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Booth Tarlcington .
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' , CHATTER L With bis grandfather,
; assail Rams.? Milholland la watching the
; "Decoration Day arae" In the uom.
: town. The old gentleman, a veteran of
', the Civil war. endeavora to impress tha
. I youngster with tha significance ol to
great conflict, and many years afterward
Vina boy was to remeiouer tu worus with
T CHAPTER II. In tha schoolroom, a
!Vi-rew years afterward, Kmmsey wtut not
, .. aisunguiatiea for remarkable ability,
though his two pronounced dislikes were
, arithmetic and "Mediations." In s..r
. contrast to Kamey:s baomiiUitia is
'., tha precocity of little Dora Yocum, a
w young lady whom In his bitterness hs da.
'f AsminaUs "Teacher's ftn."
'.C1IAPTEK IIL-ln h... School, where
; ha and lora ara classmates, Ramsay
' aaodnuaa to feel that tha g.rl delights to
I aaanifest her auperiorlty, ana Ui vindlc
; tlveness ha generates becomes alarming,
' . culminating in Uia restitution that some
':, day hs would "show" her.
b CHAPTER IV.-At a class picnic Ram-
.v ay, to his Intense surprise, appears to
J; attract the favorable attention of Miss
It Mill Rust, a young lady of about his
', own axe and the acknowledged bells of
i' the class. Mills has the misfortune to
' fall into a creek while talking with Kam-
I say, and that youth promptly plunges to
the rescus. The water is only some three
.feet deep, but MUla's gratitude for his
'j heroic act la embarranaiug. He Is in fact
taken captive by the fair one, to his great
.1 CHAPTER V. Tha acquaintance ripens,
"i Ramsey and Milla openly "keeping com-
'' pany," while the former's parents won-
' der. His mother Indeed goes so far as
I to exprese some disapproval of his choice,
I . sven hinting that Dora Yocum would be
J a more suitable companion, a suggestion
fl which the youth receives with horror.
3 CHAPTER VL-At this period our hero
5 tfeis the thrUl of his "first kiss," Mllla
3 Wring a very willing partner in the act.
Her flippancy over the matter dlscon
7 ' certs Ramsey immensely, but shortly aft
'! arward the girl departa for a visit to
rtilrmirn. Rhm leaves an endearine missive
for Ramsay, which adds to his feeling of
CHAPTER VII. Shortly after MUla's
departure, her friend, Badls Clews, In
forms Kasnsey mat nis inamorata naa
been married to her cousin and is not
coming back, so that little romance Is
ended. Within a few months Ramsey
and bis closest friend. Fred Mitchell.
go to the state university, Ramsey's chief
feeling being one of relief that hs has got
' away from the detested Dora. To his hor
ror hs Unas she is also a student at the
university. Induced to Join a debating
' society, Ramsey is chosen as Dora's op
, ponsnt In a debate dealing with the mat
tar of Germany's right to lnvada Bel
glum, Dora being assigned the negative
side of the argument. Partly on account
' of his feelings toward Dora, and his nat
ural nervousness, he makes a miserable
bowing and Dora carrlea off the honors.
A brash youngster named LJnskl objects
' to the showing mads by Ramsey and be
comes personal In his remarks. The mat
ter ends with Ramsey, In the university
vernacular, giving Linskl a "peach of a
punch on the snoot" ,
CHAPTER VIII. Dora appears to have
made a decided hit with her fellow stu
dents, to Ramsey's supreme wonderment
A rumor of his "sffalr" with the flckls
Mllla spreads and he gets the reputation
of a man of experience and a "woman
CHAPTER IX. The story comes to the
spring of 116 and the sinking of the Luei
lania. The university Is stirred to Its
JToeptha Faculty snd "frat" societies aliks
J wire the government offoiing their serv
' Ices In ths war which they believe to be
Inevitable. Dora, holding the belief that
all war is wrong, sees with horror ths
spirit of the students, which is an Intense
desire to call Germany to account, bhe
7 seeks Ramsey and endeavora to impress
him with her pacifist views.
