Two boys, every one wearing a gun, got here out of a strip of woods and paused. They have been by way of a short-haired pointer puppy. one of many boys, whose gun used to be a single-barreled repeater, bore a game-bag suspended from his shoulder by means of a strap, and he spoke to the puppy with an air of authority that proclaimed him the animal’s grasp. He was once a pleasant-faced, blue-eyed chap, and his identify used to be Fred Sage.
The gun of the opposite boy used to be a double-barreled hammerless. The boy had a touch undershot jaw, and his eyes have been a trifle too small. This was once Roy Hooker. through the months of the previous summer season those fellows had turn into enormously friendly.
“There are the Hopkins woodcock covers down yonder, Fred,” stated Roy, pointing around the open strip of pasture land. “Old Hopkins doesn’t prefer to have a person gun there, yet I’m for giving these covers a try out, so long as he'll most likely by no means recognize it.”
“Has he published ‘No Trespass’ signs?” requested Sage.
“Guess no longer; I haven’t visible any. He doesn’t do any taking pictures himself, yet being a cranky outdated endure, he doesn’t prefer to have somebody else gun on his property.”
“Well, so long as there aren't any warnings published and he hasn’t in my opinion notified us to maintain off, we’ll see if we will be able to locate any birds there. The covers glance beautiful to me. the following, Spot; heel, sir.”
With the 1st indication that the men meant to continue, the keen puppy had all started ahead, yet he grew to become on the command of his grasp and once again fell in behind.
The forenoon of this transparent, sunny autumn day was once now not a long way complicated, the younger hunters having set forth presently after breakfast. even though the air used to be transparent and nearly hot, there has been a undeniable recommendation of crispness in it, which, including the flaming leaves of the deciduous timber, evidently betokened that the early autumn frosts were at paintings. The stubble of the open pasture land was once brown and dry. in the back of the lads, within the woods they'd simply left, squirrels have been chattering and bluejays screaming, yet Fred and Roy have been after larger and extra valid online game. so far their hunt had proved disappointing.
“If we don’t locate something down yonder,” acknowledged Hooker, “I’ll get mad and shoot the following squirrel that barks at me. i used to be tempted to pop over one colossal grey fellow that leered at me from a limb.”
“You don’t devour squirrels, do you?”
“What could you do with them for those who should still shoot ’em?”
“Nothing; simply throw them away.”
“Then don’t shoot them, Roy. It’s now not stable activity to kill virtually innocuous creatures easily for the sake of killing whatever. I’d quite by no means shoot whatever in any respect than do that.”
“Oh, you’re deucedly finicky approximately a few issues, previous fellow. You won’t have many possibilities to gun q4, for soccer goes to maintain you busy. while I proposed it final evening I rarely inspiration I’d get you out to-day.”
“And I got here out with the certainty that we're to come back in time for perform this afternoon. subsequent Saturday, every week from to-day, the staff performs its first game.”
“And could be superbly beaten,” prophesied Hooker.
“What makes you're thinking that so?”
“Why shouldn’t i feel so? The 11 goes to be vulnerable this 12 months. With Roger Eliot for captain, it made an unforeseen luck final fall; yet Eliot is long past, and Stone, who was once selected to stick with him as captain, by no means should be this type of artful, far-sighted normal. The group was once weakened fifty in keeping with cent by means of the lack of Eliot.”
“Perhaps you’re right,” admitted Sage; “but you appear to overlook that we should obtain a few energy from the advance of latest avid gamers. for example, there’s that fellow from Texas, Rodney Grant——”
“Oh, yes,” nodded Roy speedy, “I feel he’ll aid a few, however it takes time to make a soccer participant, and supply has had little .....
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