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Twenty-three and a Half Hours' Leave

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"I think the Old Man likes me," went on Sergeant Gray meditatively. "It's about a week now since he told me I was a disgrace to the uniform. How'd I know I was going to sneeze in his horse's ear just as he was climbing on?" -- "Suffering snakes " cried the second mess sergeant. "Go to bed You're delirious." Sergeant Gray put a dimple in the girl's cheek and surveyed it ...more
Hardcover, 86 pages
Published 1918 by George H. Doran Company
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A wonderfully charming short story, set in WWI (first published in 1918, I think) about a young sergeant who has a penchant for getting into scrapes and drawing the ire of his general. The tale of what happens when he makes a rash bet and then gets his whole troop into a comical scrape on the eave of their last leave before embarkation, it's filled with sparkling wit that had me laughing out loud several times (and quite a bit of interesting detail on the camp life and equipment of WWI troops on ...more
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Mary Roberts Rinehart (August 12, 1876-September 22, 1958) was a prolific author often called the American Agatha Christie. She is considered the source of the phrase "The butler did it", although she did not actually use the phrase herself, and also considered to have invented the "Had-I-But-Known" school of mystery writing.

Rinehart wrote hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special
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