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Young Barbarians   By: (1850-1907)

Young Barbarians by Ian Maclaren

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[Illustration: "NESTIE WAS STANDING IN THE CENTRE OF THE LARGE ENTRANCE HALL."]

YOUNG BARBARIANS

By IAN MACLAREN Author of " Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush "

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK Dodd, Mead and Company 1910

Copyright, 1899 and 1900, By The Curtis Publishing Company, as A SCOTS GRAMMAR SCHOOL.

Copyright, 1900, By The Curtis Publishing Company.

Copyright, 1901, By Dodd, Mead and Company.

First Edition, Published October, 1901

CONTENTS

I PAGE

"SPEUG" 1

II

BULLDOG 21

III

NESTIE 39

IV

A FAMOUS VICTORY 59

V

HIS PRIVATE CAPACITY 85

VI

THE DISGRACE OF MR. BYLES 103

VII

THE COUNT 121

VIII

A TOURNAMENT 139

IX

MOOSSY 163

X

A LAST RESOURCE 183

XI

A PLEASANT SIN 205

XII

GUERILLA WARFARE 223

XIII

THE FALL OF GOLIATH 245

XIV

THE BAILIE'S DOUBLE 261

XV

THE TRIUMPH OF THE SEMINARY 281

XVI

BULLDOG'S RECOMPENSE 305

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"Nestie was standing in the centre of the large entrance hall." Frontispiece

"Peter dared not lift his head." 36

"'You are an ill bred c cad.'" 50

"Seized an excellent position behind two Russian guns." 66

"Nestie whispered something in Speug's ear." 92

"Speug was dragged along the walk." 96

"They were so friendly that they gathered round the party." 114

"They were brought in a large spring cart." 118

"Watching a battle royal between the tops." 134

"Before the hour the hall was packed." 158

"Thomas John next instant was sitting on the floor." 170

"The school fell over benches and over another." 174

"His hand closed again upon the sceptre of authority." 202

"They drank without any cup." 218

"Before him stood London John bearing the seductive advertisement." 240

"A bottle of ferocious smelling salts was held to the patient's nose." 252

"SPEUG"

I

Muirtown Seminary was an imposing building of the classical order, facing the north meadow and commanding from its upper windows a fine view of the river Tay running rapidly and cleanly upon its gravel bed. Behind the front building was the paved court where the boys played casual games in the breaks of five minutes between the hours of study, and this court had an entrance from a narrow back street along which, in snow time, a detachment of the enemy from the other schools might steal any hour and take us by disastrous surprise. There were those who wished that we had been completely walled up at the back, for then we had met the attack at a greater advantage from the front. But the braver souls of our commonwealth considered that this back way, affording opportunities for ambushes, sallies, subtle tactics, and endless vicissitudes, lent a peculiar flavour to the war we waged the whole winter through and most of the summer, and brought it nearer to the condition of Red Indian fighting, which was our favourite reading and our example of heroism... Continue reading book >>




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