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Group Title: Aunt Matilda's series
Title: Little deserter
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Title: Little deserter
Series Title: Aunt Matilda's series
Physical Description: 12 p. : col ill. ; 25 cm.
Language: English
Creator: McLoughlin Bros., inc ( Publisher )
Publisher: McLoughlin Bros.
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: [ca. 1880]
Subject: Military deserters -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Juvenile literature -- 1880   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1880   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1880
Genre: Juvenile literature   ( rbgenr )
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novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- New York -- New York
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General Note: Chromolithographed illustrations on same pages as text.
General Note: Includes publisher's advertisement.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Bibliographic ID: UF00023902
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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    The Little Deserter
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THELITTLE DESERTER.Mr. Stanley's three sons, Frederick, William, and Henry, hadjust arrived at their father's house to spend the summer holi-days. Being now free for a short time from the restraints ofschool, they were determined to enjoy themselves as much aspossible during vacation; and as Mr. Stanley was well pleasedwith the progress they had made of their studies; he told then:that he wished to reward them in some manner for their dili-: gence, and wished to know what he could do that would pleasethem most."Oh, papa!" cried William, "how good you are; we shall beso happy 1! After thinking sometime, they began to make theirdemands. Henry, who was fond of riding, wished to have apony, and William was begging his father to give him a largemicroscope, when Frederick interrupted them, " Oh, father! I havejust thought of a play that will amuse us all; only give usSguns, swords, a drum, and military dresses, and we will form acompany of soldiers." Henry was delighted, and gladly assented;William did not agree so readily to the plan, for he did notanticipaieso much pleasure in this kind of amusement, buthis brof{Sers at length persuaded him to join them, and he en-listed:under the banner of Captain Frederick---who, being theeldest, was named first to the command;-. but it was agreedthat each should enjoy in his time this honor. Mr. Stanleypurchased the wooden guns, swords, trumpets, and soldiers'clothes, and early on the following morning a small tent waserected on the lawn, in full view of the house; posts wereestablished; a watchword and countersign were agreed upon;and the boys began to march up and down, very much as ifthey ,thought they were real soldiers. Mr. Stanley smiled at

Captain Frederick Instructing his Command in Bayonet Exercise.their preparations, but told them that they must on no accountuse any other arms than those he had given them---they pro-mised to obey him, and then began to exercise. William and

THE LITTLE DESERTER.8Henry marched after their Captain, who, sword in hand, regu-lated their step, crying out, every now and then, LEFT, RIGHT!Left; Right!In this manner they marched several times round the garden,always strutting prodigiously whenever they passed Mr. andMrs. Stanley; at last, when Frederick gave the word of com-mand--"To the right face," William, who was not paying somuch attention to his duty, turned the contrary way. "Lookat the simpleton," cried Frederick, "he mistakes left for right."Poor William was so much annoyed by his brother's jests andlaughter, at his expense, that he would have left them to finishtheir sport by themselves, if the presence of his parents hadnot restrained him. "Indeed, Frederick," said he, blushing,"you have no mercy on us; your discipline is too severe forsuch youthful soldiers." "Well, we shall pause after awhile,that you may have time to rest," said Frederick. "Attentionto the word of command! Charge Bayonets! Courage my lads;that is very well; we should soon be vperfect if William wouldtry to look more like a soldier-one would think that his gunis too heavy for him; he handles it so slovenly." "That. is be-cause I am tired," replied William. "Tired!" said,; Frederick,"a soldier knows no fatigue; he should only complain whenhe has lost an arm or a leg.""That is saying a great deal," interrupted Mr. Stanley, laugh-ing;" "but, without carrying our ideas of fortitude too far, asoldier should be able to endure fatigue, and submit cheerfullyto every species of toil and privation that the nature of the ser-vice he is engaged in may require. Everybody should resists' the first approach of idleness---even children in their sports.Continue your exercise, therefore, boys, for William has nowhad time to rest."The young soldiers again took their guns, which they had laid

The Young Targeteers-Their First Attempt.down while their father spoke to them, and Frederick continuedhis drill. "Attention! Carry-Arms! Port-Arms! Charge-Bayo-nets! this is very well; Carry-Arms! Present! Now take good

THE LITTLE DESERTER.5aim for the drum, which you see I have fastened to that treefor a mark-Fire! What marksmen! William seems to aim atthe bark, and Henry at the moles!" "How at the moles?"cried Henry; "I aimed above the mark, at the middle of thetree." "At the foot of the tree, you mean, Mr. Henry.""Very well, Frederick, if you cannot see, that is not a fault ofmine." "Silence! and remember you must never dispute withyour. commanding officer. Now, we shall begin again. Carry-Arms! Why, you handle your guns as if they were broom-sticks; again, that is better. Forward, March!" Frederick hadnow to take the double part of drummer and captain; in thismanner he marched his little troop, into a corner of the yard,that served them for a parade, through which, was the entryto a low apartment they called their guard-house; here theyhalted, and he gave the command': "Order-Arms! and nowwe shall have a little practice at fencing."They had laid down their guns, and placed themselves in po-sition, when William said it would be better to go to the campon the lawn, where the fresh breeze would revive them; to. thisthey all agreed, and scampered off to the camp.Henry was now posted as sentinel, while Frederick and Wil-liam put themselves in the. proper attitudes for fencing. Thefirst, always eager for this exercise, had the advantage. Wil-liam began to lose his ground, when his brother pushed himrather closely, saying, "Come, William, parry that thrust." Wil-liam, in a pet, threw down his sword, and his rising anger mighthave been excited against Frederick, had not their Cousin Charlesjust then appeared, and his presence restored good humor. ."How fortunate!" cried Frederick, "we shall now haveanother soldier; you are a recruit, Charles, and I am your cap-tain---you must join our ranks---what do you say to it?" "Ishall become a soldier with all my heart," replied Charles.

