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The Bobbsey Twins at School
by Laura Lee Hope

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FREDDIE saw Danny coming, and did the most natural thing in the world.

He dropped the hose and ran. And you know what a hose, with water

bursting from the nozzle will sometimes do if you don't hold it just

right. Well, this hose did that. It seemed to aim itself straight at

Danny, and again the rough boy received a charge of water full in the


"Hahahere! You quit that!" he gasped. "I'll fix you for that!"

The water got in his eyes and mouth, and for a moment he could not see.

But with his handkerchief he soon had his eyes cleared, and then he came

running toward Bert.

Danny Rugg was larger than Bert, and stronger, and, in addition, was a

bullying sort of chap, almost always ready to fight some one smaller

than himself.

But what Bert lacked in size and strength he made up in a bold Spirit.

He was not at all afraid of Danny, even when the bully came rushing at

him. Bert stood his ground manfully. He had taken up the hose where

Freddie had dropped it, and the water was spurting out in a solid

stream. Freddie, having gotten a safe distance away, now turned and

stood looking at Danny.

Danny, too, had halted and was fairly glaring at Bert, who looked at him

a bit anxiously. More than once he and the bully had come to blows, and

sometimes Bert had gotten the best of it. Still he did not like a


"I'll get you yet, Freddie Bobbsey!" cried Danny, shaking his fist at

the little fellow. Whereupon Freddie turned and ran toward the house.

Danny saw that he could not catch him in time, and so he turned to Bert.

"You put him up to do that - to douse me with water!" cried Danny


"I did not," said Bert quietly. "It was just an accident. I'm sorry."

"You are not! I say you did that on purpose or you told Freddie to, and

I'm going to pay you back!"

"I tell you it was an accident," insisted Bert. "But if you want to

think Freddie did it on purpose I can't stop you."

"Well, I'm going to hit you just the same," growled Danny, and he

stepped toward Bert.

"You'd better look out," said Bert, with just a little smile. "There's

still a lot of water in this hose," and he brought the nozzle around in

front, ready to squirt on Danny if the bad boy should come too near.

Danny came to a stop.

"Don't you dare put any more water on me!" cried the bully. "If you do,

I'll -" He doubled up his fists and glared at Bert.

"Then don't you come any nearer if you don't want to get wet," said

Bert. "This hose might sprinkle you by accident, the same as it did

when Freddie had it," he added.

"Huh! I know what kind of an accident that was!" spoke Danny, with a


"You'd better get out of the way," went on Bert quietly. "I want to

sprinkle that flower bed near where you are, and if you're there you

might get wet, and it wouldn't my fault."

"I'll fix you!" growled Danny, springing forward. Bert got ready with

the hose, and there might have been more trouble, except that Sam, the

colored man, came out on the lawn. He saw that something out of the

ordinary was going on, and breaking into a run he called out:

"Am anything de mattah, Massa Bert? Am yo' habin' trouble wif anybody?"

"Well, I guess it's all over now," said Bert, as he saw Danny turn and

walk toward the gate.

"If yo' need any help, jest remembah dat I'm around," spoke Sam, with a

wide grin that showed his white teeth in his black, but kindly face.

"I'l1 be right handy by, Massa Bert, yes, I will!"

"All right," said Bert, as he went on watering the flowers.

"Huh! You needn't think I'm afraid of you!" boasted Danny, but he kept

on out of the gate just the same. Sam went back to his work, of weeding

the vegetable garden and Bert watered the flowers. Pretty soon Freddie

came back.

"Did - did Danny do anything to you?" the little fellow wanted to know.

"No, Freddie, but the hose did something to him," said Bert.

"Oh, did it wet him again?"

"That's what it did."

"Ha! Ha!" laughed Freddie. "I wish I'd been here to see it, Bert."

"Well, why did you run?"

"Oh, I - I thought maybe - mamma might want me," answered Freddie, but

Bert understood, and smiled. Then he let Freddie finish watering the

flowers, after which Freddie played he was a fireman, saving houses from

burning by means of the hose.

Snap, the trick dog came running out, followed by Flossie, who had just

been washed and combed, her mother having put a clean dress on her.

"Oh, Freddie," said the little girl, "let's make Snap do some tricks.

See if he will jump over the stream of water from the hose."

"All right," agreed her little brother. "I'll squirt the water out

straight, and you stand on one side of it and call Snap over. Then

he'll jump."

Flossie tried this, but at first the dog did not seem to want to do this

particular trick. He played soldier, said his prayers, stood on his

hind legs, and turned a somersault. But he would not jump over the


"Come, Snap, Snap!" called Flossie. "Jump!"

Snap raced about and barked, and seemed to be having all sorts of fun,

but jump he would not until he got ready. Then, when he did Freddie

accidentally lowered the nozzle and Snap was soaked.

But the dog did not mind the water in the least. In fact he seemed to

like it, for the day was warm, and he stood still and let Freddie wet

him all over. Then Snap rolled about on the lawn, Freddie and Flossie

taking turns sprinkling.

