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Newspaper copy courtesy Waverly Lewis

A story from The Bandera New Era
Feb. 15, 1934

Paris - Fifteen years after the last gun of the World War was fired finds 1,100 veterans of the American Expeditionary Forces voluntary exiles in France.
In the majority of cases, the cause is a Franco-American marriage.
"In 1931," said Henry W. Dunning, of the Department of France, Commander of the American Legion, "the number of AEF men domiciled in France was 1,700.
"More than half of the 1,100 veterans now living in France are in Greater Paris, while the balance is scattered over all of France in 49 departments.
During 1933, more than 200 veterans were sent home by the American Aid Society."
Only a few of the veterans in France are bachelors; still fewer are widowers; but the vast majority are married to French wives and have Franco-American children.
The average AEF family in France has four members. No official figures exist as to how these veterans earn their livelihood, but American Legion officers make the following estimate:
Five percent live on their incomes; 10 percent are in business for themselves; 10 percent are professional men; 25 percent do office work; 25 percent have trades (including farming); the remaining 25 percent are unskilled, or without work.
To make all AEF veterans self-supporting, or to send them back to America, is the present important plank in the welfare program of the American Legion in France.
Civil war in Austria with hundreds dead, strikes in Spain, and a trade conflict between Great Britain and France were features Tuesday of a darkening European picture.
A trade war between France and Britain was in effect with the imposition of an extra 20 percent duty on most French imports and reduced French quotas on British goods.
Premier Gaston Doumergue's new French cabinet was "silently working" to restore order and economic well-being. A general strike Monday was followed by apparent quiet.
Officers of the world disarmament conference, meeting in London, discussed calling great world powers, including the United States, to a special disarmament conference.
The French government notified Germany that Chancellor Hitler's demands for rearmament could not be accepted.
Troy Pingleton, who underwent an operation for appendicitis on Feb. 1, at a hospital in San Antonio, is reported to be making a good recovery.