King diary, 1 April-31 August 1917 / James Clive Selwyn King - Page 31

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8th June
Went to Amienes where we spent an enjoyable day. Saw the cathedral – now the most beautiful in architecture (Gothic) in the world with its many towers & steeples, its pictures, paintings of the old masters & its time honours slabs of marble. It is now all sandbaged up round the entrance in case of attack from aerial craft.

Truly Amiens is picture of war. Trades pursue their usual crafts, girls & women fill the offices of the men who are fighting for honour & home.

Few places are damaged but devastation is a mild effect of war, nearly every woman is clothed in deep mourning, few indeed they are who

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