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The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, February 27, 1912, Image 2

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Tho fltory opens In a Confoilprnto tent
nt a critical stUKo of tlio Civil War. Oon
'ICe Imparts to Capt Wayno an Important
.tnosiagc to LongHtrpot Accompanied by
'fiergt. Craig, an old army ncout. Wayno
ntarta on IiIb mission. They Kct within
tho lines of tho enemy and In tho dark
ness Wnyno Is taken for ft Federal of
ficer and a young lndy on horseback Is
Riven In Ills chargo. sho Is a northern
f:lrl and attempts to escapo. Ono of tho
inrses succumbs and Cralff Roes through
with tho dispatches, whllo wayno and My
I.ady of tho North aro left alono. Thoy
ncek shelter In a hut and entering It In
tho dark n Iiuro mastirc atacks Wayne.
Tho girl shoots tho brute Just In time.
Tho owner of the lint. Jed Bungay, and
litis wife appear and soon a party of
horsemen approach. They aro led by a
imnn claiming to bo Red Lowrle, but who
proves to bo Ma. nronnon. a Federal
offlcor whom tho Union (jlrl recognizes.
Ho orders tho arrest of wayno as a spy
ond ho Is brought boforo Bltarlilnn, who
threatens him with doatli unless ho ro
voals tho secret message. Wayno believes
Kdlth nronnan to ho tho wife of MaJ
Ilronnan IIo Is rescued by Jed Bungay,
who starts to reach (Jen I.co, while
Wayne In dlsgulso nenctratci to tho ball
room, beneath which ho had been Im
prisoned. IIo Is Introduced to n Miss
Minor and barely oscapPH being unmask
ed. Edith Ilrennan. recognizing Wnyno,
nays she will save him Securing a pasi
through tho lines, they nro confronted by
illrennan, who Is knocked scnsclesi Then,
bidding Edith ndlou, Wnyno makes a
dash for liberty. IIo encounters Bungay,
tnoy reach tho I,ee camp and are sent
with reinforcements to Join Knrly.
CHAPTER XXI. Continued!
With tlio nrdor of young manhood I
rtookod forwurd to tho coming linttlo,
Iwhon I know tho mighty armies of
INorth nnd South would onco ngaln
icontost for tho fortllo Shonundoah. It
'was to bo American pitted against
lYmorlcnn, a Btru'gglo over worthy of
'iho gods Slowly I rodo hnclt down
(tho fljes of my men, marking their
jiilignmcnt and accoutrements with
lpractlsod oyo, Bmlllng grimly aa I
'noted their eager faces, war-worn nnd
,bronzcd by oxposure, yet reanimated
iby hopo of active sorvlco. Ah I
'watched them thua, I thought again
-of tyioso many other faceB who onco
rode as thcao men did now, but who
had dlod for duty oven na these also
might yet bo called upon to dlo. Ono
hundred nnd throo Btrong, gay In
'bright now uniforms, with unstained
banner kissing the brceza above our
proud young heads, wo rodo hopeful
Ij forth from Charlottesville scarco
throo years boforo, tintrlod, undis
ciplined, unknown, to placo our lives
willingly 'upon tho scared altar of our
natlvo State What apoochloBs yoars
of horror tho3o had boon; what his
tory wo had written with our
naked Btool; what scenes of
suffering and death lay along that
bloody path wo travelled! To-day,
down tho snino red road, our eyes still
flot grimly to tho northward, our flag
i torn and rnggod remnant, barely
'forty men woro tho "D" hctweon tho
crosaod aabros on their slouched
brown hats, In aplo of all rocrultlng.
Tha cheer in my heart was for the
living; tho tear in my oyo waB for
tlio dead.
"Colgato," I said grnvoly, as I
ranged up besldo him at tho rear of
tho troop, "tho men looic excoodlngly
"woll, and do not appear to havo suf
fered greatly bocauao of phort ra
tions." "Oh, tho ladB aro ulwaya In flno
fottlo when thoy expect n fight," ho
answered, his own eyes dancing ttB ho
swept thorn over that straight lino of
backs In his front. "Thoy'll scrap tho
better Tor being n bit hungry, It
makes them savago. Heats nil, Cap
tain, what foolish notlous Bomo of
tlioso people on 'tho othor side havo
of us Southerners. Thoy seem to
think wo nro entirely different from
Uiomsolvcs; yet I reckon it would puz
lo nuy rocrultlng offlcor up yonder
to Bhow n finer lot of fighting mon
than thoso follows ahead there."