CHAPTER X. Miss Tocum's appeal
somewhat disconcerts Ramsey, especially
as the girl seems to place some real value
on his opinions, snd his feelings toward
bar are somewhat vague.
CHAPTER XL-After ths vacation pe
riod, Dora makes aa Impressive speech
before tha debating society, denouncing
every form of militarism as wrong. Ehs
is decidedly In the minority, but makes a
brave fight to stem ths tlds of feeling
which sue perceives Is sweeping the coun
i try toward war.
CHAPTER XII.-Not altogether to Fred
Mitchell's surprise. Re men y and Dora
continue to meet, though Ramsey Insists
their talk Is academic and nothing else.
The feeling that the United States must
take part in the war grows In the uni
versity. CHAPTER Xnr-Mltchell. a ' leader
among the students, becomes bitter In
his condemnation of tha sttitude of con;
gross toward participation in the conflict
In Europe, announcing hie Intention of
seeking service 'under some other Hag
rather than continue to do nothing. Dora
accuses blm to Ramsey of being a "fire
brand," and ths latter la forced to admit
he thinks bis friend U right The In
dignant girl declares their acquaintance
ship ended . . - -
. CHAPTER XIV.
It was essy enough for him to evade
Fred Mitchell's rallying these (lays I
the sprig's mood was truculent, not
toward his roommate but toward con
(runs, which was less In nery baste
than be to be definite!; at wur wfth
Germany. ' '
All through the university the
change bad cone: athletics. In other
years spotlighted at the center of the
tage, languished suddenly, threatened
with abandonment; students working
for senior honors forgot them; every
thing was forgotten except that grow
ing thunder In the soJL
Several weeks elapsed after Dora's
bitter dismissal of Ramsey before abe
was mentioned between the comrades.
Then, one evening. Vred asked, as be
restlessly paced their study door;
"Have you seen your pacifist friend
lately r ' . N
"No. Not exactly. Whyr
' "Well, for my part, I tlilufc she ought
to be locked up," Fred said, angrily.
"Have you beard what she did this
"No." '' .. ' .
"It's all ever college. She got op ta
the class In Jarlsprndeoce end made
speech. It's t, big class, you know,
over two hundred, under Dean Barney.
He's greet lecturer, but he's a pacifist
the only one on the faculty and a
friend of Dora's. They say be encour
aged her to tnak this break and led
the subject around so she could do It,
and then called on her for an opinion,
aa the highest-stand student la the
class. She got up and claimed there
wasn't any such thing as a legitimate
cause for war, either legally or moral
ly, and said it waa a sign of weakness
In a nation for It to believe that it did
have a cause for war. '
. "Well, It was too much for thst lit
tle, spunky Joe Stansbury, and he
Jumped up knd argued with her. 1J1
madeher admit all the Germane have
done to us, the sea murders snd the
land murders, the blowing up of fac
tories, the propaganda, the strikes,
Irvine: to Inrn thn United Rtntea Intn
I Ornian ' settlement, trying to get
' .Inpnti nnd Mexico to make war on us.
and all the rest. He even made her
admit there was proof they mean to
conquer us when they get through with
the others, and that they've set out to
rule the world for their own benefit,
and make. whoever else they klndiy
allow to live, work for them.
"She said It might be true, but since
nothing at all could be a rlht cause
for war, then all this couldn't be a
cause for war. Of course she hod her
regular pacifist 'logic' working; slie
said that since war is the worst thing
there is, why, all other evils were
lesser, and a lesser evil can't he a Just
cause for a greater. She got terribly
excited, they hv, but kept right on,
anyway. She said war was murder
and there cotidn't be any other way to
look at it; and she'd heard there was
already talk in the university of stu
dents thinking about enlisting, and
whoever did such a thing was virtual
ly enlisting to return murder for mur
der. Then Joe Stansbury asked her if
she meant that she'd feel toward any
student that enlisted the way she
would toward a murderer, and she
said, yes, she'd have a horror of any
student that enlisted.
