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Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 35 Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 35

Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 35
BOOK III CHAPTER XXXVThree o'clock the Union batteries were ordered to be silent, for it was well known to those in command that presently there would be a powerful attack by infantry, for which the cannonade was supposed to have paved the way with death and disorder, and it was necessary that the pieces should be kept cool in order to be in efficient condition to grapple with and suppress this attack. Sometimes a regiment, stung to a frenzy of courage by bullets and the death of comrades, will rise from its trench without the volition of its officers, and go... Long Stories - Post by : Refugee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 1247

Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 34 Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 34

Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 34
BOOK III CHAPTER XXXIVOn the morning of the third day of July, young Hannibal St. John shaved his face clean and put himself into a new uniform. The old nth Maine was no longer a regiment, but a name of sufficient glory. On three occasions it had been shot to pieces, and after the third the remaining tens were absorbed by other regiments. Hannibal's father had obtained for him a lieutenancy in the United States artillery, Beau Larch was second lieutenant in another Maine regiment, and John, the old and honored colonel of the nth, was now, like Aladdin, serving on... Long Stories - Post by : Refugee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 2147

Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 33 Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 33

Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 33
BOOK III CHAPTER XXXIIIWhen the fighting was over for that day, Aladdin wrote as follows to Margaret: MARGARET DEAR: Peter was shot down to-day, while doing more than his duty by his enemies and by his country and by himself, which was always his way. He will not live very long, and you must come to him if it is in any way possible. His love for you makes other loves seem very little, and I think it would be better that you should walk the streets than that you should refuse to come to him now. He had a letter... Long Stories - Post by : Refugee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 2677

Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 32 Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 32

Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 32
BOOK III CHAPTER XXXIIThat morning Peter Manners had received a letter, but he had not had a chance to open and read it. It was a letter that belonged next to his heart, as he judged by the writing, and next to his heart, in a secure pocket, he placed it, there to lie and give him strength and courage for the cruel day's work, and something besides the coming of night to look forward to. For the rest, he went among the lines, and smiled like a boy released from school to see how silently and savagely they fought. The... Long Stories - Post by : Refugee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 1351

Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 31 Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 31

Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 31
BOOK III CHAPTER XXXIThere was a pretty girl in Manchester, Maryland (possibly several, but one was particularly pretty), and Aladdin, together with several young officers (nearly all officers were young in that war) of the Sixth Army Corps, rather flattered himself that he was making an impression. He was all for making impressions in those days. Margaret was engaged to marry Peter--and a pretty girl was a pretty girl. The pretty girl of Manchester had several girls and several officers to tea on a certain evening, and they remained till midnight, making a great deal of noise and flirting outrageously in... Long Stories - Post by : Refugee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 1511

Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 30 Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 30

Aladdin O'brien - Book 3 - Chapter 30
BOOK III CHAPTER XXX"Where are the tall men that marched on the right, That marched to the battle so handsome and tall? They 've been left to mark the places where they saw the foemen's faces, For the fever and the lead took them all, Jenny Orde, The fever and the lead took them all. "I found him in the forefront of the battle, Kenny Orde, With the bullets spitting up the ground around him, And the sweat was on his brow, and his lips... Long Stories - Post by : Refugee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 2996

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 29 Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 29

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 29
BOOK II CHAPTER XXIXOur veterans walked painfully through the town and up the hill; nor were they suffered to go in peace, for right and left they were recognized, and people rushed up to shake them by the hands and ask news of such an one, and if Peter's bullet was still in him, and if it was true, which of course they saw it wasn't, that Aladdin had a wooden leg. Aladdin, it must be owned, enjoyed these demonstrations, and in spite of his lameness strutted a little. But Peter, white from the after effects of his wound and weary... Long Stories - Post by : Refugee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 3120

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 28 Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 28

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 28
BOOK II CHAPTER XXVIII"Peter," said Aladdin, presently, "it seems to me that for two such old friends we are lacking in confidence. I know precisely what you are thinking about, and you know precisely what I am. We mustn't play the jealous rivals to the last; and to put it plainly, Peter, if God is going to be good to you instead of me, why, I'm going to try and thank God just the same. A personal disappointment is a purely private matter and has no license to upset old ties and affections. Does it occur to you that we are... Long Stories - Post by : Refugee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 2727

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 25 Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 25

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 25
BOOK II CHAPTER XXVAladdin came to consciousness in the early morning. He was about as sick as a man can be this side of actual dissolution, and the pain in his broken leg was as sharp as a scream. He lay groaning and doubled in the filthy half-inch of water into which he had fallen. About him was darkness, but overhead a glimmer of light showed a jagged and cruel hole in the planking of the stable floor. Very slowly, for his agony was unspeakable, he came to a realization of what had happened. He called for help, and his voice... Long Stories - Post by : tomfra - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 1531

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 24 Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 24

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 24
BOOK II CHAPTER XXIVThe tedious locomotion of an army and the incessant reluctance of the battle to be met will try a sinner; but a scarcity of tobacco and constantly wet feet will try a saint. Aladdin was somewhat of both. But in the fidgety gloom which presently settled upon man and beast, his, great Irish gift of cheerfulness shone like a star. He even gave up longing for promotion, and strained his mind to the cracking-point for humorous verses and catching tunes. He went singing up the Peninsula, and thumped the gay banjo by the camp-fire, and was greatly beloved... Long Stories - Post by : tomfra - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 1527

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 23 Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 23

