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came to me that Christmas night, and why it kept calling to me every night, and what it said. I know it now. The work is done, and I am content. Tell father it is better as it is. I should have lived only to worry and perplex him, and something in me tells me this is right.'

"He lay still for a moment, and then grasping my hand, said,--

"'Hark!'

"I listened, but heard nothing but the suppressed moans of the wounded men around me. 'The drum' he said faintly; 'don't you hear it?--the drum is calling me,'

"He reached out his arm to where it lay, as though he would embrace it.

"'Listen'--he went on--'it's the reveille. There are the ranks drawn up in review. Don't you see the sunlight flash down the long line of bayonets? Their faces are shining--they present arms--there comes the General--but his face I cannot look at for the glory round his head. He sees me; he smiles, it is '--and with a name upon his lips that he had learned long ago, he stretched himself wearily upon the planks and lay quite still.

"That's all.

"No questions now--never mind what became of the drum.

"Who's that sniveling?

"Bless my soul! where's my pill-box?"

THE END


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