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- DescriptionExcerpt from The Queen's Gift Book in Aid of Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospitals for Soldiers and Sailors Who Have Lost Their Limbs in the War The place I came to seemed a green and fortunate haven for the battered. Ah! Ships you can refit, making them as good as new; but these four hundred men in their blueish hospital garb and their red neckties can never be made as good as new. You can only make shift for them, and do your best. Legs and arms, legs and arms - they all want one or the other, and some want both. They have just passed to dinner - a long procession - in wheelchairs, on crutches, or walking strangely, the freshly fitted leg thrown out a little apart, stiffly as yet; or seemingly quite whole and active men, till you observe they have only one arm. One of them has lost two legs and an arm, ather an arm and a leg and an eye. So they go, young, pathetically strong - cheerful fellows, wonderful fellows, stoics. Some one says: They're t worrying; that's Tommy all over - never thinks of to-morrow. Well, it would seem the better ground-philosophy for armless men, legless men, who by measure of thought for to-morrow will ever have two arms or legs, or even perhaps one, again. And yet - they must and shall have a to-morrow! That is the object and policy of this Haven called Queen Mary's Auxiliary Convalescent Hospitals, in Roehampton. Certainly crippled men could hardly have better quarters, attention, and grub than they get here (the Staff eat exactly what the patients do - such is the matron's admirable plan); but these one-legged, one-winged birds of passage stay but a few weeks or days. An ever-lengthening flock of the maimed waits for empty perches; and so, as soon as 'to-morrow' is fairly in sight, each passes out and on, to make way for a waiting comrade. The real business is to fit them properly with new limbs, and with a new future, while they are here. How far can this be done? About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
- Author(s)Unknown Author
- PublisherForgotten Books
- Date of Publication19/06/2016
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectChildren's Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintForgotten Books
- Content Note, black & white illustrations
- Weight268 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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