New French Premier Unveils Monument to Emile Zola
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New French Premier Unveils Monument to Emile Zola

M. Herriot, the new French Premier, unveiled today a monument to the memory of Emile Zola, the great realistic author, champion of justice and defender of Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

The Zola monument has had an interesting history. The work on it was started in 1903 by the sculptor Meunier, who died before completing it. The work was then carried on by the sculptor Carpentier, who died almost immediately in 1907. During the

next seven years the French reactionaries and enemies of Emile Zola retarded the unveiling, and then the war broke out. The statue was placed in the basement of the Grand Palais, where it was damaged, and had to be repaired.

It is only after these many viccissitudes that the monument was finally unveiled today on Zola Avenue, During the ceremonies, many speeches were made in which Zola was held up as a champion of human rights and liberty, and a brave defender of the innocently accused and humiliated Captain Dreyfus.

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