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' CHATTER L With Ms grandfathar,
snail Ruin; Milholland I vralchinf Uw
"Daooratlon Day parada" la tua bom
.town. Tb old pnUimtn, a nuni (
.tha ClvU war, andeavora to tmprasa tba
youngaur with tha significant of tba
fraat conflict, and many year afterward
tba boy waa to ramambar bia word wltb
startling vivida, ,
CHAPTER II. In tha schoolroom, a
taw yaara afterward, Kamaay wu not
distinguished for reniarkabla ability,
Uioufh hla two pronounced diallkaa tr
arityuncUc and "Hecitatlona." In ai.arp
contrast to Kamacy' backwardness la
tha pracoclty of little Dora Yocum, a
young lady whom In bla bittarnaaa ba 4
Bonunataa ,'Taacbvr'a fab"
CHAPTH1R III. In biau aunooL whara
ba and Dora ara claasmafa. Rams
anQnuaa to fsal that tha sirl oolight to
ft feat bar aupanorlty, ai.j in vuidlo
uvness ha generates become alarming,
culminating In tha raaolutlon that soma
day ba would "ahow" bar. '
CHAPTER IV. At a elaat plcnlo Ram
y, to bla Intenaa aurpnaa, appeara to
attract the favorable attention of Mis
Miila Rust, a young lady of about bla
own age and the acknowledged belle of
tbe claaa, Mllla haa the miafortuna to
fall Into a creek while talking wltb Ram
aey, and that youth promptly plungea to
tba rescue, Tha water la only aoma three
feet deep, but MUla'a gratitude for hla
bxrolo act la embarraralng. lie la In fact
taken captive by tba fair one, to bla great
CHAPTER V. Tha acquaintance rlpena,
Ramaey and Mllla openly "keeping com
pany," while the former'a parenta won
. der. Hla mother Indeed goea ao far aa
to expreaa aome dtaapproval of bin choice,
even hinting that Dora Yocum would be
a more aulteble companion, a auggeatioa
which the youth receive wltb horror.
CHAPTER Vt At thla period our hero
eta tha thrill of hla "Drat klaa," Mllla
being a very willing partner In the act
Her flippancy over the matter dlscon
certa Ramaey tmmeneely, but ahortly aft
erward the girl deparu for a vialt to
Clufeago. She leave an endearing mlaaive
for Ramaey, which add to hla feeling of
CHAPTER VII. Bhortly after Mllla'e
departure, her friend, Badle Clew, In
form' Ramaey that bla inamorata baa
bean married to her cousin and la not
coining back, ao that little romance la
ended. Within a few month- Ramaey
and hi cloaeat friend, Fred Mitchell,
go to tha atate unlveralty, Rameey'e chief
feeling brine; one of relief that he ha got
away loin tha deteetetl Dura. To hla hor
ror he find she ia alao a atudent at tha
unlveralty. Induced to Join a debating
society, Ramaey ia choaen aa Dora' op
Donant in a debate dunlin with the mat
ter of Germany' right to Invade Bel
glum, Dora being- aaalgnedth' negative
side or tne argument, rtruy on acuoum
of hi feeling toward Dora, and hla nat
ural nervouane. he make a miserable
showing and Dora carrle off the honor.
A braah youngster named Llnski objecta
to the ahowlng made by Ramaey and be
come personal In hi remarks, The mat
ter ends with Ramaey, In the unlveralty
vernacular, giving Linskl a "peach of a
punch or tbe snoot."
CHAPTER XVI.-Th wav of patriot
Ism which sweep the country over par
ticipation In the war causes Dora to won
der whether her sentiment are altogether
right and ah finally realize all that a
victory fqr Germany would mean to the
world, and to Freedom. Remorseful, aha
write to Ramaey In France, announcing
ber change of heart, and congratulating
' him on hla action. He answer s, assuring
ber that her attitude had nothing to do
with hi enlisting, and other sentiments
ha expresses convince tbe girl that she
Mn always underrated him. And In Ram
Jr memory ther Is the recollection of
tnat long-ago talk with hia grandfather,
and the old gentleman's euperb lov of
Freedom. He I a better fighter for the
Right through that memory and the
jiowledge that Dora has at laat seen the
' CHAPTER IX. .
