m the best place in life. Both boys had very definite ideas of what they expected to accomplish by entering the Army, as will appear presently.
Tip--even Tip Branders--had something of an ambition in life. So far as he had done anything, Tip had "trained" with a gang of young hoodlums who were "useful" to the political machine in one of the tough wards of the little city. Tip's ultimate idea was to "get a city job," at good pay, and do little or nothing for the pay.
But Tip dreaded a civil service examination--knew, in fact, that he could not pass one. In most American cities, to-day, an honorably discharged enlisted man from the Army or Navy is allowed to take an appointment to a city position without civil service examination, or else to do so on a lower marking than would be accepted from any other candidate for a city job.
So, curiously enough, Tip had decided to serve in the United States Army. One term would be enough to serve his purpose.
Tip, too, had kept his resolve a sec