The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on October 2, 1895 · Page 6
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The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa · Page 6

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, October 2, 1895
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TttE REPUBLICAN, ALOUSA, IOWA I:-: cast v?«ii?.h *rv-ighs HE cold passed reluctantly from the earth and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills resting. As the landscape changed from brown to green the army awakened and began to tremble with eagerness at the noise of rumors. its ej-es upon the roads were growing- from long of liquid mud to proper -rhoroughfares. A river, auibor- •Sntcd in tho shadow of its banks, ?.vn?-lod at the army's feet, and at night, relivn the stream had become of a sorrowful blackness, one could see •across it the rod, eye-like gleams of .tm.v;ilo campfircs set in the low brows ->f distant hills. Once a certain tall soldier developed virtues and went resolutely to wash a i-iblr.t. Ho came Hying back from the brook waving his garment, banner-like. Sic had heard a tale. '"We're going to move to-morrow — siud, promptly, to a group in .company street. "We're going •;itay -up the river, cut across and come •.axcmnd in behind them." '.To liis attentive audience he drew a "loud and elaborate plan of a very ~?7j-Illiant campaign. When he had tho blue-clothed men scat- into small, arguing groups bc- fcwccn the rows of squat brown huts. ,'\ negro teamster, who had been dancing 1 '-..upon ; a cracker box with the hi- •encourugemcnt of two-score . -usxiou-E ,=u.Alctiers, was deserted. lie sat mourn:3?i)Hy down. Smoke drifted lazily from .^multitude of quaint chimneys. •'.It's a thundering'lie!" said a loud -young private. "I don't believe the •iflcrned old army's ever going to move. ' :S¥,axe.sot. I've got ready to move eight •-..•;I3ines 'In the last two weeks, and we :. Han't moved yet." • '..The .tall soldier felt called upon to "cifiieiid the truth of a rumor he himself load introduced. He and the loud one .rtxmie «ear to fighting over it. I Many o? the men engaged in the •Sjpiil'ted debate. One outlined in a ^peculiarly lucid manner all the plans ..of -the commanding general. He was -•opposed by men who contended that -.tJj.ei'0 were other plans of campaign. "They clamored at each other, numbers .Taaking futile bids for the popular at. xention. ' There was a 3'outhful private who " listened with eager ears to the words •«*& the excited soldier and to the varied leornments of his comrades. After re- :e«iving a fill of discussions concerning marches and attacks, he went to his jjjlt and .crawled through an intricate 'Jao'le .that served it as a door, lie wished •'•to be alone with some new . alioTtghts that had lately come to iiim. lie; lay down on a wide bunk that •. .stretched across the side of the room. .In the other end cracker boxes were uauvde to serve as furniture. They were -grouped about the fireplace. Equip- .;ments hung on handy projections. The -snaoke of the (ire at times neglected '-.the clay chimney and wreathed into "the room. And, too, this flimsy chim- ,jaey of clay and sticks made endless -^threats to set afire the whole establish" "~"*Tho youth was in a little trance of -..astonishment. So they were at last to fight. On the morrow, pcr- there was going to be a battle he would be hi it. For a time he -vms obliged *to labor to make himself '3ielieve. He could not accept with as- .-surance an omen that he was about to craingle in one of those great affairs of vfthe earth. JJc had, of course, dreamed of battles all of hia life—of vague, bloody -Conflicts. In visions he had f-een-lnm- -self in many struggles that hud thrilled iiSm with their .sweep and (ire. Hut ICOPYKtGHT, 1894.1 5'oung one followed. They were wrangling. " That's all right," the tall soldier was saying as he entered. ''You can believe me or not—just as you like." His companion grunted stubbornly and said: 1 ''Well, yon don't know everything in the world, do you." The youth, pausing in his nervous walk, interrupted their quarrel. "Going to be a battle, sure, is there, Jim?" "Of course there is," said the tall soldier. Presently the youth asked: "How do you think the regiment will do?" "Oh, they'll fight all right after they once get into it," said the other with cold judgment. "There's been heaps of fun poked at them because they are new, but they'll light all right, I guess." "Think any of the boys'll run?" persisted the youth. "Oh, there may be a few of 'em run, but there's them kind in every regiment, especially when they flrst goes under fire," said the tall soldier, in a tolerant way. "The boys come of good stock and they'll fight all right after they once get dead into it." "Did you ever think you might run yourself, ,lim?" remarked the youth, thoughtfully. The tall private waved his hand. "Well," said" he, profoundly,'I've thought it might get too hot for Jim Conklin in some of them scrimmnges, and if a whole lot of the boys started to run, why I s'posc I'd start and run. But if everybody w a s UK SFUANG FKO.M HIS a-standing and HUXK. fighting, why then I'd