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The Boy Scouts at the Panama Canal


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The Boy Scouts at the
? Panama Canal
CHAPTER I. ? BOY SCOUTS TO THE
RESCUE.
Farmer Hiram Applegate had just finished breakfast. For this
reason, perhaps, he felt exceptionally good-humored. Even the
news he had read in his morning paper (of the day before) to the
effect that his pet abomination and aversion, The Boy Scouts, had
held a successful and popular review in New York and received
personal commendation from the President failed to shake his
equanimity.
Outside the farmhouse the spring sun shone bright and warm. The
air was crisp, and odorous with the scent of apple blossoms.
Robins twittered cheerily, hens clucked and now and then a blue
bird flashed among the orchard trees.
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As Hiram stepped out on his “vendetta,” as he called his
verandah—or, to use the old-fashioned word and the better one,
“porch”—he was joined by a rather heavy-set youth with small,
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