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A DOUBLE HERO
By Elizabeth H. Miller
NE afternoon, when Christy Kir'oy was going
home. from school, he happened to meet Ins,
little sister Jo. who had run away from her
nurse, ami was making pies in tne inmate 01
' the road. lie stopped and called to tier,
-ci "Hello, Jo!"
' "Llo!" she answered, sm.lir.s sweetly up at him.
;1: "Come on home with me.'- said Christy.' -i
Jo returned to her pies and said nothing.
v Just then, hearing shouts and crie behind him. Christy'
Hiked back, to see a big wagon with two horses to it
plunging down the hill straight toward the very , spot
where Jo was playing. Three or four men were luirry-
ing out of houses and across fields, only they were a
long way off.
It seemed the most natural idea in the world to
Christy to run across the road as fast as his fat little
legs would carry him, seize Jo by the hand, and drag
her out of harm's way. lie was not an instant too soon.
For the two small people had barely gnined the roadside
" when the great horses thundered by, their living hoofs
stamping Jo's pies into powder.
;' Jo was filled with indignation, but, for some reason
r Christ3- did not understand, everybody cl-e thought that
"-fee had done a verv line thing. His ru liter petted him
lis tather gave him a gold-piece;
?and when he went i
:i street to -ptnl ;. so many
'ladies stonned him to ask him questions and kiss him
.8iid make -him presents . of sticks of candy that he de
$ided to give up his .shopping tor that afternoon. - Christy
i-as well pleased with it ail. He like;', U be called.a
I' nice, brave boy "; .he didn't even mind the kisses so
ifinuch; and the candy lie enjoyed extremely.
The next day at scliopT 'nu$ of the larve boys who
'.'tjsually kept to themselves had something to say to
Christy. ' '..-.'
'"I- So yoa are a-Iicro. are you?" asked one ot the .sixth-form-
boys.'-' "'How' tg "doe tliat smake a hoy of -your''
size feel, I wonder?" (
" He always feels big." answered a voice, before
Christy could speak. " 1 le always thinks he's more than
Christy sighed and shut his moutli, tight. He knew
whose the voice wa?. and he looked upon Dan Sproles
as one of the trials of life.
.." Well," said the .ixth-form boy, easily, " T guess he
ell, saiu ine .i?tui-iorrn ioy, fa.iy, nurs uc
right to hoUl his head pretty h.gh just now. It
re you I wouldn't complain of it; ill-tempered
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neonle micht call von envious of him."
He strolled away, while Dan glared after him angrily,
and then relieved his feelings by another attack on
" Being so proud won't make "you get the prize any
nnicker. It can't take those absences o!T.
"I know it," s:iid Christy, still trying to keep
"It can't teach you to learn arithmetic any easier.
"It can't make up for the bad mark you got last week
, -whispering," went on Dan. with a snigger, for they both
knew-who was responsible for that bad mark.
Therf Christy forgot that he was a hero. He stamped
his foot and, flenched his fist at Dan, and rushed into
saying a great many things not polite enough to he put
into a story.
- Before he had finished, the bell rang, and they had to
go in to school.
" Oh, dear ! " thought Christy, dolefully, as he sat
down at his desk. There. I've gone and got mad
again, when I meant to try not to any more. ' Mother
says I can't be the right sort of a fellow till I quit that.
I think, it's awfully hard, anyway, to be the-right sprt of
a fellow when Dan Sproles is around."
When school was out there was a gentleman at the
front gate talking to one of the teachers. His name was
"Dr. Morton, and he lived in the finest house in town. '
As soon as he saw Christy he called out to him :
" Come here, young man, and let me shake hands with
"You are the chap, are you, that saved your little
sister's life? .Well, you arc a citizen to boast of, aren't
you? Something ought to be done in the way of a
celebration.' How would firecrackers and ice-cream suit
yOu--around at my house?" . ' .
Christy did not venture to answer, for fear it might
be a joke) but his face, which had been very serious
since recess, began to broaden into a smile, and his eyes
began to twinkle. The doctor watched him, and needed
-' We'll-do it." he' said, "to-morrow night. And let
me see about, the guests. Suppose I invite all the boys
in your class' here at school. What do you say?".
? " Thank you," said Christy,-. hastily, growing grave
again'at having forgotten his manners. :
. The doctor laughed.
"Not at all. Don't mention it. But what do you
think of inviting your classmates to our party? , Would
at please you? ". ' .
" Yes sir." -
Tell me who they are," said Dr. Morton, taking a
pencil out of his pocket and a slip of paper, and using
the gate-post for a writing-desk.
, Christy gave him the names, glibly at first, but more
Vand more slowly, until finally the doctor-did not know
whether he had come to the end or not.
, "I that all?" he asked.
