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CHAPTER C-Wlth his raolfather.
snail Rama Ifllholland U watcliinc Ih
' "iMcoratlon Day Farad" In tft bom
town. Th eld cnUman, a veieraa
th CItU war, endeavore to Impress tba
younstr with Uia atsolHcatw of' to
treat conflict, and many year afterward
Um bor waa to remember him worda with
CHAPTER II. In th achoolroora, a
law years altar ward. Uuumv waa not
aUatlnauiahad (or remarkable ' ability,
tno(h hla two pronounced diallka war
xltbmetlo and "Recitations." In aiiara
aontraat to RamiMy'a backwardness la
to prococlty of htu Dura lociun, a
rvwi iu wuvin in nil DHMroui no o
' nominates "Teacher's Pet" v
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CHAPTER III. In hlglt school, where
k and Uora at e utMiiut ilameey
ontlnuaa to feel that ifee -irl uelWiua to
manifest her auperiorlty, and the vlndlo
Uveneea ha generate oeuuuiea alarumi.
vuuninavuig in we ieauiuuon uiai soute
day ba would "show" Iter.
. CHAPTER IV. At a class picnic Ram
sey, to his Intens surprise, appears la
attract the favorable ailentluu of Mies
Hill Rust, a young lady of about his
own age and the acknowledged bell of
the class. Mllla he the mlarortuna to
fall Into a creek while talking with Ram
sey, and that youth promptly p.uugea to
the reecue. The water la only some three
feet deep, but Mlila'a gratitude for his
heroic act Is embarrassing. He Is In fact
taken captive by the fair one, to his great
CHAPTER V. The acquaintance ripens,
Ramsey and Mllla openly "keeping com
pany," while the former's parent won
der. Hla mother Indeed goes so far as
to express some disapproval of his cflotoe,
van hinting that Dura Tocum would b
more auitable companion, a suggestion
which the youth receives with horror,
CHAPTER VL At this period our hero
gets the thrill of his "first kiss," llUla
being a very willing partner in the act..
Her flinnanrv over the matter riiaenn
certs Ramsey Immensely, but shortly aft
erward the girl -departs for a visit to
Chicago, tine leavea an endearing missive
for Ramsey, which adds to bis feeling of
CHAPTER VH.-Shortly after M ilia's
departure, her friend, Sadie Clews, .In
forms Ransey that hla -inamorata has
been married to her cousin and is not
coming back, so that little romance Is
ended. Within a few months Ramsey
and his closest friend, Fred Mitchell,
go to tha state university, Ramsey's chief
feeling being one of relief that he haa got
way from the detested Dora. To hla hor
ror he finds she 1 also a student at the
University. Induced to Join a debating
society, Rameey Is chosen as Dora's op
ponent In a debet dealing with the mat
ter of Germany's right to Invade Bel
gium, Dora being aeaigned the negative
Ida of the argument Partly on account
f his feelings toward Dora, and his nat
ural nervousness, he makes a miserable
showing and Dora carries off the honors.
A brash youngster named LJnskl objects
to the showing made by Ramsey and be
comes personal In his remarks. The mat
ter enda with Ramsey, In the university
vernacular, giving Unskt "peach of a
punch on the snoot"
CHAPTER VIII. Dora appears to hava
made a decided hit with her fellow stu
dents, to Ramsey's supreme wonderment
A rumor oi nie aimir , wmi me iiikiv
1 Will. n aim ond ha mil tha rnnuta.tinn
of a man of experience and a "woman
hater." ' f
CHAPTER IX. The- story comes to the
spring of 1915 and the sinking of the Liuei
tanla. The university la stirred to Its
depths Faculty and "frnt" societies alike
wire the government offering their serv-
t I . V. - . .. - ki-k f.llt n K
Inevitable. Dora, holding the belief that
all war Is wrong, sees with horror 1 the
spirit of the students, which Is sn Intense
desire to call Germany to account. She
seeks Ramsey and endeavors to Impress
him with her pacifist view.
raiDTPD V UTta . VflMlm'- annMl
somewhat disconcerts Ramsey, especially
as the girl seems to place some real value
en his opinions, and his feelings toward
her ar somewhat vague.
CHAPTER XLAfter th vacation pe
riod, Dora makes -an Impressive speech
before the debating society, denouncing
every form of militarism as wrong, the
Is decidedly in the minority, but makea a
brave right to stem the tide of feeling
' which she perceives Is sweeping the coun
try. toward war. .