stand and fight, by jimhiy." "Shucks!" snorted the loud private, scornfully, liut the youth felt grateful for these words of his tall comrade. He had feared that all of the untried men felt a great and correct confidence. He was now in a measure reassured. scarce breathing. The exciting clickety- click as it grew louder and louder seemed to be beating upon his soul. Pres ently a horseman with jangling equipment drew rein before the colonel of the regiment. The two held a short, sharp-worded conversation. The man in the foremost ranks craned their necks. As the horseman wheeled his animal and galloped away, he turned to shout over his shoulder: "Don't forget that box of cigars." The colonel mumbled in reply. The youth wondered what a box of "cigars had to do with war. A moment later the regiment went swinging off into the darkness. It was now like one of those moving monsters wending with many feet. The air was heavy and cold with dew. A mass ^ of wet grass, marched upon, rustled like There was an occasional flash and glimmer of steel from the backs of all these huge crawling reptiles. From the road, cAme crackings and grum- blings as some surly guns were dragged away. The men stumbled along still muttering speculations. There was a subdued debate. Once, a man fell down and as he reached for his rifle a comrade, unseeing, trod upon his hand. Ho of the injured fingers swore bitterly and aloud. A low, tittering laugh went among his fellows. Presently they passed into a roadway and marched along with easy strides. A dark regiment moved before them, and, from behind, also, came the tinkle of equipments on the bodies of marching men. The rushing yellow of the developing day went on behind their backs. When the sun rays at last struck full and mellowingly upon the earth, the youth raw that the landscape was .streaked with two long, thin, black columns, which disappeared on the brow of the hill in front and rearward vanished in a wood. They were like two serpents crawling from the cavern of the night. The river was not in view. The tall soldier burst out in praise of what^ he thought to be his powers of perception. "Didn't I tell you?" The youth took no part in them. As he walked along in careless lir.e, he was engaged with his own eternal debate. He could not hinder himself from dwelling upon it. He was despondent and sullen and threw shifting glances about him. He looked ahead often expecting to hear from the advance the rattle of firing. rayonotor-cus weeks of camp life had .zaade him finally regard himself as - jnorely u part of a vaubblucdeinonstra- - Jtion. He had come prepared to clevas- r i-a-to the enemy; instead, he was made to sit still in one place and try to keep •warm during the winter. Ho decided - -Alien that war was a legend. However, he was now told that he - n~is "oin" to fight. He was mutely as-, tonteheel, and lay in his bunk trying to - ™nvo mathematically that he would ™avo mat run. Here lly wi-.s a . . great problem. Previously he had never felt obliged to ,-eyapple too seriously with this ques- ' -lion In ,}ns life ha had taken certain Wn"'5 for granted, never challenging Ms belief in ultimate success and both' ? little about means and roads. hero lie was suddenly thing of moment. confronted J t had sud* app^i-red to him that in a battle m>ht run.. He was forced to admit _ !,t as far us war was concerned he ^5S?^S^'»,"*•** ^^WM£l£*TO>£ ^S^t^tuS^SS effort to ceo himself standing bunk and began CHAPTER II. The next morning the youth discovered that his tall comrade had been the fast-flying messenger of a mistake. There was much seofiing at the latter by those who had yesterday been firm adherents of his views, and there was even a little sneering by the men who had never believed the rumor. The tall soldier fought with a man from Chatfield Corners and beat him severely. The youth felt, however, that his problem was in no wise lifted from him. There was on the contrary an irritating prolongation. The tale had created in him a great concern for himself. And now, -with this newborn question in his mind, he was compelled to sink back into his old place as part of a blue demonstration. For days he made ceaseless calculations, but they were all wondrously unsatisfactory. He found that he could establish nothing. Finally he concluded that the only way to prove himself was to go into the blaze and then, figuratively, to watch his legs to discover their merits and faults. Meanwhile he continually tried to measure himself by his comrades. The tall soldier, for one, gave him some assurance. This man's serene unconcern dealt him a measure of confidence, foi he had known him from childhood, anc from his intimate knowledge he did not see how this man could be capable of anything that was beyond him. The youth woxild have liked to have discovered another who suspected himself. A sympathetic comparison of mental notes would have been a groat joy to him. He occasionally tried to fathom a comrade with seductive sentences, He was afraid «o make an open declaration of his condition, because it might place some unscrupulous confidant upon the high plane of the unconf eased, from wh. ! ch elevation he could