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The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields   By: (1879-1917)

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THE BOY SCOUTS ON BELGIAN BATTLEFIELDS

BY LIEUT. HOWARD PAYSON

AUTHOR OF "THE MOTOR CYCLE SERIES," "THE BOY SCOUTS OF THE EAGLE PATROL," "THE BOY SCOUTS ON THE RANGE," "THE BOY SCOUTS AND THE ARMY AIRSHIP," "THE BOY SCOUTS' MOUNTAIN CAMP," "THE BOY SCOUTS FOR UNCLE SAM," "THE BOY SCOUTS AT THE PANAMA CANAL," "THE BOY SCOUTS UNDER FIRE IN MEXICO," ETC.

ILLUSTRATED BY CHARLES L. WRENN

NEW YORK HURST & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1915, BY HURST & COMPANY

[Illustration: The long roll of rifle firing in volleys, and the faint cheers of charging men. Page 178. ]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. ANTWERP, ON THE SCHELDT 5

II. THE AERIAL MAP MAKER 19

III. LEAVING FOR THE FRONT 31

IV. THE DAY OF THE BOY SCOUT 45

V. UNDER THE BRIDGE 58

VI. GETTING NEAR THE WAR ZONE 68

VII. THE DESERTION OF ANTHONY 80

VIII. WHEN THE UHLANS CAME 92

IX. WITH FIRE AND SMOKE 102

X. THE DUTY OF A SCOUT 112

XI. MYSTERIOUS SIGNALS IN THE NIGHT 121

XII. THE MEETING BETWEEN THE LINES 131

XIII. CAUGHT IN THE ACT 140

XIV. THE FIELD HOSPITAL 149

XV. CHASING A JACK O' LANTERN 161

XVI. THE BATTLE FOR THE TRENCHES 180

XVII. THE BADGE OF COURAGE AND MERCY 190

XVIII. AFTER THE FIGHTING WAS OVER 200

XIX. AN IMPORTANT CLUE 210

XX. THE CAMP FIRES OF AN ARMY 220

XXI. THE HANGING BRIDGE 230

XXII. SCOUT TACTICS 242

XXIII. THE FROG HUNTERS 254

XXIV. THE ARMORED CAR 266

XXV. TURNING THE TABLES 278

XXVI. FOR HUMANITY'S SAKE 290

XXVII. CONCLUSION 302

The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields.

CHAPTER I.

ANTWERP, ON THE SCHELDT.

"Oh! how glad I am that part of the trip is over, now we've crossed from England to Antwerp without being wrecked!"

"You certainly did seem to have a bad time of it, Tubby, in the wash of the Channel!"

"Bad time did you say, Rob? It was a great deal worse than anything we struck on the voyage between New York and Liverpool, let me tell you."

"But now we want to forget all our troubles of the past, Tubby."

"I know what you mean by that, Merritt; it's just the same as telling me the worst is yet to come."

"Well, I'm a little afraid myself that's going to turn out a fact. Here we are, just landed in a strange country that is being overrun by an army of German invaders; and all of us are bound to push deeper and deeper into the mire."

"Hey, Merritt, you give me a shiver when you say that, don't you know?"

"I guess you must mean a quiver, Tubby; because whenever you laugh or tremble you make me think of a bowl full of jelly!"

"Now you're making sport of me because I'm so pudgy and fat. Just as if I could help that; can I, Rob?"

"To be sure you couldn't, Tubby; and we wouldn't want you to be anything but what you are the best natured scout in the whole Eagle Patrol, and I'm safe in saying you're the only fellow in the Long Island town of Hampton who hasn't an enemy. Everybody takes a fancy to a jolly rolypoly like you, Tubby."

"What would we do without you?" Merritt added, with real feeling in his voice.

"Well, but it strikes me you tried mighty hard to induce me not to join you two on this wonderful trip abroad," complained the fat boy reproachfully.

"There was a good reason for that, Tubby," defended Merritt quickly... Continue reading book >>




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