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The Hoosier School-boy   By: (1837-1902)

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[Illustration: "NOT THERE, NOT THERE, MY CHILD!"]

THE HOOSIER SCHOOL BOY

By EDWARD EGGLESTON

New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1919

Copyright, 1883, By CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

Copyright, 1910, By FRANCES G. EGGLESTON

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. The New Scholar 3 II. King Milkmaid 15 III. Answering Back 23 IV. Little Christopher Columbus 34 V. Whiling Away Time 43 VI. A Battle 48 VII. Hat ball and Bull pen 58 VIII. The Defender 70 IX. Pigeon Pot pie 80 X. Jack and His Mother 97 XI. Columbus and His Friends 102 XII. Greenbank Wakes Up 113 XIII. Professor Susan 119 XIV. Crowing After Victory 127 XV. An Attempt To Collect 137 XVI. An Exploring Expedition 148 XVII. Housekeeping Experiences 154 XVIII. Ghosts 166 XIX. The Return Home 177 XX. A Foot race for Money 189 XXI. The New Teacher 203 XXII. Chasing the Fox 210 XXIII. Called To Account 222 XXIV. An Apology 229 XXV. King's Base and a Spelling lesson 238 XXVI. Unclaimed Top strings 243 XXVII. The Last Day of School, and The Last Chapter of the Story 252

ILLUSTRATIONS

"Not there, not there, my child!" Frontispiece

FACING PAGE Jack amusing the small boys with stories of hunting, fishing, and frontier adventure 44

"Cousin Sukey," said little Columbus, "I want to ask a favor of you" 120

Bob Holliday carries home his friend 258

THE HOOSIER SCHOOL BOY

CHAPTER I

THE NEW SCHOLAR

While the larger boys in the village school of Greenbank were having a game of "three old cat" before school time, there appeared on the playground a strange boy, carrying two books, a slate, and an atlas under his arm.

He was evidently from the country, for he wore a suit of brown jeans, or woollen homespun, made up in the natural color of the "black" sheep, as we call it. He shyly sidled up to the school house door, and looked doubtfully at the boys who were playing, watching the familiar game as though he had never seen it before.

The boys who had the "paddles" were standing on three bases, while three others stood each behind a base and tossed the ball around the triangle from one hole or base to another. The new comer soon perceived that, if one with a paddle, or bat, struck at the ball and missed it, and the ball was caught directly, or "at the first bounce," he gave up his bat to the one who had "caught him out." When the ball was struck, it was called a "tick," and when there was a tick, all the batters were obliged to run one base to the left, and then the ball thrown between a batter and the base to which he was running "crossed him out," and obliged him to give up his "paddle" to the one who threw the ball... Continue reading book >>




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