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They had been out dancing with friends until very late, and no sooner had they retired than the door burst open, and a group of soldiers thrust their way to the windows and began firing across the Plaza Cataluña. The gentleman expostulated in precise but controlled English without producing any results. Further representations being equally ineffective he decided that the well-bred thing to do was to ignore the whole ill-mannered crowd of them, and returned with dignity to the marital bed. "But as the bullets continued to whistle about the place and troops marched and countermarched about his room, a great and just indignation was born in his bosom.

Page xxi various files together for me. This voluminous material was scattered across embassy and consular files, while other files dealing with such topics as refugees, the Civil War, relations with France, and military themes were not as convenient. These would have been overlooked without the help of these archivists. The general topic of consular files as a source for historians working on Barcelona was the brainchild of Dr. Pedro Voltes Bou, director of the Municipal Institute of History for the City of Barcelona and professor of history at the University of Barcelona.

The department assigned him to Barcelona on 25 October 1933. 16 Franklin spent the early months of the Civil War working to ensure the lives of Americans living in his consular district (which included all of Catalonia), advising local residents and consulting with the Catalan government regarding concerns over American properties. During the summer months, his office managed to help some three hundred Americans evacuate Barcelona. -Spanish relations during this period is well served with several monographs: Allen Guttmann, American Neutrality and the Spanish Civil War (Boston, 1963) and his The Wound in The Heart: America and the Spanish Civil War (New York, 1962); Foster Jay Taylor, The United States and the Spanish Civil War (New York, 1956); Richard P.

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