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BOTH LOVE AND WAR
By JUNE QAHAN.
'(Copyright, 1914, by the McClure Newspa
"The soldiers are coming! Hurrah!
Hurrah!" sang Gretchen Armour, as
she danced into the family living
"Coming? When?" gasped* her moth
er, laying down her book and losing
jb?r ?place thereby.
"Tomorrow-?they've been billeted
?upon us! We're to have 20 of them
>over night. 'In tho name of the gov
.ernment!'" mock%d Gretchen, trying
.to imitate the deep bass of the man's
.voic? who had been at the door with
"Let me see," said Mrs. Armour,
(taking the slip of paper her daughter
?waved as she still sang her impre
ssed song to the good old Scotch tune
*>t the "Campbells Are Coming." "Do
be quiet for a moment and let me
The old Armour homestead stood
ifar back from the main road, and it
"was to be expected that, sooner or
?later, the family would have to shel
ler ;some of the many troops that were
'starting out on their long march in
support of their colors.
r Unusual guest rooms were turned
into ready-to-live-in chambers, couches
.and cots were brought from attic and
'basement until the place looked like
ia veritable dormitory.
. In the kitchen Gretchen drove the
*cook almost frantic with her efforts
.at cooking. She had apple peelings
leverywhere, doughnuts in every avail
able platter dripping their grease,
"chocolate filling on the fire for the
'take that was not eveh started and
which Gretchen said she could make
later. -?v-- .-.-^\^.
., ?v?n when the soldiers began to
approach the house on the following
afternoon Gretchen was still in her
enfolding kitchen apron.
"We shall not be much trouble," one
of the officers in uniform told her,
after she had mingled with them as
they sat about and rested after the
long day's march. "It's too good of
"Good?'' cried Gretchen, her dim
ples dancing back and forth as she
talked. "Y^hy^jtg too good to be
true to havi you here. It's the one
rspot of joy in the whole war-for me!"
. And then, until it was time to have
supper, the two talked and Gretchen
learned much of the young man's
home. He tcld her he had wanted to
go to the front all the time and that
he hoped to come back-he believed
.lie would return. And then
It was the supper's arrival that had
interrupted Iiis story, and Gretchen
-3*&d to help serve the many soldier
But Gretchen managed to see him
Ibefore they all "turned in." She ex
pended her hand to say good-night.
"Goodnight," she said; "I do hope
you'll be comfortable."
"Comfortable?" the soldier said.
"I'll be comfortable bodily, but you've
upset my comfort of mind. Good
"Good-morning," she said to the sol
dier when she saw him next morning.
"It's good-morning and-good-by," he
?said, gravely. How pretty she was in
"So early!" exclaimed Gretchen.
"We march in an hour," he told
Neither one spoke. They stood be
neath the great elm tree near the
dining room. Gretchen's eyes were
.on the lawn.
'1-can't you give me something?"
the soldier finally stammered. "A
talisman-something of your own?"
Gretchen did not reply. She looked
-about helplessly. "This-my handker
.chief-is all I have," she said at last.
The soldier took it It had a deli
cate, subtle perfume that he knew he
-would mever forget He put it inside
his jacket. "I shall carry it till I see
]you again or-"
y "Don't say ?t" Gretchen cried.
"Don't!" It was one of the few se
rious moment of her gay young life.
The soldier laughed, but the mirth
was forced. "All right-till I eome
.back then? And when tile good old
band plays 'The Girl I Left Behind
Me' this trip may I think of you as
.my girl?" he asked.
Breakfast was being called from the
"bouse. "May I?" he persisted.
"fm not anybody else's," Gretchen
And when the troops passed along
the main road and the soldiers who ,
had been billeted on the Armours
Joined them Gretchen stood beside
the gate holding fast to a large square
'Of linen that bad been pressed into
Cher hand when the soldier boy shook
lt in farewell. Tears rolled down her ,
cheeks as the band played "The Girl
I Left -Behind Me," and she wiped
them again and again with her sol
dier boys handkerchief.
Man's Conquest of Nature.
More than half a century ago
Buckle, in his "History of Civiliza
tion," wrote: "Formerly the richest
countries were those in which na
ture was most bountiful; now the
richest countries are those in which
man is most active. For in our age
of the world if nature is parsimonious
we know how to compensate her de
ficiencies. If a river is difficult to
navigate, or a couotry difficult td
traverse, an engineer can correct the
?rror and remedy the evil. If we have
no riven! we make canals; if we have
no natural harbors we make arp'i
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