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In The Dark
UNTIL I became a special constable and took to patrolling by night, I did not realise that there are a great many people who never allow themselves to be in the dark, a great many people who cannot even sleep without a light in the room. How do I know this ? Well, I do not actually know it ; I infer it.
The Black Cap
HUGH LANKESTER stumbled out into the open.The great doctor had passed sentence. It was a black cap case. Hugh Lankester was to lose his sight.Sir William had not said it in so many words. But there was no doubt left in Lankester's mind. Lankester had had no idea things had gone so far when he decided to consult Sir William. Suddenly, something that Sir William said startled him, and Lankester had asked him point-blank...
The Recruit
SEVERAL times since that fateful Fourth of August he had said : 'I sh'll 'ave to go.' The farmer and his wife would look at him, he with a sort of amusement, she with a sort of compassion in her heart, and one or other would reply smiling : 'That's all right, Tom, there's plenty Germans yet. Yu wait a bit.' His mother, too, who came daily from the cottage in the combe on the edge of the hill, to work in the kitchen and farm dairy, would turn her dark, taciturn head...
The Song
IT was tea-time at Windybrook Farm ; and the tea-party was discussing as was everybody in England at that time —the progress of the European War. Mrs. Wylie, the mistress of the farm, was a Methodist, as were also her guests, Miss Skiddow and Miss Bittern ; and the assembly was particularly honoured by the presence of the Reverend Stephen Mills...
Fine Feathers
WE'VE had a terrible come-along-of-it to Daleham, I do assure you, and of all strange happenings begot of this misbegotten war the copper mystery was the strangest. Of course, we'd had our scares and frights, like bigger places ; but among the proper curious things that have happened the mystery about the copper was out and away the queerest.
ABS sat in an old 'Windsor' armchair. Desolation was in his heart, and an expression of hell was on his face. His grey eyes, searching and fairly large and quiet in their movements generally, were intently watching the big fire of sea-coal and wrecked ships' timbers. He was smoking a clay pipe, every puff from which was cut off sharply by the way his short-haired lips came together, with a...
The Advance
THE young lieutenant lay beside the war correspondent and admired the idyllic calm of the enemy's lines through his field-glass.'So far as I can see,' he said at last, 'one man.' 'What's he doing ?' asked the war correspondent. ' Field-glass at us,' said the young lieutenant.
Shakespeare And The Germans
No one nation can alone create any influence that is common in Christendom ; but there is usually one nation which specially encourages it. And just as France has, on the whole, encouraged whatever is liberal and intellectual, it is not too much to say that Germany has encouraged what is illiberal, and especially what is literal.
Sir Galahad
JOHN (smoking). THOMAS (smoking). (JOHN speaks). 'Hullo ! here's a notice of Flossie Maurice's marriage.' ' What ? to Charlie Denton ?' 'Yes. They had a bishop, and an archdeacon, and everything handsome about them.' ' It's been on some time, hasn't it ? '' Oh, I don't know. They seem to have lots of presents....
I Heard The Desert Calling
I HEARD the desert calling, and my heart stood still-There was winter in my world and in my heart ;A breath came from the mesa, and a message stirred my will, And my soul and I arose up to depart.I heard the desert calling, and I knew that over there,In an olive-sheltered garden where the mesquite grows, Was a woman of the sunrise with the star-shine in her hair...
Thoughts In A Garden
'As is the gardener, so is the garden.' ON a Sunday morning, in the most beautiful June we have enjoyed for many years, a staff officer sat in my garden. He was about to leave England for the front, after a few days' furlough. There was much conversation, and there were long silences. The scent of the roses-'Zephrine Drouhin' and 'La France '-mingled with the exhilarating perfume of hundreds of the new purple violas.
IT was about a week or so after the bombardment of Antwerp that an elderly couple, M. and Mme. S, and their little granddaughter, Marie, found themselves domiciled in an English family in one of the suburbs of London. Everything was done to alleviate their sorrow and make them feel that they were more than welcome in this land, strange to them, it is true, yet now to be their home until Belgium...
Like Souls Immortal
Is God's Hand shortened that He cannot save ? Or sleeps the cry of anguish in His Ear ? Nay, but He sees and hearkens. Have no fear. Ask those who fight and perish, ask the brave Who, unrepining, squander all they have For some high promise, unaccomplished here : God's glorious gates of Paradise shine clear When human hopes are faltering to the grave.
Two Little Fables
THE Poet wrote a song, making out of the suffering of his own heart his message to the world.The Man of Business read it, and shook his head. For there was no money in it.The Man of Action was busy with a machine-gun, and could not be bothered with poetry.The Scholar pointed out that the song did not conform to the best classical examples, and contained metrical defects.
Joan Attends A First-night Performance
I WAS standing in the foyer, watching the long line of streaming cabs and carriages. The white, wet mackintoshes of the coachmen and footmen glistened dismally beneath the electric light. The sleek women and puffy men, as they hurried from their broughams into the theatre, looked peevishly from beneath wrinkled brows.
The Personal Equation
AT Reepham, in Norfolk, there is an inconspicuous church, which few travellers go to see, because of the two magnificent churches of Cawston and Salle pronounced like Saul close by, miniature cathedrals, with their painted screens, rich woodwork, timbered roofs, set down for some undiscovered reason perhaps only for the glory of God in tiny pastoral hamlets ; and so Reepham escapes notice.
The Blind By
How many things there are in this world which we fail to realise, and by failing to realise, fail to help. It is an old but an ever-true saying that half the world does not know how the other half live. This was brought home to me one evening in the House of Commons when my friend, Mr. Wardle, brought forward a motion with regard to the position of the blind in this country.
The Witch
DURING the crisis that is working itself out now, it seems to me that the springs of human existence are so tense that every feeling and attribute are magnified the greatness and the littleness of us, the hopes and the fears, the looking backward and the looking forward, the real and the ideal, even the imaginative and the creative.
Because They Seeing, See Not
MR. JOSIAH BRINDLESCOMBE had for twenty years or so conducted his business in South Audley Street with fair success. He had made enough to give his sons a first-rate education, and this seemed to him to atone for some slight deficiencies in his own upbringing of which he was conscious. It was a matter for self-congratulation that his eldest son was now serving as a lieutenant at the Front. An army career had been made possible for Eric by his liberal help.
The Kingdom Of The Blind
AFTER a visit to St. Dunstan's, Regent's Park, the hostel for blinded soldiers and sailors, I am inclined to say that only the blind really see. Or, if that is putting it too strongly, that the rest of us have to learn from them how to use our eyes. At any rate, 'blind leaders of the blind' will never again mean anything to me but a proverb of human help-fulness.
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