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|Article Title||A Waterloo Veteran|
TWATEKLOO VETEltAN. Ho Woo Proud or HIa Modtil and IL'a Son. How taio drifted fio old. veteran Inttr jur little Canadian l.nlto Uric vlllno I notcrnevr. Drifted him? No', ho ercr murched m If under tho orders of hl commaudcr. Toll, thin, whltc-halred, closo-slinven nnd nlwnys in Unco breeches and lonff itocklngs, ho wni nn nntlqtio and martini flffnre. "1'resH wlilteflsh," niM his cry, which ho delivered de-livered nn if colllDfr nil tho vlllnijo to tall In for drill. Bo lmprcw.lve was hln demeanor that I10 dlpniBcd his oecupntiou. For Yearn affr ho illiappcitrcti. tho peddling of ivlillollsh by horto nnd cart wni nv Ijnrdod In that district ns highly re-ipootable.. re-ipootable.. It wna a ftlorlovi trado when old John Lock held tho atecl-ynrds atecl-ynrds nnd aerved out tho Blittcrlnt fish with nn air of distributing ammunition for a hmff day's corabat. I liellcvo 1 noticed on tho first day 1 sow him how ho tapped hla left bivnot with a proud Kliiro when ho hail donn with a' lot of customers and was almut to march nf nln at the Ucadof his horso. That restored him from trade to his nob dlerihlp ho had witutetl his Waterloo rued alt Then?, beneath Id throadbnre old Mho coat. It lay, always felt by tho heart of tho hero. "Why doesn't ho wear It outside?" I once asked, "llo ud to." said my father, "till Hiram Bcuddcr, the dniUfrlst, nskod htm 'whatho'd tako for tho bit of pewter.' pew-ter.' " 'What did old John say", sir?'' " 'Tako for tho bit of pewtcrl' snld ho, looking hard at Sctiddcr with scorn! 1'vo took bolter men's lives nor ever yours was for to rrct it, nnd I'd soil my wn for It as quick ns ever I oflered It befiro.' " Jtoro fool you,' fold Scudder. " 'You're nowt.' salil old John, vory calm nnd cooj, 'you'ro nowt but wnlli-Inffdlrt.' wnlli-Inffdlrt.' From tbatdny forth ho would noversjll Siuddera ilsh: ho wouldn't loneii his money." It ciust liavo been Into ln 18Af or early In 1955 thnt I first miw the medal. Oolnu home fmra school on n bright winter nftornfton I met old John walk-Inp walk-Inp very er;t, vriihont bis iiaual fish supply. A dull, round whlto upolwnn olnr-ped 011 the lelt bronsl of his coot. "Mr. Locke," bald tho snvill boy, starinfrwJth admiration, ' Is thnt your glorious Waterloo mdnl?" ' ."You'ro a poo 1 llttlo ladl" He ctooped to let me sco the noble powtcr. "IVar's doclared ngnlntit KoosUla," wont on tho old mnn, "and no-.v'n rljtut to-sliowlt. Tho old rcHlmcnl's sailed, nnd ray only son la with tho colors." Then he took me by tho hand nniMod mo Into tho vlllnpo F.torc, whoro Ihc lnwycr read atoud tho uows from the iiarxr that Uioold vtternn cavo him. In those djys there was no r-uwy within fifty miles of un. It had chanced thut ,ocio fisherman brought old John n lnttr paper than any previously received ln the vlllnff.. "Ay, b-i' tho dukn Is fjope," said he, chatting his whlto head, "and lt'eurioui to balijhllig on thoBamosido with another an-other noney." All that winter and tho next, nil tho long summer between, old John displayed dis-played his modal. When tho report of Alma carro his remarks on tho Trench falluro to got Into the llgkt wero savcro. "What wai they ever vt Ithout llonoy?' . . 1.1 1......1.. ncwouui intiuiro. llut n loiter frojililn con nfter InUer.-man InUer.