National Geographic : 1925 May
TIlE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE shots, with a jaw grip that would have disabled any man (see page 534). "Hey, call him off!" entreated the thief, after a few moments of this. And, at the signal, Tom instantly dropped stomachwise on the earth. "Guess I earn my pay-four times a week of this!" added the thief, glancing in our direction. The pan-Belgian training congress tab ulates for concourse purposes 13 tests, in cluding those just described, each with its point value and point penalization for the slightest deviation from form. Tom, who had recently won his 27th "first" in concourse, for training and beauty, might well be described as a lucky dog. He had never been beaten or starved - words which did not exist in his trainer's vocab ulary. "I trained him entirely by gesture and word of mouth," explained the latter. "A beaten dog is a cowed, a ruined dog. And to strike your dog in concourse means instant disqualification." On the World War's battlefields, the black Groenendaels and their cousins, the fawn-colored Malines breed, carried mes sages and first-aid outfits, and even drew machine guns. They were shot, bayo neted, and taken prisoner, like any soldier, and they returned to civil life with sadly thinned ranks. Their police exploits in peace time would fill a book. Our choice for quota tion falls on Ixe, who, having arrested a drunk and disorderly female and deliv ered her at the police station, dashed back alone to the scene of the misdemeanor, shortly turning up at the sergeant's desk with the lady's hat in his teeth. LOUVAIN IIAS BEEN REBUILT LARGELY BY AMERICA From Brussels it is but a step to Lou vain. To-day, remembering the charred war wreck that it was, one rubs one's eyes at the scrupulously trim squares and boulevards where rises acre upon acre of quaintly gabled houses, done in pinkish brick, the scene of placid domesticity. Yet you have only to note the small, gray, memorial-stone inset in each house front, inscribed with the date "1914," to realize that in great part the old Louvain has perished, and that what you behold is a cunning replica. Long-sought peace has stilled tragic Louvain. The War seems ages past. The two German cannon in the square, their wheels deep in grass, their muzzles strad dled by small boys playing at horseback, recall the carcasses of beached monsters, thrown up in the fury of some long forgotten storm. As the native guide pilots you about, indicating whole streets of new houses, or perhaps the yet-unfinished library, he keeps explaining, "The Americans did this," repeating the phrase so often that after a while he merely points here and there, with the one word "America!" Truly, while the University library is that country's war memorial to Belgium, in the heart of Louvain's citizens there is builded a war memorial to the American people-a house not made with hands. From Brussels southward the Back Doors Country grew hourly more charm ing, more remote from the industrial bee hive which is Belgium. Now at last Flanders' flatness gave way to rising ridges, between which wandered a lovely, tree-vistaed stream that our map per sisted in calling a mere canal. MATRIMONIAL PICNICS FOR R. F . D. NEIGIIBOR HOODS In this fishermen's realm, where yarn spinners sat about sand-strewn taprooms, we needed no word of Flemish to com prehend that universal gesture which ac companies the statement, "Believe it or not, he measured that long." Behind the bar invariably hung the same two posters, the one advertising a fishing competition, the other couched in the following terms: A TASTE OF MARRIAGE Repentant celibates, know that the bachelors of Ittre will introduce them selves to the young ladies of Ron quieres next Sunday through the agency of a canal-boat picnic. One dances, one lunches superbly, one respectfully adores. Tickets, 15 francs. In case one should not encounter one's fate, the young ladies of Ronquieres will sponsor a reciprocal picnic on the Sunday fol lowing. We were told that this naive form of matrimonial agency, meant for those liv ing in the R. F. D. neighborhoods, is taken in entire seriousness and is pro ductive of many happy marriages.