Still they waited and hoped, as week after week went by. Early in the spring affairs had looked more promising. The coalition against France had formed again under the influence of England. La Vend茅e and Bretagne had risen, supported by insurrections all over the South of France. Lyon, Toulon, Bordeaux, even Marseilles, and many districts in the southern provinces were furnishing men and arms to join in the struggle. But gradually the armies of the Republic gained upon them, the  south was a scene of blood and massacre, and the last hopes of the Royalists were quenched with the defeat of the heroic Vend茅ens at Savenay (December 23, 1793). Wal-Mart, like every other American retailer, is a huge importer of merchandise from overseas. In somecasestoo many in my opinionimporting is really our only alternative because a lot of American-madegoods simply aren't competitive, either in price, or quality, or both. We committed ourselves to seeing ifwe could do anything to improve the situation. The remedy we envisioned wasn't some blind patrioticidea that preaches buying American at any cost. We, like any other retailer, will only buy American ifthose goods can be produced efficiently enough to offer good value. We're not interested in charity here;we don't believe in subsidizing substandard work or inefficiency. So our primary goal became to workwith American manufacturers, and see if our formidable buying power could help them deliver the goodsand, in the process, save some American manufacturing jobs. I sent out an open letter to our suppliers,inviting them to work with us on the program. "Wal-Mart believes American workers can make thedifference," I told them, "if management provides the leadership."We were surprised ourselves at the results. It turned out that if Wal-Mart committed to high volumepurchases well in advance of shipping deadlines, a lot of American manufacturers could save enough onthe purchase of materials, personnel scheduling, and inventory costs to realize significant efficiency gains. 色五月色开心开心五月_开心五月丁香花综合网 THE next day was the divorce. M. de Fontenay hurried away towards the Pyrenees and disappeared from France and from the life and concerns of the woman who had been his wife. Henriette and Ad茅la?de were devoted to their old governess, the Duchesse de Ventadour. They got her an appartement next to theirs at Versailles, and in her salon, amongst her friends, they always spent an hour or two every evening after supper. Madame Henriette used to say it was the happiest part of her day. The Duchesse de Ventadour was an excellent woman, though she had been rather galante  in her  youth. She and her mother had brought up twenty-three 鈥淐hildren of France.鈥?The mother was said to have saved the life of Louis XV. by giving him a counter-poison.