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The Grammar School Boys of Gridley or, Dick & Co. Start Things Moving   By: (1868-1922)

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The Grammar School Boys of Gridley


Dick & Co. Start Things Moving



Author of The Grammar School Boys Snowbound, The Grammar School Boys in the Woods, The High School Boys' Series, The West Point Series, The Annapolis Series, The Young Engineers' Series, The Boys of the Army Series, The Motor Boat Club Series, Etc., Etc.




Copyright, 1911, by Howard E. Altemus



I. "Old Dut" Tells a Story Dick Another 7

II. A Brush on the Street 20

III. Football Without Rules 39

IV. Ab. Dexter's Temper is Squally 53

V. Football Uniforms in Sight 63

VI. On the Trail of the Cab 73

VII. Dick Leads a Spirited Rush 80

VIII. Two Accidents Or Traps? 90

IX. An Awesome River Discovery 104

X. A Problem in Footprints 115

XI. Dan Sees Bears In His Mind 124

XII. The Boy With the Oakum Taste 130

XIII. A Great Football Pow Pow 142

XIV. Dick Steps Into a Death Trap 154

XV. What Grammar School Boys Can Do 161

XVI. Out for Hallowe'en Fun 170

XVII. The Newest Trick of All 180

XVIII. Carrying Fun To the Danger Limit 187

XIX. Ben Wants To Know Who "Blabbed" 198

XX. Dick's Accuser Gets Two Answers 208

XXI. Ab. Dexter Makes a New Move 218

XXII. Tricked Into Bad Company 226

XXIII. Dick Makes His Stand for Honor 235

XXIV. Conclusion 247

The Grammar School Boys of Gridley



"Master Prescott, what are you doing?"

The voice of Mr. E. Dutton Jones rasped out rather sharply, jarring on the generally studious air of the eighth grade room of the Central Grammar School.

"What were you doing, Master Prescott?" repeated the stern voice of the principal.

Dick Prescott had glanced up, somewhat startled and confused. By this time every boy's and girl's eyes had turned away from text books toward Dick Prescott.

"I was whispering, sir," confessed Dick.

"Oh, was that all?" demanded the somewhat ironical voice of Mr. E. Dutton Jones, more commonly known as "Old Dut."

"Yes, sir."

"To whom were you whispering?"

"To Master Hazelton."

"If I am intruding on no confidences, what were you whispering about?" continued Old Dut.

"I " began Dick, and then his face turned still more red under the curious gaze of some fifty boys and girls. "I was telling Master Hazelton a funny story."

"Do you think it was very funny?" inquired Old Dut.

"The story? Yes, sir."

The broad grin that promptly spread over Harry Hazelton's face seemed to confirm Dick's claim as to the humorous quality of the story.

"Master Prescott," adjudged the principal, "you may rise in your seat and tell the story to the whole class, myself included. On this dull, rainy day I feel certain that we all need a good laugh."

A smile that grew to a titter in some quarters of the room greeted Dick as he struggled half shamefacedly to his feet.

"Go on with the story," encouraged Old Dut. "Or, rather, begin at the beginning. That's the right way to serve up a story."

"I I'd rather not tell the story, sir," protested young Prescott.

"Why not?" demanded the principal sharply.

"Well, because, sir I'd rather not. That's all."

Principal Jones frequently employed that grilling way of questioning one of his pupils, and his implied sarcasm had a very effective way of making young offenders squirm before the class.

Whispering, in itself, is not a criminal offense, yet it often has a sad effect on the discipline of a schoolroom, and of late Old Dut had been much annoyed by whisperers.

"So you won't tell us all that choice story, eh, Master Prescott?" insisted the principal, half coaxingly... Continue reading book >>

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