I rodo Blowly forward to my own
position at tho head of tho troop. As
1 swung my horso Into our accustomed
position I was too dooply burled In
reflection to bo clcnily conscious of
much that was occurring nbout mo.
Suddenly, howovor, I bocamo nwaro
that Bomo ono, nearly obscured by tho
enveloping cloud of dust, was riding
without tho column, in an Indopond
onco of military dlsclpllno not to' bo
permitted. In tho stato of mind I wub
thon in this discovery strangely Ir
ritated mo.
"Sorgoant," I questioned sharply, of
tho raw-boned troopor at tlio ond of
tho first p'atoon, "what follow 1b that
riding out yondor?"
"It's ther pesky llttlo cubs aa como
in with yo yesterday, sir," ho returned
with a grin. "IIo's confiscated a inuel
somowhnr an' says ho's a goln' back
hum 'long o' wo uns."
Curious to learn bow Jed had
emerged from his arduous advonturcs,
I spurred my horso alongside of him.
The llttlo man, bonding forward
dubiously, as it fearful of accident,
WRH riding bareback on a gaunt, long
legged mulo, which, judging from all
outward appoarauccs, must havo been
uome dlccnrdod asset of tho quurtor
mutcr's department.
"Going homo, Jed?" I naked, as ho
glanced up and snw me.
"Jlst as duin quick as I kin git
thar," he returned emphatically. "By
gum, Cap, I ain't bin 'way from Mariar
long as this nforo In twelve year.
Reckon she thinks I've skedaddled fer
good this tinio, aa' 'ill bo n takln'
up with some othor mala critter lent
I git backthar mighty sudden. Wom
en's odd, Cap, durn nigh uh ornary
& a Tit A .. -.
-r . . ft
'bout somo thlng3 as a muol."
IIo eyed his mount critically.
"Durncd If over I thought I'd git
nstraddlo o' any four-legged critter
ngln," ho said, rubbing himself na If
in sudden nnd painful recollection of
tho past. "Hut I sort r picked up this
yoro muol down et ther corral, an' ho's
tow durn woro out a totln' things fer
jou uns ter over raovo off on a walk.
I sorter reckon It's a heap easier a
nlttin yoro than tor take it afut nil
ther way tor ther countings."
It was long after dark tho second
dny when, thoroughly wearied, wo
turned Into an, old tobacco field and
mndo camp for tho night. To right
nnd left of our positloi glowed th
cheery flros, telling where Early't
command bivouacked In lino of battU.
From tho low rango of hills In fraut
of whoro wo rested one could look
across an Intervening valley, nnd s&g
fa- off to tho northward tho (lira
flauieB wLIch marked tho position at
tho enomy. Down In tho mysterloua
darkness between,-divided only by W
Bwlft nnd narrow stream, woro the
bluo and cray pickets. Tho opposing
forces were sleeping on their arma.
making ready for tho death grip 09
tho morrow.
Aa I lay thoro thinking, wondering
whn. might bo my fato before another
nightfall, scolng constantly In my halt-
drentnB tho fair face of a woman,
which mndo mo more of a coward
than I had ovor felt myself boforo,
I was partially aroused by tho droning
tones of a volco closo at hand. Lift
ing my3clf on ono elbow I glanced
curiously around to boo whoro It
originated, what was occurring. Clus
tered about a roaring flro of rails
woro a dozen troopers, nnn in uto
mldBt of them, occupying tho post of
honor upon an empty powder keg, was
Bunguy, enthusiastically reciting
Scott. I caught a lino or two:
" 'At onco thoro rose so wild a yoll
Within that dark and narrow doll,
Aa all tho Honda from hoavon tha foil
Had ponied tho battlo-cry of, hell.' "
and then tho drowsy god pressed
down my heavy oyollds, and I fell
Tha Battle In the Shenandoah.
To mo It has always scorned re
markab , that after all my other bat
tlo experiences Antiotnm, Gettys
burg, tho WlldornosB, ay! oven in
cluding that first fierce baptlBtn of
flro at Mnnnssa8 no action In which
I ovor participated should remain so
clonrly photographod upon memory ns
this last despcrato strugglo for su
premacy In tho Shonandonh. Evory
mlnuto detail of tho conflict, nt
least bo far as I chanced to bo n
lorsonn! participant, rises beforo mo
as I write, and I doubt not I could
trnco to-day each stop taken upon that
stricken field.
