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An Amateur Fireman   By: (1848-1912)

An Amateur Fireman by James Otis

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AN AMATEUR FIREMAN

JAMES OTIS

[Illustration: LIFE SAVING CORPS AT WORK. Frontispiece. ]

AN AMATEUR FIREMAN

BY

JAMES OTIS

AUTHOR OF "TOBY TYLER," ETC.

[Illustration: JIP AND THE FIRE ALARM. Page 40]

NEW YORK E. P. DUTTON & COMPANY

681 FIFTH AVE.

COPYRIGHT E. P. DUTTON & CO

1898

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE AMATEUR 1

II. 'LISH DAVIS 19

III. JIP'S REVENGE 36

IV. SAM THE DETECTIVE 54

V. TARDY REPENTANCE 73

VI. AN OBSTINATE DETECTIVE 92

VII. NEW LODGINGS 110

VIII. JIP COLLINS'S RETREAT 127

IX. THE UNIFORM 144

X. AT HEADQUARTERS 161

XI. SAM'S RETURN 179

XII. THE PRISONER 196

XIII. THE LETTER 215

XIV. THE SUBPOENA 233

XV. THE TRIAL 251

XVI. WINNING A MEDAL 270

XVII. THE BLOW OUT 288

XVIII. THE EXHIBITION DRILL 306

ILLUSTRATIONS.

PAGE

LIFE SAVING CORPS AT WORK Frontispiece

'LISH DAVIS AND SETH 8

JIP COLLINS AND THE BOYS FROM BROOKLYN 34

JIP AND THE FIRE ALARM Title page 40

SETH CATCHES THE HORSE 68

SAM GOING TO PHILADELPHIA 136

THE FIRE ENGINE GOING OUT 152

SETH RESCUES THE BABY 272

THE BLOW OUT 298

PRESENTING THE MEDALS 322

AN AMATEUR FIREMAN.

CHAPTER I.

THE AMATEUR.

"I ain't sayin' as how I could run a whole fire, same as some of the chiefs do; but when it comes to drivin' an engine, Dan Roberts, an' doin' it in time to get the first water, or layin' hose, I wouldn't knuckle down to the biggest man in the Department."

"Now see here, Seth Bartlett, what's the sense of talkin' that way? It would be a good deal better, an' I ain't the only one who says it, if you'd stick right to shinin', an' stop playin' fireman, for that's 'bout the biggest part of the work you do."

"Do you s'pose I count on shinin' boots for a livin' all my life?"

"You've got to make a better fist at it than you have done for a year or more, else you'll never get into anythin' else. I tell you what it is, Seth Bartlett, when a man wants to hire a boy, he ain't pickin' out the feller that's failed up two or three times over; but he generally looks for the one what's makin' a go of it, whether it's shinin' or sellin' papers."

"I ain't sayin' but you're right, Dan, an' I s'pose it's a good thing for you to keep right on rememberin'; but it's different with me. I don't count on any one man hirin' me when I strike out for somethin' better'n shinin'."

"Oh, you don't, eh? What little game have you got? Goin' to run a bank, or keep a hotel, or do somethin' like that?"

"You think you're funny, but you ain't. I'm goin' into the Fire Department when the right time comes, an' don't you make any mistake about it."

Dan laughed loud and long at this announcement, and Seth gazed at him in grim silence until the explosion of mirth was somewhat subsided, when he said sharply:

"I guess trade must have been pretty good with you to day, else you wouldn't be feelin' so terrible funny... Continue reading book >>




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