Stories Volume 6

Stories Volume 6

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...feet was soon after distinctly audible. I turned and looked. The Fifth Regiment was marching down the middle of North Eutaw Street, having not yet crossed Baltimore Street, the drum corps in front, the colors flying, and crowding the sidewalks on either hand was a motley van and bodyguard, consisting of street loafers and half-grown 'boys, who hatf come along to see the "fun," and whose sympathies were plainly with the rioters. The foremost of these soon reached the spot where I stood, and as I drew aside to let them pass, I heard a. gamin say to his neighbor: "I say, Bill, these yere putty little soldier-boys hadn't better make ther las' will an' testyment--. ain't it?'" "I dunno 'bout that," replied the other, 3 veteran of fourteen, who was chewing tobacco, and whom I recognized as a certain one-eyed newsboy. "These yere men hez fought in the late war, yer see, plenty of 'um, an' you bet they don't carry no bokays on ther bayonits." As the column advanced, I glanced anxiously toward the human sea down yonder. At first, no additional movement could be detected, then, as the drums approached nearer, a quick stir, like a sudden gust, struck its troubled waters; the hoarse, horrible cry tore raggedly through the summer air. And then I hastily drew the terrified child with me into the shade of a receding doorway--for the mad flood came raving over its bounds toward us. The mob was mostly composed of men in their working-clothes, with bare arms and gaunt, haggard faces. There were some women among them--wretched, half-starved creatures--who kept shrieking like furies all the time. As the regiment, still moving resolutely onward, approached within a few yards of them, there fell the first volley more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 9781236961358