"Yes, sir; I guess so." But Christy hesitated, and
Dr. Morton waited. There's . another boy," said
Christy, at last ; " but he doesn't really belong in our.
class; he only half belongs. He goes ip a bigger, room
part of the time." - - - ' ' '
" Maybe we'd Tather do without him," suggested the
doctor. . -
''Yes, sir" said Christy, speaking now without any
delay... .. . - ' '- ' ' '
So the doctor put the list in his pocket and walked
off-;. But he had not gone far when Christy came run
ning and calfing after him. '
. "What's this?"-said Dr. Morton. "Did we iorget
somebody?"" -: " : ,, . ' ' ".' . . .
"No. sit; but 1 suppose we'd better invite that other
lUR FLAG'S FIRST ENGAGEMENT
OW many of our boys of to-day know where
and when the star-spangled banner, was first
raised, and ..that, the honor beloagi to New
York State? How it was made, and under
s" i; fvhat circumstances. Tom Fosdick. a drum
mer boy of old Fort , Stanwix, which stood near the
site of the' city of Rome, N. Y., tells us.
"On August 3. 1777. the first day we were besieged,
the need of a flag to fly from our bastions caused
Colonel Cansevoort, our commander, to call me to
him. saying. 'Tom. my boy, we must have a banner
to fight under. I have, in a copy of the " Philadelphia '
Gazette," a full description of the new standard for the
1 FINALLY SICUKEO AM OLD RED PETTICOAT FROM THI WIH OF OHE
United States ?s ordered by the Congress last June;
so hunt around and do your best to find something
anything, red, white and blue that can be sewn to
gether, and we'll show the enemy a banner that will
tell them we are a new nation, with colors of our own;
a banner that we won't haul down, my lad, while
there's one. of us left to defend it.'
" With this command, I rushed around, ransacking
the barracks and store-rooms, finally securing a couple
bey that only half belongs to our room. Yes, we'd bet
ter. 1 just thought I'd tell you."
"Very well. What is his name?"
The doctor added Dan to his list, and started off
again without asking any embarrassing questions. But
when Christy got . to school the next morning, there,
waiting for him, was Dan, full of questions. He began
at once: . '
"I say, I'm invited to your party just the same as all
the rest. What made you do that? Dr.' Morton said
you asked him to ask me. Did you?"
Christv nodded unwillingly.
"Because I chose to."
"But why?" persisted Dan. "It wasn't because you
liked to have me."
" No, it wasn't," said Christy, honestly.
" And you didn't have to have me. Dr. Morton said
you didn't. So what made you?" ' -
Being driven into a corner. Christy explained his
point of view with more regard to the facts than either
to grammar or to tactfulness. . .
" Because if you were me," he said, " and I were you,
I knew you wouldn't ask me;, and so, then, I wouldn't
be enough like you to well I'd rather you'd come to
night, even if you spoil everything." - ' v
Dan's face crimsoned as he understood what Christy
meant, but he took it very meekly.
" I won't spoil anything; you'll see."
Christy looked doubtful.
" You'll see," repeated Dan. " Just wait. Dr. Mor
ton's a queer man. You tell him things before you
think of it. I told him about how you got that mark
the other day, and about plaguing you sometimes, be
cause it's easy. I told him I didn't think you'd want me
at your party. lie only listened and said, 'Humph!'
and that he guessed you were two kinds of a hero,
maybe." - ' '
"What did he mean?"
- " Why, one kind is to pull any one out of a danger,
like Jo, you know; and those heroes are likely to get
fireworks and ice-cream for it. The other kind is. to
treat any one that plays tricks on you as if he was as
much of a gentleman as you are yourself; and those
don't alwavs get any firecrackers." ' . ' ' -' . ,
"What do they get?"-
"I asked him, and he said. 'Nothing, very often,'. only
just the reward of being high-minded.' He said per
haps I didn't know what -that was; perhaps i didn't care
anything about, that.'' . . ;
, Dan stopped and wriggled the toe of his boot in the
ground, and twisted the middle button of . his " jacket
round and round. Then he said, chokingly, in a small
.;, " But but I do, , you know. And and, Christy, I
guess it's true, what he said. I guess you were both
those two kinds of a hero, don't yrou know." - .
' They looked at each other . and looked "away again.
Being boys, they saw no necessity for saying anything
more, on the Bubject. But Christy added : .
"Say, Dan, stop for me to-night, will you?
3UO V- ' .!-- li -w. I
vi I'll i :s.-:iMr.M i .rrrXiTrr.i i -sstoW'ii.. vm.-".- hzj&y :
of white ammunition shirts, and an old red cloth pet
ticoat from the wiie of one of our soldiers; but nothing
blue could 1 find. Running back with mv store of ma
terials,:! showed them to the colonel, telling him that
1 lacked the blue. Captain Swartout. standing nearby,
said, T can furnish that,' and going to his quarters
quickly returned with a cloak of ihe right color, which
he had captured at Peekskill. At once the stripes and
field were cut, a paper-pattern made for the stars, and
in a short time our patchwork Hag was put together.
