A PLUCKY BURGOMASTER
Wien tho war in over it is to be hoped that M. Adolphus Max, the heroic and resourceful little Burgomaster of Brussels, will be entertained in London, to give Britons an opportunity of marking their high admiration of his “ sporting ” behaviour towards tho Germans during his country’s trial. He was imprisoned in Brussels for some time, but has now, it is stated, been removed to Germany. As a writer in the ‘ World's Work ’ remarks, when the history of the war comes to be written the Burgomaster will stand ae an equal figure with Albert 1., the orator Ring. And his has been, if not a. higher, at least a, more unusual order of heroism, for tho sword which the King may wear and wield is denied to the first citizen of a conquered capital. Yet ho met, and for some weeks mastered, the Prussian Bully with his wit to stake against the deadliest of armaments. When the Germans made their famous parade march into Brussels the little. Burgomaster could not be prevented from riding at tho head of the heartless procession to show that ho was not a captive, but the unwilling host of .intruding guests. When the genera! commanding the German army of occupation demanded that 300 beds should be arranged for himself and his following- in the Town. Hall, the Burgomaster immediately gave an order for 301. determined, at ail costs, to stick to his post. It is said that when General Von dor Goltz in some heated discussion drew his revolver and laid it on the table at the Town Hall the gallant but ever smiling Burgomaster laid by its side his fountain pen. When the Gorman Governor found it expedient to post lying proclamations on the walls of Brussels, M. Max at first attempted to contradict them in kind. Denied this privilege, he made epeeches in the public square ; and trusted to his fel-law-citizons to carry the news far and near. For some time at least-, by his peaceful and good-humored methods, the Burgomaster saved his -beautiful city from destruction ; and there can be no better tribute to his policy than the fact that the Germans agreed to his actions for over a month. Later, however, they found M. 31ax “unserviceable”; and announced that they had placed him in honorable custody in a. fortress. Probably their patient® came to an end. and they found it necessary to put behind the bars a- man whose temper and discretion could outmatch their bluster and brutality. M. Max has set an example, for all civilians to follow ; and lias raised his. office to one. of high respect throughout the theatre of war.
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A PLUCKY BURGOMASTER, Evening Star, Issue 15699, 13 January 1915