THANKS FROM BELGIUM.
A REFUGEE'S ACKNOWLEDGE
The Mayoress of Akaroa has received fche following letter from Clarkhonse, England, under date, February lltb, 1916, which explains itself:— "Dear Unknown Friend—l am here a Belgium refugee who wished since a long time to write to you, but I could not speak a word of English, and I was very sorry to be obliged to wait. Now 1 know a f6w words and my first English letter is for the one who so kindly sent a coat to London, and which I was so happy to receive. Unfortunately you are to me an unknown friend who live so far away from here. The coat of which I am speaking is a green, brown one, long and wide, with a sheet of blue paper attached inside with a pin. I read on this little piece of paper a few Engish words, which the signature was, '•From an Unknown Friend in Akaroa, New Zealand." Of course I could not understand it, but an English lady translated it for me. When this terrible war broke out, I was in Belgium, and I remained at tuo sea side until October 13tb, fcben we bad to fly, the Germaus were coming. Hokl terrible it was, every one bad to rua away, the wounded soldiers, the children and the old people; It was raining all the day, und fchoro was not a train, neither a car nor a carriage. Then aoakod wo arrived in Holland, where we had to sleep two days on
straw. We oould not find a bed, many refugee* had to sleep in tho chnrob, because it w»s only n smnll viliagp, and we were more than 10,000 *c fugeea. Tbe next day v oruiug there : no bread to find, 'neither a drop of coffee or tea, only water. The sent a telegram to lsJ>d, and a few houra after we got" bread and milk for the little babies. A few days after I arrived in London, and there I received your coat which IJwear nearly every day. Here every oneis kind to us, but. we long to go back to our free Belgium. 1 hope for all the world the Germans will be beaten soon, and that King George will lead agiin our brave King Albert in bis palace at Brussels. Bβ sure that everything yon do for ua will be forgotten, and that we feel v%ry happy to find so many sincere friends in this trouble."—Yours very Sincerely—G Roelandts /The Mayoress would like the lady who attached the note to apply to her, and she will forward the letter.
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THANKS FROM BELGIUM., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXXV, Issue 3536, 14 April 1916