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Winning His "W" A Story of Freshman Year at College   By: (1859-1931)

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WINNING HIS "W"

A Story of Freshman Year at College

by

EVERETT T. TOMLINSON

M.A. Donohue & Company Chicago New York

1904

PREFACE

In this book I have endeavored to relate the story of a boy's early experiences in college life a boy who was neither unnaturally good nor preternaturally bad, wholesome, earnest, impulsive, making just such mistakes as a normal boy would make, and yet earnest, sincere, and healthy. We all have known just such boys and are grateful that they are neither uncommon nor unknown.

Perhaps it may add a little to the interest of this tale if it is stated that many of the events described in it actually occurred. I have not tagged a "moral" upon it, for if the story itself shall not bear its own moral, then the addition will not add to it.

EVERETT T. TOMLINSON.

Elizabeth, New Jersey.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. THE OPENING TERM

II. PETER JOHN'S ARRIVAL

III. NEW FRIENDS AND NEW EXPERIENCES

IV. A CLOUD OF WITNESSES

V. UNSOUGHT ATTENTIONS

VI. A RACE IN THE DARKNESS

VII. SPLINTER'S QUESTIONS

VIII. THE PARADE

IX. THE WALK WITH MOTT

X. A VISITOR

XI. THE PERPETUAL PROBLEM

XII. THE MEET

XIII. WAGNER'S ADVICE

XIV. THE ADVICE FOLLOWED

XV. A REVERSED DECISION

XVI. TELEGRAMS

XVII. PETER JOHN'S DOWNFALL

XVIII. AN ALARMING REPORT

XIX. A RARE INTERVIEW

XX. A CRISIS

XXI. THE EXAMINATION

XXII. A FRESH EXCITEMENT

XXIII. THE RUSH TO COVENTRY CENTER

XXIV. THE MYSTERY OF THE CANES

XXV. ON THE TRAIL

XXVI. ST. PATRICK'S DAY

XXVII. CONCLUSION

CHAPTER I

THE OPENING TERM

"I've got a letter from Peter John."

"What's the trouble with him? He ought to have been here yesterday or the day before."

"I'm afraid Peter John never'll be on time. He doesn't seem to have taken that in his course. He'd never pass an 'exam' in punctuality."

"What does he want?"

"The poor chap begs us to meet him at the station."

"What train?"

"The two seventeen."

"Then we've no time to waste. Is he afraid he'll be lost?"

"He's afraid, all right."

"What's he afraid of?"

"Everything and everybody, I guess. Poor chap."

Will Phelps laughed good naturedly as he spoke, and it was evident that his sympathy for "Peter John" was genuine. His friend and room mate, Foster Bennett, was as sympathetic as he, though his manner was more quiet and his words were fewer; their fears for their friend were evidently based upon their own personal knowledge.

For four years the three young men had been classmates in the Sterling High School, and in the preceding June had graduated from its course of study, and all three had decided to enter Winthrop College. The entrance examinations had been successfully passed, and at the time when this story opens all had been duly registered as students in the incoming class of the college.

Foster Bennett and Will Phelps were to be room mates, and for several days previous to the September day on which the conversation already recorded had taken place they had been in the little college town, arranging their various belongings in the room in Perry Hall, one of the best of all the dormitory buildings. The first assembling of the college students was to occur on the morrow, and then the real life upon which they were about to enter was to begin.

The two boys had come to Winthrop together, the parents of both having decided that it was better to throw the young students at once upon their own resources rather than to accompany them, reserving their visits for a later time when the first novelty of the new life would be gone.

And on this September day the novelty certainly was the most prominent element in the thoughts of both boys. The task of arranging their various belongings in their new rooms had kept both so busy that thoughts of the homes they had left were of necessity somewhat rare, and the vision of the family life in which they had been so vital a part had not as yet come to take the place in their minds which it soon would occupy... Continue reading book >>




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