Old trails and new borders by Edward Alfred SteinerOld trails and new borders by Edward Alfred Steiner

Old trails and new borders

byEdward Alfred Steiner

Paperback | February 7, 2012

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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.1921 Excerpt: ... MADAM POLAND CARL EMIL FRANCOIS called the countries east of Germany " Half Asia." To him the line between the two continents was not geographic but cultural, for he noticed the change from order and cleanliness to rutted roadways, poorly tilled farms, dilapidated villages, slovenly cities and wretched hotels. The saying "When West met East the West began to scratch" is not elegant but alas, true, as every traveller knows who has ventured far east of Berlin. Whatever one may say of the German rule in the east, the fact remains that it has pushed " Half Asia" a good many hundreds of miles back, and there have been good roads, well-tilled fields, neat villages, decent hotels and no vermin. By the Peace of Versailles the former province of Posen has gone to Poland, a decision with which one cannot quarrel; nevertheless " Half Asia" is creeping westward and makes itself painfully apparent three hours after Berlin is left behind on a train which does not exert itself to leave Germany. The German border ends at Stench, and I should remember it even if it were not so unpleasant a name, for it was midnight when, with bag and baggage, I had to leave a fairly comfortable corner in my car and stand waiting two hours before the customs house formalities were over. The Germans performed the task courteously but thoroughly and if it was unpleasant and fatiguing, it served one right for leaving so good a country for Poland. Thirty minutes after I had struggled back to my comfortable seat in the car we arrived at Bench, where the Polish customs office is located. Stench and Bench rhyme, but nothing about them does; therefore it seemed wise to put many kilometers between German and Polish customs house officers. The difference between Stench and Bench is that at the latter ...
Title:Old trails and new bordersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217263623

ISBN - 13:9780217263627

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