That early spring of 1913 the two
boy and their friends ond brethren
talked more of tbe war than they had
In the autumn, thongh the subject was
not at all an absorbing one; for tbe
trenches of Flunders and France were
still of the Immense, remote distance.
By no stretch of Imagination could
these wet trenches be thought greatly
to concern the "fret," the Lumen, or
tbe university. Really Important mat
ters were the doings of the "Track
Team," now training In the "Gym"
and on the "Varsity field, and, more
vital Still, the prospect of the Nine.
But In May there came a shock which
changed things for a time.
( . , Tbe Lusltanla brought to- every
it - American revelation of what had
. lain so deep In his own heart that
often be bad not realised It was there.
When the Germans bid In the sea and
L Bent down the great merchant ship,
with American babies and their moth
era. and gallantly dying American gen
tletuen, there came a change even to
girls nnd 1 boys and professors, until
y then ao preoccupied wltb their own
Uttle aloof world thousands of miles
J from tbe murder., , v ,
Fred Mitchell, ever volatile and gen
erous, was one of those wbo went
. quite wild. No orator, be nevertheless
; made frantic speech ft tbe week's
"frt meeting,'' cursing the Germane
t In tbe simple old English word that
tbelr performance bad demonstrated to
ha annilcahla. and going oa to demand
that the fraternity prep.'' for It
ahara In tha action of the country. "I
don't care bow Insignificant we few
. fellows her tonignt may seem, am
cried; "we can do our little, and If
everybody In this country's ready to do
tbelr own little, why, that'll be plenty!
Brothers, don't you realise that ajl
over tbe United State tonight tbe peo
! pie are feeling Just the way we are
ber? MJUiojit M mMyn.nd mil-
Uona of" them T' Wbrwvr there's in
American he's with us ed yon set
your bottom dollar tbrs are Just a few,,
'more American In till country of our
than there are big-mouthed lobster
Ilk that fellow Llnski I I tell you, If
congress only give tbe word, there'
could be aa army of Ave million men
to this country tomorrow, and those
dirty baby-kltlln dachshund would
bear a word or two from your TJncle
Samuel I Brothers, I demand that some
thing be done right here and now, and
by asl.-I move we telegraph the sec
retary of war tonight and offer him a
regiment from this university to go
over and help bang their d n kaiser."
- The motion was hotly seconded and
Instantly carried. Then followed a
much flustered discussion of tbe form
and phrasing of the proposed tele
gram, bat, after everything teemed to
have been settled, some one ascer
tained by telephone that the telegraph
company would not accept messages
containing xwords customarily defined
a profane ; so the telegram had to be
rewritten. This led to further amend
ment, and It was finally decided to ad
dress the senators from that state, ln
steud of the secretary of war, and
thua In a somewhat modified form tbe
message wss finally dispatched.
. Next day, news of what the "fret"
had done made a great stir Jo the uni
versity. Other "frats" sent telegrams,
ao did the "Ikirbarlana," haters of tbe
"frats" but Joining them In this; while
v small hand of "German-American"
students, found It their duty -to go be
fore; the faculty and report these
"breaches of neutrality." They pro
tested heavily, demanding the expul
sion of the "breathers" as disloyal cit
izens, therefore unfit students, but suf
fered a disappointment, for the faculty
Itself bad been aendlng telegrams of
similar spirit, addressing not only tbe
senators and congressmen of the state,
but the President of the United States.
Flabbergasted, the "German-Americans"
retired ; they were confused and
disgusted by this higher-up outbreak
of unneutrallty It overwhelmed them
that citizens of the United States
should not remain neutral In the dis
pute between the United States and
Germany. All day the campus was in
At twilight, Ramsey was walking
meditatively on his way to dinner at
the "frat house," across the campus
from his apartment at Mrs. Meigs'.
Everything wis quiet now, both town
and gown; the students were at their
dinners and so were the burghers.
Ramsey was rate, but did not quicken
his thoughtful steps, which were those
Of one lost In reverie. He bad forgot
ten that springtime was all about him
and, with his head down, walked an
regardful of the new gayetle flung
forth upon the air by great cluster of
flowering shnilts, Just come Into white
blossom nnd lavender.
