HOW THE NEWS WAS RECEIVED.
"Huah!" grunted Browning, opening his eyes a trifle in surprise, "don't that jar you?"
"What will Bart say?" gasped Rattleton.
"Merriwell doesn't have to take his orders from Hodge!" snapped Diamond. "But, just the same, I think it's a fool sort of agreement!"
Merriwell was in his room talking to some of his friends of the request of the baseball-captain.
"Hodge will be cot under the holler!" sputtered Rattleton.
"My dear Rattles, don't worry about Hodge!" Diamond begged.
"If you had only said to that captain, 'Get thee behind me, Satan!'" grumbled Dismal Jones. "But, of course, you could not resist such a temptation! When evil makes itself seem to us good, we're sure to give way. 'Let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall!'"