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Dick Prescotts's Fourth Year at West Point Ready to Drop the Gray for Shoulder Straps   By: (1868-1922)

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DICK PRESCOTT'S FOURTH YEAR AT WEST POINT or Ready to Drop the Gray for Shoulder Straps

By H. Irving Hancock


CHAPTERS I. Dick Reports a Brother Cadet II. Jordan Reaches Out for Revenge III. Catching a Man for Breach of "Con." IV. The Class Committee Calls V. The Cadet "Silence" Falls VI. Trying to Explain to the Girls VII. Jordan Meets Disaster VIII. Fate Serves Dick Her Meanest Trick IX. The Class Takes Final Action X. Lieutenant Denton's Straight Talk XI. The News from Franklin Field XII. Ready to Break the Camel's Back XIII. The Figures in the Dark XIV. The Story Carried on the Wind XV. The Class Meeting "Sizzles" XVI. Finding the Baseball Gait XVII. Ready for the Army Navy Game XVIII. Dan Dalzell's Crabtown Grin XIX. When the Army Fans Winced XX. The Vivid Finish of the Game XXI. A Cloud on Dick's Horizon XXII. Cadet Prescott Commands at Squadron Drill XXIII. A West Pointer's Love Affair XXIV. Conclusion



"Detachment halt!" commanded the engineer officer in charge.

Out on the North Dock at West Point the column of cadets had marched, and now, at the word, came to an abrupt stop.

This detachment, made up of members of the first and third classes in the United States Military Academy, was out on this August forenoon for instruction in actual military engineering.

The task, which must be accomplished in a scant two hours, was to lay a pontoon bridge across an indentation of the Hudson River, this indentation being a few hundred feet across, and representing, in theory, an unfordable river.

"Mr. Prescott!"

Cadet Richard Prescott, now a first classman, and captain of one of the six cadet companies, stepped forward, saluting.

"You will build the bridge today, Mr. Prescott, continued the instructor, Lieutenant Armstrong, Corps of Engineers, United States Army.

"Very good, sir," replied Dick.

With a second salute, which was returned, Prescott turned to divide his command rapidly into smaller detachments.

It was work over which not a moment of time could be lost. All must be done with the greatest possible despatch, and a real bridge was called for not a toy affair or a half way experiment.

"Mr. Holmes," directed Prescott, "you will take charge of the boats. Mr. Jordan, take charge of the balk carriers!"

A balk is a heavy timber, used, in this case, in the construction of the pontoon.

Cadet Jordan, one of the biggest men, physically, in the first class, scowled as he received this order for what was especially arduous duty.

"That's mean of you, Prescott," glowered Jordan.

"If you have any complaints to make, sir, make them to the instructor," return Cadet Captain Prescott, after a swift, astonished look at his classmate.

"You know I can't do that," muttered Cadet Jordan. "But you "

"Silence, sir, and attend to your duty!"

Then, raising his voice to one of general command, Prescott called:

"Construct the bridge!"

Jordan fell back, with a surly face and a muttered imprecation, to take command of the squad of yearlings, or third classman who must serve in carrying the heavy balks.

In the meantime Dick's roommate, Greg Holmes, had hurried his squad away to the flat bottomed, square ended pontoon boats, placing his crews therein.

Almost instantly, it seemed, Greg had placed the first boat in position.

"Lay the balks!" ordered Dick Prescott.

Cadet Jordan moved forward with some of his yearlings, who carried the heavy balks, or flooring timbers, on their shoulders. It was hot, hard work "thankless," as the young men often termed it in private.

These balks were laid across the first pontoon.

As quickly as the balks had been laid the detachment of lashers were at work securing the balks in place.

"Shove off!"

The first was floated to the mooring stakes and a second boat was moved into position... Continue reading book >>

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