The Indian Advocate (Sacred Heart Mission, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 19, No. 1, Ed. 1, Tuesday, January 1, 1907 Page: 5 of 42
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Illli INDIAN ADVOCATE.
was a just cause. In a federal prison were incarcerated
many confederate soldiers. One man at the point of death
lay in a despairing mood upon the little hard cot. His
features were regular though the marks of a dissipated
life were plainly visible. His unsteady eyes wandered to
and fro and in a delirious state of mind imprecation fol-
lowed imprecation. Nothing seemed to quiet him.
"Ethel! Pauline!" were his ejaculations at sudden
intervals. Then he would curse himself and the perspi-
ration of guilt would gather upon his forehead. In fine
the man presented a picture of utter despair.
There arrived in prison several young ladies who had
volunteered to serve as nurses during the cruel and bloody
war. Many were their services to the country during
that period of civil conflict. One of these nurses seemed
to be more than zealous in the performance of her duties
and her fair face lent her an inexplicable charm. She came
to the bed of the delirious man.
"Ethel where is Ethel? Where is Pauline?" cried he
staring at her.
She started suddenly at hearing those familiar names
and before she could answer the man continued:
"Where is Pauline? Tell me! Tell me where is Ethel?
Oh is it too late! See here they are! They are threat-
ening me! I have wronged them! I have deserted them!
Pauline! Ethel! I call to you to forgive me but do not leave
me!" His eyes closed and his distorted features became
more livid and pale.
The nurse knelt at his side. Her eyes were moist with
emotional feelings. ' 'This must be father. Mother's name
was Ethel and I am Pauline. It must be he. Good God!
Did I ever dream of meeting him in life?" Her arm stole
softly around the still form of the man and her heart bled
with pity for the man who had deserted her mother and
herself. Inwardly she prayed long and fervently. Some
hours later the delirium had left the man. The nurse sat
( i a stool and began to speak to him.
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