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Si Klegg, Book 5 The Deacon's Adventures At Chattanooga In Caring For The Boys   By: (1846-1929)

Si Klegg, Book 5 The Deacon's Adventures At Chattanooga In Caring For The Boys by John McElroy

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SI KLEGG

The Deacon's Adventures At Chattanooga In Caring For The Boys

By John McElroy

Book Five

Published By

The National Tribune Company,

Washington, D. C.

Second Edition

Copyright 1912

By The National Tribune Company.

Contents:

CHAPTER I. THE DEACON PROVIDES CHAPTER II. THE DEACON ATTEMPTED RESTITUTION CHAPTER III. A COW IN CAMP CHAPTER IV. THE DEACON'S PLAN CHAPTER V. TROUBLE ENCOUNTERED CHAPTER VI. THE BOYS IN THE OLD HOME ON BEAN BLOSSOM CREEK CHAPTER VII. WEEKS OF CONVALESCENCE CHAPTER VIII. SI IS PROMOTED CHAPTER IX. SHORTY IN TROUBLE CHAPTER X. SHORTY AS ORDERLY CHAPTER XI. SHORTY RUNS HEADQUARTERS CHAPTER XII. SHORTY ON A HUNT CHAPTER XIII. AN UNEXPECTED MEETING CHAPTER XIV. GUARDING THE KNIGHTS CHAPTER XV. OFF FOR THE FRONT CHAPTER XVI. THE TROUBLESOME BOYS CHAPTER XVII. THE FRIGHTENED SURGEON CHAPTER XVIII. NO PEACE FOR SI AND SHORTY CHAPTER XIX. THE FIRST SCRAPE CHAPTER XX. AFTER THE SKIRMISH CHAPTER XXI. CHATTANOOGA AT LAST

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.

THIS IS NUMBER FIVE

OF THE

SI KLEGG SERIES.

SI KLEGG

CHAPTER I. THE DEACON PROVIDES

RESORTS TO HIGHWAY ROBBERY AND HORSE STEALING.

THE Deacon was repaid seventyfold by Si's and Shorty's enjoyment of the stew he had prepared for them, and the extraordinary good it had seemed to do them as they lay wounded in the hospital at Chattanooga, to which place the Deacon had gone as soon as he learned that Si was hurt in the battle.

"I won't go back on mother for a minute," said Si, with brightened eyes and stronger voice, after he had drained the last precious drop of the broth, and was sucking luxuriously on the bones; "she kin cook chickens better'n any woman that ever lived. All the same, I never knowed how good chicken could taste before."

"Jehosephat, the way that does take the wrinkles out down here," said Shorty, rubbing appreciatively the front of his pantaloons. "I feel as smooth as if I'd bin starched and ironed, and there's new life clear down to my toe nails. If me and Si could only have a chicken a day for the next 10 days we'd feel like goin' up there on the Ridge and bootin' old Bragg off the hill. Wouldn't we, Si?"

"Guess so," acceded Si cheerily, "if every one made us feel as much better as this one has. How in the world did you git the chicken, Pap?"

"Little boys should eat what's set before 'em, and ask no questions," said the father, coloring. "It's bad manners to be pryin' around the kitchen to find out where the vittles come from."

"Well, I've got to take off my hat to you as a forager," said Shorty. "A man that kin find a chicken in Chattenoogy now, and hold on to it long enough to git it in the pot, kin give me lessons in the art. When I git strong enough to travel agin I want you to learn me the trick."

The Deacon did not reply to the raillery. He was pondering anxiously about the preservation of his four remaining chickens... Continue reading book >>




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