-man chatigel all ftat. "Half of us was klUe.1, mid tho rest of ns clsan tired with fighting," wroto f3orpor.il Lnilcp "What with n bullot throug'.i thi fiet.ll of mv right leg nnd tho fatigue of i.lng thu bayonet so Jong, I n as llko to drop, "Tlio Russians wcro coming on ngiln aslfUiero was no end to them, when alrango drumn camo sounding ln tho inUt behind us. With that wo clotcd uo and faced half round, thinking they had outflanked us nnd tho day wa gone, so there was nothing raor to do. but make out to dio hard, like tho sou; of Wntcrloo mnn. Yon would hnvo bon plcasod to hco tho looks of wlint was loi I of the old reglmout, father. "Then all of a sudden a French column camn up tho riao Dijt of tho inUt, roaring 'Vlvel'Rrapcreurl' their llruina beating tho charge. Wc gavo Jhein room, for we wcro too dead tired to go fint. On they went llko mad nt the Itusaians, so that was the end of a hard morning's work. 1 was down, (suited with loss of blood, lmt I will soon V fit for duty asuln. When I csmo to myself there was n Frenchman pouring brandy down my tkrvut mid talking in hhvglhbcrlsh as kind ns any Christian. Never a word will I say ng'.u them red-logged Trench again." "Show mo th man thftt would," gro"-l oil Joha. "It was never ln Ihcui l"ren!i to n-t c -anlly. Didn't thev beet F," I'lC vroild, 01 .vol us nnd Hi- rtulti-? ' With tho cn-'l.-,"-.f t'.i rilin-Ttr-ar onrvlllaga v. a. llhtiu'u.stt'd. R.-.fc of lallow eandlsR la e - ry wlu.Vn". Oca-work Oca-work In n vacant 11M nnd a tor -1,1.,-r.it procession1 OH J din 1 i-.i'.-IinI m bs head in full roglinenu's, Mr iljU. as n ramrod, tho h"ro of tho nl.t'.t. Ills son had been promoted vrpeant for bravery on tho flold, We boys thought tho old army of Wellington kept ghostly step with John Locke, while aerial drums pealed and boat with re-Jolclng re-Jolclng nt the now glory of L'tigHsh-speaklng L'tigHsh-speaklng men. After that tho old man again woro his medal concealed. Tho Chinese war of 1857 wan too contemptible to ecle broto by displaying his badge of Wntcr- Then enme tho drcndful talo of tho Rcpoy mutiny Sleorut, Delhi, Cau-n-pore! After tho talo of Nana Ruhlba maasncrn was rend to old John ha novcr mulled, I think. Week after week, monthafterraonth, as hideous tidings pouiwl rapidly In, his face become raoro haggard, grny and dreadful. 'Tho fooling that ho was too old for use seemod to shaino him IIo no longer carried hla hoad high ns ofyoro. That his son was uot marching march-ing behind Hnvolock with the avenging aveng-ing army seemed to cut tho veter.vi sorely. Sorgt. Locke hnd sailed with tho old regiment to join Outrnm In Fcrsla before tho Bcpoys broko loos-. "I'm feared eomothlng's gone wrong with my hoart." Month went by beforo wo learned thut the troops for Torsln had been , t topped on their way and thrown Into ! India ugalnst tho mutlncoro. At that news old John marched Into the village with a proudor air than ho had worn for many dnya. Ills medal was ugaln displayed ou his breast. It was but tho next month, I think, I that tho village hiwyor stood reading nlond tho necountof a great Hcpoy fort. Tho veteran entered tlio pct ofllce and nil mado vray for him, Tho reading went oni "Tho blowing open of tho eastern gsto was tho grandest personal exploit of tho nttaclc. It wns performed by native sappers coTorcd by the fire of tho Sixtieth regiment ar..l headed by Lloula. Ilowo mid Hnlkeld, Ftcrgts Smith, Carmlchacl, Uurgceaand Ixxjlte." Tho lawyer pauwHl. Kveryoyoliirncd to tho fnco of tho old Waterloo soldier. Ho straightened up to keener nttentlnn, throw out his chest, lapped the glorious