And, as might be expected, considerable water got on the two children,

and when Snap shook himself, as he often did, to get some of the drops

off his shaggy coat, he gave Flossie and her clean dress a regular

shower bath.

Nan, coming from the house saw this. She ran up to Flossie, who had the

hose just then, crying:

"Flossie Bobbsey! Oh, you'll get it when mamma sees you! She cleaned

you all up and now look at yourself!"

"She can't see - there's no looking glass here," said Freddie, with a


"And you're just as bad!" cried Nan. "You'd both better go in the house

right away, and stop playing with the hose."

"We're through, anyhow," said Freddie. "You ought to see Snap jump over

the water."

"Oh, you children!" cried Nan, with a shake of her head. She seemed

like a little mother to them at times, though she was only four years


Mrs. Bobbsey was very sorry to see Flossie so wet and bedraggled, and


"You should have known better than to play with water with a clean dress

on, Flossie. Now I must punish you. You will have to stay in the house

for an hour, and so will Freddie."

Poor little Bobbsey twins! But then it was not a very severe

punishment, and really some was needed. It was hard when two of their

little playmates came and called for them to come out. But Mrs. Bobbsey

insisted on the two remaining in until the hour was at an end.

Then, when they had on dry garments, and could go out, there was no one

with whom to play.

"I'm not going to squirt the hose ever again," said Freddie.

"Neither am I," said his sister. "Never, never!"

Snap didn't say anything. He lay on the porch asleep, being cooled off

after his sport with the water.

"I - I wish we had our cat, Snoop, back," said Flossie. "Then we

wouldn't have played in the water."

"That's so," agreed Freddie. "I wonder where he can be?"

They asked their father that night if any of the railroad men had seen

their pet, but he said none had, and added:

"I'm afraid you'll have to get along without Snoop. He seems to have

disappeared. But, anyhow, you have Snap."

"But some one may come along and claim him," said Freddie. "That Danny

Rugg says he belongs to Mr. Peterson in Millville, father," said Bert.

"Well, I'll call Mr. Peterson up on the telephone tomorrow, and find

out," spoke Mr. Bobbsey. "That much will be settled, at any rate."

"Did you hear anything from the circus people about the fat lady?" asked

Mrs. Bobbsey.

"Yes, but no news," was her husband's answer. "The circus has gone to

Cuba and Porto Rico for the winter, and I will have to write there. It

will be some time before we can expect an answer, though, as I suppose

the show will be traveling from place to place and mail down there is

not like it is up here. But we may find the fat lady and the cup some


"And Snoop, too," put in Nan.

"Yes, Snoop too."

One fact consoled the Bobbseys in their trouble over their lost pet and

cup. This was the answer received by Mr. Bobbsey from Mr. Peterson.

That gentleman had lost a valuable dog, but it was a small poodle, and

unlike big Snap. So far no one had claimed the trick dog, and it seemed

likely that the children could keep him. They were very glad about


"Oh dear!" exclaimed Bert, one afternoon a few days following the fun

with the hose, "school begins Monday. Only three more days of


"I think you have had a long vacation," returned Mrs. Bobbsey, "and if

Freddie and Flossie are going to do such tricks as they did the other

day, with the hose, I, for one, shall be glad that you are in school."

"I like school," said Nan. "There are lot of new girls coming this

term, I hear."

"Any new fellows?" asked Bert, more interested.

"I don't know. There is a new teacher in the kindergarten, though,

where Flossie and Freddie will go. Nellie Parks has met her, and says

she's awfully nice."

"That's good," spoke Flossie. "I like nice teachers."

"Well, I hope you and Freddie will get along well," said Mamma Bobbsey.

"You are getting older you know, and you must soon begin to study hard."

"We will," they promised.

The school bell, next Monday morning, called to many rather unwilling

children. The long vacation was over and class days had begun once

more. The four Bobbseys went off together to the building, which was

only a few blocks from their home. Mr. Tetlow was the principal, and

there were half a dozen lady teachers.

"Hello, Nan," greeted Grace Lavine. "May I sit with you this term?"

"Oh, I was going to ask her," said Nellie Parks.

"Well, I was first," spoke Grace, with a pout.

"We'll be in the room where there are three seated desks," said Nan with

a smile. "Maybe we three can be together."

"Oh, we'll ask teacher!" cried Nellie. "That will be lovely!"

"I'm going to sit with Freddie," declared Flossie. "We're to be

together - mamma said so."

"Of course, dear," agreed Nan. "I'll speak to your teacher about it."

Bert was walking in the rear with Charley Mason, when Danny Rugg came

around a corner.

"I know what I'm going to do to you after school, Bert Bobbsey!" called

the bully. "You just wait and see."

"A11 right - I'll wait" spoke Bert quietly. "I'm not afraid."

By this time they were at the school, and it was nearly time for the

last bell to ring. Danny went off to join some of his particular chums,

shaking his fist at Bert as he went.



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