Blue Lights

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Published: 1888
Language: English
Wordcount: 92,712 / 270 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.1
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,513
Added to site: 2007.06.08
mnybks.net#: 17227
Genres: Adventure, War
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ing behind him, he had only seen his side-face, and as the expression on it was that of stern gravity, the attractive power could not have lain in that. It might have lain in the youthful look of the lad, for albeit a goodly man in person, he was almost a boy in countenance, being apparently not yet twenty years of age.

Miles was at last roused to the necessity for prompt and decisive action by the voice of the sergeant saying in tones of authority--

"Portsmouth--third--two--single."

"That's the way to go it, lobster!" remarked a shabby man, next in the line behind Miles.

The grave sergeant paid no more regard to this remark than if it had been the squeak of a mouse.

"Now, then, sir, your carridge stops the way. 'Eave a'ead. Shall I 'elp you?" said the shabby man.

Thus admonished, Miles, scarce knowing what he said, repeated the sergeant's words--

"Portsmouth--third--two--single."

"Vy, you ain't agoin' to pay for me, are you?" exclaimed the shab

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