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went down enough so I could swim. across."

"O, I'm so glad you did," said the girl heartily. "But didn't you see me wave my lantern at the creek?"

"There, I told them that's what it was, but they wouldn't believe me," asserted Henry.

"Well, we are safe but grandma is awful sick," said Trudie. "And you must go for help right away. She has raved and moaned all night."

"The water is high yet, but there'll be plenty willing to come when they find you are alive," answered the boy and he hurried off in the direction of the village, turning once as if to make sure the girl in the doorway was not an appari

tion.

Before many hours kind friends had come to bear Grandma Schiller to the village. The eyes of more than one old fisherman grew moist as they beheld the haggard anxious face of the girl they had come to relieve. It was Joel Turner who spoke the feelings of all when he said: "I reckon, mates, all the heroic deeds 'aint done in times o' war no more'n all brave little gal's is in the story books," and he laid his rough hand tenderly on Trudie's shoulder.

It was two days after the storm, Trudie was walking slowly along the beach where Grandma Schiller's cottage had stood. She had come at the old lady's request to see if the sea had given back any of the household treasures it had so cru

elly snatched away. Her search had been fruitless. Not a sign of the little home remained, and there lay the great stretch of water which had swallowed it up as calm and peaceful as a sleeping child. Trudie, gazing upon it, thought of the night of the storm. "O, you great

wonderful, treacherous thing," she cried aloud. "I love and fear you both. Why did you take grandma's home and her Bible? I think she really feels worst of all about that," the girl went on musingly. "It is a good thing something sent her to the village, for she was too old to She live away out here alone." turned to go back to the village. All at once she stopped. Something gleamed in the sand at her feet. She picked it up and examined it slowly and carefully. At last she clasped it in her hands and cried excitedly: "Mein Glueck! Mein Glueck! God didn't forget He sent it in the storm."

The news soon spread that Trudie had found a pearl and the villagers flocked in to see it and rejoice at her good fortune.

"It is ever so much bigger and finer than Zeb Dixon's," explained Cousin Mary, with considerable pride. "And he got three hundred and fifty dollars for his. It wouldn't surprise me a mite if Trudie'd get five hundred for this. Mr. Jerome will send it right off in the next mail."

"I don't know who is more deservin' of it than Trudie," was the general comment among her neigh

bors.

Trudie was most too happy to sleep that night but when at last she did, the dreams which hovered over her seemed more real than any of the daytime dreams she had had for months. She seemed to be sitting in the beautiful library of the Newton Academy reading to Grandma Schiller from a fine new German Bible while Henry Turner stood by, holding out to her a lovely string of pearls, and mingling with it all she seemed to hear her father's dear voice in its reassuring, "Glueck noch, Trudchen Gott vergisst uns nicht."

What the Grand Army of the Republic
Means to Us.

Emma Ramsey Morris.

Salt Lake is to experience a great red letter event when the Grand Army of the Republic holds its Forty-third National Encampment here, August 9-14, 1909.

The management of affairs is in the capable hands of Col. Frank M. Sterrett, a man of sterling worth as a soldier and citizen, and whose ability to bring about a successful encampment is unquestioned.

Col. Henry M. Nevius of Red Bank, New Jersey, is the present commander-in-chief of the G. A. R., and has a record to be proud of.

The Grand Army of the Republic lic! There is magic in the name to thrill the heart of every citizen with renewed loyalty to the flag. And it behooves us to know something about this great organization, its origin and purpose, its splendid achievements and its great value, past and present, to the nation it so nobly defended in the darkest hour of peril.

There has never been such an organization and there will never be another. There can be only one Grand Army of the Republic.

Post No. 2 was formed soon after at Springfield, followed by the organization of many other posts in the various States.

The first encampment was held in Springfield, Illinois, on July 12th, 1866. General John M. Palmer was elected Department Commander and Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson Coinmander-in-Chief.

The history of these annual encampments is full of thrilling inter

est.

