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The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 31. The Westward Way The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 31. The Westward Way

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 31. The Westward Way
Mother Turner was sitting in the porch with old Jack at her feet when Chad and Dixie came to the gate--her bonnet off, her eyes turned toward the West. The stillness of death lay over the place, and over the strong old face some preternatural sorrow. She did not rise when she saw Chad, she did not speak when he spoke. She turned merely and looked at him with a look of helpless suffering. She knew the question that was on his lips, for she dumbly motioned toward the door and then put her trembling hands on the railing of the... Long Stories - Post by : Arun_Pal_Singh - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 3107

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 30. Peace The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 30. Peace

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 30. Peace
It was strange to Chad that he should be drifting toward a new life down the river which once before had carried him to a new world. The future then was no darker than now, but he could hardly connect himself with the little fellow in coon-skin cap and moccasins who had floated down on a raft so many years ago, when at every turn of the river his eager eyes looked for a new and thrilling mystery. They talked of the long fight, the two lads, for, in spite of the war-worn look of them, both were still nothing but... Long Stories - Post by : Arun_Pal_Singh - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 3267

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 29. Melissa And Margaret The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 29. Melissa And Margaret

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 29. Melissa And Margaret
The early spring sunshine lay like a benediction over the Dean household, for Margaret and her mother were home from exile. On the corner of the veranda sat Mrs. Dean she always sat, knitting. Under the big weeping willow in the garden was her husband's grave. When she was not seated near it, she was there in the porch, and to it her eyes seemed always to stray when she lifted them from her work. The mail had just come and Margaret was reading a letter from Dan, and, as she read, her cheeks flushed. "He took me into his... Long Stories - Post by : Arun_Pal_Singh - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 2510

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 28. Pall-Bearers Of The Lost Cause The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 28. Pall-Bearers Of The Lost Cause

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 28. Pall-Bearers Of The Lost Cause
The rain was falling with a steady roar when General Hunt broke camp a few days before. The mountain-tops were black with thunderclouds, and along the muddy road went Morgan's Men--most of them on mules which had been taken from abandoned wagons when news of the surrender came--without saddles and with blind bridles or rope halters--the rest slopping along through the yellow mud on foot--literally--for few of them had shoes; they were on their way to protect Davis and join Johnston, now that Lee was no more. There was no murmuring, no faltering, and it touched Richard Hunt to observe that... Long Stories - Post by : Arun_Pal_Singh - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 2073

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 27. At The Hospital Of Morgan's Men The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 27. At The Hospital Of Morgan's Men

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 27. At The Hospital Of Morgan's Men
In May, Grant simply said--Forward! The day he crossed the Rapidan, he said it to Sherman down in Georgia. After the battle of the Wilderness he said it again, and the last brutal resort of hammering down the northern buttress and sea-wall of the rebellion--old Virginia--and Atlanta, the keystone of the Confederate arch, was well under way. Throughout those bloody days Chad was with Grant and Harry Dean was with Sherman on his terrible trisecting march to the sea. For, after the fight between Rebels and Yankees and Daws Dillon's guerilla band, over in Kentucky, Dan, coming back from another raid... Long Stories - Post by : Arun_Pal_Singh - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 2060

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 24. A Race Between Dixie And Dawn The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 24. A Race Between Dixie And Dawn

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 24. A Race Between Dixie And Dawn
But the sun sank next day from a sky that was aflame with rebel victories. It rose on a day rosy with rebel hopes, and the prophetic coolness of autumn was in the early morning air when Margaret in her phaeton moved through the front pasture on her way to town--alone. She was in high spirits and her head was lifted proudly. Dan's boast had come true. Kirby Smith had risen swiftly from Tennessee, had struck the Federal Army on the edge of the Bluegrass the day before and sent it helter-skelter to the four winds. Only that morning she had... Long Stories - Post by : Arun_Pal_Singh - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 3106

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 23. Chad Captures An Old Friend The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 23. Chad Captures An Old Friend

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 23. Chad Captures An Old Friend
Meanwhile Morgan was coming on--led by the two videttes in gray--Daniel Dean and Rebel Jerry Dillon--coming on to meet Kirby Smith in Lexington after that general had led the Bluegrass into the Confederate fold. They were taking short cuts through the hills now, and Rebel Jerry was guide, for he had joined Morgan for that purpose. Jerry had long been notorious along the border. He never gave quarter on his expeditions for personal vengeance, and it was said that not even he knew how many men he had killed. Every Morgan's man had heard of him, and was anxious to see... Long Stories - Post by : Arun_Pal_Singh - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 2918

