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Si Klegg, Book 3 Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures   By: (1846-1929)

Si Klegg, Book 3 Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures by John McElroy

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SI KLEGG

SI AND SHORTY MEET MR. ROSENBAUM, THE SPY, WHO RELATES HIS ADVENTURES

By John McElroy

BOOK No. 3

PUBLISHED BY THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE, WASHINGTON, D. C.

[Illustration: SI AND SHORTY AS MOUNTED INFANTRY]

(Chapter VIII.)

PUBLISHED BY

THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE CO.

WASHINGTON, D. C.

SECOND EDITION

COPYRIGHT 1910

Contents:

PREFACE CHAPTER I. OUT ON PICKET CHAPTER II. ROSENBAUM, THE SPY CHAPTER III. THE DEACON GOES HOME CHAPTER IV. A SPY'S EXPERIENCES CHAPTER V. THE BOYS GO SPYING CHAPTER VI. LETTER FROM HOME CHAPTER VII. CORN PONE AND BUTTERMILK CHAPTER VIII. A PERIOD OF SELF DISGUST CHAPTER IX. SHORTY GETS A LETTER CHAPTER X. TRADING WITH THE REBS CHAPTER XI. SHORTY'S CORRESPONDENT CHAPTER XII. THE BAN ON WET GOODS CHAPTER XIII. THE JEW SPY WRITES CHAPTER XIV. SHORTY HAS AN ADVENTURE WITH SI CHAPTER XV. SHORTY NEARLY GOT MARRIED CHAPTER XVI. AN UNEXPECTED MARRIAGE CHAPTER XVII. GATHERING INFORMATION CHAPTER XVIII. THE JEW SPY AGAIN

PREFACE

"Si Klegg, of the 200th Ind., and Shorty, his Partner," were born years ago in the brain of John McElroy, Editor of The National Tribune.

These sketches are the original ones published in The National Tribune, revised and enlarged somewhat by the author. How true they are to nature every veteran can abundantly testify from his own service. Really, only the name of the regiment was invented. There is no doubt that there were several men of the name of Josiah Klegg in the Union Army, and who did valiant service for the Government. They had experiences akin to, if not identical with, those narrated here, and substantially every man who faithfully and bravely carried a musket in defense of the best Government on earth had sometimes, if not often, experiences of which those of Si Klegg are a strong reminder.

The Publishers.

THIS BOOK IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED

TO THE RANK AND FILE

OF THE GRANDEST ARMY EVER MUSTERED FOR WAR.

CHAPTER I. OUT ON PICKET

THE BOYS SHOW THE DEACON A NEW WRINKLE IN THE CULINARY ART.

SOME days later, Si had charge of a picket post on the Readyville Pike, near Cripple Deer Creek. The Deacon went with them, at their request, which accorded with his own inclinations, The weather was getting warmer every day, which made him fidgety to get back to his own fields, though Si insisted that they were still under a foot of snow in Indiana. But he had heard so much about picket duty that, next to battle, it was the thing he most wanted to see. Abraham Lincoln was left behind to care for the "house." He had been a disappointment so far, having developed no strong qualities, except for eating and sleeping, of which he could do unlimited quantities.

"No use o' takin' him out on picket," observed Shorty, "unless we kin git a wagon to go along and haul rations for him. I understand now why these rebels are so poor; the niggers eat up everything they kin raise. I'm afraid, Deacon, he'll make the Wabash Valley look sick when you turn him loose in it."

"I guess my farm kin stand him," said the Deacon proudly. "It stood Si when he was a growin' boy, though he used, to strain it sometimes."

They found a comfortable fence corner facing{16} south for their "tent," which they constructed by making a roof of cedar boughs resting on a rail running from one angle to another. They laid more boughs down in the corner, and on this placed their blankets, making a bed which the Deacon pronounced very inviting and comfortable. They built a fire in front, for warmth and for cooking, and so set up housekeeping in a very neat and soldier like way.

[Illustration: MR. KLEGG ENJOYS SOLID COMFORT. 16]

The afternoon passed without special incident. Shorty came in with a couple of chickens, but the{17} Deacon had learned enough to repress any questions as to where and how he got them... Continue reading book >>




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