The rovolllo had not sounded when
I first awoko nnd, rolling from my
blanket, looked nbout mo. Already a
faint, dim lino of grny, heralding tho
dawn, was growing clonrly doflnod in
tho oast, and making manifest those
hoavy fog-banks which, hanging dank
and low, obscured tho vnlloy. Tho,
tired men of my troop woro yet lying
upon the ground, wrapped tightly in
their blnnkotB, oblivious of tho deadly
work boforo them; but I could hear
tho horses already moving uneasily at
their plokot-ropcs, and observed hero
and thoro tho chilled flguro of a eontry
leaning upon his gun, oddly distorted
In form by tho enveloping mist
Directly In ndvanco of whoro wo
rosted, a long hill slopod gently up
ward far perhaps a hundred ynrds, Its
crest toppod with n thick growth of
young oak-trees, yet seemingly devoid
of underbrush. No troops woro
enmped In our lmmodlnto front, nnd
feeling curious to nscortaln something
of our formation, ns well ns to ox
amino tho lay of tho land botweon us
and tho position occupied by the
enomy, I walked slowly forward, un
htndored, until I nttaluod tho crest.
Tho fog yet held tho socrets of tho
valley safely locked within its brown
hand, and I could penotrnto nono of
Its mystorlos. It wns llko gazing
down from somo hondland Into a si
lent, unvoxed sea. But directly across
from whoro I stood, apparontty along
tho summit of another chain of low
hills similar to Uiobo wo occupied, I
could porcolvo tho flames of numerous
camp-fires leaping up Into sudden
radlnnco, whllo ngalnst tho brighten
ing sky a groat flag lazily flapped Its
folds to tho freahonlng breeze. Evi
dently our opponents woro first astir,
and tho hondquurters of bomo division
of tho onomy must bo across yondor.
As I gazed, other flros burst forth to
loft and right, as far as the unaided
oyo could carry through tho gloom,
and I was thus enabled to trnco dis
tinctly thoso ndvanctd lines opposing
us. l&porlenco told mo their position
must ho a Btrong one, afcd their force
As I turned to mnrk our own forma
tion, tho roll of druniB rnug out,
whllo tho quickening notes of tho
rovolllo sounded down tho long linos
of slumbering men. Llfo returned, ub
If by magic, to thoso motionless forma,
nnd almost In a moment nil below mo
becarao astir, and I could clearly
distinguish tho varipui branches of
tho service, as thoy stretched away
commingled upon cither hand. Wo
woro evidently stationed close to tho
centro of our own position. Tho In
tervening ground Bloped so gently for
ward, whllo tho hill crest was so
tlilckly crowded with trees, It looked
an Ideal position from which to
advnnco In lino of attack. tJpon my
right thoro appeared a breuk in the
solidity of our lino, but oven as I
noted it, wondering at tho oversight,
tho denso front of an Infantry column
debouched from a rnvlno and, march
ing steadily forward, filled tho gap.
I could distinctly murk tho wcarlod
manner in which tho men composing
it flung thomsolvcs prostrato on tho
hard ground tho moment they woro
halted doubtless all through the
long hours of tho black night they
had been tolling on to bo lit time.
Aides woro galloping furiously now
among tho scattered commands. Tho
obscuring fog slowly roso from off
tho fnco of tho valley, but all tho
central portion remained veiled from
view. Suddenly, ns I watched, tho
brown cloud beneath mo was rent
nounder horo and thoro by llttlo spits
of flro, nnd it was curious to ob
servo how thoso quick spiteful darts
of flnmo swept tho full length of my
vlstn. I could distinguish no reports,
it was too far away, but realized
that tho opposing pickets had caught
sight of each other through tho gloom.
Then a big gun boomed almost direct-
On Foot and Dying
ly opposltoTno, Us flame seeming llko
a red-hot kuifo rending the mist. Thl3
had barely vanished when a sudden
cheor rang out upon my left, and I
turned In tlnie to behold n thin, scat
tered lino of gray-clad Infantrymen
Bwnrm down tho steep slopo Into tho
valley. With hats drawn low, and
guns advanced, thoy plunged at n
run Into tho mist nnd disappeared.
Our skirmishers had gono In; the ball
had opened.
I hnd tarried long enough: any
moment now might bring "bootB and.
