Clemenceaus Triumph, Daily Racing Form, 1918-08-02


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CLEMENCEAUS TRIUMPH In tin May offensive when the Germans occu ¬ pied Chateau Thierry only a ut forty miles from Paris the anxiety at the capital would naturally be great The government preparing for n siege enrourageil an exodus of civilians to the south It is said that nearly 000000 Parisians left In tin French Chamber of Deputies anxious questions and discussions monopolized the sittings Premier Clemonooau tlio tiger whose toothandnuil fight Ing policy had previously Inspired even the minority socialist was subjected to fusillades of adverse opinions on the conducting of the campaign Yet full of confidence he championed the generals anil the army and in the midst of tension and gloom displayed serene courage Ho met the crisis with masterly spirit and action actionDuring During the period after the Germans had been stopped on the edge of the VlllersCotterets forest and the world waited for the next German blow lie continued to display the stoutest confidence He declared that all was well Those surrounding hhu were almost induced to suspect him of delusions Then suddenly he became subdued His praise for the French army poured forth but not a word of confidence regarding tin campaign outlook This was the period when General Koch prepared his counterstroke of the last week Clemenceaii passed through stormy scenes in the Chamber but stood like n rod He declared in stating his determi ¬ nation to see the war through You have before you a Government which as It told you did not enter into power ever to accept surrender So long as we are here the fatherland will be defended to the end and no force will be spared to obtain suc ¬ cess We will never yield That Is the word of command of our Government We will never yield at any moment That spirit carried the day in triumph triumphWhen When Premier Clemenceaii returned from near Soissons after the success of the Frencli counter stroke he declared General Mnngin the commander of the army on the AlsneMarne front was the happiest man in the world He did not add that he too was a highly relieved man and that General Foclis plans had vindicated the stoutness of his faith In the dark hours of n possible Ger ¬ man success The turning of the tables on the Germans after five offensives by the kaisers armies has elevated Clemenceau to new heights of prestige and power He is regarded as the one man now to guide France through to complete vic ¬ tory Boloism Caillaux Intrigues and Malvy operations are tilings of tiie past now that Clemen con its firm grip has become almost that of a dic ¬ tator Toronto Daily Mail and Kxpress

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