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By Paul Fussell

A booklet in regards to the which means of shuttle, approximately how vital the subject has been for writers for 2 and a part centuries, and approximately how very good the literature of trip occurred to be in England and the United States within the Nineteen Twenties and 30s.

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By the time the train is crossing the frontier and slowing down at Bentheim, where passports will be examined, Mr. Norris has revealed that he is an extraordinarily experienced traveler. " Bradshaw reports: "He had suffered from rheumatics in Stockholm and draughts in Kaunas; in Riga he had been bored, in Warsaw treated with extreme discourtesy, in Belgrade he had been unable to obtain his favorite brand of tooth-paste. " But now the train has stopped, and in the corridor a dread voice is heard: "'Deutsche Pass-Kontrolle.

One of them, frowning over the first page of the absurd little booklet preferred by Sitwell, firmly mistakes the official granter of the passport, Lord Curzon, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, for "bearer," and in a fury of political self-righteousness asserts that Lord Curzon, notorious as an "enemy" of Fiume, is on no account allowed to enter. Sitwell's comic contempt for the guard seems somehow British, and so does the empiricism and moral outrage of Rebecca West's account of the miseries of Fiume in 1937.

Passed November 30, 1915: "A person coming from or intending to proceed to any place out of the United Kingdom as a passenger shall not, without the special permission of a Secretary of State, land or embark at any port in the United Kingdom unless he has in his possession a valid passport. . " It was a wartime emergency regulation, but like so many others—those closely monitoring pub-closing hours, for example—it was not repealed after the war but simply left standing: it was convenient for the government and no one complained very much.

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