Baddies," and if I possessed the slight
est doslro for a breakfast to fight on,
It behooved mo to get back within
our lines. Tho memory of that ani
mated scono In front still frtfsh upon
mo, how quiet and commonplnco ev
erything appeared down thoro In tho
"Whnt has become of BuugayT" I
qucst'.onod of Colgnto, whe was lying
upon his back with eyes fastened
on a floating cloud.
"Do you mean tho llttlo mountaineer
who enmo In with us last night?"
I nodded.
"Oh, his mulo bolted nt the first
shot over jondor, and tho llttlo fellow
is after It IIo's down the field there
How tlmo draggedl Tho bnttory to
left of us wont Into action, and began
firing rapidly; wo could mark tho
black figures of tho cannoneers nt the
noaror guns, outlined against the sky
o"or tho crest, as they moved quick
ly back nnd forth. Twice thoy boro
motionless bodies to tho rear, and laid
them Jbwn tcudorly boyond tho fierce
zone of flro. Thon the heavier ploccs
of artillery farther down the lino
burst Into thunder, nnd wo silently
watched a largo forco of infantry
movo slowly past ns up tho long Blopo
until they hnlted In lino of battle Just
behind Its BuTnmlt. tho ndvnncod files
lying flat upon their faces and peer
ing over. But no orders came for us.
Nearly noon by the rd sun hiding
St. w
mm Mihh mft, mmm 1
I f ' l( ''''''ilVOWT! ' 4Wj
behind tho drifting powder cloud, Tho
ever-deepening roar of ceaseless con
tost had moved westward down the
valley, when nn aldo wheeled hlB
smoking horso In front of tlio Colonel,
spoko a dozen hasty words, pointed
Impetuously to tho left, nnd dashed
off down tho lino. Tho men leaped
to their feet In eager expectancy, nnd
ns tho "Fall In, fall In there, lads,"
echood Joyously from lip to lip, the
kindling eyes and rapid movements
'oleed unmistakably tho soldier spirit.
Wo moved westward down tho long,
baro slope in tho sunshine, through a
half-dozen deserted, desolnto fields,
and along n narrow, rocky defile lead
ing Into n deep revlno. At tho mouth
of tho rnvlno wo came forth Into tho
broad valley, and halted. Just In
front of us, scarcely a half-mllo dis
tant, wero tho fighting lines, pnrtlally
enveloped In denso smoke, out from
which broko patches of bluo or gray,
as charge succeeded charge, or tho
wind Bwept asldo tho tog of battle.
Tho firing was ono continuous crash,
whllo plunging bullets, overreaching
their mark, began to chug into our
own ranks, dealing death Impartially
to horso and man. Tho captain of the
troop next mino wheeled suddenly, a
look of surprise upon hlB faco, and
fell backward Into tho arms of ono of
his men; with nn intonso scream of
agony, almost human, tho horso of my
first sergeant reared and came over,
crushing tho rider beforo ho could
loosen foot from stirrup; tho Lieutenant-Colonel
rodo slowly past us to tho
rear, his faco deathly white, ono arm,
dripping blood, dangling helpless nt
his side. This was tho hardest work
of war, that silent agony which tried
men In helpless bondago to unyielding
discipline. I glanced nnxlously along
tho front of my troop, but thoy re
quired no word from mo; with tightly
set lips, and pale, stern faces, they
neld their lino steady as granito, clos
ing up silently tho rnggod gaps torn
by plunging balls.
"Captain," said Colgate, riding to
whoro I snt my horso, "you will see
that tho paper I gave you reaches
Ho Reached Our Front.
homo safo
if I fall to como out of
I reached ovor and gripped his hand
"It will be tho first thing I shall
remember, Jack," I answered earnest
ly. "But wo may havo It easy enough
after nil It seems to bo an Infantry
IIo shook hip head gravely.
"No," ho Bald, pointing forward,
"they will noed us now."
