The Epistles of Atkins by James MilneThe Epistles of Atkins by James Milne

The Epistles of Atkins

byJames Milne

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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.1902 Excerpt: ... XII.--" THE MEN ARE SPLENDID!" Some points in illustration of this, with general observations on Thomas Atkins, a man of parts. AMAN," says Carlyle, "shall and must be valiant; he must march forward and quit himself like a man, trusting imperturbably in the appointment and choice of the upper Powers, and, on the whole, not fear at all." The spirit of this marching order directs, in no small measure, the every-day war life of the common soldier. He seeks to know his duty, let who will have the setting of it before him, and then he seeks to do it. "Oh," he says to himself, "that's the job, is it? Well, here goes." He has the inner faith, which is the dowry of sound manhood, and by it he walks. If the road takes him "The Men Are Splendid."--The incident here shown was probably the inspiration of the phrase. At Colenso all the gunners of a fifteenpounder are shot, save two, who still keep loading and firing. They use up the emergency rounds of case, and, when nothing more can be done, stand to the "'Tention," and die as heroes should. THE "over the hills and far away," he will return when he can. The soldier may be likened to a young oak, in that he stands stubbornly to the blasts, without crying the fact across the forest. The tree of knowledge, lifting its wealth of branches overhead, shakes and thunders in every breeze, a veritable monitor. "Hullo, old fellow," the pert, sinewy sapling looks up, "don't make such a row about it all. You'll be having a fall if you don't mind." That is Atkins, delivering himself of a parable for all whom it may concern. He is sharp of insight, if he be a townsman; not scarce of mother wisdom and long, slow views, if he be from the country. In either case he has the straps and pipe-clay of old custom to overcome. The wonder is t...
Title:The Epistles of AtkinsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217889212

ISBN - 13:9780217889216