" He was unconscious that somebody
behind him, going trie same way, came
hastening to overtake him and colled
bis .name, "Ramsey I Ramsey Milhol
land 1". Not until hehad been called
three times did he realize that he was
being hulled and in a girl's voice!
By that time the girl herself was be
side, him, and Kumsey hulted, quite
taken aback. The girl was Dora Yo
She was pale, a little breathless,
and her eyes were bright and severe.
"I want to speak to you," she said,
quickly. "I want to ask you about
something. Mr. Colburn and Fred
Mitchell are the only people I know In
your frat' except you, and I haven't
seen either of them today, or I'd have
asked one of them."
Most uncomfortably astonished,
Ramsey took his hands out of his pock
ets, picked a leaf from a lilac bush be
side the path, and put the stem of the
leaf seriously Into a corner of his
mouth, before finding anything to say,
"Well woll, all right," he finally re
sponded. ."I'll tell you If It's any
thing I know about."
"You know about It," "said Dora.
"That Is, you certainly do If you were
at your frat' meeting last night
Were you V.
"Yes, I was there," Ramsey an
swered, wondering what in the world
she wanted to know, though be sup
posed vaguely that it must be some
thing about Colburn, whom he bad
several time een walking with her.
"Of course I couldn't tell you much,"
be added, with an afterthought "You
see, a good deal that goes on st a fret'
meeting Isn't supposed to be talked
"Yes," she said, smiling faintly,
though with a satire that missed biro.
"I've been a member of a sorority since
September, and I think I bave an Idea
of what could be told or not told.
Suppose we walk on. If you don't mind.
My question needn't embarrass you."
Nevertheless, a they slowly 'went en
together, Ramsey was embarrassed.
He felt "queer." They had known
each other mo long ; In I way bad
bared so much, sitting dally for year
near each other and undergoing the
same outward experiences; they bad
almost "grown up together," yet this
was the first time they had ever talked
together or walked together.
Well'' be said, flf you wsnt to
ask anything It' all right for m to
tell you well, I Just as soon, I guess."
i "it bas nothing to do with the secret
' proceedings of your frat,' " said Dora.
primly. "What I want to ask about
" has, been talked of all over the place
. today. Everyone nas oeen saying it
.was your frat' that sent the first tele
gram to members of tbe government
offering support In case of war wltb
Germany. . They say you didn't even
wait uuttl today, but sent off a lues-1
sage last night What I wanted to .
ask you waa whether this story Is true
or not V
"Why, yes," said Ramsey, mildly.
That' what we did." '
tibe qtwwd. as exclamation, a sound
of grief and of suspicion confirmed.
"Ant I waa afraid not"
"Afraid sof What's the mstterr
be asked, and because she seemed ex
cited snd troubled, be found himself
a, quite so embarrassed aa be bad
been at first ; for some reason her agi
tation made bun feel easier. - "What
was wrong sbont tbatr
"On, It'a kll so shocking and wick
ed and mistaken I" she cried. "Even
the faculty ha been doing It and half
the. other frats' and sororities 1 And
It was yours that started It"
"fee, we did," he said, thoroughly
puziled. "We're tbe oldest frat' here,
and of coarse" be chuckled modestly
"of course we think we're the best
Do yon mean yon believe we ought
to've sat back and let somebody els
"On, not"1 she-answered, vehemently.
"Nobody ought to have started It I
That's the trouble; don't you see? If
nobody bad started It none of It might
bave . happened." The rest mightn't
bave caught It, It mightn't have got
Into their heads. A war thought Is the
most contagious thought In the world ;
but If It can be kept from starting. It
can be kept from being contagious.
It's Just when people have got Into an
emotional state, or a state of smoul
dering rage, that e'-erybody ought to
be so terribly carr:nl not to think war
thoughts or mako war speeches or
send war telegrams I I thought oh,
1 was so sure f convinced Mr. Cot
burn of all thin, the last .time we
talked of ltt lie seemed to under
stand, and I was sure he agreed wltb
me." She bit ber Hp. "He was only
pretending I see that, now I"
"I guess he must 'a' been," said
Ramsey, with admirable simplicity.
"He didn't talk a Unit anything like
that last night. He was as much for
It as anybody."
"I've no doubt !"