be derided. In regard to his companions, his mind wavered between two opinions, according to his mood. Sometimes ho inclined to believe them all heroes. Then in other moments he assure.l himself that his fellows were all privately wondering and quaking. In his great anxiety, his heart was continuously clamoring at what he considered to be tho intolerable slowness of tho generals. They seemed content to perch tranquilly upon the river bank and leave him bowed down by the weight of his great problem. One morning, however, ho found himself in tho ranks of his prepared rcgi- mont. The men were whispering speculations and recounting the old rumors. Jn the gloom before the break of day, their uniforms glowed a deep purple hue. From across the river the red eyes were still peering. In the eastern sky, thcro was a yellow patch like a rug laid for the feet of the coming sun. And against it, black and pattern-like, loomed the gigantic figure of the colonel on a gigantic horse. From off in the darkness came the trampling of feet. Tho youth could occasionally see dark shadows that inovcd like monsters. The regiment stood at rest for what scorned a long time. The youth grew impatient. It was unendurable, the way these affairs were managed, lie wondrred how long they were to be Uept waiting. At last he heard from jvlong the road at tho foot of the hi'I the clatter of a horse's galloping hoofs. It must be the coming of criers He bant forward. CHAPTER III. When another night came, the columns, changed to purple streaks, filed across two pontoon bridges. A glaring fire wine-tinted the waters of the river. Its rays, shining upon the moving masses of troops, brought forth here and there sudden gleams of silver or gold. Upon the other shore, a dark and mysterious range of hills was curved against the sky. The insect voices of the night sang solemnly. After this crossing, the youth assured himself that at any moment they might be suddenly and fearfully assaulted from the caves of the lowering woods. He kept his eyes watchfully upon the darkness. Presently, the army again sat down to think. The odor of the peaceful pines was in tho men's nostrils. The sound of monotonous ax-blows rang through the forest and the insects, nodding upon their perches, crooned like old women. The youth returned to his theory of a blue demonstration. One gray dawn, however, he was kicked in the leg by the tall soldier and then, before he was entirely awake, he found himself running down a wood road in the midst of men who were panting from the first effects of speed. II is canteen banged rhythmically upon his thigh and his haversack bobbed softly. His musket bounced a trifle from his shoulder at each stride and made his cap feel uncertain upon his head. He thought the damp fog of early morning moved from the rush of _ a great body of troops. From the distance came a sudden spatter of firing. He was bewildered. As he ran with his comrades he strenuously tried to think, but all he knew was that if he fell clown those coming behind would tread upon him. All his faculties seemed to be needed to guide him over and past obstructions. He felt carried along by a mob. The sun spread disclosing rays and, one by one, regiments burst into view like armed men just born of the earth. The youth perceived that the time had come. He was about to be measured. For a moment he felt in the face of his great trial like a babe. And the flesh over his heart seemed very thin. The regiment slid down a bank and wallowed across a little stream. The mournful current moved slowly on and from the water, shaded black, some white bubble eyes looked at the men, As they climbed the hill on the further side artillery began to boom, Here the youth forgot many things as he felt a sudden impulse of curiosity, lie scrambled up the bankwith a speed that coxild not The youth tried to obserte everything. He did not tise care to avoid trees and branches, and his forgotten feet were constantly knocking against stones or getting entangled in briars. He was aware that these battalions with their commotions were woven red and starting into the gentle fabric of softened greens and browns. It looked to be a wrong place for a battle-field. The skirmishers in advance fascinated him. Their shots into thickets and at distant and prominent trees spoke to him of tragedies, hidden, mysterious, solemn. During this march, the ardor which the youth had acquired when out of view of the field rapidly faded to nothing. His curiosity was quite easily satisfied. If an intense scene had caught him with its wild swing as he came to the top of the bank he might have gone roaring on. This advance upon nature was too calm. He had opportunity to reflect. He had time in which to Wonder about himself and to attempt to probe his sensations. Absurd ideas took hold upon him. He thought that he did not relish the landscape. It threatened him.