The Ballad of Manila Bay and Other Verses

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byHorace Spencer Fiske

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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. 1900. Excerpt: ... THE CHARGE OF SAN JUAN If yon don't wish to go forward, let my men pass. Colonel Roosevelt At San Juan river down the trail, in bush or choking grass, Lay regiments of soldiers in a hot, disordered mass. To the left the hills that hide the sea; to the right the hills arise; And straight in front frown hard and high the hills of sacrifice--The hills that poured from yellow pits a steady fire of death, And turned the soldier's waiting to a struggling gasp for breath. There in the golden sunlight waved a mile of forest green, And blue and red on the hill-tops slept the bungalows serene; While off toward Santiago ran the barracks' gleaming white, And the merciful flags of the Red Cross fluttered soft to the soldier's sight. But up above the rifle-pits, clear-cut against the sky, Like an oriental temple, stood the house where men must die. An hour they lay on their rifles hot, and prayed for the word "advance," For the sun was worse than an enemy and the peril of mischance; The twisting shrapnel burst about in a shrieking, pitiless dirge, And the hissing Mausers cut the grass as a steel prow cuts the surge; And out from mysterious tree-tops close, behind invisible smoke, The guerrilla's waspish bullet in a deadly humming spoke. Then men in line sprang forward--hit, and sank again with a groan, Or clinging to shoulder, torn and red, rolled over without a moan; And back of the lines the stewards drew the wounded to the streams And laid them in rows on the muddy banks, with their feet where the water gleams; And up and down the mounted aides went splashing through the fords, Till they fell from their horses, limp and dead, as if cut by unseen swords. Suddenly broke from the wooded line, behind the Ninth's array, A colonel high on horseback, riding rough to save t...

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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. 1900. Excerpt: ... THE CHARGE OF SAN JUAN If yon don't wish to go forward, let my men pass. Colonel Roosevelt At San Juan river down the trail, i...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217570801

ISBN - 13:9780217570800

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