Ramsey made bold to look at her
out of the side of his eye, and as she
was gazing tensely forward he contin
ued bis observation for some time. She
was obviously controlling agitation, al
most controlling tears, which seemed
to threaten her very wide-open eyes;
for those now fully urown and notice
able eye-winkers of hers were subject
to fluctuations Indicating such a
threat She looked "hurt," and Ram
sey was touched. There was something
There Was 8omthing Human About
Her. Then, After All.
human about her, then, after all. And
if he had put his feeling Into words at
the moment, he would bave said thut
he guessed maybe he could stand this
ole girl, for a few minutes sometime
better Uiun he'd always thought he
"Well." he said, "Colburn prob'ly
wouldn't want to hurt your feelings
or anything. Colburn "
"He? He didn't I I haven't the
faintest personal Interest In what be
"Oh!" said Ramsey. "Well, excuse
me; I thought prob'ly you were sore
because he'd Jollied you about thla
pacifist stuff, and then"
"Nol" she said, sharply. "I'm not
thinking of his having agreed wltb
me and fooling me about it. He Just
wanted to make a pleasant Impression
on a girl, and said anything he thought
would please her. I don't care whether
he does things like that or not. What
I care about ia that the principle
didn't reach him and that be mocked
HI I don't care about a petty treach
ery to me, personally, but I"
Fraternal loyalty could not quite
brook this. "Brother Colburn Is a per
fectly bonor'ble man," said Ramsey,
eniemnly. "He Is . one of the most
honortle men In this"
"Of coursel" she cried. "Oh, can't
I make you understand that I'm not
condemning him for a little flattery to
met I don't care two straws for bis
showing that I didn't Influence hlin.
He doesn't interest nie, please under
stand." ' ' .
: Ramsey waa altogether perplexed.
"Well, I don't see what make you go
for him ao. hard, then."
"I don't" .
"But you said be was treach "
' "I don't condemn him for It," she In
sisted, despairingly. "Don't you see
tbe difference T I'm not condemning
anybody ; I'm only lamenting."
"What about V
"About all of yo that want war I"
"My gully I" Ramsey exclaimed.
"You don't think . those Dutchmen
were right to drown bablea and"
"Nol I think they were ghastly
murderers ! I think they were detesta
ble and fiendish and monstrous and"
. "Well, then., nig goodness I What-do
you yantr f v .''-'
"I don't wsnt war I"
You don't r '
"I want Christianity I" she cried. "I
can't think of tbe German without
hating them, and so today, when all
the world Is hating them, 1 keep my
self from thinking of them ss much a
I can. 'Already half the world I full
of war; you want to go to war to
make things right hut It won't; It will
only make more wart"
"Well, 1 " y
"Dont you see what you've done,
you boyst" she said. "Don't you see
what you've done with your absurd
telegram T That started, the rest : they
thought they all had to send telegram
"Well, the faculty"
"Even they mightn't have thought
of It If it hadn't been for the' first one.
Vengeance la the most terrible
thought; once you put It Into people'
mind that they ought to have it It
run away wltb them."
"Well, It Isn't mostly vengeance
we're after, at all. There's a tot more
to It than Just getting even with"
She did not heed him. "Tou're all
blind I You don't see what you're do
ing; you don't even see what you've
done . to , this peaceful - place here.
You've filled It full of thoughts of fury
and killing and massacre"
"Why, no." said Ramsey. "It was
those Dutch did that to us; and, be-
"I Dont Think People Have Very
Much Appetite Today and Yester
day," She Said.
sides, there's more to It Uiun you "
"No, there Isn't," she Interrupted.
"It's Just the old brutal spirit that na
tions Inherit from "the time they were
only tribes;' It's the tribe spirit, aiid
an eye for nn eye and a tooth for u
tooth. It's tin e things and the love
of lighting men have always loved
to fight. Civilization hasn't tukeu it
out of them; men still have the brute
in them that loves to fight I" '
"I don't think so," snld Ramsey.
"Americans don't love to tiiilit ; 1 don't
know about other countries, but we
don't. Of course, here and there,
there's some fellow Unit liken to hunt
around for scraps, hut I never ruw
more than three or four In my life that
acted that way. Of course a foutlmll
teum often has a scrapper or two on
It, but tlmfs different."
