What happened was not pleasant. John Temple denounced them all as a gang of trespassers, ordered them out of his field and did not hesitate to express his opinion of Tom in particular. Mr. Ellsworth then and there championed the poor fellow and prophesied that notwithstanding his past the scouts would make a man of him yet.
After that Tom Slade came out flat-footed and hit the scout trail. He was never able to determine to whom he should be most grateful, Roy Blakeley or Mr. Ellsworth, but it was the beginning of a friendship between the two boys which became closer as time passed.
There is no use retelling a tale that is told. Tom had such a summer in camp as he had never dreamed of when he used to lie in bed till noontime in Barrel Alley, and all that you shall find in its proper place, but you must know something of how Temple Camp came into being and how it came by its name.
John Temple was a wonderful man--oh, he was smart. He could take care of your property for you; if yo
In some ways, the Tom Slade books are average boy scout books of the early twentieth century, but I think they rise above a lot of the others. This is the first one I read, and it's still my favorite. Tom is so much more human than heroes of other boys' books of the time, and when he's heroic, he's heroic in a kind of stupid and endearing way.