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COLONEL SEELY AT THE FRONT

CONVERSATION IN A FB-EXCH IX2C.

It was last Monday night (wrote the Paris correspondent of the London 'Daily Hail' on Auguct 24;, as I was ritting at dinner in a tiny inn on the main square of a little town in the region occupied by the British Expeditionary Force, that 1 looked up to see a tall, familiar figure standing in the' dooiway. It was Colonel Seely, the former English War Minister, looking "fitter" and more bronzed than I have ever seen him. He was in field service uniform, with a white band round Ids cap. After dinner, taken in a long room at the back of the inn, which had been filled with long tables and transformed into a mess, I had conversation with Colonel Seely as he took coffee at a little round table set on the pavement in front of th.> inn. What he had been doing since he joined the Expeditionary Force it would bo unwise to pay, but hie time has been very actively employed, and the work on which he has been engaged, though I have only my own judgment to go upon, was, I fancy, not without call for courage. It was a strange scene in that tiny, dark village square of the little town, under a mutry August sky. A month ago it would all have f-eemed an impossible dream- There in the dingy little room. whore ordinarily peasants and workmen from the plain around gather in the evening to drink their absinthe, sat a group of men well known in surroundings, far different. Trwre poring over a map is the Duke of Westminster. There are soldier* whose names are well known in many different ways to those who read these words, but whom in these days of stringent discretion it _ might be- in.cautious to mention. This cabaret with its heer-etained tables under the light ehed by rickety gas brackets, and ail thes? familiar figure* in unfamiliar khaki sitting there—these are the titrange and unexpected times 511 which we are living.

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COLONEL SEELY AT THE FRONT, Evening Star, Issue 15626, 17 October 1914

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COLONEL SEELY AT THE FRONT Evening Star, Issue 15626, 17 October 1914

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