So we unrolled it.
|"Page two" - the two detached pieces are facing the wrong way...|
|.... although I didn't realise until I had begun the transcription. The transcripts below are corrected.|
The scrap of paper was rapidly scanned and tucked away in a jiffy bag. Transcription took a lot longer, but the end result was most satisfactory.
|The news of the day, 4th April 1915|
|... and on the reverse, one of those interminable sentimental serials. Transcription can await another day.|
The tantalising words Gazette de F ... at the beginning of the item about German schoolboy conscripts (écoliers allemands) gives a huge clue. There are plenty of local Gazettes in France but only the one national existed: la Gazette de France.
Is the Gazette de France on line? No it isn't.With some trepidation I ordered a photocopy from the Bibliotheque National de Paris. This great library has an on-line ordering system for copies of its paper files, and the order form fortunately gave enough space to explain what I was looking for, and why. Only one title is present in full, so I had to quote that one: Menées Allemandes in Italie (German Machinations in Italy). I have a feeling that it's the back page. I should get a quote for a photocopy of the full page to be sent as an e-mail attachment, at the price of however long it takes a librarian to do it. Fingers crossed.
And I've always wondered if the message for A.-G Corbes was some kind of code....