"DESTROYED BY TEUTONIC FURY; RESTORED BY AMERICAN GIFTS" is the way in which most people would translate the Latin sentence, "Furore Teutonico Diruta; Dono Americano Restituta."

The sentence was chosen by Belgium's hero Cardinal, the late Desire Mercier, to serve as an inscription across the facade of the rebuilt Library of Louvain. To gentle yet righteously incensed Desire Mercier "furore" seemed none too harsh a word to apply to Huns; but nowadays there is a milksop movement afoot to emasculate the Louvain inscription until it could not possibly give offense to those...

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