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[173] not ter lay onter His chillen no more'n they could b'ar, ana she couldn't b'ar ter hev me hung up as ef I war a traitor: thet she could part wuth me if it war best; thet she could see me die, ana not weep a tear, ef I could only die loike a man, wuth a musket in my hand, a doina suthina for my kentry. Then she prayed Him ter send me back ter har fur jest one day, so she mought ax me once more ter love Him-ana she know'd I would love Him ef she axed me agin-ana she said ef He'd only do thet, she'd-much as she loved me-she'd send me away, ana guv me all up ter Him ana the kentry fur uver!

I couldn't stand no more, so I opened the door, drapped onter my knees, tuck har inter my arms, lay my head on har shoulder, ana sobbed out: “ The Lord hes yered ye, Sally! I wull love Him! I wull be worthy of sech love as y's guv'n me, Sally!”

He paused for a moment, and covered his face with his hands. When he spoke again there was a softness and tenderness in his tone that I never heard in the voice of but one other man.

Sense thet minnit this yerth hes been another yerth ter me; ana though I'se lost uverythina; though I hes no home; though night arter night I sleeps out in the cold ana the wet, a scoutina; though my wife ana chillen is scattered; though nigh uvery day I'se in danger uv the gallus; though I'se been roped ter a tree ter die loike a dog; though a thousand bullets hes yelled death in my yeres; though I'se seed my only boy shot down afore my vury eyes, ana I not able ter speak ter him, ter guv him a mossel uv comfort, or ter yere his last word, I'se bed suthin allers yere (laying his hand on his heart) thet

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