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A Soldier's Trial An Episode of the Canteen Crusade   By: (1844-1933)

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A SOLDIER'S TRIAL

An Episode of the Canteen Crusade

by

GENERAL CHARLES KING

Author of "A Daughter of the Sioux," "Comrades in Arms," "The Medal of Honor," Etc.

New York The Hobart Company 1905

Copyright, 1905, by the Hobart Company

Brig. Gen. Frederick D. Grant, U.S.A., says: "It is distressing that the prosperity of the keepers of vile resorts is due to the activity of good and worthy though misguided citizens, who have succeeded in abolishing the canteen in the army."

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHAPTER II. A FACE FROM THE PHILIPPINES

CHAPTER III. A NIGHT AT NAPLES

CHAPTER IV. "SHE IS COMING HERE!"

CHAPTER V. PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS

CHAPTER VI. A BRIDE AND A BEAU

CHAPTER VII. THE WOLF IN THE SHEEPFOLD

CHAPTER VIII. ACCUSING LETTERS

CHAPTER IX. AN INVITATION TO GO

CHAPTER X. A GATHERING STORM

CHAPTER XI. DEEPER IN THE TOILS

CHAPTER XII. WHAT THE WOMEN TOLD THE MAJOR

CHAPTER XIII. WORST DEED OF HIS LIFE

CHAPTER XIV. REACTION

CHAPTER XV. RETRIBUTION

CHAPTER XVI. MY LADY'S MAID

CHAPTER XVII. A MOMENTOUS DAY

CHAPTER XVIII. BLENKE COVERS HIS TRACKS

CHAPTER XIX. AGAIN THE SALOON

CHAPTER XX. A MOTHER'S DREAD

CHAPTER XXI. LOVE'S LAST APPEAL

CHAPTER XXII. THE LOST FOUND

CHAPTER XXIII. A WELCOME PERIL

CHAPTER XXIV. CRISIS

CHAPTER XXV. BLACK WOLF'S BATTLE

CHAPTER XXVI. TRUTH STRANGER THAN FICTION

CHAPTER XXVII. EXEUNT OMNES

A SOLDIER'S TRIAL

CHAPTER I

TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS

The war with Spain was at an end, and so were the hopes and aspirations of many a warrior. For several reasons Colonel Ray of the th Kentucky was a disappointed man. One of the best soldiers doing duty with the volunteers, he had had some of the worst luck. Through long years of service in the regular cavalry he had borne the reputation of being a most energetic and valuable officer. He had won a name as an Indian fighter the Indians themselves respected. He had campaigned all over the frontier before the railways came and conquered. He knew Arizona and New Mexico even better than his native State, and was known from the upper Missouri to the lower Colorado far more generally than in the "blue grass" country of his boy days. Apache and Arapahoe, Comanche and Cheyenne, Sioux and Shoshone, they all had met, and many had measured spear with, the dark eyed, curly headed Kentucky light horseman. He bore the scars of more than one sharp encounter; had given more than he had received, yet found himself in no wise blessed with profit or promotion. The Civil War was fairly ended when he stepped from the Point into his first commission. Over thirty years had he done valiant and faithful duty in the line, yet was he only just wearing the gold leaves as junior major of his regiment, when the long expected happened in the spring of '98, and the nation called out its first levy of volunteers. Slow as had been his advancement, it was phenomenally swift as compared with that of classmates who, choosing the artillery arm, had languished those thirty years in the line of file closers. Ray had no complaint to make. He was even rejoiceful in his luck when called to Kentucky to command one of her regiments of volunteer infantry. He was, indeed, among the few envied men in the army where so very few have anything to excite the cupidity of their kind. His record and reputation were things no man could undermine, though some might underestimate. His temperament was sweet and sunny. He had long been happily, most happily, married. His wife was charming, admired, and beloved. His children were all a father's heart could wish. Health and competence had always been theirs. They had, indeed, for years known the joys of moderate wealth, for Mrs. Ray had brought her husband something besides beauty and grace, physical and spiritual... Continue reading book >>




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