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glory was about her, as she stood in the doorway. Before he kissed her,
the mother-eyes had searched his heart.... Then she turned to his
garland of victory.

"I am so glad you have brought me a daughter."

The women faced each other - the strangest moment in three lives.... All
the ages passed between the eyes of the maid and the mother; and wisdoms
finer than words, as when two suns, sweeping past in their great cycle,
shine across the darkness of the infinite deep; ages of gleaning,
adoring, suffering, bearing, praying; ages of listening to little
children and building dreams out of pain; the weathered lustre of Naomi
and the fresh radiance of Ruth; but over all, that look which passed
between the women shone the secret of the meaning of men - God-taught
Motherhood.

To Charter, standing afar-off, came the simple but tremendous
revelation, just a glimpse into that lovely arcanum which mere man may
never know in full.... He saw that these two were closer than prophets
to the Lifting Heart of Things; that such are the handmaidens of the
Spirit, to whom are intrusted God's avatars; that no prophet is greater
than his mother.

To the man, it was new as the dream which nestled in Paula's heart; to
the women, it was old as the flocks on the mountain-sides of Lebanon.
They turned to him smiling. And when he could speak, he said to Paula:

"I thought you would like to see the garret, and the window that faces
the East."


THE END




About Will Levington Comfort

_Author of "She Buildeth Her House" and "Routledge Rides Alone"_

(_Eight Editions_)


Well-known as one of the most successful short-story contributors to
American magazines, Will Levington Comfort awoke one morning a little
over a year ago to find himself famous as a long-story writer. Seldom
has the first novel of an author been accorded the very essence of
praise from the conservative critics as was Mr. Comfort's "Routledge
Rides Alone," acknowledged to be the best book of 1910.

While young in years, Mr. Comfort, who is thirty-three, is old in
experience. In 1898 he enlisted in the Fifth United States Cavalry, and
saw Cuban service in the Spanish-American War. The following year he
rode as a war correspondent in the Philippines a rise which resulted
from vivid letters written to newspapers from the battlefields and
prisons.

Stricken with fever, wearied of service and thinking of Home, he was
next ordered by cable up into China to watch the lid lifted from the
Legations at Peking. Here he saw General Liscum killed on the Tientsin
Wall and got his earliest glance of the Japanese in war. Another attack
of fever completely prostrated him and he was sent home on the hospital
ship "Relief."

In the interval between the Boxer Uprising and the Russo-Japanese War,
Mr. Comfort began to dwell upon the great fundamental facts of
world-politics. But the call of smoke and battle was too strong, and,
securing a berth as war-correspondent for a leading midwestern
newspaper, he returned to the far East and the scenes of the
Russo-Japanese conflict in 1904. He was present at the battle of
Liaoyang his description of which in "Routledge Rides Alone" fairly
overwhelms the reader.

Few novels of recent years have aroused the same enthusiasm as was
evoked by this story of "Routledge." Book reviewers both in this country
and in Europe have suggested that the book should win for its author the
Peace prize because it is one of the greatest and most effective
arguments against warfare that has ever been presented.




By WILL LEVINGTON COMFORT


ROUTLEDGE RIDES ALONE

COLORED FRONTISPIECE BY MARTIN JUSTICE

Here is a tale indeed - big and forceful, palpitating with interest, and
written with the sureness of touch and the breadth of a man who is
master of his art. Mr. Comfort has drawn upon two practically new
story-places in the world of fiction to furnish the scenes for his
narrative - India and Manchuria at the time of the Russo-Japanese War.
While the novel is distinguished by its clear and vigorous war scenes,
the fine and sweet romance of the love of the hero, Routledge - a brave,
strange, and talented American - for the "most beautiful woman in London"
rivals these in interest.

The story opens in London, sweeps up and down Asia, and reaches its most
rousing pitch on the ghastly field of Liaoyang, in Manchuria. The
one-hundred-mile race from the field to a free cable outside the war
zone, between Routledge and an English war correspondent, is as exciting
and enthralling as anything that has appeared in fiction in recent
years.

"A big, vital, forceful story that towers giant-high - a romance
to lure the hours away in tense interest - a book with a message
for all mankind." - _Detroit Free Press._

"Three such magnificent figures as Routledge, Noreen, and
Rawder never before have appeared together in fiction. Take it
all in all, 'Routledge Rides Alone' is a great novel, full of
sublime conception, one of the few novels that are as ladders
from heaven to earth." - _San Francisco Argonaut._

"The story unfolds a vast and vivid panorama of life. The first
chapters remind one strongly of the descriptive Kipling we once
knew. We commend the book for its untamed interest. We
recommend it for its descriptive power." - _Boston Evening
Transcript._

"Here is one of the strongest novels of the year; a happy
blending of romance and realism, vivid, imaginative, dramatic,
and, above all, a well told story with a purpose. It is a
red-blooded story of war and love, with a touch of the
mysticism of India, some world politics, love of country, and
hate of oppression - a tale of clean and expert workmanship,
powerful and personal." - _Pittsburg Dispatch._

"Three such magnificent figures (Routledge, Noreen, and Rawder)
have seldom before appeared together in fiction. For knowledge,
energy, artistic conception, and literary skill, it is easily
the book of the day - A GREAT NOVEL, full of a sublime
conception, one of the few novels that are as ladders from
heaven to earth." - _San Francisco Argonaut._

"EASILY THE BOOK OF THE DAY" - _San Francisco Argonaut._







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