' CHAPTER XII. Not altogethsr to Fred
continue to meat, though Ramsey IliaieU
their talk is academic and nothing else.
The feeling that the United States, must
. taks part in tha. war grows In tha uni
versity. . .
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So everywhere over the country, that
winter of 1916, there were light-heart
ed boy skylarklng-r-at college, or oo
the farms ; ' and In the town tha
young machinists snowballed one an
other as they came from the shops;
while on this ttunday of the "frat"
snow tight probably ' several hundreds
of thousands of youthful bachelors, be
tween the two oceans, went walking,
like - Ramsey, each with a glH who
tould forget tip weather. Yet boy
of nineteen and In the twenties were
not light-hearted all the time that win
ter and that spring and that summer.
Moat of them knew long, thoughtful
moments, as Kauiaey did, when they
earned to be thinking not of girls or
work or play nor of anything around
them, but of some more vital matter
or prospect And at such time they
were grave, but hot ungentle,
For the long strain waa on tba coun
try J wderneatli all Its outward see ra
ins; ot things going on as usual there
ahook a deep vibration. Ilka the air
trembling to vast organ plpea In dia
pason too profound to reach the ear
14 sound i one felt, not heard, thunder
la tna ground under one's feet . Tha
succession of diplomatic notes cama
to an end after tha torpedoing- of tha
Saaeex; and at. last the trick ntUng
uamtana lu oerua gave uuux wuru u
HiW'itr 112 more, and people ssMThls
means peace for' America, and all' la
well for us," but everybody knew In
his heart that nothing waa well for'
us, that there waa no peace.
They' said, "AU la well," while that
thunder In the ground never ceased
It grew deeper and heavier till all
America ahook with It and It became
slowly audible aa the voice of tha old
American soil, a soil wherein lay those
who had defended It aforetime, a soli
that bred those who would defend It
again, for It waa their ; and the mean
ing of It Life, Liberty, and tha Pur
suit of Happiness waa theirs, and
theirs to defend. And they knew they
would defend It and that mora than
the glory ot a Nation waa at stake.
The Freedom of Man was at stake. So,
gradually, the sacred thunder reached
the ear of the young men and gave
them those deep moments that came to
them whether they aat In the clan
roora or the couatlag-reeen, or walked
with the plow, or stood to the machine,
or behind the ribbon counter. Tbua
the thunder shook them and tried them
and slowly came Into their Uvea and
changed everything for them.
Brfte of the Germane waa aot bred ;
but a contempt for what Germany had
shown In lieu of a notional hearts a
contempt as mighty and aa profound
as the resolve that the German way
and the German will should not pre-
vail in America, nor in any country of
the world that would be free. And
when the German kaiser laid hla com
mand upon America, that no American
should take hla ship upon the free
aeas, death being the penalty for any
who disobeyed, then the German kaiser
got his answer, not only to this new
law he had made for us, but to many
other thoughts of hla. Tet the an
swer was for some time delayed.
. There was a bitter Sunday, and Its
bitterness went everywhere, to every
place In the whole wqrld that held
high and generous hearts. Its bitter
ness came to the special meeting In
the "frat hall," where there were
hearts, Indeed, of that right sort, and
one of them became vocal In Its bitter
kegs. This was the heart of Fred
Mitchell, who was now an. authority,
being president of the, Junior class,
chairman of the Prom committee, and
other things pleasant to be and to live
for at his age.
"For me, brothers," he said, "I think
I'd a great deal rather have been shot
through the head than heard the news
from Washington today I I tell you,
Tve spent the meanest afternoon I
ever did In my life, and I guess It's
I Never .Liked Any Girt Enough to
. Go and Call en Her."
Keen pretty mucu tha same with all of
us. The worst of It Is,. It looks as
though there Isn't a thing In the world
wa can do. The country's been be
trayed by a few blatherskite and
bonebeads that had the power to do It,
and all we can do we've Just got to
stand It But there's some Americans
that aren't Jut siarull"a" it and I
want to tell you a lot of 'em are men
from the universities, Just like us.
