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THE CITIZEN, FRIDAY, JULY 26, 1912.
ARCHIBALD W. BUTT,
Ono of (lio Heroes of tho Ti
tanic nnil President Toft's
Copyright 1905, by J. B. Lip
poncott company. All rights
Palmtr, n Boston newspaper mnn. Is
nt to Gcorpla to report social nnd Indus
trial conditions In a scries of letters to his
paper. Colonel Turpln, n. southerner,
thinks Palmer Is n lawyer nnd has come,
to foroclooo tho Turpln plantation's mort
cacn. Palmer undeceives him, and tho colonel,
thinking that Palmer Is n kinsman. In
vites him to be his truest nt tho lines.
Palmer meets Ellen and Bud Turpln and
Is hospltnbly received.
Ho becomes Interested In Ellen and
learns that the Turpln homo la In fjravo
peril through lack of funds. Ho wants to
confess that ho Is not really a kinsman,
but falls -
Squlro Hawkins, an elderly man, is
oourtlng Ellen. A party Is planned In
vnor of Palmer, who writes his impres
sions of tho place for his paper.
Ellen wears an old brocade gown at the
party, nnd Palmer falls In love with her
Ellen nnd her friends take him to the
"You are, my quoen tonight," Palmer
tells her, but she will not permit him to
nvow his love. Ho fears she. Intends mar
rying tho squlro to paw tho old home.
Ellen thinks Palmer has ridiculed her
and her family In ono of his newspaper
articles and commands him to loavo her
and never return.
Palmer Fecretly acquires tho Turpln
mortgaco to protect tho place for Ellen,
then volunteers for service In tho war
Ho becomes 111 In camp, and Ellen for
gives and nurses him. They becomo rec
onciled, and there Is a wedding In pros
pect. CHAPTER VIII.
Weary Weeks of Waiting.
IIIEN bep;an tho weary -woeis
and months. It secinetl to pome
of tw of wultlnj?. Tho excite
ment of enllstlnp nnd drllllnpr
the men, orpunlzing the companies nnd
getting tho rocrults uniformed nctod on
mo like a tonic. I censHxl to brood over
my disappointment, nnd, while my love
for Miss Ellen was as groat as ever,
yet I felt that I had regained my man
hood, and tho war spirit, once aroused
in me, drove mo like n master. The
day of quitting tho state was a Kid one
for many, but It was not so for me.
My heart bounded with joy when the
order for our movement was rend at
headquarters. Of nil tho officers I
think I was the only one whose de
parture was not blessed with tears of
mother, elster or sweetheart. My fa
ther, now old nnd feeble, came to pee
me, and Ids eyw became wet as he
beheld mo for tho first time In ray unl
form nnd folded mo in his nrms. My
mother had long been dea1 In fact, I
could scarcely remember lier nt all.
Before saying goodby to my father I
gave him a letter and made him prom
ise that should anything happen to mo
ho would send It to the address on the
He looked nt mo wadly for a moment
"Doos sho llvo In tho Boutii, Howard,
and is that why you have stayed nwny
I told him yes and tunvod nwny my
lxxul that ho might not boo what it hnd
cost mo to speak of hor. lie laid his
hand gently on my shoulder and said,
"Wo raliners hnvo never lceu lucky
thero, my sou," and I thought I under
stood many Uttlo things in his llfo nnd
knew Uion why lie never bad anything
but what was kind to nay of that south
ern country whan ho beard it under
discussion. I graspod hia hand ami
hold it for n moment.
"May God protect yon nnd bring
you safe to me again," was all lie said
and left me.
Our regiment was only ordered to
Camp Meade, hot It wus a otart. Tho
days thero were dreary otves, ami I
shall never forget tho shout our boys
put up when the order which turned
our faco to Onmp Thomas, nt Chlclta
mnm, wks rend to them. It set our
blood on lire, nnd I cannot reprotw ray
feelings of state pride even now when
I recall tho haipy faces of those Bay
State fcJloww iw they prepared to
shoulder their mu.dteta and start for
tho wxUh. A majority of tho regiment
wanted to bo brigade! with other regi
ments from Massachusetts, but with
-wisdom und foresight Uw chlof execu
tive commanded that tho troops from
tho north hIkxiW bo hrigodod with
thofio from tho wotfl end west. It
wtis a wise policy thai threw tho nen
from Michigan with tlioso from Texas,
and thoso from California with thoso
from Maino and Yermont, and tho men
from Massachusetts with tlio honest
fellows from Georgia. Tho spirit of
friendship which had boen growing for
over thirty years was to bo cemented
by an alliance, against a common ene
my. Tlila was how wo found oursclres
in tho samo hrtfcndo .with n Georgia
regimes t and with nnothcr from Ken
tucky. Wo, mingled with ono another from
tho first on friendly terms; wo shared
ono another's rations and nursed ono
Knottier s nick. I met every ueorgitin
with an outstretched hand, for 1 felt
somehow that they had claims on iiip
which tho others did not possess. The
Individual was lost in that great
crowded camp, and thoso with whom
I talked of tho Ttirplns did not seem
to know them. Hut I was destined to
hear news of my friends much sooner
than I thought.
