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The Soldier of the Valley

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Pages: 148

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Nelson Lloyd

Excerpt from book: flourish of wails from Cevery Pulsifer and the latest of the Kallabergers. Perry's arms fell gracefully to his side and he inclined his head WELCOME HOME THRICE WELCOME ! and half closed his eyes in acknowledgment. Then turning to Isaac, measuring every word, in a voice clear and cutting, his long forefinger shaking, he cried: "From the bloody battlefields of Cuby, from her tropic camps where you suffered and bled, you come home to usto-day. You have fought in the cause of liberty. To your country you have give a limbj— you " Poor Bolum! Awakened from the gentle doze into which he had fallen the instant Cevery Pul- sifer relieved him of the duty of leading the applause, he brought his chair down on all four legs, and slapped both knees violently. Satisfied that they were still there, he looked up at the orator. "You have give a limb," repeated Perry, emphasizing the announcement by shaking his finger at the old man. Isaac's mouth was half open for a protest, when he remembered, and leaning over seized the toe of each boot in a hand and wriggled his feet. When we saw his face again he was smiling gently, and swinging back, he nestled his head against the wall and closed his eyes once more. "You would have give your life," cried Perry. But the only sign old Bolum made was to twirl the thumbs of his clasped hands. "Six months ago, six short, stirrin' months ago you left us, just a plain man, at your country's call." Perry was thundering his rolling periods at us. "To-day, a moment since, standin' here by the track, we heard the rumblin' of the train and the engyne's whistle, and we says a he-ro comes—a he-ro in blue!" Had Perry looked my way he might have noticed that I was clad in khaki, but he was addressing Henry Holmes, whose worthy head was nodding in ...  

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