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The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory   By: (1876-)

The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory by Margaret Vandercook

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The Red Cross Girls With Pershing to Victory

By

MARGARET VANDERCOOK

Author of "The Ranch Girls Series," "Stories about Camp Fire Girls Series," etc.

Illustrated

The John C. Winston Company Philadelphia

Copyright, 1919, by THE JOHN C. WINSTON CO.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. WITH THE AMERICAN ARMY IN FRANCE 7 II. A LATE RECRUIT 24 III. TOWARD GERMANY 33 IV. LUXEMBURG 55 V. SHOALS 66 VI. THE RIDE 77 VII. AN UNEXPECTED SITUATION 85 VIII. THE COUNTESS'S STORY 98 IX. "LIFE'S LITTLE IRONIES" 110 X. THE TALK WITH SONYA 123 XI. THE JOURNEY TO COBLENZ 132 XII. NEW YEAR'S EVE IN COBLENZ 142 XIII. A WALK ALONG THE RIVER BANK 158 XIV. MAJOR JAMES HERSEY 169 XV. A RE ENTRANCE 183 XVI. A GROWING FRIENDSHIP 195 XVII. FAITH AND UNFAITH 212 XVIII. RECONCILIATION 228 XIX. A WARNING 237 XX. NORA JAMISON EXPLAINS 245 XXI. THE RAINBOW BRIDGE 256

THE RED CROSS GIRLS WITH PERSHING TO VICTORY

CHAPTER I

With The American Army in France

IT was a bright winter day near the middle of November, the ground hard with frost and light flurries of snow in the air.

Over the sloping French countryside thousands of brown tents arose like innumerable, giant anthills, while curling above certain portions of the camp were long columns of smoke. American soldiers were walking about in a leisurely fashion, or standing in groups talking. Some of them were engaged in cleaning their guns or other military accoutrements, a number were investigating their kits.

Near one of the camp fires a private was singing to the accompaniment of a guitar and a banjo played by two other soldiers, with a fairly large crowd surrounding them. "Johnny get your gun, we've the Hun on the run."

Over the entire American camp there was an atmosphere of relaxation, of cheerfulness, of duty accomplished. The eleventh of November having passed, with the armistice signed, the American soldiers in France were now awaiting orders either to return home to the United States or else to march toward the Rhine. In this particular neighborhood of Château Thierry no word had yet been received as to what units were to form a part of the American Army of Occupation, only the information that the units were to be chosen with regard to their military accomplishments since their arrival in France.

Therefore the heroes of Château Thierry and of Belleau Woods, of St. Mihiel and the Argonne Forest were ready to accept whatever fate sent, "Home," or "The Watch on the Rhine."

Finally ending his song the singer stood up; he was wearing the uniform of the United States Marines.

"I say don't stop singing, Navara. What's a fellow to do these days without your music, when we have no longer the noise of the cannon or the shrieking of guns overhead as a substitute?" one of the group of soldiers exclaimed. "The quiet has come so suddenly it is almost as hard to grow accustomed to it, as it once was to the infernal racket."

"Oh, Navara is expecting visitors, feminine visitors. Some people have all the luck!" Corporal Donald Hackett protested, placing his banjo in its case and also rising. He spoke with a slight southern drawl and was a tall, fair young fellow with brilliant blue eyes, and both his hair and skin burned red by exposure to the outdoors.

"Come along then and be introduced to my friends; a good many of you fellows know them already," Carlo Navara answered. "Mrs. David Clark and six Red Cross nurses are motoring over from the Red Cross hospital... Continue reading book >>




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