The Banner Boy Scouts

The Banner Boy Scouts

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Excerpt: ...salute, they had already learned how to keep their eyes to the front, on penalty of being given bad marks that might tell against them later on. More than one parent looked to see how the boy nearest their hearts bore himself. Proudly they watched the long double line swinging down the street, keeping excellent step, considering how little time they had had for drill. Other boys there were who stood on the corners and mocked. Of course these were the followers of Ted Slavin, envious of the popularity already attained by Paul's patrol. Some of them had been at the fire, and witnessed the deed of daring carried out by Jack Stormways. Jealous of the other troop they tried to taunt them by various cries; but without success. However, most of them did not venture to tag after the marching corps. They knew that even the wonderful patience of these fellows would have its limit, and that a sudden turn might be made upon the tormentors that could hardly prove pleasant for the minority. Out of the town limits they went, still keeping step. Ted and Ward trailed behind, but there was no more taunting done. "They mean to follow, and see what we are up to," said Jack, when he came alongside the leader again. "Well, we can't stop them from doing that, I suppose. The woods are free to all. Let them look. If they can pick up a few pointers, well and good. When we lead, you know we can afford to laugh at those who follow," returned the other. "Sure, because they'll never catch up with us in a year," laughed Jack. For a full mile they continued, never once breaking ranks. "We're nearly there, fellows. You're doing fine, I tell you. Keep it up through to the end. Why, you march like veterans already!" In this fashion did the scout leader warm every heart, and cause those who were beginning to tire of the jaunt to grit their teeth, and resolve that nothing must be allowed to interfere with the completion of the march. "Left wheel!" came the command, as the van drew...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236720563
  • 9781236720566