ong and crowded train, where the men were nearly all forced out on the platforms, for a movement of troops and fire into us. I confess to being pretty badly scared at this possibility, but the women on board seemed to have worked off their excitement by this time, and we all kept quiet and behaved ourselves very creditably.
While the council was still in session, fresh reports came in confirming those already brought, and we put back to Macon, without standing on the order of our going.
Helen Swift, a friend of the Toombses, who had joined us at Macon, lives only fifteen miles from the place where we turned back.
She was bitterly disappointed, and I don't blame her for nearly crying her eyes out. Mr. Adams undertook to administer spiritual consolation, but I don't think Helen was very spiritually-minded towards Yankees just at that time.
Excited crowds were waiting at all the stations as we went back, and the news we brought increased the ferment tenfold.
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