Foreign News: Sound the Tocsin

Around the village of Bazouges-du-Désert, in Brittany, the apples grow big and sweet, and the Calvados (apple brandy) is a potable that is more in demand than the local water. In the town one morning last week the biggest bell in the church tower began to peal. It was a familiar but urgent tocsin of alarm. Government tax collectors had been sighted. The revenuers were looking for illegal Calvados and unlicensed stills.

At his headquarters in nearby Louvigné, Lieut. Jean Leroux of the Gendarmerie Nationale got up from his desk and went to the roof....

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