The Blood-Tax, a Study in Militarism

The Blood-Tax, a Study in Militarism

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...said Pletze, too low to be heard by the men. "I do not ask even for that." The lieutenant seemed on the point of impulsively extending his hand, but restrained himself in time. "Thank-you, and good-bye. I much dislike leaving you thus alone, but I have not a moment to lose." "You are going after the patrols?" "No; Schulz will manage that; I have a harder piece of work before me---to turn the enemy's flank and find out the truth of the position in the rear." "But somebody was just saying that it was too late to do that in time to act upon the information." "It is almost too late, but almost is not quite, and I mean to do it if it is to be done. You wish me success, do you not?" "With all my heart!" said Hedwig, her eyes lighting up beautifully in response to his. In the next moment already the fire had died down, quenched by the tears which welled up, as she watched the flying hoofs of his horse. "How can he be so splendid, being so faithless?" she was asking herself, too absorbed to notice that johann, having at last succeeded in tracking his young mistress, had just emerged very red and breathless from a thicket of willow close by. Colonel von Grunewalde had been particularly un lucky in his quarters for the last two days. Having passed one night in a barn, wrapped in his cloak, he was preparing to spend the second in a village schoolhouse, upon a wooden bench, with that same cloak in guise of mattress. It was the sort of couch which, in theory, appealed entirely to his soldierly instincts, and yet looked so little attractive in practice, that the colonel, casting about him for some means of lengthening the evening and consequently...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236804104
  • 9781236804105