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 22. Morgan's Men The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 22. Morgan's Men

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 22. Morgan's Men
Boots and saddles at daybreak! Over the border, in Dixie, two videttes in gray trot briskly from out a leafy woodland, side by side, and looking with keen eyes right and left; one, erect, boyish, bronzed; the other, slouching, bearded, huge--the boy, Daniel Dean; the man, Rebel Jerry Dillon, one of the giant twins. Fifty yards behind them emerges a single picket; after him come three more videttes, the same distance apart. Fifty yards behind the last rides "the advance"--a guard of twenty-five picked men. No commission among "Morgan's Men" was more eagerly sought than a place on that guard of... Long Stories - Post by : Arun_Pal_Singh - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 3638

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 21. Melissa The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 21. Melissa

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 21. Melissa
Shortly after dusk, that night, two or three wagons moved quietly out of Lexington, under a little guard with guns loaded and bayonets fixed. Back at the old Armory--the home of the "Rifles"--a dozen youngsters drilled vigorously with faces in a broad grin, as they swept under the motto of the company--"Our laws the commands of our Captain." They were following out those commands most literally. Never did Lieutenant Hunt give his orders more sonorously--he could be heard for blocks away. Never did young soldiers stamp out maneuvers more lustily--they made more noise than a regiment. Not a man carried a... Long Stories - Post by : Arun_Pal_Singh - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 1220

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 20. Off To The War The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 20. Off To The War

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 20. Off To The War
Throughout that summer Chad fought his fight, daily swaying this way and that--fought it in secret until the phantom of neutrality faded and gave place to the grim spectre of war--until with each hand Kentucky drew a sword and made ready to plunge both into her own stout heart. When Sumter fell, she shook her head resolutely to both North and South. Crittenden, in the name of Union lovers and the dead Clay, pleaded with the State to take no part in the fratricidal crime. From the mothers, wives, sisters and daughters of thirty-one counties came piteously the same appeal. Neutrality,... Long Stories - Post by : Arun_Pal_Singh - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 2033

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 19. The Blue Or The Gray The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 19. The Blue Or The Gray

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 19. The Blue Or The Gray
In the far North, as in the far South, men had but to drift with the tide. Among the Kentuckians, the forces that moulded her sons--Davis and Lincoln--were at war in the State, as they were at war in the nation. By ties of blood, sympathies, institutions, Kentucky was bound fast to the South. Yet, ten years before, Kentuckians had demanded the gradual emancipation of the slave. That far back, they had carved a pledge on a block of Kentucky marble, which should be placed in the Washington monument, that Kentucky would be the last to give up the Union. For... Long Stories - Post by : Arun_Pal_Singh - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 748

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 18. The Spirit Of '76 And The Shadow Of '61 The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 18. The Spirit Of '76 And The Shadow Of '61

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 18. The Spirit Of '76 And The Shadow Of '61
One night, in the following April, there was a great dance in Lexington. Next day the news of Sumter came. Chad pleaded to be let off from the dance, but the Major would not hear of it. It was a fancy-dress ball, and the Major had a pet purpose of his own that he wanted gratified and Chad had promised to aid him. That fancy was that Chad should go in regimentals, as the stern, old soldier on the wall, of whom the Major swore the boy was the "spit and image." The Major himself helped Chad dress in wig, peruke,... Long Stories - Post by : Lesley - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 2759

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 17. Chadwick Buford, Gentleman The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 17. Chadwick Buford, Gentleman

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 17. Chadwick Buford, Gentleman
And so, returned to the Bluegrass, the midsummer of that year, Chadwick Buford gentleman. A youth of eighteen, with the self-possession of a man, and a pair of level, clear eyes, that looked the world in the face as proudly as ever but with no defiance and no secret sense of shame It was a curious story that Chad brought back and told to the Major, on the porch under the honeysuckle vines, but it seemed to surprise the Major very little: how old Nathan had sent for him to come to his death-bed and had told Chad that he was... Long Stories - Post by : Lesley - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 833

