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3724 UNIVERSAL HISTORY-THE MODERN WORLD.

retired, it was discovered that three

Americans had been killed and eleven

wounded, and that eleven were missing.

The Germans abandoned three rifles,

a few helmets, and one wounded German

was left behind. Other Germans had

been wounded or killed but had been

carried off by their comrades.

The Americans killed were Corporal

James B. Gresham of Evansville, Indiana,

and Privates Thomas F. Enright of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Merle D. Hay

of Glidden, Iowa. On the afternoon of

November 4, the first American soldiers to

die in battle in France were buried at

Bathlemont. Detachments of French sailors, artillery men, engineers, and infantry,

together with American infantry, were

formed in a square facing the graves.

As the flag-wrapped caskets were lowered

into the graves, the bugler blew "taps,"

and the batteries at the front fired minute

guns. Then General Bordeau, who commanded the division in this sector, stepped

forward and delivered a tribute

to the fallen.

"Of their own free will," said

he, "they left a prosperous and

happy country to come over

here. They knew war was continuing in Europe; they knew

that the forces fighting for honor,

love of justice, and civilization

were still checked by the long prepared forces serving the

powers of brutal domination, oppression, and barbarity. They

knew that efforts were still

necessary. They wished to give

us their generous hearts, and

they have not forgotten old

historical memories, while others

forget more recent ones.

"They ignored nothing of the

circumstances, and nothing had

been concealed from them neither the length and hardships

of war, nor the violence of battle,

nor the dreadfulness of new

weapons, nor the perfidy of the

foe. Nothing stopped them.

They accepted the hard and

strenuous life; they crossed the

ocean at great peril; they took

their places on the front by our

side, and they have fallen facing

the foe in a hard and desperate

hand-to-hand fight. Honor to

them I Their families, friends,

and fellow-citizens will be proud

when they learn of their deaths.

"Men! These graves, the first to be

dug in our national soil, and but a short

distance from the enemy, are as a mark

of the mighty land we and our Allies firmly

cling to in the common task, confirming

the will of the people and the army of

the United States to fight with us to a