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The Roll-Call of The Reef

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Language: English
Wordcount: 7,488 / 27 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.1
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 624
Added to site: 2007.10.28
mnybks.net#: 18755
Genre: Short Story
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buried two score and over of his comrades. The morning was a fine one, early in March month; and along came the cracked trumpeter, likewise taking a stroll.

"'Hullo!' says he; 'good mornin'! And what might you be doin' here?'

"'I was a-wishin',' says the boy, 'I had a pair o' drumsticks. Our lads were buried yonder without so much as a drum tapped or a musket fired; and that's not Christian burial for British soldiers.'

"'Phut!' says the trumpeter, and spat on the ground; 'a parcel of Marines!'

"The boy eyed him a second or so, and answered up: 'If I'd a tav of turf handy, I'd bung it at your mouth, you greasy cavalryman, and learn you to speak respectful of your betters. The Marines are the handiest body o' men in the service.'

"The trumpeter looked down on him from the height of six-foot two, and asked: 'Did they die well?'

"'They died very well. There was a lot of running to and fro at first, and some of the men began to cry, and a few to strip off their clothes. B

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2008.01.20
qasimoto
****.

Yet another excellent piece of work by this prolific writer, both the work and the writer highly recommended.


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