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Tom Slade with the Colors   By: (1876-1950)

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[Illustration: MISS ELLISON GREETED TOM WITH A MYSTERIOUS SMILE. Frontispiece Page 27]

TOM SLADE WITH THE COLORS

BY PERCY K. FITZHUGH

Author of TOM SLADE, BOY SCOUT TOM SLADE AT TEMPLE CAMP TOM SLADE ON THE RIVER

Illustrated by THOMAS CLARITY

Published With the Approval of THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS : NEW YORK

Copyright, 1918, by GROSSET & DUNLAP

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. Tom Makes a Promise 1 II. "Bull Head" and "Butter Fingers" 13 III. Roscoe Bent 21 IV. The Cup of Joy 27 V. The Main Trail 40 VI. Tom and the Gold Cross 49 VII. The Trail Runs Through a Pestilent Place 56 VIII. An Accident 60 IX. Roscoe Joins the Colors 66 X. Tom and Roscoe Come to Know Each Other 70 XI. Tom Meets a Stranger 79 XII. Tom Hears of the Blond Beast 85 XIII. As Others Saw Him 93 XIV. Tom Gets a Job 101 XV. The Excited Passenger 109 XVI. Tom Makes a Discovery 116 XVII. One of the Blond Beast's Weapons 124 XVIII. Sherlock Nobody Holmes 129 XIX. The Time of Day 137 XX. A New Job 145 XXI. Into the Danger Zone 152 XXII. S O S 160 XXIII. Roy Blakeley Keeps Still For a Wonder 172 XXIV. A Soldier's Honor 181 XXV. The Face 190 XXVI. Roscoe Bent Breaks His Promise 199 XXVII. The End of the Trail 215

TOM SLADE WITH THE COLORS

CHAPTER I

TOM MAKES A PROMISE

Tom Slade hoisted up his trousers, tightened his belt, and lounged against the railing outside the troop room, listening dutifully but rather sullenly to his scoutmaster.

"All I want you to do, Tom," said Mr. Ellsworth, "is to have a little patience just a little patience."

"A little tiny one about as big as Pee wee," added Roy.

"A little bigger than that, I'm afraid," laughed Mr. Ellsworth, glancing at Pee wee, who was adjusting his belt axe preparatory to beginning his perilous journey homeward through the wilds of Main Street.

"Just a little patience," repeated the scoutmaster, rapping Tom pleasantly on the shoulder.

"Don't be like the day nursery," put in Roy. "All their trouble is caused by having very little patients ."

"Very bright," said Mr. Ellsworth.

"Eighteen candle power," retorted Roy. "I ought to have ground glass to dim the glare, hey?"

The special scout meeting, called to make final preparations for the momentous morrow, had just closed; the other scouts had gone off to their several homes, and these three Tom Slade, Roy Blakeley and Walter Harris (alias Pee wee) were lingering on the sidewalk outside the troop room for a few parting words with "our beloved scoutmaster," as Roy facetiously called Mr. Ellsworth.

As they talked, the light in the windows disappeared, for "Dinky," the church sexton, was in a hurry to get around to Matty's stationery store to complete his humdrum but patriotic duty of throwing up a wooden railing to keep the throng in line in the morning... Continue reading book >>




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