"Well, that broke up the class; Joe
turned- from her to the platform and
told old Burney that he was responsi
ble for allowing such talk In his lecture
room, and Joe said ao far as he was
concerned, he resigned from Barney's
classes right there. That started It,
and practically the whole class got up
and walked out with Joe. They said
Burney streaked off home, and Dora
was left slone in there, with her head
down on her desk and I guess she
certainly deserves It A good many
have already stopped speaking to her."
Ramsey fidgeted with a pen on the
table by which he sat. "Well, I dont
Know," he unlfl, slowly: "I flnri't Vr"W
if they ought to lo that exactly."
"Why oughtn't they!" Fred demand
ed, sharply. .'
"Well, it laks to me aa if she was
only flghtln' for her principles. She
"believes In 'em. The more it costs a
person to stick to their principles,
why, the more I believe' the person
must have something pretty fine about
em likely." .
"Tes I" said the hot-headed Fred.
"That may he Id ordinary times, but
not when a person's principles are lia
ble to betray their country I We won't
stand that kind of principles, I tell
you, and we oughtn't to. Dora Yocum's
finding that out, all right. She bad the
blpgest position of any girl In this
place, or any boy either; up to the last
few weeks, and there wasn't any stu
dent or hardly even a member of the
faculty that had the Influence or was
more admired and looked up to. She
bad the whole show ! But now, since
she's Just the same aa called any stu
dent a murderer if he enlists to fight
for his country and flag well, now
she hasn't got anything at all, and If
she keeps on she'll have even less 1"
. He paused In his walking to and fro
and came to a halt beblnrThls friend's
chair, looking down compassionately
upon the back of Ramsey's motionless
head. Ills tone changed. "I guess It
Isn't Just the ticket me to be talking
this way to you, Is ItT he said, with a
trace of husklnesa. - i
"Oh It's all right," Ramsey mur
mured, not altering his position.
"I can't help blowing up," Fred went
on. "I want to say. though, I know
Tm not very considerate to blow up
about her to you this way. I've been
playing horse with you about her ever
since freshman year, but well, you
must have understood. Ram, I never
meant anything that would really both
er you much, and I thought well, I
really thought It was a good thing,
you your well, I mean about ber,
you know, I'm on. all right. I know
it's pretty serious with you," He
"Its it's kind of tough lurk I" bis
frleud contrived to say j and he began
to pace the floor again.
"Oh well " he ssid.
"Bee here, . ole. stick-in-the-mud,"
Fred broke out abruptly. "After her
saying what she did Well, it'a none
o' my business, but but "
"Well, whatr Ramsey murmured.
"I don't rare what you say, If you
want to say anything." "
"Well, I got to say It," fred half
groaned and half blurted. "After she
said that and she meant it why, if
I were In your place I'd be darned if
rd be seen out walking with , ber
' "I'm not going to be," Ramsey said,
. "By Oeorge I" And now Fred baited
In front of him, both being huskily
solemn. "I think I understand little
of what that means to you, old Ram
sey; I think ! do. I think I know
something of whot It costs you W
make thst resolution for your conn
try's sake." IwpulslveJx.Jur eiltfuOed
lila hand. "It's i pretty big thing for
yon to do. Will you shake hands?"
But Ramsey ' shook bis head. "I
dldnt do It I wouldn't ever have done
anything Just on account of ber talk
In' that way. She shut the door on
me It was a good while ago."
"She did I What forr
"Well, Tm not mnch of a talker, you
know, Fred," said Ramsey, staring st
the pen he played with. Tm not much
of anything, for tbat matter, ptobly,
but I well I"
Tou what?" .