^ A coldness swept over his back, and it is true that his trousers felt to him that they were no fit for his legs at all. A house standing placidly in distant fields had an ominous look. The shadows of the woods were formidable. He wa,4 certain that in this vista there lurked fierce-eyed hosts. The swift thought came to him that the generals did not know what they were about. It was all a trap. Suddenly those close forests would bristle with rifle barrels. Iron-like brigades would appear in the rear. They were all going to be sacrificed. The generals were stupids. The enemy would presently swallow the whole command. Ke glared about him, expecting to sec the stealthy approach of his death. He thought that he must break from the ranks and harangue his comrades. They must not all be killed like pigs. And he was sure it would come to pass unless they were informed of these dangers. The generals were idiots to send them marching into a regular pen. There was but one pair of eyes in the corps. He would step forth osid make a speech. Shrill and passionate words came to his lips. The line, broken into moving fragments by the ground, went calmly on through fields and woods. The youth looked at the men nearest him and saw, for the most part, expressions of deep interest as if they were investigating something that had fascinated them. One or two stepped with over- valiant airs as if they were already plunged into war. Others walked as upon thin ice. The greater part of the untested men appeared qviiet and absorbed. They were going to look at war, the red animal, war, the blood- swollen god. And they were deeply engrossed in this march. As he looked, the youth gripped his outcry at his throat. He saw that even "if the men were tottering with fear, they would laugh at his warning. They would jeer him, and if practicable pelt him with missiles. Admitting that he might be wrong, a frenzied declamation of the kind would turn him into a worm. He assumed, then, the demeanor of one who knows that he is doomed, alone, to unwritten responsibilities. He lagged, with tragic glances at the sky. be FOR- exceeded by a bloodthirsty man. U e expected a battle scene. There were some little fields girted and squeezed by a. forest. Spread over tho grass and in among the tree trunks, lie could see knots and way* CHAPTER IV. The brigade was halted in the fringe of a grove. The men crouched among the trees and pointed their restless guns out at the fields. They tried to look boj'ond the smoke. Out of this haze they could sec running men. Some shouted information and gestured as they hurried. The men of the nev- regiment watched and listened eagerly, while their tongues ran on in the gossip of the battle. They mouthed rumors that had flown like birds out of the unknown. "Thev say Perrey has been driven in with great loss." "Yes, Carrott went to the hospital. lie said he was sick. That smart lieutenant is commanding G company. The boys say they won't be under Carrott no more if they nil havo to desert. They always knew he was a — " "Dern this being in reserve, anyhow. I didn't come here to be in reserve. I—" • "Hannises 1 batt'ry is taken." "It ain't, either. I saw Hannises' batt'ry off on the left not more than fifteen minutes ago." "Well—" "The. general he says he is going to take tho whole command of th' Three Hundred and Fourth when we go into action, and then he says we'll do such fighting as never another one regiment done," "Bill wasn't scared, either, No, sir, It wasn't that. Bill ain't a gitting scared easy, He was just mad, that's what he was, When that fellow trod on his hand he up and said he was willing to give his hand to his country, but he be dumbed if he was going to have every dumb bushwhacker in the country walking around on it. So he went to the hospital disregard^ss of the fight- Three fingers was crunched, The dern doctor wanted to amputate 'em, and Pill he raised a heluva row, I hear- Ue'sjv funny feller," "Hear. that, what the old colonel says, boys, lie says he'll shoot the first man that will turn an' run." "He'd better try it. I'd like to. see him shoot at Rie,'" "He wants to lool? out for his own- eafth. There pine needles. Bullets began to whistle among thfc branches nnd hip at the tree-trunks. Twigs and leaves came Railing down. It was as if a thousand axes, wee and invisible, were being wielded. Many Of the raen were constantly dodging and ducking their heads. The lictitenant of the youth's company was shot in the hand. He began to swear so wondrously that a nervous laugh wct.t along the regimental line. The officer's profanity sounded conventional. It relieved the tightened senses of the new men. It was as if he had hit his fingers with a tack hammer at home. He held the wounded member carefully away from his side so that the blood would not drip upon his trousers. The battleflag in the distance jerked about madly, It seemed to be struggling to free itself from an agony. The billowing smoke was filled with horizontal flashes. Men running swiftly emerged from it. They grew in numbers until it was seeb that the whole f ommand was fleeing. The dag suddenly sank down as if dying 1 . Its motion' as it fell was a gesture of despair. Wild yells came from behind the walls of smoke. A sketch in gray and red dissolved into a mob-like body of men who galloped like wild horses. Tho veteran regiments on the right and left of the Three Hundred and Fourth immediately began to jeer. With the passionate