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 14. The Major In The Mountains The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 14. The Major In The Mountains

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 14. The Major In The Mountains
The quivering heat of August was giving way and the golden peace of autumn was spreading through the land. The breath of mountain woods by day was as cool as the breath of valleys at night. In the mountains, boy and girl were leaving school for work in the fields, and from the Cumberland foothills to the Ohio, boy and girl were leaving happy holidays for school. Along a rough, rocky road and down a shining river, now sunk to deep pools with trickling riffles between--for a drouth was on the land--rode a tall, gaunt man on an old brown mare... Long Stories - Post by : Lesley - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 2028

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 13. On Trial For His Life The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 13. On Trial For His Life

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 13. On Trial For His Life
By degrees the whole story was told Chad that night. Now and then the Turners would ask him about his stay in the Bluegrass, but the boy would answer as briefly as possible and come back to Jack. Before going to bed, Chad said he would bring Jack into the house: "Somebody might pizen him," he explained, and when he came back, he startled the circle about the fire: "Whar's Whizzer?" he asked, sharply. "Who's seen Whizzer?" Then it developed that no one had seen the Dillon dog--since the day before the sheep was found dead near a ravine at the... Long Stories - Post by : Lesley - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 1198

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 12. Back To Kingdom Come The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 12. Back To Kingdom Come

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 12. Back To Kingdom Come
It was the tournament that, at last, loosed Mammy's tongue. She was savage in her denunciation of Chad to Mrs. Dean--so savage and in such plain language that her mistress checked her sharply, but not before Margaret had heard, though the little girl, with an awed face, slipped quietly out of the room into the yard, while Harry stood in the doorway, troubled and silent. "Don't let me hear you speak that way again Mammy," said Mrs. Dean, so sternly that the old woman swept out of the room in high dudgeon And yet she told her husband of Mammy's charge;... Long Stories - Post by : Lesley - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 2555

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 11. A Tournament The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 11. A Tournament

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 11. A Tournament
On Sunday, the Major and Miss Lucy took Chad to church--a country church built of red brick and overgrown with ivy--and the sermon was very short, Chad thought, for, down in the mountains, the circuit-rider would preach for hours--and the deacons passed around velvet pouches for the people to drop money in, and they passed around bread, of which nearly everybody took a pinch, and a silver goblet with wine, from which the same people took a sip--all of which Chad did not understand. Usually the Deans went to Lexington to church, for they were Episcopalians, but they were all at... Long Stories - Post by : Lesley - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 1990

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 10. The Bluegrass The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 10. The Bluegrass

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 10. The Bluegrass
God's Country! No humor in that phrase to the Bluegrass Kentuckian! There never was--there is none now. To him, the land seems in all the New World, to have been the pet shrine of the Great Mother herself. She fashioned it with loving hands. She shut it in with a mighty barrier of mighty mountains to keep the mob out. She gave it the loving clasp of a mighty river, and spread broad, level prairies beyond that the mob might glide by, or be tempted to the other side the earth was level and there was no need to climb;... Long Stories - Post by : RX-MEX.COM - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 2966

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 9. Margaret The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 9. Margaret

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 9. Margaret
The Major was in town and Miss Lucy had gone to spend the day with a neighbor; so Chad was left alone. "Look aroun', Chad, and see how you like things," said the Major. "Go anywhere you please." And Chad looked around. He went to the barn to see his old mare and the Major's horses, and to the kennels the fox-hounds reared against the palings and sniffed at him curiously; he strolled about the quarters the little pickaninnies were playing, and out to the fields the servants were at work under the overseer, Jerome Conners, a tall,... Long Stories - Post by : RX-MEX.COM - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 2560

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 8. Home With The Major The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 8. Home With The Major

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come - Chapter 8. Home With The Major
Ahead of them, it was Court Day in Lexington. From the town, as a centre, white turnpikes radiated in every direction like the strands of a spider's web. Along them, on the day before, cattle, sheep, and hogs had made their slow way. Since dawn, that morning, the fine dust had been rising under hoof and wheel on every one of them, for Court Day is yet the great day of every month throughout the Bluegrass. The crowd had gone ahead of the Major and Chad. Only now and then would a laggard buggy or carriage turn into the pike from... Long Stories - Post by : RX-MEX.COM - Date : May 2012 - Author : John Fox - Read : 986