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MARCH PAST A HERO

ItKGTMEXTAt, TlilliVTK TO a p.ilwe, YOUTH. 'l'iicit' was an u:;u>;u.dly moving liule C< l'll:"i:V ill I'.ollllk'llclcU.V IKill' the AitUK\ the other day. It uat- canU'd mi ti> the iiolfinn accompaniment of the rumble of tin; enemy's yans, i'it the tri.-up.-~ who took part- were in the fj.'.r-t I'-scrvc. of the lirim; Jin-;-. and by now are back in the ticiieiiori fantry, and th'y vert honor to tho youngest soldi o- in their laid;-. 1..-on !.e----maire, ajjed 20. He was heme; pre.-Miied with that distinction cov. ted in the Fetich army above all < -i hors--tk- n:i!:"t;ny medal. This is k<w hi- won it : A few dav.s before tl\.- colonel <.f the 127 th had sent Lemaiiv with an imp":tan!. to the captain of .n;.- of tie- i ompanies of the regiment, in the (p-nck'S. lit- had no sooner sh ovn liims-eli on the level L'ronnd to mil forward on his errand than the Herman troops, who.-.- trenches were here only at. short raiiirc, opcm-d a fierce tiro upon him by volleys. Eitst a bullet passed through tho youiiu' nun'- ejrr:-ti.-nat : then kis rap was struck; hi.- bavoisack and wafer liottH w<we ri<id!c<l l>v s-vrr.-.I shots : then n hole was hni-d through the scahb.ird of ili* bayonet, 'i'hroucb it all vounir lx-maiiv advanced coolly and without friHorinu'. and finally ho reached the trench Mdiero tho captain to whom ho bore the message was miraculously enough. without a wound. So now viener.il (lallet pinned on to Id's breast the little silver medal, and then, .liter the customary ho made him stand then' by his side while the whole regiment with role:-'- ilvnitr and with its band ohiyiiT.- 'Tho Marseillaise,' march- -1 past liim with a salute. The v.niforms vert> torn and soiled, the men weie imshuvp.nl and 501110 of them wero hazard, but thp Pro.-idonl of the Kepnblk. in his threat review pi. July 1-1 at T/ntrihamp-, never saw a march past carried out with groat+-r da»k and ispmr than this tribute of the 127 th to tin- courage of their youncomrade. And while the little ceremouy ■was going on a, O--. rmau Tatihe monoplane <:amo circling overhead. The Frenchmen did not deign to notice it. b'lt tlie airman up above* tiiftr-e. passed to and fro. •rirlantiy puzzled .i« to what this curious littl« parade ji'.«t nutaids tho firing line might mean. ' Lkiahle- to satisfy himself, k? dropped two bond)-, which hurt no one, and flew away-—G. Ward Price, in the 'Daily Mail,' October 7.

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MARCH PAST A HERO, Issue 15689, 31 December 1914

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MARCH PAST A HERO Issue 15689, 31 December 1914

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