The new war had not yet become real in the summer of 1917. The bandages prepared at Red Cross meetings in the basement of the St. Luke's parish house or In the Sunday school room of the Baptist Church seemed to have no more importance than the baskets prepared there for the poor be fore Christmas. The tears shed by mothers and sweethearts at the railroad station seemed to be no different from the tears shed when a boy went off to school or college. No armless khaki sleeve had' yet appeared on the streets of Bardsville. So the tumescent, rich, meaningless emotionalism that ached sweetly in the breasts of the middle-aged ladies of the com munity found release and focus in the monument. The United Daughters of the Confederacy, the defenders of ancient pieties and the repositories of ignorance of history, undertook to raise the money. Bardsville had had heroes before, and it would have them again. Soon now. The monument would be an inspiration to the new heroes. So the monument appeared, and was dedicated, and while the mayor made a speech, a platoon of conscripts from a camp up in Kentucky, in untarnished khaki, with slick, scrubbed faces, stood stif?y by with the wooden embarrassment of boys trapped on the platform at high-school commencement.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Robert Penn Warren
Published Date - August 23 2019
ISBN - 9780331299168
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Page Count - 294
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