They're over there right now; they
haven't said much they Just packed
up and went They're flying for France
and for England and for Canuda ;
they're fighting under every flag on
the right side of the western fronts
and they're driving ambulunces at,
Verdun and ammunition trucks at the
Somme. Well, there's going to be a lot
more) American boys on all these jobs
mighty soon, on account of what those
men did In congress today. If they
won't give us, a chance to do some
thing under our own flag, then we'll
have to go and do It under some other
flag; and I want to tell you I'm one
that's going to got . I'll stick- is-out in
college up to Easter, and then If
there's still no chance to go under the
Stars and Stripes I'll maybe Dave to
go .under the lag my great-greatgrandfather
fought against In 1779,
but, anyhow, Til got"
It was In sneaking to Ramsey of this
declaration that Dor said Fred waa a
"dangerous firebrand." They were
taking another February wulk, but the
February waa February, 1917 ; and the
day was dry and sunny. "It's Just
about a jwar ago," she said. , i
N "What 1T" Ramsey asked.
"That first time we went walking.
Dont you remember?"
, "Oh. that day I Yes, I remember It
was snowing." , , '
."And so culd and blowy I" she added.
"It seems loug time ago.' I like walk
ing with you, Ramsey. You're so quiet !
end solid I've always felt I could talk
to you Just anyhow I pleased, and you
wouldn't uilud. I'll miss these walk
with you when we're out of college."
Be chuckled. "That's funny 1" .
'."Jftvaai? '' wrVys or.t taken, four he-
sides tnlt ; two last year, and another
week before last and another last
week. This Is only th fifth."
"Good gracious t Is that' all T It
aeemed to me we'd gone ever so
often r She laughed. "I'm afraid you
won't think that seems much as If I'd
Uked going, but I really have. And,
by the way, you've never called on me
at all. Perhaps It's because I've for
gotten to ask you." ,
"Ob, no," Ramsey said, and scuffed
his shoes on the path, presently ex
plaining rather huskily that he "never
waa much of a caller"; and he added,
"Well you must come if yon ever
car to," ah said, with a blg-slster
gractousneas. "The Dorm chaperon
sits there, of course, but our I a Jolly
on and you'd Ilk her. You've prob
ably .met her Mrs. Hustings? when
you've called other girls at our old
, "No," said Ramsey. "I never was
muck of a " He paused, fearing
that he might be repeating himself,
and too hastily amended his Intention.
"I never liked any girl enough to go
and call on her."
"Ramsey Milholland t" she cried
"Why, when" we were in school half
th room used to be talking about how
yon and that pretty Mllla"
"No, not" Ramsey protested, again
too hurriedly., "I never called on her.
W Just went walking."
, A moment later his color suddenly
became fiery. "I don't mean I mean
" he stammered. "It was walking,
of course I mean we did go out walk
ing, but It wasn't walking like like
this." Be concluded with a fit of
coughing which aeemed to rack him.
Dora threw back her head and
laughed delightedly. "Don't you apolo
gize I" she said. "I dldnt when I said
It seemed to me that we've gone walk
ing so often, when In reality H's only
four or five times altogether. I think I
can explain, though: I think It came
partly from a feeling I have that I can
rely on you that you're a good, solid,
reliable sort of person. I remember
from the time we were little children,
you always had a sort of worried, hon
est look in school, and you used to
make a dent In your forehead you
meant It for a frown whenever I
caught your eye. Ton- hated me so hon
estly, and you were so honestly afraid
I wouldu't see It I" " ,
"Oh, no no"
"Oh, yes yes!" she laughed, then
grew serious. "My feeling about you
that you were a person to be relied
on, I mean I think It began that
nlng in our freshman year, after the
Lusttanla. when I stopped you on the
campus and you went with me, and I
couldn't help crplng, and you were so
nice and quiet. I hardly reullzed then
that It wus the first time we'd ever
really talked together of coarse I did
all feae talking! and yet we'd -known
each other so many ye. I ttua
of It afterward. Hut what gtive me
such a different- view of you, I'd al
ways thought you were one of that
truculent sort of boys, always Just
bursting for a fight; but you showed
me you'd really never had a fight In
your life tftid hated fighting, and that
you sympathized with my feeling about
war." She stopped speaking to draw
In her breath with a sharp sih. "Ah,
don't you remember whut I've told you
all along? How It keeps coming
closer and closet and now It's almost
here I Isn't it unthinkable? And what
can we do to stop It, we poor few who
feel that we must stop It?"