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 23
BOOK II CHAPTER XXIIIA tongue of land with Richmond (built, like another capital beginning with R, on many hills) for its major root, and a fortification vulgarly supposed to be of the gentler sex for its tip, is formed by the yellow flow of the James and York rivers. To land an army upon the tip of this tongue, march the length of it and extract the root, after reducing it to a reminiscence, was the wise plan of the powers early in the year 1862. To march an army of preponderous strength through level and fertile country, flanked by friendly... Long Stories - Post by : tomfra - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 1899

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 22 Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 22

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 22
BOOK II CHAPTER XXIIHannible and Hamilton were privates in the nth regiment, Aladdin was major, and John was colonel. If any of them had the slightest military knowledge, it was Aladdin. Not in vain had he mastered the encyclopedia from Safety-lamps to Stranglers. He could explain with strange words and in long, balanced sentences everything about the British army that began with an S, except only those things whose second letter stood farther down in the alphabet than T. But the elements of knowledge kept dropping in, at first on perfunctory calls, visitors that disappeared when you turned to speak with... Long Stories - Post by : tomfra - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 3500

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 21 Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 21

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 21
BOOK II CHAPTER XXIThe lives of sixty million people had become suddenly full of drill, organization, uniforms, military music, flags, hatred, love, and self-sacrifice, and the nations of the Old World stood about, note-book in hand, like so many medical students at a clinic: could a heart, cut in two, continue to supply a body with blood after the soul had been withdrawn? And the nations of the Old World hoped that there would be enough fresh meat left on the carcass for them to feed on, when the experiment should be at an end. Mother England was particularly hungry, and... Long Stories - Post by : tomfra - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 3221

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 20 Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 20

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 20
BOOK II CHAPTER XXNew fervor of enlistment took place, and among the first to enlist was Aladdin, and when his regiment met for organization he was unanimously elected major. He had many friends. At first he thought that his duty did not lie where his heart lay, because of his brother Jack, now fourteen, whom he had to support. And then, the old promises coming to mind, he presented himself one morning before Senator St. John. "Senator," he said, "you promised to do me a favor if I should ever ask it." The senator thought of Margaret and trembled. "I have... Long Stories - Post by : tomfra - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 1074

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 19 Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 19

Aladdin O'brien - Book 2 - Chapter 19
BOOK II CHAPTER XIX"In this combat no man can imagine, unless he had seen and heard as I did, what yelling and hideous roaring Apollyon made all the time of the fight, he spake like a Dragon; and on the other side, what sighs and groans burst from Christian's heart. I never saw him all the while give so much as one pleasant look, till he perceived he had wounded Apollyon with his two-edged sword: then indeed he did smile and look upward."  CHAPTER XIX Senator St. John, attended by Margaret, her maid, and a physician, had made the arduous journey... Long Stories - Post by : tomfra - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 1359

Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 18 Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 18

Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 18
BOOK I CHAPTER XVIIIIt was a miserable, undressed thing wrapped in a horse-blanket and a buffalo-robe that woke up in front of a red-hot stove and remembered that it used to be Aladdin O'Brien. It had a dreadful headache, and could smell whisky and feel warm, and that for a long time was about all. Then it noticed that the wall opposite was ragged with loosened wall-paper and in places stripped of plaster, so that the lathing showed through, and that in its own head--no, in the room beyond the wall--an impatient stamping noise of iron on wood was occurring at... Long Stories - Post by : tomfra - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 1974

Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 15 Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 15

Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 15
BOOK I CHAPTER XVThe weather turned suddenly gusty and cold, and that afternoon it began to snow, and it kept on snowing. All night fine dry flakes fell in unexampled profusion, and by morning the face of the land was many inches deep. Nor did the snow then cease. All the morning it continued to fall with vigor. The train by which Aladdin was to go to the St. Johns' left at two-thirty, arriving there two hours later; and it was with numb feet and stinging ears that he entered the car reserved for smokers, and, bundling in a somewhat threadbare... Long Stories - Post by : tomfra - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 2956

Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 14 Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 14

Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 14
BOOK I CHAPTER XIVAs he went to his desk in the back room of the Portland "Spy" offices the morning after the election, Aladdin had an evil headache, and a subconscious hope that nobody would speak to him suddenly. He felt that his arms and legs might drop off if anybody did, and he could have sworn that he saw a gray sparrow with blue eyes run into a dark corner, and turn into a mouse. But he was quite free from penitence, as the occasion of this last offense had been joy and triumph as that of his first had... Long Stories - Post by : tomfra - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 2314

Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 13 Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 13

Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 13
BOOK I CHAPTER XIIIHannibal St. John's campaign for reelection to the senatorship was, owing to a grievous error in tact, of doubtful issue. A hue and cry arose against him among his constituents, and things in general fell out so unhappily that it looked toward the close of the contest as if he would be obliged to sit idle and dangle his heels, while the two halves of the country, pushing against each other, were rising in the middle like the hinge of a toggle-joint into the most momentous crisis in the nation's history. It looked as if the strong man,... Long Stories - Post by : tomfra - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 2470

Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 12 Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 12

Aladdin O'brien - Book 1 - Chapter 12
BOOK I CHAPTER XIIThere was in town at this time what passed for a comic-opera troupe, and Margaret and her father, by way of doing honor to their guest, invited all the young people to go to the performance and attend a supper afterward. The party occupied the three foremost rows in the music-hall, and Aladdin sat next to Margaret, and Manners sat upon the other side. The hero of the piece was a jovial big rascal with a spirited voice, and much byplay which kept his good-natured audience in titters--from the young gentlemen and little shrieks--from the young ladies. Mr.... Long Stories - Post by : tomfra - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gouverneur Morris - Read : 2386