in chapter 9
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That would be the tall soldier (Jim Conklin),
"Suddenly, as the two friends marched on, the tall soldier seemed to be overcome by a tremor. His face turned to a semblance of gray paste. He clutched the youth's arm and looked all about him, as if dreading to be overheard. Then he began to speak in a shaking whisper."
Sorry, I wrote the wrong quote.