The Grammar School Boys of Gridley

H. Irving Hancock
Grammar School Boys of Gridley,
by H. Irving Hancock

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Title: The Grammar School Boys of Gridley or, Dick & Co. Start
Things Moving
Author: H. Irving Hancock
Release Date: August 13, 2007 [EBook #22307]
Language: English
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[Illustration: "Now, I'm Going to Settle With You."

The Grammar School Boys of Gridley
Dick & Co. Start Things Moving
Author of The Grammar School Boys Snowbound, The Grammar
School Boys in the Woods, The High School Boys' Series, The West
Point Series, The Annapolis Series, The Young Engineers' Series, The
Boys of the Army Series, The Motor Boat Club Series, Etc., Etc.
Copyright, 1911, by Howard E. Altemus

I. "Old Dut" Tells a Story--Dick Another 7
II. A Brush on the Street 20
III. Football--Without Rules 39
IV. Ab. Dexter's Temper is Squally 53
V. Football Uniforms in Sight 63

VI. On the Trail of the Cab 73
VII. Dick Leads a Spirited Rush 80
VIII. Two Accidents--Or Traps? 90
IX. An Awesome River Discovery 104
X. A Problem in Footprints 115
XI. Dan Sees Bears--In His Mind 124
XII. The Boy With the Oakum Taste 130
XIII. A Great Football Pow-Pow 142
XIV. Dick Steps Into a Death-Trap 154
XV. What Grammar School Boys Can Do 161
XVI. Out for Hallowe'en Fun 170
XVII. The Newest Trick of All 180
XVIII. Carrying Fun To the Danger Limit 187
XIX. Ben Wants To Know Who "Blabbed" 198
XX. Dick's Accuser Gets Two Answers 208
XXI. Ab. Dexter Makes a New Move 218
XXII. Tricked Into Bad Company 226
XXIII. Dick Makes His Stand for Honor 235
XXIV. Conclusion 247

The Grammar School Boys of Gridley
"Master Prescott, what are you doing?"
The voice of Mr. E. Dutton Jones rasped out rather sharply, jarring on
the generally studious air of the eighth-grade room of the Central
Grammar School.
"What were you doing, Master Prescott?" repeated the stern voice of
the principal.
Dick Prescott had glanced up, somewhat startled and confused. By this
time every boy's and girl's eyes had turned away from text-books
toward Dick Prescott.
"I was whispering, sir," confessed Dick.
"Oh, was that all?" demanded the somewhat ironical voice of Mr. E.
Dutton Jones, more commonly known as "Old Dut."
"Yes, sir."
"To whom were you whispering?"
"To Master Hazelton."
"If I am intruding on no confidences, what were you whispering
about?" continued Old Dut.
"I----" began Dick, and then his face turned still more red under the
curious gaze of some fifty boys and girls. "I was telling Master
Hazelton a funny story."
"Do you think it was very funny?" inquired Old Dut.

"The story? Yes, sir."
The broad grin that promptly spread over Harry Hazelton's face seemed
to confirm Dick's claim as to the humorous quality of the story.
"Master Prescott," adjudged the principal, "you may rise in your seat
and tell the story to the whole class, myself included. On this dull, rainy
day I feel certain that we all need a good laugh."
A smile that grew to a titter in some quarters of the room greeted Dick
as he struggled half-shamefacedly to his feet.
"Go on with the story," encouraged Old Dut. "Or, rather, begin at the
beginning. That's the right way to serve up a story."
"I--I'd rather not tell the story, sir," protested young Prescott.
"Why not?" demanded the principal sharply.
"Well, because, sir--I'd rather not. That's all."
Principal Jones frequently employed that grilling way of questioning
one of his pupils, and his implied sarcasm had a very effective way of
making young offenders squirm before the class.
Whispering, in itself, is not a criminal offense, yet it often has a sad
effect on the discipline of a schoolroom, and of late Old Dut had been
much annoyed by whisperers.
"So you won't tell us all that choice story, eh, Master Prescott?" insisted
the principal, half coaxingly.
"On account of its being such a very personal one I'd rather not, sir,"
Dick answered, still standing by his desk. "I might hurt some one's
"Too bad!" murmured Old Dut. "And just after we had all been
enlivened by the hope of hearing something really funny!
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