I had been sent to division hendquar-
tors 0110 day with a message from my
colonel, As I stepped under tho awn
Ing of the tent 1 saw an officer In a
major's uniform sitting at a table read
ing some reports. The face was par
tlally In shadow, but I saw at onco
that It was Bud.
How much he knew I did not know
I was eager to learn. Ho saw me 10'
fore 1 spoke, nnd, not waiting, as I had
done, he leaped from tho taWe, scat
terlng tho contents over tho floor, and
rushed to mo with nrms outstretched
Impulsively he threw 0110 arm around
my nock nnd with tho other grasped
my hand. He saw how deep my feel
Ing was nnd did not spenk nt once.
"P,ud," I nsked finally, "how are all
nt tho Pines?" It was the question
which was most natural to my Hps,
for I had boon huncerlng, yet dread'
Ing, to hear news of them.
"About the same. Nothing cvci
changes there." he said.
"Your father and mother?" I asked.
"Both are well, thank God!"
"And Mhw Ellen?" 1 ventured.
Ir n moment his faco clouded
when bo told mo she was not llko
what sho used to be. Then suddenly,
as tf some Idea hnd shot across his
mind for tho first time, ho dropped my
hand and, looking mo squarely in tho
"She has never Ikmju the same sine
you were there." no seemed suddenly
to stiffen with dignity as he added:
'Talmer, If I thought your visit thero
had wrought this change heaven only
knows what I would do. Before tak'
Ing my hand again answer me honest'
ly, Palmer, did you trifle with my llttlo
sister when you were with us nt the
"Before God I did notr I cried. "She
rejected my love, and that is why I left
so suddenly. I will tell you all about
It, Bud, as I wanted to do before I
left," I said.
"I believe you, Pnlmer," he said, lay
Ing his hand on my shoulder again.
Ho Rushed to Me With Arms Out
But keep your secret, whatever It may
be, for Jt -is hors also, and you havo no
right to. betray it."
I grasped his hand ngaln and stood
looking out Into tho dusty camp stroct
and over the hills in tho distance.
"Who is with them?" I asked pres
"My younger brother, llttki Brent. Ho
is keeping tho family nlivo while I am
doing what I can to keep olive its repu
tation," ho Bnid with an attempt at
hutoor that cut me llko a knifo. "You
may not know bow wo fool about this
sort of thing down hero," he added,
"but to us it is quite ns doar as llfo
lie tlicn told mo that it was Miss El
len who had urged him to go to the
front and who had given him the
strength to leavo the lines. Prom his
colonel I learned afterward that he
had enlisted as a private, but was soon
given a commission for an excellent
record, and ho owed hia present placo
to his ability to handle mcii and not
to jK)lltlcal influences.
After that first meeting wo saw each
otlwr dnlly, and when not on duty to
getlver wo would light our pipes and
wander through tho dusty und fever
stricken streets, sinolie and talk of
home, but never did we spoak of Ellen,
though sho was constantly in my
thoughts und I' bellevo in her Mother's
DIseaso hnd broken out in camp, and
typhoid raged with deadly effect dur
ing that long, cruel cummer. Ono even
ing I went to bed fovorish nnd not feel
ing myself at all. Tho day had been
ono of horror in the camp, and dis
patches woro flying between lieadquar
ters and tho war department The
evening shades brought no relief to tho
tired soldiers. No ono seemed to bo
asleep, nnd tho men woro stretched
outsido their dog tents. Tho ground
was dry and hot, and tho moon hung
In tho heavens llko a great ball of Are.
Just as tho midnight hour was culled
I heard somo ono In tho direction of
tho Kentucky regiment, that lay acrosn
tho road from us. begin to wlilailo
Rie oin Kentucky Homo." The note
fell sweet nnd clear across tho tented
field. Bcforo ho hnd finished n bar
somo ono took up the tunc nnd wills
tied n second. Ono nfter another Join
ed in the melody, and finally thero
was hardly c mnn In the regiment, so
It seemed to mo, who was not whls
tllng. It died nwny ns suddenly ns It
hnd been Inspired, nnd I think tho
camp slept with sweeter rest for hav
Ing heard the serenade. I fell Into r
fitful sleep and waked to partial con
sciousness oniy wnen revclllo was
I mndo an effort to rise, but fell back,
too weak to move ngnln. Tho surgeon
came In shortly after that nnd took my
temperature. It wub with n sickening
sense of humiliation that I heard him
sny that It was a bad case of fover.
Bofore I could bo moved Bud camo in.
and I learned afterward that ho feared
I would lc taken down. I turned mv
eyes to him in mute appeal. He touch
ed my hand kindly, and I drew him
"If I should die. Bud, will you tell
Miss Ellen that I havo always loved
her and that my List thoughts were of
tier?" I said in a half whisper.
