A Certain Rich Man

A Certain Rich Man

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A Certain Rich Man

A Certain Rich Man

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AND so on the night of the battle of Sycamore Ridge, John Barclay closed the door of his childhood and became a boy.He did not remember how Ward's wounds were dressed, nor how the town made a hero of the man; but he did remember Watts McHurdie and Martin Culpepper and the Hendricks boys tramping through the cave that night with torches, and he was the hero of that occasion because he was the smallest boy there and they put him up through the crack in the head of the cave, and he saw the stars under the elm tree far above the town, where he and his mother had spent a Sunday afternoon three years before. He called to the men below and told them where he was, and slipped down through the hole again with an elm sprout in his hand to prove that he had been under the elm tree at the spring. But he remembered nothing of the night — how the men picketed the town; how he sat up with them along with the other boys; how the women, under his mother's direction and Miss Lucy's, cared for the wounded man, who lapsed into delirium as the night wore on, and gibbered of liberty and freedom as another man would go over his accounts in his dreams.

His mother and Miss Lucy took turns nursing Ward night after night during the hot dry summer.As the sick man grew better, many men came to the house, and great plans were afloat. Philemon Ward, sitting up in bed waiting for his leg to heal, talked much of the cave as a refuge for fugitive slaves.There was some kind of a military organization; all the men in town were enlisted, and Ward was their captain; drums were rattling and men were drilling; the dust clouds rose as they marched across the drouth-blighted fields.One night they marched up to the Barclay home, and Ward with a crutch under his arm, and with Mrs.Barclay and Miss Lucy beside him . . .

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