A Little Dusky Hero

Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,906 / 56 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 350
Added to site: 2010.02.24
mnybks.net#: 26767
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Young Readers, War

This latest addition to the vast body of heroes of teh Spanish war is the little negro who acts as body-servant to the colonel of an American regiment, and saves that warrior's life upon occasion.

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ight when he went into the tent after G. W., he found the boy divested of his splendid regimentals, kneeling in a very scant and child-like costume before the table--which, by the way, was composed of two soap-boxes covered with a flag--and scanning the faces of "the Boy and his Mother." A strange yearning in G. W.'s eyes caused the officer to speak very gently.

"What is it, old fellow? Surely you are not envying the Boy up North? You, a full-fledged soldier of Uncle Sam!"

Envy! why G. W.'s heart just then was filled with pity for that boy nearly as old as he, who was obliged to wear humiliating garments. Actually there was lace on his collar. And the boy wore curls! not long ones, but curls nevertheless. G. W. had by this time acquired tact sufficient to forbid mention of these pitiful details, but he said slowly, "I'se right sorry fur de Boy, Colonel, kase he's 'bliged to stay away frum being wid you!"

G. W. was too sincere to be laughed at, and the Boy's father replied gently:


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