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Believe It or -Not.
Believe It or -Not. 

Western Mail, Thursday 29 March 1933, page 2

Believe It or -Not.

(By PH 1556, Peak Hill.)

Marguerite was a nice girl and pretty. She lived in an isolated farm house near Grand Fayt, and we discovered it and her one dreary wet day. It was I who noticed that Marguerite limped a little when she walked, and in response to my questions she told me that she had a sore there that would not heal. My friend, who was always a little envious of my "way" with girls, suggested, a trifle sarcastically, that I should have a look at it. I mentioned to the girl and her old mother that I was an A.M..C. man and might be able to fix it. After a lot of blushing and persuading by her mother, Marguerite took off her high laced boot and thick woollen stocking. She disclosed a remarkably pretty foot marred by a festering sore below the ankle.

The following day I cadged some boracic, iodine and bandage, from the doctor's orderly. Much to my surprise, that night Marguerite refused to bare her foot in front of my friend and insisted on going into a back room by our two selves.

The same thing happened for four nights and on the fifth some speedy talk went on between the girl and her mother before we went in. Marguerite blushed and her mother blustered. The speech was much too complicated for me to grasp at first but the blushing Marguerite, it appears, had a much worse sore, just one inch above her knee and the old lady was insistent that I treat that also. The girl was very shy about it.

Finally, every night for a week inside that little back room, I thoroughly dressed those two sores. On our last nights, as we were leaving, Marguerite wept a littler and the old lady kissed me on the lips.

And for the rest of you …

Honi soit qui mal y pense.

boracic - Boracic lint was a type of medical dressing made from surgical lint that was soaked in a hot, saturated solution of boracic acid and glycerine and then left to dry.

"Honi soit qui mal y pense" is a French phrase meaning: "Shamed be he who thinks evil of it".