song of the bullets and the banshee shrieks of shells were mingled loud cat-calls and bits of facetious advice concerning places of safety. But the new regiment was breathless with horror. "Gawd, Saunders got crushed," whispered the man at tho youth's elbow. They shrank back and crouched as if compelled to await a flood. The youth shot a swift glance along the blue ranks of the regiment. The profiles were motionless, carven. And afterwards he remembered that tho color sergeant was standing with his legs braced apart as if he expected to be pushed to tho ground. The bellowing throng went whirling around the flank. Here and there, were officers carried along o'n the stream like exasperated chips. They were striking about them with their swords, and, with their left fists, punching every head they could reach. They cursed like highwaymen. A mounted officer displayed the furious anger of a spoiled child. He raged with his head, his arms and his legs. The hoofs of his horse often threatened the heads of the running men, but they scampered with singular good fortune. In this rush, they were apparently all deaf and blind. They heeded not the largest and longest of the oaths that were thrown at them from all directions. Frequently, over this tumult could be heard the grim jibes of the critical veterans, but the retreating men apparently were not even conscious of the presence of an audience. The battle reflection that shone in the faces on the mad current made the youth feel that forceful hands from Heaven would not have been able to have held him in place if he could have got intelligent control of his legs. The sight of this stampede exerted a flood-like force that seemed able to drag sticks and stones and man.from the ground. They of the reserve had to hold on. They grew pale and firm, and red and quaking. The youth achieved one little thought in the midst of this chaos. The composite monster which had caused the other troops to flee had not then appeared. He resolved to get a view of it and then, he thought, he might very likely run better than the best of them. There were moments of waiting. Then some one cried: "Here they come." There was rustling and muttering among the men. They displayed a feverish desire to have every possible cartridge ready to their hands'. Their boxes were pulled around into various positions and adjusted with great care. It was as if seven hundred new bonnets were being tried-on. At last a cry was repeated up and down the line in a muffled roar of sound: \VAS "Here they como. Here they come." Gun-locks clicked. Across tho smoke-infested fields came a brown swarm of running men who were giving shrill yells. They came on stooping and swinging their rifles at all angles. A flag tilted forward sped near the front. UEKE THE YOUTH GOT MANY TWN ing lines of skirmishers who were ning hither and thither and firing at the landscape. A 4.W.H battle-lino }ay upon a sun'Strvjel); clearing that gleamed orange cqlor. A flag fluttered, Other regiwepts floundered, up the bank. The brigade was formed in line of battle and, after ft pause, started slowly through the woods »u the rear of tho receding skirmishers who were continually pelting into the scene to appear ftgaiB f nr&OT W They were a| ways busy as bees, deeply their little combats, self. lie don't want to go 'rpund ffbiU," The dip, i» front swelled to a The yQuth and bis feV lows were frozen to silence, They could see, ft flag that tossed in the smoke angrily- Near it were the blurred and agitated tews of troops, Theve eajpe a. turbulent stream of wen across the flelds. A battery changing position at ft frantic gallop scattered the straggler? right and left. we«t eye? tbe I* bulled beads the ttie CHAPTER V. A hatlcss general pulled his dripping horse to a stand near the colonel of the Three Hundred and Fourth. He shook his fist in the other's face, "You've got to hold 'em back," he shouted savagely, "You've got to hold 'em back," He seemed greatly insulted. In his agitation, the colonel began to stammer, "A-all-rlght, general, all right, by Gawd, we*we'll do our best," The general made a passionate gesture and galloped away, The man at the youth's elbow was mumbling as if to himself: "Oh, we're in for it now. Ob, we're in for it now." The captain of the company had been pacing excitedly to and fro in the rear. He -coaxed in sehool'mistress, fashion as to a congregation of boys with primers, Pis talk was an endless repetition: "Reserve your fire, boys— don't shoot until I tell you, save your fire—wait vmtil they get cjpse up— don't bo damned fools," Perspiration streamed, down the youth's face, which was soiled, like that of a wepping urchin,- lie frequently with a pervous movement ^yiped his eyes with his coat-sleeve. Wis mouth was still a little ways opeu- • He got the one glance a,t the fop' swarming field, Jn frpnt of him aad instantly ceased, to debate thp pfUis piece being lojaclecl. Before, was ready to hegin, before ho had SW' pounced to hirosslf that he was, &bpu,t to fight, he threw the okecUeRti balauce4 rift? ieto posjtipn »»A first wild shot, Directly, he was Ing at his w§anoR JJke ajj He became not a man but a menibef. tie