"Well, I had to tell her I didn't feel
about things the wsy she did. She'd
thought I had, all along, I guess. Any
way, It made her hate me or some
thing, I guess; and she called It all
off. I expect there wasn't much to call
off. So far aa ahe was concerned, any
how." ' He laughed feeWy. "She told
me I better go and enlist."
'Tleasant of her I" Fred muttered.
"Especially as we know what she
thinks enlisting means." He raised his
voice cheerfully. "Well, that's settled ;
and, thank Ood, old Mr. Bernstorffs on
his way to his sweet little vlne-clHil
cottage home! They're getting gur.s
on the ships, and the big show's liable
to commence any day. We can hold
up our heads now, und we're going to
see some great tbio, old Ramsey hoy!
It's hard on the home folks Gosh I I
don't like to thl'ik of that! And I
guess It's going to be hard on a lot of
boys that haven't understood what It's
all about, and In. I'd on some that their
family affairs, and business, and so on,
have got 'em tied up so It's hard to T
and of course there's plenty that Just
can't and some that aren't husky
enough but the rest of us are going
to have the big time In our lives. We
got an awful lot to learn ; It scures me
to think of whnt I don't know about
being any ' sort .of a renr-rank pri
vate. Why, It's a regular profession,
like practicing law, or selling for a
drug house on the, road.
"Golly! Do you remember how we
talked about thut, 'way buck In fresh
man year, what we were going to do
when we got out of college? You were
going to be practicing law, for In
stance, and I well, fr Instance, re
number Colburn; be was going to be
a doctor, and he did go to some medi
cal school for one year. Now he's in
the Red' Cross, somewhere In Persia.
He paused, then chattered briskly
on. "Well, there's one good old boy
was with our class for a while, back
in freshman year; I bet wc won't see
him in any good old army 1 Old rough
neck Linskl that you put the knob on
his nose for. Tommle Hopper says be
saw h)m last summer In Chicago soap
boxln', yellln' his head oft cussln' every
government undet the sun, but mostly
ours and the allies', yon bet, and going
"If s a Good Matter," the Old Man An,
to run the earth by revolution and rep-
jvsentatlvea of unskilled labor Immi
grants,, nobody that can read or write
allowed to vote, except Linskl. Tom'
Kle Hopper says he knows all about
Linskl: he never did a day's work In
his life too busy trying to get the
worklngmen stirred up agulnst the peo
ple that exploit 'em I Tonimie saya he
bad a big crowd to bear blm, though,
and took up quite a little money for
a 'cause' or something. Well, let him
holler I I guess we can attend to blm
when we get back from over yonder.
By George, old Ram, I'm gettlo' kind
of floppy In the gills 1" He adminis
tered a resounding slap to bla com
rade's shoulder. "It certainly looks as
If our big days were wulklug . toward
He was right The portentous days
came oo apace, and each oue brought
a new and greater portent. The faces
of men, lost a driven look besetting
them in the days of badgered waiting,
and Instead of that heavy apprehen
sion oue saw the look men's faces mast
have worn In 1776 and 1801, and the
history of the) old days grew clearer
In tbe new. Tbe President' went to
the congr and the true Indictment
be made there reached scoffing Pots
dam with an unspoken prophecy aome
wbat chilling even to Potsdam, one
guesses) end then through an April
night went almost quietly the steady
word: we were at war with Germany.
The bugles sounded across the conti
nent; drums and, fifes played uy and
down the city streets and In town and
village squares and through the coun
trysides. Faintly In all ears there was
a multitudinous noise like dlatsut,
hoarse cheering , . . and sound
like thut was what Dura Yocu ul bcini,
one night, as she sat lonely In her
room. The bugles and fifes and drums
bsd been heard shout the streets of
the college town, that day, and she
thougKt she most die of them, they
hurt ber so, and now to be haunted by
thla Imaginary cheering '-
She started. Was It imaginary?
