3703 THE TWENTIETH CENTURY- THE GREAT WAR.
eternal silence that closes over those
whose sacrifice remains unnamed, in the
full knowledge that save for those who
loved them their names would disappear
with their bodies. Their monument is
in our hearts. Not the living alone greet
us here; the ranks of the dead themselves
rise to surround the soldiers of liberty."
Mr. Balfour followed M. Viviani and
spoke a few fitting, gripping words. Governor Stuart of Virginia responded for
America. Then Field Marshal Joffre and
two French officers came forward with a
bronze wreath, which one of the greatest
generals of the twentieth century laid
upon the stone coffin of the noblest man
of the eighteenth century. Mr. Balfour
then brought the British tribute, a wreath
of lilies and oak leaves tied with the colors
of the three Allied nations. It bore the
"Dedicated by the British mission to
the immortal memory of George Washington, soldier, statesman, patriot, who would
have rejoiced to see the country of which
he was by birth a citizen and the country
which his genius called into existence, fighting side by side to save mankind from a
Subsequently the two missions visited
numerous cities, and the French mission
made a tour through the Middle West.
For a long time it was impossible to persuade Marshal Joffre to make a speech.
When M. Viviani addressed the Senate,
cries arose of, "Joffre!" "Joffre!" But the
Marshal merely smiled and answered: "I do
not speak English." Then raising his right
hand, he cried, "Vivent les Etats-Unis!"
With a military salute, he was gone.
But the old soldier was deeply impressed
with the wealth and power of the United
States, and tears often filled his eyes when
some new evidence was given of the aid
that this powerful country would render
his endangered France. Finally at a meeting at Chicago he was induced to make
what was, for him, a long speech.
"My friends," said he, "I am proud to
have in my hand the American flag,