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We will be able to nonetheless run loose, name to our comrades, and surprise to listen to once again, according to our name, the pathetic chant of the human voice. II Guillaumet, previous buddy, of you too I shall say a couple of phrases. be sure I shall no longer make you squirm with any clumsy vaunting of your braveness and your expert valor. In telling the tale of the main impressive of your adventures, i'm after whatever rather diverse. There exists a high quality that's anonymous. it can be gravity, however the note doesn't fulfill me, for the standard i've got in brain will be observed via the main pleased gaiety. it's the caliber of the wood worker head to head together with his block of wooden. He handles it, he is taking its degree. faraway from treating it evenly, he summons all his expert virtues to do it honor. I as soon as learn, Guillaumet, a story during which your experience was once celebrated. i've got an outdated ranking to settle with the infidel who wrote it. You have been defined as abounding within the witty sallies of the road arab, as though braveness consisted in demeaning oneself to schoolboy banter in the middle of threat and the hour of demise. the fellow didn't understand you, Guillaumet. You by no means felt the necessity of cheapening your adversaries sooner than confronting them. for those who observed a nasty hurricane you stated to your self, "Here is a nasty typhoon. " You authorized it, and also you took its degree. those pages, Guillaumet, written out of my reminiscence, are addressed in homage to you. It was once iciness and also you were long gone per week over the Andes. I had arise from farthest Patagonia to affix Deley at Mendoza. for 5 days the 2 people, every one in his aircraft, had ransacked the mountains unavailingly. ships! It looked as if it would us hundred squadrons navigating for 100 years shouldn't have been adequate to discover that never-ending, cloud-piercing variety. We had misplaced all desire. The very smugglers themselves, bandits who could dedicate a criminal offense for a five-peso notice, refused to shape a rescue celebration out of worry of these counterforts. "We should still absolutely die," they stated; "the Andes by no means surrender a guy in wintry weather. " And while Deley and that i landed at Santiago, the Chilean officials additionally recommended us to provide you up. "It is mid-winter," they stated; "even in the event that your comrade survived the touchdown, he can't have survived the evening. evening in these passes alterations a guy into ice. " And whilst, a moment time, I slipped among the towering partitions and large pillars of the Andes, it looked as if it would me i used to be now not looking, yet used to be now sitting up along with your physique within the silence of a cathedral of snow. You were long gone per week, I say, and that i used to be lunching among flights in a cafe in Mendoza whilst a guy caught his head within the door and known as out: "They've came upon Guillaumet! " all of the strangers within the eating place embraced. Ten mins later i used to be off the floor, sporting mechanics, Lefebvre and Abri. 40 mins later I had landed along a highway, having well-known from the air, i do know now not through what signal, the automobile within which you have been being introduced down from San Rafael. I keep in mind that we cried like fools; we positioned our fingers a few dwelling Guillaumet, resuscitated, the writer of his personal miracle.