"No," she said. "I think you all
really love to fight"
Ramsey was roused to hecome.'nrgu
mentative. "I don't see where you get
the idea. Colburn Isn't that wuy, and
back at school there wasn't a single
boy that was anything like that."
"What !" She stopped, and turned
suddenly to face him.
"What's the matter?" he snld, stop
ping, too. Something he said bad
startled her, evidently.
"How can you say such a thing?"
she cried. "You love to fight 1"
"You dot You love fighting. You
ulwnys have loved fighting."
He whs dumfounded. "Why, I never
had a Unlit In my life!" t
She cried out In protest of such pre
varication. "Well, I never did," he insisted,
"Why, you had a fight about me I"
No, I didn't."
"With Wesley Bender!" -Ramsey
chuckled. "That wasnt a
"Nothing ' like one. We were Just
guyln' him about about gettln' slicked
np, kind of, because he sat In front of
you ; and be hit me with his book strap
and I I'liused him' off. Uracloua, no;
that wasn't a fight!"
"But you fought Llnski only last
RumKcy chuckled again. "That
wasn't eveu as much like a fight aa the
one with Wesley. I Just .told this
Llnski I waa goln' to give hlin a punch
In the sn . I Just told him to look
out beciiuse I was goln' to hit hlin, and
then I did It. oud wutted to see If be
wanted to do anything about It and be
didn't. Thut's all there was to It, and
It wasn't any more like fighting tbun
than feeding chickens Is."
She luugliHd dolefully. "It seems
to u:e r.itber wore Ilk It than thut!"
"Well. It wasn't"
Tlicy hn begun to walk, on again,
and Itiiuiaey was aware that they had
pasted tbe frat house," where hi
dinner was probably growing, cold. II
was aware of this, but not sharply or
insistently. 1 Curiously enough, be did
not think about It. He bad begun to
find something pleasant In the odd in
terview, and In walking beside a girl,
even though the girl was Dora Yocum.
He made bo attempt to account to
himself for anything so peculiar.
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gether, not speuklng, mid without des
tination, though Kumsey vaguely took
It for granted thnt Dora wus going
somewhere. But she wasn't. They
emerged from the part of the siniill
town closely built about the university
and came out upon a bit of purked
land overlooking the river; und here
Dora' steps slowed to nn Indeter
minate halt near a bench beneiith a
"I think I'll stay here a while," she
said ; and aa he made no response, she
asked: "Hadn't you better be going
back to your 'frat house' for your din
ner? I didn't mean for you to come
eut of your wuy with me ; I only want
ed to get an answer to my question.
You'd better be running back." .
lie stood Irresolute, not sure that he
wanted bis dinner Just then. It would
have amazed hlin to face tbe fact de
liberately that perhaps be preferred
tieing with Dora Yocum to eating.
However, be faced no such fact nor
any fact, but lingered
"Well" be said again. . .
"You'd better go."
"I guess I can get my dinner pretty
near any time. I don't " lie hnd a
thought. ''Did you"
"Did I whatr
"Did you bave your dinner before I
Well, srent you' ' ;
She shook ber bead. "I don't want
"I don't think people bave very much
appetite today and yesterday," aha
said, wltb tbe bint of a sad laugh, "all
"No; I gueu that' ao."
"If -too terrible 1" ah said. 1
can't lt and eat when I think of the
Lusltanla of all those poor, poor peo
ple strangling In the water "
"No; 1 guess nobody can eat rnuca,
If they think about that"
"And of what it'a going to bring, If
w let at," abe went on. "Aa If thla
killing weren't enough, we, want to add
our killing I Ob, tbat'a the most ter
rible thing of all the thing It make
within us I Don't you understand!"
She turned to blm appeallngly, and
b felt queerer than ever. Dusk bad
fallen Where, they, stood, under the
young-leaved maple tree,, there waa but
a fulnt lingering of uftergtaw. and to
tills mystery Iter face gllmnaeswl wan
and sweet ; so thut Uiuusey, JMst Uten,
was like one who discovers ao old
pan, ummI in tbe kJtcbou. to be ma Jo of
"Well, I don't feel miirti like dinner
right now," he snld. "We we eoold
sit here awhile on this bench, probTj." "
(Continued neit we) ,
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