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Frank Merriwell's Chums   By: (1866-1945)

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Author of "Frank Merriwell's School Days," "Frank Merriwell's Foes," etc.

[Frontispiece: "All eyes were now fixed on Frank."]

Philadelphia: David Mckay, Publisher, 604 8 South Washington Square. Copyright, 1896 and 1902 By Street & Smith

Frank Merriwell's Chums


I Frank Asks Questions II A Ghastly Subject III An Irresistible Temptation IV A Game of Bluff V Frank's Revelation VI The Plot VII Spreading the Snare VIII The Haunted Room IX In the Meshes X Downward XI Trusting and True XII The Snare is Broken XIII The "Centipede" Joke XIV Lively Times XV Warned XVI Paul Rains XVII The Bully's Match XVIII Rains' Challenge XIX Jumping XX Bascomb's Mistake XXI The Rival Professors XXII A Lively Call XXIII Skating for Honors XXIV Skating for Life XXV The Sinister Stranger XXVI The Mystery of the Ring XXVII Attacked on the Road XXVIII The Marks on the Black Stone XXIX Bart Makes a Pledge XXX Frank and the Professor XXXI Snell Talks XXXII Snell's Hatred XXXIII Playing the Shadow XXXIV The Ring Disappears XXXV More Danger XXXVI The Secret of the Ring XXXVII "Baby" XXXVIII Sport With a Plebe XXXIX An Open Insult XL For the Under Dog XLI Birds of a Feather XLII The Challenge XLIII Doughty Duelist XLIV A Comedy Duel XLV Another Kind of a Fight XLVI Result of the Contest XLVII Alive! XLVIII Baby's Heroism Conclusion




September was again at hand, and the cadets at Fardale Military Academy had broken camp, and returned to barracks.

For all of past differences, which had been finally settled between them for all that they had once been bitter enemies, and were by disposition and development as radically opposite as the positive and negative points of a magnetic needle, Frank Merriwell and Bartley Hodge had chosen to room together.

There was to be no more "herding" in fours, and so Barney Mulloy, the Irish lad, and Hans Dunnerwust, the Dutch boy, were assigned to another room.

Like Hodge, Barney and Hans were Frank Merriwell's stanch friends and admirers. They were ready to do anything for the jolly young plebe, who had become popular at the academy, and thus won both friends and foes among the older cadets.

Barney was shrewd and ready witted, while Hans, for all of his speech and his blundering ways, was much brighter than he appeared.

Still being plebes, Merriwell and Hodge had been assigned to the "cock loft" of the third division, which meant the top floor on the north side of the barracks the sunless side.

The other sides, and the lower floors, with the exception of the first, were reserved for the older cadets.

Their room contained two alcoves, or bedrooms, at the end opposite the door. These alcoves were made by a simple partition that separated one side from the other, but left the bedrooms open to the rest of the room.

Against the walls in the alcoves stood two light iron bedsteads, with a single mattress on each, carefully folded back during the day, and made up only after tattoo.

The rest of the bedding was carefully and systematically piled on the mattresses.

In the partitions were rows of iron hooks, on which their clothing must be placed in regular order, overcoats to the front, then rubber coats, uniform coats, jackets, trousers, and underclothing following, with a bag for soiled clothing at the rear.

On the broad wooden bar that ran across the front of these alcoves, near the ceiling, the names of the cadets who occupied the bedrooms were posted, so inspecting officers could tell at a glance who occupied the beds.

At the front of the partition the washstand was placed, with the bucket of water, dipper, and washbowl, which must always be kept in a certain order, with the washbowl inverted, and the soapdish on top of it... Continue reading book >>

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