What mattered it if the red was somewhat faded in
places, or that-the seams were rough and uneven, the
Stars and Stripes ' were there, and by sunset we were
ready to unfurl our home-made standard to encourage
v v ; ' us in our defense.
" Ezra James, my fellow-drummer,
and I, beat the long roll, and at the
word of command the sergeant pulled
the halyards, while, saltited ;by.. the i
officers, and cheered by the garrison,
up went our flag to the top of the
staff. Ezra and 1 put our whole
hearts into the beats ve-';gave ours
drums, and never will I forget the
A delight I felt at seeing how brave
and beautiful that " first edition ' of
our Nation's flag looked as the breeze
caught its folds. Shipping it out in
graceful curves like a thing alive,
i "Since early spring we had. been
hard at work trying to get the old
fort, now called Fort Schuvler in
stead of. Stanwix, into condition to
withstand the enemy who were as
sembling in Montreal, and planning
to capture us, and then join General
Burgoyne and his army at Albany.
In July, Colonel Willett and his regi
ment had arrived as a reinforcement,
. so. that now we mustered 750. our
commander being Colonel Peter Gan
sevoort of the New York Line Con
tinentals.' Our scouts, and some
friendly Oneida Indians, brought tid
ings of the approach of Colonel St.
Leger with a force more than double
our own, of regulars', Tories and In
dians tlvese last under the command
of BraH it; 'the famous Xhief of tlie
Six 'Nations, lately made a captain in
the British Army. Just before this
'fojf: arrived,' si. further reinforcement
of two hundred men under l.ien-tenant-Colonel
Mellon, and two big
flaiboats laden with provisions and
ammunition, reached us, narrowly es
caping the enemy's advance guard.
Indeed. ".thev cut off -the captain in
OF OUR SOLDIERS,
command and took him prisoner.
" The morning after our new flag was raised, there
come a summons to surrender, which, of course, our
commander promptly refused; and then the siege be
gan in earnest. On the morning of August 8th, mes
sengers made their w; to the fort from General Her
kimer, who with 800 men was coming to our relief,
three guns being a signal to him that they had reached
the fort: but St. L!ger, hearing also of our coming
succo, detached a division of his Tories and Indians,
James was watching a man paint a house. He seemed
to be very interested- when he said to the painter: " Fall
down and see how fast you will come." ...,.' '.
Here is one from a family where the father and
mother argue very much. On such an occasion' one of
the children stopped squarely in front of his father and
said: " If vott had not got into our family, things would
" Where do you get'eggs?'' inquired small Jimmy.
"You don't get 'em hens lay 'em," replied his sister,
a year and a half older.
" They don't neither ; they grow, 'cause the seed cata
logue says egg-plant, so now j "
Dottie, aged six, was playing with her dolls. She
was heard to remark : " Now. Rosamond, you put on
your things and go down to the grocery and get some
groceries for me, and then if you want to you can stop
at the court-house and get courted awhile.'
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r Little Billie who is quite fond of his grandfather, had
learned some of his bad habits. One day he said a bad
word. . His- mother, quite surprised, said seriously:
"Why. Billie! Edna. Edith, little Jay, papa and mama
will all go to heaven, and we will feel so badly because
little BiUie won't be there."
"Oh, well. I'll, be wiss drampa," said Billie, quite
' independently, ... " -
This little three-year-old hungry American was with
his mother at the home of a neighbor. The neighbor's
little boy was eating a piece of chicken. Hubert wanted
a piece, but it was-all they had. He then asked for a
bite, but the other, little fellow objected.: The two
mothers then took-' a, hand, and amidst many "yes's"
and no's " .on their part,, I Iubert silenced the whole
business by saying: Well, just let me smell the bone."
The bone was handed to him, and he very soberly took
a long, delicious smell and handed it back.
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- Five-year-oid Burton was not accustomed to corporal
punishment, but one day, when an unpardonable offense
had been committed,-his mother took him across her
knee, and with a piece of shingle administered an old
fashioned spanking." At its close, with hands clapped
to the-part most affected, the youngster .wailed, " Oh.
this is the end of me ! " . oj- . ,.'y. .;-.
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Little Florence, aged five," went calling with her dollte.
Upon being asked the nationality ,of her dollie, she re
plied: "Oh, she is bisque 1" : " . vv
i-V in the .siege yuve
.v.-.s part Dl" General
t the enemy between
jv did a daring and
ik vii and one three-
pounder cannon, he sallied out arid furiously attacked
the Tories crmp. 1 heir commander did not even
stop to put on his eoat-r-tliey i'ed tt quickly. The
little force then stormed the Indians' quarters, and
they, too, scattered into the ijtirhy woods.