"Well " Ramsey begun uncomfort
ably. "Of course I I"
"You can't do much," she said. "I
know. None of us can. What can any
little group do? There are so few of
us among the undergraduates and
only one In the whole faculty. All the
rest are for war. But we mustn't give
up ; we must never feel afterward that
we left anything undone; we must
fight to the last breath 1"
"'Fight'?" he repeated wonderingly,
"Oh, as a figure of speech," she said,'
impatiently. "Our language Is full of
barbaric figures left over frem the
dark ages. But oh, Rameey I" she
touched his sleeve "I've beard that
Fred Mitchell la saying that he's going
to Cunuda after Easter, to try to get
Into the Curfudlan aviation corps. If
It'a true, he's a dangerous firebrand, I
think. Is It truer .
"I guess so. He' been talking that
"But why do yoy let him .talk that
way?" abe cried. "He's your rommate;
surely you have more Influence with
him than anybody else has. Couldn't
He shook bis head slowly, while upon
bis face the faintly Indicated model
ings of a grin hinted of an Inner
laughter at soma surreptitious thought
"Well, you know, Fred saya himself
sometime. I don't seem to b much of
a talker exactly P
"I know. But dont yon seat Thus
sort of thing Is contaaueui. Others will
think they ought to go It he does ; he's
popular and quite a leader. -Cau't you
do anything with him?"
8ba waited for him to answer.
"Cant you?" she Insisted. .
The grin had disappeared and Ram
sey grew red again. .. f
He seemed to wish to speak, to
leave with speech that declined to b
spoken and would not rouse up from
hi inwards. Finally he uttered word.
, "I I wall, I"
"Oh, I know," ah said. man
or a boy I always hate to be Intrud
ing, hi own convictions upon other
men, especially In case Ilk this,
where be might be afraid of sbm
Idlof thinking him ariraanllkie. But
Ramsey " Suddeinly she broke off
and looked at bun attentively ; hi dis
comfort bad becoiq so obvtous that
suspicion struck her. gh apoka sharfL.
Iy. "Hnmsey, you. aren djsnmlng of
doing" sucfi' a tiling, ire youT" '
"What such a thing r
"Fred haant Influenced you, ha hot
Ton aren't planning to go with htm,
"To Join th Canadian aviation."
"No; I hadn't thought of doing It"
She alghed again, relieved. "I had a
queer feeling about you Just then
that you were thinking of doing torn
such thing. You looked so odd and
you're always so quiet, anybody might
not really know what to think. But
I'm not wrong about you, am I, Ram
They had com to th foot of th
steps that led up to th entrance of
her dormitory, and their walk wa at
an end. As they stopped and faced
Vsch other, she looked st him earnest
ly; but-he did not meet the scrutiny,
hla eyelids fell.
"I'm not wrong, am I, Ramsey?"
"About what?" he murmured, un
comfortably. "You are my friend, aren't you?"
"Then It' all right," she said. "That
relieves me and makes me happier
tlmn I wa Just now, for of course If
you're my friend you wouldn't let me
make any mistake about you. I be
lieve you, and now, Just before I go
In and we won't see much of each
other for a week If you still want me
to go with you again next Sunday"
"Yes--wnt you, please V .
"Yes. If youIlke. But I want to tell
you now that I count on you In all this,
even though you don't talk much, aa
you say ; I count on you more than
I do on anybody else, and I trust you
when you say you're my friend, and it
makes me happy.
"And I think perhaps you're right
about Fred Mitchell. Talk Isn't ev
erything, nobody knows that better
than I, who talk so much ! and I
think that. Instead of talking to Fred,
a steady, qnlet Influence like yours
would do more good than any amount
of arguing. So I trust you, you see?
And I'm sorry I had that queer doubt
of you." She held out her hand. "Un
less I happen to see you on the campus
for a minute. In the meantime, It's
good-bye until a week from today. So
well, so, good-bye until then!"
"Walt," suld Ramsey.
"Whut Is It?"
lie made a grout struKKle. "I'm not
influencing Fred n6t to go." he said.
"I don't wont you to trust me to do
anything like that"
"I think It's all light for him to ,
If he wants to," Ramsey suld, mis
erably. "You do? For him to go to fi'htl"
He swallowed. "Yes."
"Oh !" she cried, turned even redder
than he, and ran up the stone steps.
But before Jhe storm doors closed
npon her she looked down to where he
' sew I, with his eyes still lowered, a
"lonely svcmlng figure, upon Ike pnve
ment below. Her voice caught upon a
sob as she spoke.
"If you feel like that, yon might as
well go and enlist, yourself," she said,
. m JIH
. He Swallowed. "Ye."
bitterly.' "I can't I couldn't speak
to you again after this I"
(Continued next week)
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