In this sad hour of the world's history, when so many homes have
been broken up, and so many hearts burdened with heavy sorrows,
it is comforting to think of the many heroic souls who,
throughout the struggle, have gone about their daily tasks with
unfailing courage and cheerfulness, and by so doing have helped
to carry the burdens of the world, and to sustain other hearts as
heavy as their own.
It is comforting, also, to know that there are many instances of
happy reunions after long and unspeakable anxieties, adventures,
This story of two little Belgian refugees is based upon the
actual experience of two Belgian children, and the incident of
the locket is quite true.
The characters of the eel-woman and the mother of the Twins have
also their living originals, from whose courage and devotion the
author has received much inspiration.
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