"Well, what do you make of it, Ernest?"
The young man shook his head cautiously, but replied no further. He patted his horses and eased the collars on their necks.
"I waited in town for the Hastings paper," Claude went on impatiently. "England declared war last night."
"The Germans," said Ernest, "are at Liege. I know where that is. I sailed from Antwerp when I came over here."
"Yes, I saw that. Can the Belgians do anything?"
"Nothing." Ernest leaned against the wagon wheel and drawing his pipe from his pocket slowly filled it. "Nobody can do anything. The German army will go where it pleases."
"If it's as bad as that, why are the Belgians putting up a fight ?"
"I don't know. It's fine, but it will come to nothing in the end. Let me tell you something about the German army, Claude."