She went downstairs and stood upon
the steps of the dormitory In the open
air. No; the cheering waa real and
loud. It came from tbe direction of
the railway station, and the night air
surged and heat with it.
Below her stood the aged Jnnltor of
the building, listening. "What's the
cheering for?" she asked, remember
ing grimly that the Janitor was one of
her acquaintances who hud not yet
stopiied "siieaklng" to her. "What's
"It's a good mntter," the old nmn
snswered. "I guess there must be a
big crowd of 'em down there. One of
our students enlisted today, and
they're glvln' him s send-off. Listen
to 'em, how theydo cheer. lie's the
first one to go."
She went back to her room, shiver
ing, and spent the next day In lied
with an nclilng head. She rose in the
evening, lionever a handbill had been
slid under her door at five o'clock, call
ing a "Jluss Meeting" of the univer
sity at eUit, nnd she felt It her duty
to go; but when she got to the great
hall she found a seat in the dimmest
corner, furthest from the rostrum.
The president of the university ad
dressed tlie tumultuous many hundreds
before him, for tumultuous they were
until he quieted them. He talked to
them soberly of patriotism, and culled
upon them for "deliberation and a lit
tle patience." There was. danger of a
stampede he snltl. nnd he nnd the rest
of the faculty were In a measure re
sponsible to their fathers and mothers
"You must keep your heads," he
suld. . "(i"d knows, I do not seek to
Judge your duty in this gravest mo
ment of your lives, nor assume to tell
you what you must or must not do.
But by hurrying Into service no-.v, with
out careful thought or consideration,
you may impair the. extent of your
possible usefulness to the very cause
you are so anxious to serve. Hundreds
of you are taking technicul courses
which should be cjinpleted at least
to the end of the term In June. In
structors from the United Suites army
are already on the way here, and mili
tary training will be Wun nt once
ftr all who are physically eligible and
of acceptable age. A special course
will be given In preparation for flying,
and those who wish to become uvlutora
moy enroll themselves for the course
at once. .
"I speak to you In a crisis of the
university's life, as well ns that of the
station, nnd the warning I utter liuu
been made necessary by what tool;
place yesterday und toduy. Yesterduy
morning, a yiudcat in the Junior clusa
enlisted as u private lu the United
States regular army. Fur be It from
me to deplore his course In so doing;
be spoke to me uhoffl it, and In such a
way that I felt I hud no right to dis
suade blm. . I told Id in that It would
be prtferable for college men to wait
pntil they could go as oflicers, und,
aside from the fact of a greater pres
tige, I urged tliut men of education
could perhaps be more useful In thut
capacity, He replied thut If he were
useful enough as a private a commis
sion might in time come his wuy, and,
as I suy, I did not feel ut liberty to at
tempt dissuasion. He left to Join a
regiment to which he hud been as
signed, and many of you were at the
station to bid him farewell.
, "But enthusiasm may be too con
tagious; even a greut and Inspiring
motive may work for harm, and the
university must not become a -desert
Ih the twenty-four hours since that
young mun went to Join the urmy lust
night, one hundred und eleven of our
young men students have left our
walls ; eighty-four of them went off to
gether at three o'clock tb catch an
east-bound train at the Junction and
enlist for the navy at Newport. We
are, I say. In danger of a stampede."
He spoke on, but Dora was not lis
tening; ahe hud become obsessed by
an 1dm which seemed to be currying
her to the border of tragedy. When
the crowd poured forth from the build
ing she went with it mechanically,
and paused In the dark outside. She
spoke to a girl whom she did not
"I beg your pardon"
"I wunted to ask; Do you know
who wus the student Doctor Crovls
spoke of? I mean the oue that was
tbe first to enlist, "and thut they were
cheering last night when he went away
to be a private In tbe United States
army. Did ou happen to bear bis
"Yea, be waa a Junior."
"Who was itr
(Continued next week)
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