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could she hear her voice those senti-. "I wonder just how her husband
ments," said Aunt Mary as I kissed would take them," she rejoined,
her good-night. I (To Be Continued Tomorrow.)
AGED MOTHER SEESSEVEN SONS MARCH OFF
-.TO WAR FOR ENGLAND
Six of the Seven Sons of Mrs. James Coppard in Their Uniforms as British
London, Aug. 27. Mrs. James
Coppard, a widow, aged 61-years, has
given her seven stalwart sons to
She saw them march off shoulder
to shoulder in the same company.
The law of averages says that at
least one of them must die and per
haps two others be fearfully wound
ed. In three seconds a machine gun
could obliterate from the face of the
earth the brood that she spent thirty
five years in rearing.
Yet she was the proudest woman in
all England when the West Kent "D"
Territorials passed her on their way
to the mobilization, even though their
passing spelled poverty and depriva
tion for her in her declining years.
The four younger ones were her only
The sons range from Wilfred, of
17, to Frederick, 34. The others are
Harold, 18; Jack, 21; Leonard, N24;
Percy, 29, and Herbert, 32. The two
eldest are sergeants and the third
eldest a corporal.
"She keeps up heart wonderfully,"
declared her only daughter, "but I
know she feels their absence terribly.
She smiles so bravely through it all.
"Sometimes when she thinks I am
not looking I see her face grow sad '