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Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants or, Handling Their First Real Commands   By: (1868-1922)

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UNCLE SAM'S BOYS AS SERGEANTS

Or

Handling Their First Real Commands

by

H. IRVING HANCOCK

Author of Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks, Uncle Sam's Boys on Field Duty, Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines, The Motor Boat Club Series, The High School Boys' Series, The West Point Series, The Annapolis Series, The Young Engineers' Series, Etc.

Illustrated

Philadelphia Henry Altemus Company

Copyright, 1911, by Howard E. Altemus

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. "TIPPED OFF" BY WIG WAG 7 II. LIEUTENANT "ALGY" JOINS THE ARMY 23 III. THE FIRST BREATH AGAINST A SOLDIER'S HONOR 42 IV. LIEUTENANT ALGY'S INSPIRATION 54 V. CORPORAL HAL'S ADMISSION 63 VI. THE SQUAD ROOM TURNS COLD 77 VII. RACKING THE NEW SERGEANT 85 VIII. ASTONISHMENT JOLTS MR. FERRERS 93 IX. PRIVATE HINKEY DELIVERS HIS ANSWER 103 X. SERGEANT OVERTON AND DISCIPLINE 112 XI. WHEN HINKEY WON GOOD OPINIONS 119 XII. HAL RIDES INTO TREACHERY 127 XIII. CHASING A SPEEDING DESERTER 142 XIV. ALGY COMES TO A CONCLUSION 153 XV. PLANNING FOR THE SOLDIER'S HUNT 162 XVI. HAL'S GUN MAKES THE REST CURIOUS 172 XVII. BIG GAME AND A NIGHT IN CAMP 182 XVIII. HOLDING UP A CAMP GUARD 194 XIX. WHEN THE LAST CARTRIDGE WAS GONE 203 XX. THE EIGHTH MOCCASIN APPEARS 212 XXI. THE ENEMY HAS HIS INNINGS 219 XXII. THE NAVY HEARD FROM 225 XXIII. THE UNITED STATES SERVICES FIGHT TOGETHER 235 XXIV. CONCLUSION 244

Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants

CHAPTER I

"TIPPED OFF" BY WIG WAG

LIEUTENANT POPE, battalion adjutant of the first battalion of the Thirty fourth United States Infantry, looked up from his office desk as the door swung open and a smart, trim looking young corporal strode in.

Pausing before the desk, the young corporal came to a precise, formal salute. Then, dropping his right hand to his side, the soldier stood at attention.

"Good morning, Corporal Overton."

"Good morning, sir."

"What do you wish?"

"I have been making inquiries, sir," continued Corporal Hal Overton, "and I am informed that you have some signaling flags among the quartermaster's stores."

"I believe I have," nodded Lieutenant Pope.

"I have come to ask, sir, if I may borrow a couple of the flags."

"Borrow? Then, Corporal, I take it that you do not want the flags for duty purposes?"

"Not immediately for duty purposes, sir. Corporal Terry and myself would like to practise at wig wagging until we become reasonably expert. Sergeant Hupner is an expert at wig wagging, I understand."

"Yes, indeed," agreed Lieutenant Pope heartily. "Even in the Signal Corps of the Army there are few better signalmen than the sergeant."

"So I understand, sir. Corporal Terry and I are delighted at the idea of having the sergeant instruct us."

"But what do you want to do, especially, with flag signaling?" inquired the quartermaster.

"It is simply, sir, that we want to make ourselves better soldiers."

"It is rarely that we find better soldiers than Terry and yourself," replied the quartermaster, with a friendly smile. "But you are quite right, none the less. A soldier can never know too much of military duties. I see no objection whatever to your having the flags, but as they are not a matter of ordinary issue, I think it better for me to seek Major Silsbee's authority for issuing them."

"Would it have been better if I had gone to the battalion commander in the first place, sir?"

"No; whenever you wish anything in the Army it is usually better to go direct to the officer who has that thing in charge in his department, save when it is something that you are expected to draw through your company officers... Continue reading book >>




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