Education By Violence; Essays On The War And The Future

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byHenry Seidel Canby

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... ON SALVAGE AND WASTE It was in June of 1918 somewhere on the straight roads back of Arras that I first encountered the salvage corps. A gigantic truck ploughed leisurely through waves of leave-marching Tommies. Hanging over its sides or perching on the piled-up cargo was a jolly crew in overalls and scratch uniforms, and on the flank in sprawling letters of chalk was scrawled, " What have you salved to-day?" I guessed at the load--broken rifles, dented tins of bully beef, ammunition, lost tents, odd shoes, helmets, revolvers, biscuit cans--remembering battle fields still strewn with such wreckage. And I recognized in these cheery individuals the miniscule representatives of order, economy, thrift in a world given over to destruction, the pygmy opponents of the vast Titan, Waste. They were symbols of all of us, the world that has been fighting so tenaciously, so cheerfully, to salvage a little from the waste of war--the surgeons saving life when legs or arms were gone, the generals saving an army corps when half its personnel was dead, the old men saving the nation after the young men were gone forever. As a spectacle nothing could be finer--or more pathetic. Salvage is always pathetic. It is excellent to do it well; it is better to prevent it. And the most pathetic salvage of this war was not of damaged goods. It was almost a satisfaction to see a litter of things we had been accustomed to call valuable wasted on a battle field, and to feel how little the loss of such commodities mattered in comparison with waste of life. It restored a true perspective and made one appreciate that the standard of values after all is man. Yet I do not believe that even the waste of life in war is the most pathetic of all losses. In some respects, what struck deepest there ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... ON SALVAGE AND WASTE It was in June of 1918 somewhere on the straight roads back of Arras that I first encountered the salvage...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217710026

ISBN - 13:9780217710022

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