Translated by Mary E. Ireland.
"Who put that gilt paper cap on the point of the climbing pole?" he asked.
No one answered and the Trojans looked at each other in dismay.
"Whose cap is it?" he asked.
"It is mine," replied Achilles-Franz, "and some of these boys got it from the place I keep it and before I got here this morning put it on the pole."
"Do you know which of the boys did it?"
"Go to the schoolroom and ask Professor Moot to please step here."
"Professor," said the principal, when the teacher of physical culture stood among them, "how many of your pupils can climb to the top of the pole?"
"Five of them can do it easily; two of them have not yet come, but there are three here."
"Step here, you three, and show me the palms of your hands," said the principal, and with very red faces the three obeyed.
"This is the boy," he continued, as the red palms proved that the boy had recently climbed the pole, "and because you were a coward and would
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