Aa ho spoko It seemed ns though
tho sharp firing upon both sides sud
denly ceased by mutual consent. Tho
teiriblo roar of small arms, which had
mingled with tho continuous thunder
of groat guns, died away Into an In
termittent rattling of musketry, nnd
as tho heavy smoko slowly drifted up
ward in a great whlto cloud, wo could
plainly distinguish tho advancing
Federal lines, throo ranks deep,
stretching to left nnd right in one
vnBt, impenetrable bluo wall, sweep
ing toward ub upon a run. Whero but
a brief moment beforo tho plain ap
peared deserted, it was now fairly
alive with soldiery, tho sun gleaming
on fixod bayonets, and faces aglow
with the ardor of surprise. Somo one
had blundered I Tho thin, unsup
ported lino of grny Infantry directly
in our front closed up their shattered
ranks hastily in despcrato effort to
stay tho rush. Wo could seo thom Jam
ming their muskets for volley fire,
nnd then, with clash and clatter that
drowned all othor sounds, a battery of
six black auns camo flying mndly past
u, every horso on tho run, lashed
Into frenzy by his wild rider. With
carrlago and caisson leaping at every
Jump, the half-naked, smoke-bcgrlnied
cannoneers clinging to thslr scats llko
monkeys, thoy dashed recklessly for
ward, Bwung nbout Into position, and
almost beforo tho muzzles had been
well pointed, woro hurling canister
Into that bluo, victorious advance.
Hew thoso gallant fellows worked!
their guns leaping Into air at each
discharge, their movoments clock
work! Tense, cage:, expectant, ovory
hand among us hard gripped on sabro
hilt, wo waited that word which Buro
ly could not bo delayed, whllo from
end to end, down tho full length 6f
our straining line, rang out tho yell
of exultant pride.
"Steady, men; steady there, lads!"
called tlio old Colonel, Bternly, his own
eyes filled with tears. "Our turn will
Torn, rent, shattered, bleeding,
treading upon tho dead and mangled
In rows, thofeo Iron men in blue camo
on. Thoy wero as demons laughing at
death. No rain of lead, no hall of
canister, no certainty of destruction
could check now tho fierce Impetus
S)t that forward rush. God knowB It
was magnificent; tho supremo effort
of men Intoxicated with tho enthusi
asm of warl Even whero wo wero
we could seo and feel tho giant power
In thoso grim ranks of steel tho tat
tered flags, tho stern, sot faces, tho
deep-toned chorus of "Glory, glory,
hallelujah," that echoed to their tread.
Thoso men meant to win or die, and
they rolled on as Cromwell's Iron
sides at Marston Moor. Twlco thoy
staggered, when the mad volleys
ploughed ragged red lanes through
them, but only to rally and press
stornly on. Thoy struck that crouch
ing gray lino of Infnntry, fairly1 burled
It with their denso bluo folds, and,
with ono flerco hurrah of triumph,
closed down upon tho guns. Even as
thoy blotted them from sight, an aide,
hatless and bleeding, his horse
wounded and staggering from weak
ness, toro down townrd us along tho
crest. A hundred foot nway his
mount fell headlong, but on foot and
dying ho reached our front
"Colonel Carter," he panted, press
ing ono hand upon his breast to keep
back tho welling blood, "charge, and
hold that battery until we can bring
infantry to your support."
No man nmong us doubted tho full
meaning of It we were to savo tho
armyl Tho very horses seemed to
feel a sense of relief, hands clinched
more tightly on taut reins to hold
them In check; under the old battered
hats tho eyes of tho troopers gleamed
"Virginians!" and tho old Colonel's
volco rang llko n clarion down tho
breathless line, "there Is whero you
dlo! Follow mo!"
Slowly, llko some mighty mountain
torrent gaining force, we rodo forth
' a walk, each trooper lined to pre
cision of review, yet Instinctively tak
ing distance for sword piny. Halfway
down the slight slopo our lino broko
Into a suar.) trot, then, as tho thrilling
cotes of tho charge sounded nbove us,
wo swept forward In wild, lmpetu,ous
Who can tell tho story of thoso
seconds thnt so swiftly followed?
Surely not ono who saw but the vivid
flash of steel, the agonized faces, tho
flnme of belching flro. I recnll tho
frenzied leap of my horso ns we
3truck tho line ere It could form Into
square; tho blows dealt savagely ta
right and loft; tho blazo of a volley
scorching our faces; tho look of tha
big Infantryman I rode down; the
sudden thrust that saved mo from a
levelled gun; tho quick swerving of
our horses as they camo In contact
with tho cannon; tho shouts of rage;
tho blows; tho Ecreams of pain; tho
whlto face of Colgate as ho reeled
an- fell. Theso are all In ray mem
ory, blurred, commingled, Indistinct,
yet distressful as any nightmare. la
somo way, how I know not, I realized
that wo had hurled thom back, shat
tered them by our first flerco blow;
that tho guns were onco again ours;
that fifty dismounted troopers wero
tugging desperately at their wheels.