The Grand Army of the Repubis not and never has been a political organization, and it distinctly forbids the discussion of partisan measures in its meetings. In its early history it was opposed by a great many political leaders who found that they could not use the organization to gain their own ends.

Many unjustly accused it of being a political machine for the control of elections. This argument was used by the enemies of the Union to prejudice the unthinking, and to blind their eyes to the real aims of the organization.

It has had to struggle against great odds since its earliest organ

But its development, its steady, determined progress along the lines

ization, to overcome many difficul- of "fraternity, charity, and loyalty," ties and much prejudice, to reach the high plane upon which it stands today in the eyes of the American charity, its unparalleled spirit of

its unyielding allegiance to its Declaration of Principles, its boundless

people.

forgiveness to its foes, the efficient work of its several committees, es

It

was organized at Decatur, Il

linois, April 6th, 1866, by Dr. Ben- pecially the standing committee on jamin F. Stephenson of Springfield, Pensions, combine to place the

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teenth Infantry.
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ment against the rash admission to place and power of those who were active participants in rebellion and thereby forfeited the rights of American citizens and that we, the soldiers of the nation, who fought for the supremacy of national authority have a right to demand that the safety of the Republic should be held paramount to all other considerations by the Executive and Congress."

Yet this association does not design to make nomination for office, or to use its influence as an organization for partisan purposes. The G. A. R. stands for Peace!

During the encampment of 1871, the Universal Peace Convention was in session at New York, and sent the following telegram to the National Encampment of the G. A. R.: "We congratulate you on a peaceful encampment. As veterans can you not add your protest against war that there may never be another war encampment?"

Out of the thousands of young patriots who went forth in the springtime of their youth and most gladly consecrated their lives to the deliverance of their beloved country, vast numbers found death in the enemy's country and sleep in nameless graves.

When the dread war spirit swept over the land and the first guns of Sumter opened up the greatest civil war in the history of the world, and when the call to arms reechoed from state to state and was responded to by thousands of these boys in blue marching to tune of "We are Coming, Father Abraham," the eyes of the whole nation turned to them as to thei sure defenders. They were the nation's hope and pride then, and in view of their great sacrifices and glorious victories are they any the less so now? And it was the best in the land who answered the call. Not the riff-raff, the loafer, the weakling, the coward.

The ranks were filled by inteiligent and capable men from every vocation. By the doctor, the lawyer, the school teacher, the merchant, the farmer, and with all the

hardships they endured to preserve the integrity of the union, is it any wonder that they were better citizens when they returned home after the war?

came

The significant reply promptly from the peaceful ranks of the assembled veterans: "Your congratulations reciprocated. The Grand Army of the Republic is determined to have peace, even if it has to fight for it."

The world is looking forward hopefully to the establishment of permanent peace among all nations. But it will not be accomplished in a single bound, or by the harangue of the maudlin sentimentalist. Not until the conditions which stand for peace are upon a more sure

Never was there such a peaceful disbanding of such an immense army. It was not a promiscuous

ruffians upon the country. Instead,

foundation,until the full meaning of turning loose of a vast horde of the G. A. R. creed, "Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty," is entirely these same lawyers, doctors, merunderstood and lived up to can there be universal peace. The soldier himself desires peace more than any one else, because he knows

chants, and farmers went quietly home to resume the pursuits of

peace.

America had been the hope of all

the full horror of war. The battles the nations, the supposed Mecca of

he fights are not of his own niak-
ing. And who can count the cost

the poor and
kind. Our

of war in precious human lives? free, and

oppressed of all manboasted land of the yet we complacently

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Colonel Henry M. Nevius, Commander-in-Chief G. A. R.

rested under the hideous ban of slavery, which was really more detrimental to the white man than to the negro. Thousands came across the great oceans, seeking freedom in the new land, only to find the bent and toiling figure of the slave, crouching beneath the pit

iless lash of his master. This was the condition only a few short years ago. The Grand Army of the Republic is responsible for the happy change. At the close of the war this country held one million and a half of fighting men who had stood shoulder shoulder in bat

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