Punch or the London Charivari, September 9, 1914

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 13,967 / 51 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 93.8
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 457
Added to site: 2008.11.30
mnybks.net#: 22737
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Periodical, Humor
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lief and went over and sat on his knee and put her arms round his neck.

"Oh, John, I was so frightened. But what is it? There's something."

He smoked rapidly for a little. Then he put his pipe down, kissed her, and lifted her off his knee.

"I want to tell you something," he said; "but you mustn't look at me or I couldn't. Sit down there." She curled herself up on the floor, leaning back against his knees. "Mary"--he swallowed something which had stuck in his throat--"Mary, I've got to enlist."

She was round in a flash.

"What do you mean you've got to?" she cried indignantly. "That beast going to make you?" The beast was John's employer, a kindly man, whose fault it was to regard John as one only among many, a matter on which Mary often longed to put him right.

"No," said John. "But--but I've got to."

"Who's making you, then?"

"I don't know ... I suppose the GERMAN EMPEROR really."

"There's lots that ought to go before you go. You

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