Frederick and William Hors de Combat."Hark! take the drum, and beat a tattoo. Henry will remainat his post until relieved; and you, William---but William is nothere! Where has he gone ?" They called him, and, at last, after

The Company in Pursuit of the "Little Deserter."looking in vain for him on the lawn, they went into the parlor,where they found him with his father and mother. " So, Mr.William," said Frederick, "you make a fine soldier, indeed! So

8THE LITTLE DESERTER.you absent yourself without leave. Are you not afraid of theconsequences of such behavior ?" William excused himself bysaying that he was tired, and wished to go to bed. It beingnow late, Mr. Stanley advised them all to follow his example,in order that they might be sufficiently rested to enjoy theirnext day's sport.After breakfast the next morning, when they were gettingready to play, they saw Charles running towards them, with an_air of great importance. "Comrades," said he,. "I overheardWilliam say that he will desert from us!""We shall see about that presently," replied Frederick; " letus beat to arms." The sound of the drum did not bring Wil-liam, so Frederick climbed a wall, and saw him at a distance,playing at ball. "I see," said he to Charles, "you are right-lie leaves us like a coward; and he shall be punished for it!"They now started, with the intention of taking the deserterprisoner, going as quietly as possible, so that they might comeupon him unseen. In crossing an avenue, however, Williamcaught sight of them, and suspecting what they wanted, he rantowards home as fast as he could. Frederick called to hisparty: "Let us run; he passes the bridge!" But William wasnot to be caught so easily--having turned into the ruins of anold vault, and hid himself. From here he saw his comradespass, without being seen by them; but Frederick was surprisedat his disappearing so suddenly, suspected he had concealedhimself, and made use of an artifice to draw him from his hiding-place--the boys, after searching for awhile, pretended to leave theplace, and made a great deal of noise until they were at some dis-tance; they then came back, very quietly, by another path, andhid themselves to await the result. They did not have to waitlong before William made his appearance, and was going awayvery contentedly to amuse himself, on the bank of a little stream

William Manacled in the Guard-House-Henry Guarding Him.that ran past the house, when the party surrounded him. " Youare our prisoner!" said Frederick, " and you must go with us tohead-quarters, there to be tried for desertion." "But I have not

10THE LITTLE DESERTER.deserted," said William. "Yes, you have deserted, and must bepunished; take him away." Charles and Henry conductedhim to prison; a large stone, with some straw on it, served himfor a seat, and a pitcher of water was all he was allowed fornourishment.William was not at all- pleased with his apartment; and afterhaving tried every way he could think of to escape, but with-out success, he threw himself down, and tried to satisfy himself,by thinking he would shut them up in prison, when it camehis turn to be captain."Yes, you may, when we are so cowardly as to desert;" saidthey to him, through the bars of his prison; "but this is notall---you are to be tried by a court-martial, and then your fatewill be decided." "I am very glad of that," said William; "forafter you have shot me, I can go and play at ball again."After a short time, Charles was ordered to bring the deserterbefore Frederick and Henry, who were seated at a table, onwhich lay pens, ink, and paper. Henry acting as secretary.Charles gravely took his place at this formidable court, andpoor William was seated at the foot of the t bble.The necessary examination being completed, the prisonerwas found guilty. After some time spent in deliberation, Fred-erick, as president, said: "Let us determine what his punish-ment shall be." "He must be shot," said Henry; "his offencedemands it." "Oh, no!" replied Charles; "my voice is forimprisonment; he would like nothing better than to have sucha sentence as that carried out immediately, for then, he couldgo and play at ball again.""That does not imply," interrupted Frederick; "he must bepunished according to law; he has deserted, and the articles ofwar declare that the punishment of that crime is death. Whatare your sentiments ? "/

The "Little Deserter" Receives his Well-Merited Reward."I am, most emphatically, for imprisonment," said Charles." And I for death," said Henry. Frederick being of Henry'sopinion, sentence was pronounced against William in due form.

12THE LITTLE DESERTER.The prisoner, after an interval of some time, was guarded tothe place where he was to be shot, his hAds still bound. Afterthey had tied a handkerchief over his eyes, he was ordered tokneel down, and Frederick, holding up his sword as a signal,gave the fatal word "FIRE!""William has received the just reward of desertion," saidFrederick; "and as for you, my comrades, I trust you will so ;:;profit by his example, that you will never any of you. meetwith the; same fate.""Ha! ha! ha!" cried William, rising, and taking off hisbandage; "I suppose, now that I am shot, I may go andamuse myself. as iI please, until to-morrow, when, you know,it is my turn .to play captain!"?~~/


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