"Sending out from the fort -ivcn wagons, three
times, thy brought hack Math of clothing, stores,
provisions. Snd tlucominander's baggage and private
papers. As inot of the force, that had left to intercept
General Herkimer returned, we knew he tmi-t have
been defeated. Indeed. 011 the following day two of
ficers. undr a fl;;;: of truce, were sent to our sally
port, and being blindfolded, were tc'ken to Colonel
Ganse voori's quarters, the windows being close-shuttered
and candles lighted, iuui another summons to
surrender was delivered.
" Among several oi our officers 1 crowded into .1
corner of the room, and heard one of the British of
ficers say that Herkimer hail been defeated, and mor
tally wounded at Orii.kauv: that Burgoyne a in pos
session oi Albjn ainl that ii St. liege rV. demands
were not obeyed well he made e;iute a long speech
THE OFFICERS WERE BLINDFOLDED ASl if NT TO jCOLONEL CASSIVCORT
ftW YORK SKY HAABOK I.N 1950. -
to intercept Her!cimer. Th:s pv
us a 'chance ior the sortie that
Herkimer's plan which was to
two fires. Our Colonel Willett s
couraeeous thing, for, with 2-,:
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tfMrf ''Aa'XlV!:'.' :Si-:'t ''',&- l? -i'l " Colonel Willett was ltft in command
J'r"4 iWy'i .Vi'V;SWh ' tH I rf V - -P A -of the fort. and. with mv regiment, IV
W - M - i m-i '-hUii : r - inareftoirtviih lieueral -Arnold. to:
7 ;Y '"T 'fS I j, '' )fin otir"main army lighting Bufe
I 1 . 1 ffi&ml - A-S. gov ne. who had not, bv any means, ',
lr-'i Jm&r 3 .;- readied Albany. n.s.iw-Jiad been told
I'm---- ,, . "-. Our. flag was-strd Jvit,gVt the, top of
s i Vj? J-H' vv1? !&'' f -gs i n
of it. to which Colonel Willett replied by saying that
Colonel Gansevoort had no idea of surrendering. So
the messengers were sent back and the siege was re
newed with vigor. As the days went 011 atid ran into
weeks, our food and ammunition !c;:m to' get scarce.
Several of our men had been able to get through the
lines ' with messages to General Schuyler, who waj :
fighting Burgoyne near Saratoga.- Other written de
mands to surrender were met v.i:!i positive' refusals',
and then, as their cannon failed to br-ak our ramparts,
tiiey tried to dig a mine under our strongest bastion.
Fearing that they might starve us o:.t unless we were
reinforced. Colonel -Willett and Li- utwiant Stockwr'.l
volunteered to make their way to General Schuyler; 1
so one dark, stormy night they star'.-.-:', out. For near!
two week-', longer the digging and ' ring was kept up,
ami then our Mubborn commander .-'.soured us'that uu-,
less help soon reached him., before cmr supplies-were ..
all Kone, we would sally ou at n'i;t ::nd cut our wayv
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tnrough their i:ms.
" It was late in the afternoon
f i'-.c 22d that while
taking my turn .-:t one of the f'.et y.uns I saw a tre
mesalo'.;.; commotion-in the ca.np rposite my po-ii- .
tion; funs .were being dragged av : : men were n:n-:
ning: tents abandoned: and 1 .ry j tiled out. to the"
co'ouel. v.ho at the moment wns ',: tow the ramp-trt,,.
'They're running away! They're ret renting,! " . What'
cnuUi it mean? We could see no
. force coining to our relief, nor hear
any sound of tiring behind them, but
there thev were living in everv direc
tion. ; At nightfall there came to the
gate a ragged country boy, who,
being taken at once to the colonel,
told him "ho w he" I ad been sent out
by General Arnold. y,-.o was; march
ing to our aid," into the enemy's camp
to frighten them with tales of a big
army marching to t.-.ke them in the
rsar. This boy. whe 'had been con
demned to be hun; os a Tory spy,
had been promised freedom if he
carried oui this str?.tgem, an older
brother being held i;: his stead to
make sure that K- ould keep his
friendly Oneidas,' they so frightened
St. Lexer's Indian allies that they de
camped at once, in spite of all efforts
to prevent them : :md so the siee
was raised, for. on the 25th. Ge-n- -eral
Arnold's bur ' army of less than
one thousand men arrived, followed
the next day by that daring fighter
hipi'elf. Mot of o-.ir garrison went
emt after-the fleeing enemy; but few '
of irk-in could ie found and brought-,
buck prisoners. Knapsacks, guns, pro--
visions, everything that could hinder ."
fiirlit had lieen thrown away; and ally,
'this had been caused bv a clever ruse. $
the stall' on the ol ! foil aSvve left It
had net been lowered during its first
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