He pressed my hand for an answer
and placed his otlier on my fevered
tempVc. I board him aek tho doctor to
let him havo charge of this patient,
"nis llfo Is dearer than my own," he
laid. I saw tho surgeon nod his head
and hoard him ndd that It would take
great nursing to pull me through.
It was the last thing I remember for
many a day. I heard afterward how
uo nursed mo; how he slept by tuy cot
at night nnd sat by It all day. After
ward he told mo that I talked only of
mo lines In my delirium, and for the
first time he had learned that it was I
who had taken up the mortgage and
reduced the interest Tho day came
when tho surgeons despaired of mv
life, and then It was that ho tele
graphed his sister. I havo that faded
bit of paper on which ho wrote the
message framed and hanging over my
desk nnd underneath it her answer.
"Lieutenant Palmer lying nt point of
death, lour name incessantly on his
Hps. Don't como if you think best, but
It might save his life," was what he
'iho answer was oven shorter. It
read simply, "Keep him alive until I
They told me that her nursing saved
my life. Ono touch from her hand and
my delirium would subside, and, tliough
I lay unconscious for days, she took
littlo rest, and when she would Ho
down It was Bud wlio would take ber
place nt my side.
Ono morning just after orders came
for my regiment to start for Cuba my
eyee opened to Uko world and my
senses returned. Bud wns by my side,
I know then that Miss Ellen had been
there, for tho Influence of hor presence
wns with me still.
"Where Is she?" I naked.
"Getting n llttlo needed rest," ho nn
sworcd. "Tho crisis wns passed last
night, nnd sho knows you nre saved to
Tho big, strong fellow could stand it
no longer. Ho knelt by my bed nnd.
holding my liand. buried his faco in
ino covering. 1 Know that ho was
weeping for very Joy for his sister. I
turned over wearily nnd laid my hand
on his head.
"Bud," I whispered, "has sho for
"Yes, Howard," ho said. "Sho has
toldyou so herself many a time In tho
long watcnoa or tiie night."
I lapsed into unconsciousness again.
and when I nwoko Miss Ellen was by
my Bkle. Sho it wns who told mo that
my regiment was going and held my
hand In sympathy, for she knew how
it would hurt mo to bo left behind.
Sho road mo the president's noble
words of praise for tho men who had
answered to the call for troops and,
drawing from her pocket a llttlo slip
of paier, read mo what tho executive
had to sny of thoso who had fallen 111
with fever and who had served their
country only in tho camp. It was only
a short mesaago from our president in
answer to nn invitation to como to
Chickamauga, but it chocred" many a
poor fellow who, ns I, lay stricken
with tho fever nnd wlvo was forced to
sco hie comrades march nwny to duty
at the front It was tho message Just
as It came, nnd as sho rend it her eyes
tilled with t.w
When I Awoke, Mi Elbn Wat by My
Executlvo Mansion, Washington.
Major Goneral Commanding Camp Thom
Itcplylng to your Invitation, I beg to
nay that It would gtvo mo great pleasure
to show by n personal visit to Chicka
mauga park my high regard for tho 40,000
troops of your command wImj so patriot
ically responded to tho call for volunteers
nnd who havo been for upwnrd of two
months making ready for any eervlco nnd
sacrlflco tho country might require. Sly
duties, howovcr, will not ndmlt of abnenco
from Washington at this time. Tho high
est tribute that con bo paid to tho soldier
Is to say that ho performed his full duty.
Tho field of duty Is determined by his
government, and wherever that chances
to bo Is tho plnco of honor. All havo
helped In tho great cause, whether with
fover In camp or In battle, and when
pcaco comes all will bo alike entitled to
tho nation's gratitude
After that sho talked to mo of tho
rines, nnd then it wns she told mo sho
had novor rend mV letters to her, that
she was afraid sho might forglvo me
nd that she did not want to do that
ven lu hor heart. When I was strong
enough to sit up I wns given n leave,
and It was Mlsa Ellen hersolf wlw un
dertook to make all arrangements for
my Journey to tho Pines, for It wns
there Uint I wanted to go to recuier
ato. Finally tlx) day camo wlwm my
regiment wns to movo. I wns propped
up with pillows that I might neo It
break enmp nnd march nwny.
"Ellen," I Raid as I saw the Inst com
pany, the one to which I belonged, faU
Into fours, "but for you I could not
stand Uint," pointing to tho retreating
She turned to me, nnd, making n low
courtesy, as sho had done that April
night now ninny months ago, she said,
smiling nil the while through her tenrs:
"You were not mudo for n soldier,
my lord. You have been forced to lay
aside tlio sword. You must tnke up tho
And then I knew for tho first time
that shOjhnd not only forgiven me, but
that n last sho had understood.
Tho promoter Is a pleasant chap,
With over smiling Hps.
Ho'll furnish all the ocean
If you'll supply the ships.
"I hear they're going to have moving
pictures In tho schools," said ono
"Yes," replied tho other. "If they
keep on making our studies so enter
taining recess will seem fearfully mo
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The Boy Why. tho doctor hns -Inst
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