The Chums of Scranton High Out for the Pennant

Donald Ferguson
The Chums of Scranton High
Out for the Pennant

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Title: The Chums of Scranton High Out for the Pennant
Author: Donald Ferguson
Release Date: July 19, 2004 [EBook #12940]
Language: English
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In the Three Town League
by Donald Ferguson


I. Some of the Scranton Boys II. The Man with the Cough III. Hugh
has Suspicions IV. The Barnacle that Came to Stay V. Scranton
Tackles Bellevue High VI. A Hot Finish VII. What Thad Saw VIII. A
Bad Outlook for Brother Lu IX. Setting the Man Trap X. How Jim
Pettigrew Fixed It XI. Something Goes Wrong XII. Scranton Fans
Have a Painful Shock XIII. Hugh Tries His "Fade-Away" Ball XIV.
Farmer Bernard Collects His Bill XV. The Puzzle is Far from Being
Solved XVI. An Adventure on the Road XVII. The Wonderful News
XVIII. When the Wizard Waves His Wand XIX. Scranton High Evens
Matters Up XX. A Glorious Finish---Conclusion

"Too bad that rain had to come, and spoil our practice for today, boys!"
"Yes, and there's only one more chance for a work-out between now
and the game with Belleville on Saturday afternoon, worse luck,
because here it's Thursday."
"We need all the practice we can get, because if that O.K. fellow, who
dropped in to see us from Belleville, tells the truth, both his club and
Allandale are stronger than last year. Besides, I hear they have each set
their hearts on winning the championship of the Three Town High
School League this season."
"For one, I know I need more work at the bat. I've improved some, but
I'm not satisfied with myself yet."
"You've improved a whole lot, Owen!"
"That's right, 'Just' Smith, he's made such progress in bunting, and
picking out drops and curves and fast ones, under the watchful eye of
our field captain, Hugh Morgan here, that several other fellows on the
nine are below him in batting average right now, and I regret to say I'm

one of the lot."
The boy who answered to the name of Owen turned red at hearing this
honest praise on the part of his fellow students of Scranton High; but
his eyes sparkled with genuine pleasure at the same time.
A bunch of well-grown and athletic-looking high-school boys had left
the green campus, with its historical fence, behind them, and were on
their way home. It was in the neighborhood of two o'clock, with school
over for the day.
Just as one of them had said, a drizzly rain in the morning had spoiled
all chance for that day of doing any practice in the way of playing ball.
Mr. Leonard, second principal of the Scranton schools under Dr.
Carmack (who was also county supervisor, with dominion over the
Allandale and Belleville schools), had consented to act as coach to the
baseball team this season. He was a Princeton grad. and had gained
quite some little fame as a member of the Tiger nine that swept Yale
off its feet one great year.
Besides Owen Dugdale, there were "Just" Smith, Thad Stevens, Hugh
Morgan, Kenneth Kinkaid and Horatio Juggins in the bunch that started
off from the school grounds in company, though they would presently
break away as they neared their several homes.
"Just" Smith had another name, for he had been christened Justin; but
he himself, in answering to the calls for Smith, would always call out
"Just Smith, that's all," and in the course of time it clung to him like a
Kenneth Kinkaid, too, was known far and wide as "K.K.," which of
course was only an abbreviation of his name. Some said he was a great
admirer of Lord Kitchener, who had recently lost his life on the sea
when the vessel on which he had started for Russia was sunk by a
German mine or submarine; and that Kenneth eagerly took advantage
of his initials, being similar to those of Kitchener of Khartoum fame.
Horatio Juggins was an elongated chap whose specialty, besides

capturing balloon fliers out in right field with wonderful celerity,
consisted in great throwing to the home plate, and also some slugging
when at bat.
Thad Stevens was the catcher, and a good
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