The Ordeal of Colonel Johns

Author: George H. Smith
Published: 1954
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,327 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 784
Added to site: 2010.06.05
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Colonel Johns, that famous Revolutionary War hero, had the unique—and painful—experience of meeting his great-great-great-great granddaughter. Now maybe you can't change history, but what's there to prevent a soldier from changing his mind about the gal he is going to marry?

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everything from the glories of her ancestry to the morals of the younger generation and women in politics.

Decker watched the Colonel's face, saw it changed from puzzlement to painful boredom as word after word floated from the battery of speakers overhead.

MacCulloch was whispering in Johns' ear in an attempt to draw his attention from the woman's booming voice but the man disregarded him. "Am I really responsible for that?" The Colonel jerked his head in the direction of Mrs. Johns-Hayes.

"I'm afraid, Colonel, that you're getting a distorted idea of what America is like in our time," Decker said. The Colonel didn't even turn to look at him. He was scowling at his Amazonian descendant as her screeching reached new heights.

"... and we hold that this is true! Our simple motto, as you all know, is: One race, one creed, one way of thinking!"

Colonel Johns began to squirm violently in his seat. The professor found it necessary to grasp him firmly by one arm while Decker held h

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2012.08.17
Sardo Weems
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Past and present realities clash when a hapless inventor pulls an unheroic ancestor to the present (briefly) to meet the fruit of his children's, children's, children's loins.

Predictable, but amusing, and well-written.


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