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A butter dealer of Normandy, whose acquaintance I made among many others during the present wav, tells me a quaint storv, which shows that in the midst of the" turmoil of battle is not altogether forgotten. He had sent a railway waggon full of butter, some five tons, in fact, from Normandy to Lille at the beginning of October. The waggon was shunted somewhere in the station, and he learned from a friend, who sent him a timely wire, that the Germans were expected any day. That was no time to lose a consignment of such a valuable household article, and my friend hastened to Lille, which place he reached on October 4, whilst the first bombardment was in progress. In the midst of it all he persuaded the station master to have : tha truck coutainiaa the butter brought

out from the sheds, and a drummer was sent into the streets to call housewives. Quite a number of them responded, and in less than an hour, while shells were being hurled into the town, the butter was auctioned off, and, to his surprise, the sale actually brought him a profit of 5,000 francs. A few days later my friend was standing in front of the Hotel de Bretagne, near the post office, when a Taube dropped a shell, which demolished the upper story of the hotel and sent splinters of wood and glass into his face. That day he left the town, with his face and hands badly cut, and joined a long procession of refugees, who finally made their way to St. Pol.—‘ Daily Telegraph.’

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A LOAD OF BUTTER, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915

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A LOAD OF BUTTER Issue 15702, 16 January 1915

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