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"Faith and Courage in Death": An Allegory of Edith Cavell

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“SHE DIED LIKE A HEROINE.”

In this drawing our artist has given allegorical form to the martyrdom of Edith Cavell, the heroic English nurse so brutally executed by the German military autholities in Brussels. The details of the picture, as regards grouping, are, of course, purely imaginary. Miss Cavell’s mother has received touching messages of sympathy from the King and Queen and Queen Alexandra. Writing from Buckingham Palace, Lord Stamfordham said : ” By command of the King and Queen, I write to assure you that the hearts of their Majesties go out to you in your bitter sorrow, and to express their horror at the appalling deed which has robbed you of your child. Men and women throughout

the civilsed world, while sympathising with you, are moved to admiration .nd awe at her faith and courage in death.” In a letter on behalf of Quegn Alexandra, the Rector of Sandringham wrote to Mrs. Cavell : ” The women of England are bearing the greatest burden of this terrible war, but by all the name of Miss Cavell will be held in the highest honour and respect. We shall always remember that she never once failed England in her hour of need.” A Memorial Service for Nurse Cavell was arranged to take place in St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, October 29.–[Draoing opyr.ghkd in t inte,k Sitai and (,nada.]


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Issue 3993. - Vol CXLVII

Oct, 30 1915

Illustrated London News