Then that denso bluo mass surged
forward once again, engulfed us In
Its deadly foldB, and with steel nnd
bullet, sword and clubbed musket.
ploughed through our broken ranks,
rending us In twain, fairly Bmotherlng
ua by shoer forco of numbers. I saw
te old Colonel plunge head-down Into
.1 i. ruck beneath the horses' feet;
tho Major riding stono dead In his
saddle, a ghastly red stain In the
centre of his forehead; then Hunter,
of E, went down screaming, nnd I
know I was tho senior captain left
About mo senrco a hundred men bat
tled llko demons for their lives In tho
midst of tho guns. Even as I glanced
acIdo at them, shielding my head with
uplifted sabrov from tho blows rained
upon mo, tho color-scrgennt flunj; up
his hand, and grasped his saddle pom
mel to keep from falling. Out of his
opening fingers I snatched the Bplln
torcd staff, lifted it high up, until
the rent folds of tho old flag caught
the dull glow of tho sunlight
" th Virginia!" I shouted. "Rally
on tho colors!"
I could seo them coming all that
was left of them fighting their way
through tho press, cleaving the mnss
with their blows as the prow of a
ship cut tho sea. With ono vicious
Jab of the spur I led them, a thin
wedgo of tempered gray steel, batter
ing, gouging, rending a paBsago into
that solid bluo wall. Inch by Inch,
foot by foot, yard by yard, slashing
madly with our broken sabres, battling
as mon crazed with lust of blood,
our very horses fighting for us with
teeth nnd hoofs, wo ploughed a Inne
of denth through a dozen files. Then
tho vast tnasa closed In upon us,
roiled completely over us. There was
I n Hash, a vision of frenzied faces,
I knew no more.
An Inspiration.
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nervous. Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetablo
Compound restored mo to perfect health
and I would not be without it" Mrs.
F. M. Thorn. Deisem, No. Dak.
Father Now, If you ask mo one slu
glo question moro I'll send you to
One Was Lacking.
Head Clerk (to applicant for gov
ernment post) Are theso your iden
tification papers?
Applicant Yes, sir.
Head Clerk H'm, your death cer
tificate is missing.
No More Income Needed.
"Uncle Joo, do you bellovo in vote
for women?"
"No, sah, I don't. Manda's got all
do money dat's good for' her now."
Whoever serves his country well has
no need of ancestors. Voltaire.
Coffee Poison Breeds Variety of Ills.
A California woman who didn't
know for twenty yoars what kopt her
ill, writes to tell how she won back nor
health by quitting coffee:
"I am 51 years old," sho says, "have
used coffeo all my life, and for 20
years suffered from Indigestion and
insomnia. Llfo was a burden and a
drag to mo all tho time, and, about
onco a year my ailments got Buchhold
upon mo that I was regularly 'sick In
bed' for several weeks each time.
"I was reluctant to conclude that
coffeo was tho causo of my trouble, but
I am thankful that I found out tha
"Then I determined to uso Postum
exclusively for a weok at first for I
doubted my ability to do without cof
feo for any length of tlmo. I made
tho Postum carefully, as directed, and
beforo tho week expired had my re
ward in a percoptiblo Increase In
strength and spirits.
"Seeing the good that my short ex
perlmcnt had accomplished, I resolved
to contlnuo tho use of Postum, cutting
out the coffee entirely. This I did for
nine months, finding, dally, increased
causo for gratification at my steadily
Improving health. My indigestion grad
ually left mo, my sleep returned, 1
gained 25 pounds In woight, my coloi
changed from sallow to a fresh, rosy
hue and llfo became a blessing.
"Then I thought I would try coffee
again, and did so for a few weeks. Th
punishment for deserting my good
friend, PoBtum, was a return of my old
"That taught mo wisdom, nnd I aa
now and shall bo all my llfo hereafter
using Postum exclusively and enjoy
lng tho benefits It brings me." Nam
glvon by Postum Co., Battlo Creole
"There's a reason," and it is explain.
cd in the llttlo book, "Tho Road to
Wollville." In pkgs.
Yltr read the nbovo IctlerT A new
one nppenr from time to time. TUej
are ireuulue, true, and full of buiiuu
-eg; TTZh

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