|was seldom heard. Then one day the train was forced to stop.|
The plague that infested the cadets' camp had struck the
train. The influenza stopped everything. After three weeks
of rest the order "Roll out" was heard; the train, with stout-
er hearts and renewed hopes and despite the war whoops of the
cadets, took up the trail once more.
The next obstacle was a river, the Clothes
River. At a distance it appeared a mere stream, but on
close inspection there were swift undercurrents. The women
crossed easily but the men encountered difficulties. Fortu-
nately there were friendly cadets in this region who offered
their equipment. This did not prove so satisfactory in some
respects because what fit one place did not fit another,
but in the end and with the borrowed equipment the men were
able to cross.
At the end of the trail was the greatest hard-
ship of all. The River Success must be crossed. Could the
train swim this body of water or would the treacherous cur-
rent of failure carry them down to the camps of hostile ca-
dets, there to be held in the bondage of ridicule?
On February 8 the crossing was made. At 8:30
P. M. the curtains rolled back and the first wagon was in
the water. One by one they crossed until the last wagon,
containing Adam and Eva in each other's arms, reached the
opposite bank. Success had been achieved. The trail was
M. L. R.