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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE.
304 by the summer heat, and arrived safe at the place where the Prussians were hiding. Having placed myself under a tree, and my form being completely concealed by its branches and the thick undergrowth of the woods, I spied about for some German lurking in his secret place near me. I noticed some thing moving in the adjacent shrubbery, but could not dis tinguish who or what it was. With the aid of a telescope my doubts were soon dispelled. It was a young Bavarian soldier. My mind at once decreed his death; yet to spare him all needless agony, I determined to espy his approach till a certain, well-aimed shot, directed perhaps through the heart, should immediately terminate his life. At times I saw him in a kneeling posture, then he would rise with evident emotion and lift his folded hands to Heaven. My telescope moreover revealed something like glistening pearls gliding through his fingers. The young soldier was praying his ro sary. 1 shuddered, when I reflected on my intent. God! Perhaps even now he was praying for a happy return to his dear home, where he was anxiously expected by a loving parent for whom his death would prepare a premature grave. Yet my duty as soldier, the lovel owed my country demanded that I should end his life. In a state of nervous excitement I raised my gun, purposing to take a good aim. But my hands began to tremble. With the utmost will-power I could not effect my design, the gun fell from my grasp. In this singular incident I recognized the special aid of the Queen of the Holy Rosary, who had saved the praying soldier's life. My nervousness increased at this consciousness and I hur ried back as stealthily as I had come. But scarcely had I crossed the dried-out brook, when two shots startled me from my thoughts. Two bullets almost grazed my head, yet 1 remained unhurt." The French soldier concluded his nar rative, saying; "Most probably this young Bavarian soldier has never learned that saying the rosary saved his and my life."