felt that something of which he Was a part—fl. regiment, an army, a cause, or a country—was in a crisis. He was welded into a common personality which was dominated by a'single de- sii-o. For moments he could not flee, no more than a little finger can commit a revolution from a hand. If he had thought the regiment about to be annihilated pcrhapshccould have amputated himself from it. P.ut its noise gave him assurance. The regiment was like a fire-work, that, once ignited proceeds superior to circumstances until its blazing 1 vitality fades. It wheezed and banged with mighty power. He pictured the ground be^ fore it as strewn With the discomfited. There was a consciousness always of the pres* ence of his coin* . racles about him. He felt the subtle battle broth' crhoocl more po- teut even than the cause for which thej r were fighting. It Was > a mysterious fraternity, born of the smoke and danger of death. Presently he began to feel tho effects of the war atmosphere—-a. blistering sweat, a sensation that his eyeballs were about to crack like hot stones. A burning roar f'Jled his cars. Following this came a red rage. Ho developed the acute exasperation of a pestered animal, a well-moaning cow worried by dogs. Ho had a mad feeling against his rifle which could only be"used against one life at a time. Ho wished to° rush forward and strangle with his fingers. I To craved a power that would enable him to make a world-sweeping gesture and brush all back. His impotency appeared to him and made his rage into that of a driven beast. liuricd in the smoke of many rifles, his anger was directed not so much against tho men whom he knew were rushing toward him, as against the swirling battle-phantoms who were choking him, stuffing the irsmoke-roben down his parched throat. He fought frantically for respite, for his senses, for air, as a babe, being smothered, attacks the dp-v" blankets. There was a blare of heated rage, mingled with a certain expression of intcntuess on all faces. Many of the men were making low-toned noises with their mouths, and these subdued cheers, snarls, imprecations, prayers, made a wild, barbaric song, that went as an under-current of sound, strange and chant-like, with the resounding chords of the war-march. The man at the youth's elbow was 'babbling. In it there was something soft and tender, like the monologue of a babe. The tall soldier was swearing in a loud voice. From his lips came a black procession of curious oaths. Of a sudden another broke out in a querulous way like a man who has mislaid his hat. "Well, why don't they support us? Why don't they send supports? Do they think—" The youth, in his battle-sleep, heard this as one who dozes hears. There was a singular absence of heroic poses. The men bending and surging in their haste and rage were in every impossible attitude. The steel ramrods clanked and clanged with incessant din as the men pounded them feverishly into the hot rifle barrels. The flaps of the cartridge-boxes were all unfastened and flapped and bobbed idiotically with each movement. The rifles, once loaded, were jerked to the shoulder and fired without apparent aim into the smoke or at one of the ' blurred and shifting forms which upon / the field before the regiment had been growing larger and larger like puppets under a magician's hand. The men dropped here and there like bundles. The captain of the youth's company had been killed in an early part of the action. His body lay stretched in the position of a tired man resting, but upon his face there was an astonished and sorrowful look as if ho thought some friend had done him an ill turn. The babbling maa was grazed by a shot that made the blood stream widely down his face, He clapped both hands to hiis head, "Oh," ho said and ran. Another grunted suddenly as if he had been struck by a cVub in tho stomach. lie sat down and gazed ruefully. Jn his eyes there was mute, indefinite reproach. At last an exultant yell went along the quivering line, The firing dwindled from an uproar to a vindictive pop' ping. As the smoke slowly eddied away the youth saw that the charge had been repulsed. The enemy were scattered into reluctant groups. He saw a man climb to the top of the fence and fire a parting shot, The waves had receded leaving bits of dark debris upon the ground, Some in the regiment began to whoop frenziedly; many were silent, Appar* ently, they were trying to contemplate themselves, * After the fever had left his veins, the yonth thought at last he was going to* suffocate, ITe became aware of the foul atmosphere in which he had peep, < struggling. He was grimy an4 4jip*' ping like a laborer in a foundry, Ete grasped his cante'en »n<l top.Ua. swallow of the warra water, 4 sentence with variations: went i and d,own, tho U»V "Well, we've, Jield'em back, we've heW'eni domed jf wo 'haven't." The jneji jt blissfully., leering at each other dirty smiles. The youth t".rue4 to, iaols b.eh4n4 mui off to the right ana off to the Ho e?;p3rienop4'tho joy pf a, roijn,' §t last finds leisure tfl loofe Un.4cr foot, there vyore a few ' • They" sad, beads were ways- Jt seemed, that

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