mcdhl nnd so sainted tho natueo of tho brave. "God bo praised, ray son was thercl" 1 ho snld. "Read on." "Scrgt Carmlch.iel, while laying the powder, was killed, ftnd tho native liavlldar wounded. Tho powder having been laid, tho ndvanco party slipped down Into tho ditch to allow tho firing party, under Lieut. Bnlkold, li do lis duty. "Whllo trying to ilro tho charge ha v.ns t.hot through ono leg nnd arm. Ho sank, but handed tho match to ficrgU Ilurgcss, who whs nt ouco shot deni', Sorgt, Locke, alrcndy woundod aevoro-ly aevoro-ly In tho shoulder, then seized tho match and encceeded In firing tho train He tell nt mat moment, literally riddled with bullets." "Read on," mild old John, In a deeper voice. All forboro to look twlco npon hit fnco. "Others of tho party were falling when tho mighty gnto was blown to frngments, nnd tho Oxford light Infantry, In-fantry, under Col. Cnmpbell, rushed Into tho breach." There wns a long r.llcnco In the post office till old John ioke once nioro. "The Lord Ood lio thanked for all Ills dealings with us. My ton, rJcrgt Locke, died well for England." Nervously fingering tho medal on his breast, tho old coldlcr wheeled about and marched proudly straight down the middle of tho vlllngo strcot to his lono y cabin. The villagers, novcr saw him In life ngnln. Noxt day ho did not appear. All refrained from Intrudlug on his mourning Hut In tho evening, when tho rector henrd of hia parishioner's loss, he walked to old John s homo There, stretched upon his straw bed, ho toy in his iinliquoreginientnln, stiller than nt ntleiillon, nil his medals fastened below that of Waterloo nbovi-his nbovi-his ijul.-t neart. Ills right hnnd lay on nn open llibls Ills face woro nn rxprosvlon of looking forover nnd over upon Kergt. Locke nnd tho Oreat Commander who lakes back unto Illm tho heroes Ho fashions '1 sneeton tho world. Toronto IIhII. , A WHITh iTiMlS't) HO I ION. A Mi An 'Vv C'mri IU Competed In Top I iff lb AVurd lnnoia'1-.n. HnKll.linien nm npt to (-(."found Af rli-nn lnvei w 1I1 I 'i" form 1 of slavory kuA-vn ti i; iro,i:i 1 tuitions. One of tlMf.'-i. 1'rlt'i - of il.,i' t.o F,!av.-y in Dar'tr-t fri a. sa.ysM James On jetts, l-i t'ml i.-'iIIi. tho unlive r.!nv nwnea un. by i'i.'. m. ni ip.'l hi: rdiVei t fibi ft'.i li'ni imdp 1- - . '.'"roite'i-sive '.'"roite'i-sive po-.ven. o-ror I i" 1, n e '.ml ' In gaily" rompvl hl-i I'-i-ri to i.-ork ffr him. On t.10 Conico nd its affluenti rta'ivofnot Mnhammednn lave ow .icrf. piiy wag" t 'i tholr own .lavc 1 wUo.ne vi'i-tho vi'i-tho latter nro required to cniTy ivcr nnd pro-luoo to the cont. T.ven Tispo Tib p.iyihln numerous sloro rsldtcri undor i.uah pouooful olrciimitdti.-i The pliKsttoM of 1,le'Ta3lye'm (o bn iuiviiriia iur moro .-.uol.ii.t U'lil prlmltlvo Institution than laljor When. d"mestUul'T:ry woo "flrrt ln-trollfuVed" ln-trollfuVed" Into Afiica regular laliir was unknown; -tho rlht to moiiopjllir tho '.love's labor was theroforo never IncorpratoJ among tho slnroholJers privileges and prorog.itivos. It Is white men who have really introduced nnd nc-cllmatlzcd nc-cllmatlzcd tho Idea of work or "labor' In Africa. Whoti I'hnraoh compelled tho children of l.mol to "work" for him ho was considered n dangerous revolutionist by Egyptian cou'orra-tlvcs, cou'orra-tlvcs, Tlio Spanlnrds first liitro-luced lalnir slavery In tho woBtsrn world AVe moderns havo completely forgotton thut tlia elavo wns origlunlly In tho main n fighting rtaluer, not n vnvd'-Ingman.