FRANCE: Virtue's Reward

At 67, Louis Eudeline looked back on 26 years of perfectionist service to his country. As official silver polisher at the Palais de I'Elysee, he had rubbed eight hours a day, through war and peace, at the 7,500 pieces of silver plate which the French Presidents took over from the Bourbons. When the silverware went with the President on state visits to Belgium and Britain, Eudeline journeyed with it; when World War II broke out and the silver was taken for safety to a country chateau, Eudeline went along to guard it. During the German occupation, Hermann Goring laid...

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