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A Cadet's Honor Mark Mallory's Heroism   By: (1878-1968)

A Cadet's Honor Mark Mallory's Heroism by Upton Sinclair

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Mark Mallory's Heroism



Author of "Off for West Point," "On Guard," "A West Point Treasure," etc.

[Illustration: BOYS' OWN LIBRARY]

Philadelphia David Mckay, Publisher 610 South Washington Square

Copyright, 1903 By Street & Smith

A Cadet's Honor


CHAPTER PAGE I A "Yearling" Meeting 7 II Mark's Mysterious Visitor 19 III Trouble for Mark 26 IV The Explanation 38 V Mark in Disgrace 46 VI Indian's Re examination 58 VII The Examination of the Parson 66 VIII The Rescue Party 72 IX Heroism of the Parson 76 X More Troubles 81 XI Disadvantages of "Coventry" 85 XII The Embassy of the Parson 91 XIII Preparations for the Battle 99 XIV The Affair at the Fort 109 XV Two Plebes in Hospital 117 XVI The Parson's Indignation 124 XVII Indian in Trouble 133 XVIII To the Rescue 146 XIX The Alliance is Completed 156 XX Indignation of the Yearlings 162 XXI A Mild Attempt at Hazing 171 XXII The Bombshell Falls 177 XXIII In the Shadow of Dismissal 185 XXIV A Letter 193 XXV A Swimming Match 204 XXVI The Finish of a Race 211 XXVII What Mark Did 219 XXVIII Mark Meets the Superintendent 231 XXIX The Seven in Session 239 XXX The Move into Camp 248 XXXI "First Night" 257 XXXII Conclusion 268




The whole class came to the meeting. There hadn't been such an important meeting at West Point for many a day. The yearling class had been outrageously insulted. The mightiest traditions of the academy had been violated, "trampled beneath the dust," and that by two or three vile and uncivilized "beasts" "plebes" new cadets of scarcely a week's experience. And the third class, the yearlings, by inherent right the guardians of West Point's honor, and the hazers of the plebe, had vowed that those plebes must be punished as never had plebes been punished before.

The first and third classes of cadets had gone into summer camp the previous day, immediately after the graduation exercises. From that date, the middle of June to July 1, they have a comparative holiday, with no drills and no duties except guard mounting, dress parade toward evening, and inspections. And it was during the first of the holiday mornings that the above mentioned "meeting" was held, beneath the shady trees of Trophy Point, a short distance from the camp.

"I move," shouted a voice in the crowd, "that we elect Bud Smith chairman."

The motion was carried with a shout, and Bud Smith, just out of hospital by the way, was "boosted" up onto one of the guns, which served as the "chair." Bud Smith was a tall, heavily built youth with a face covered by court plaster and "contusions," as the results of a West Point fight are officially designated by the hospital surgeon.

"This meeting will please come to order," said the chairman. "And the gentlemen will oblige me by keeping quiet and not compelling me to use my voice much. For I am er not feeling very well to day."

And Bud illustrated his statement by gently mopping his "contusions" with a damp handkerchief.

"We have met," began the chairman, as soon as this formality was over "we have met, I believe, to consider the cases of three 'beasts,' Powers, Stanard and Mallory, by name (a low groan from the class), and to consider the best method of reducing them to submission... Continue reading book >>

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