the Frenchwoman is truly a woman. They make wonderful wives and mothers. I've been here long enough to see that. They make even better wives and mothers than they make sweethearts. They're • wonderful housekeepers, although, except, among the upper classes, they do run to too much furniture in their parlours too much garlic in their kitchen, to suit my plain tastes. But how they do understand ■ food conservation and economy. Mv Hoover could learn quite a few lessons from them it lie cared to study them."
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9611, 16 May 1919
L'ENTENTE CORDIALE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9611, 16 May 1919
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