Books: Postscript To War

THE WHISTLERS' ROOM—Paul Alverdes —Covici-Friede ($1.50).

In a German hospital overlooking the Rhine was one ward known as the Whistlers' Room. Here were four men who had been shot through the throat; each had a silver tube set ingeniously into his neck to serve as a windpipe. "When they breathed quickly or laughed, a soft piping note, like the squeaking of mice, came from the silver mouth. Hence they were called the neck whistlers, or simply the whistlers."

One was a peasant's son from Bavaria. One was a Prussiafi volunteer, who always made it a point of pride to stand the painful treatments...

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