This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1920 Excerpt: ... THE CROSS OF ARES THE train was late. It was night when we reached Neufchateau and raining fast. The cold October wind whipped through the dim station and the driven rain drops stung like pin points. There were three of us Y secretaries. We had travelled from Paris together to report for assignment to work among the American troops. My companions were clergymen, both eager and enthusiastic; I confess I was neither. They had talked with glowing eyes of qvisionq and qspiritual opportunityq and one of them, a gaunt ascetic, clasped his bony hands and expressed a longing for hardship and suffering, that he might make his life qChristlikeq and himself worthy to follow in the footsteps of the Lord. I was as yet, alas! without vision, and spiritual opportunity among expatriated soldiers left me cold. As for hardship and suffering, I loathed the very thought of them. I never shall believe that the High Places are reached only through pain and dirt. Ugliness, to inspire, must first cease to be ugliness, and the sinner requires much soap and water before he dare qualify for a saint. As we descended into the murk and cold of that dreary station my desire was all for material things, and then and there--standing ankle deep in mud and water--I made a decision to which I firmly adhered through the months to come--I would make comfort and good cheer my watchword, for man is human first; and a contented mind and body should prove as useful a spiritual as material asset. My companions got away first; shouldering their blanket-rolls, I saw them splashing their way through the railway gate into the blackness beyond. I delayed some ten minutes, having difficulty finding my belongings in the depths of the luggage van. qHow far is it to the hotel?q I asked the gate man. qBut fiv...This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1920 Excerpt: .
|Title||:||The Cross of Ares; And Other Sketches|