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playing our part-and we hope it will be

a big part-on the Western Front."

The party proceeded from Liverpool

to London by special train. While there

General Pershing met Lord Derby, Secretary of State for War, General Lord French,

Premier Lloyd George, King George, and

many other British notables.

After conferences with the British military authorities, General Pershing passed

on to France. His reception was most

enthusiastic. As he stepped ashore at

Boulogne, he was greeted by General

Dumas, who said, "I salute the United

States of America, which has now become

united to the United States of Europe."

After a drive through the streets of Boulogne, amid the plaudits of great crowds,

General Pershing departed by special

train for Paris. His reception in that

city was the greatest given to anybody

since the beginning of the war. Every

housetop, wall, and window was filled with

cheering Frenchmen. "It seemed that

everyone was waving an American flag,

while cries of 'Vive l'Amerique!' became

a sustained roar on the way from the

Gare du Nord to the Boulevards." Among

those who greeted him were Marshal

Joffre, M. Viviani, and General Foch.

In Pershing the masses in the streets saw

symbolized the coming of an army. "Here

was America to help them, America,

which had always stood in popular imagination as the symbol of incredible wealth

and greatness. In the person of the

simply dressed American general

they cheered the whole American

army--millions strong, if need be, to

carry the war to victory."

On June 14, General Pershing was

taken to visit the tomb of Napoleon

in the Hotel des Invalides. As the

Americans entered the grounds leading to the building, they were met by

a number of veterans of previous

French wars who had their home at

this institution. One of them was a

grizzled soldier of the Crimean War.

Passing into the Invalides, General

Niox conducted the American commander within the vast rotunda with

its walls hung with battle flags. The

party proceeded to the crypt where

the sarcophagus of Napoleon is laid.

Few persons have ever been admitted

to the crypt except crowned heads or

former heads of states, as in the case

of ex-President Roosevelt on his return from Africa.

General Pershing and his staff were

taken to the crypt by Marshal Joffre.

A great key was inserted in the brass

door. "Marshal Joffre and General Niox

drew aside while General Pershing faced

the door alone. He took a deep breath,

stepped suddenly forward, and with a

single motion threw his arm straight out

and turned the key. In a tiny alcove

at one side of the crypt the governor

of the Invalides unlocked the case, drew

out the sword, and raised it to his lips.

Then he presented the hilt to General

Pershing, who received it, held it at

salute for a moment, and then kissed the

hilt. The same ceremony was followed