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The Bobbsey Twins at School
by Laura Lee Hope

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ARE you all ready?" called Danny to Bert, looking over at the homemade

bob, and there was something like contempt in his tone.

"All ready," answered Bert. "I'll start as soon as you give the word."

"We ought to have someone to shove us off," suggested Danny. "It won't

be fair if one or the other gets a headstart."

"Hi! He's afraid already!" cried Charley Mason. "He knows we're going

to beat!"

"I am not!" retorted Danny. "It will be a walkover for me once I start.

But I don't want Bert Bobbsey saying I took advantage of him, after the

race is over."

"You needn't be afraid - I won't say so - I won't have to," replied

Bert. "All the same I think it would be better if we each had a push.

I want to be fair, too."

"Hey, Bert!" called a shrill voice, as the elder Bobbsey lad was looking

about for some on the hill to whom he might appeal. "Can't I ride down

with you, Bert?"

It was Freddie who called, and he came runnining up, anxious to take

part in the exciting race.

"No, Freddie, not this time," explained Bert kindly. "I want only large

boys with me in the race. I'll give you a ride afterward."

"After I beat him, he means," sneered Danny.

"Come on, let's race if we're going to," called some of the boys on

Danny's sled.

"Yes; don't stay here all day."

"Get a move on!"

"We'll beat, anyhow, what's the use of racing?"

There were only a few of things that those on the big new sled of

Danny's, called to those on Bert's bob. On their part Bert's friends

voiced such remarks as:

"We're not so strong on looks, but we'll get there first!"

"We're going to give Danny a tow to the bottom of the hill!"

"He won't know he's moving, once Bert's sled gets started going!"

"Well, what are we going to do?" asked Danny at last. "Shall we shove

off ourselves?"

Just then there came along two large boys, Frank Cobb, and his

particular chum, Irving Knight.

"What's going on here; a race? " asked Frank.

"It looks that way," said Irving.

"Oh, will you push us off?" begged Bert, appealing to Frank, whose

father worked in Mr. Bobbsey's lumber yard.

"Sure we will," answered Frank goodnaturedly. "Take the other sled,

Irving," he said to his chum, "and we'll give 'em an even start. Then

we'll see which beats, and may the best sled win!"

"That's what I say!" cried Irving.

The two larger boys took their places behind the bobs. They slowly

shoved them to the edge of the hill, held them there a moment, and, at a

nod to each other, shoved them down evenly.

"Hurray!" cried the crowd of other coasters. "There they go!"

"And Danny's ahead!" said some of his friends.

"No, Bert's sled is!" shouted his admirers.

As a matter of fact, though, both sleds were even at the start. On and

on they went very swiftly, for the hill had been worn smooth. Then Bert

saw his bob getting ahead a little, and he felt that he was going to win


But he was glad too soon, for, a little later, Danny's sled shot ahead,

and for some distance was in the lead.

"Can't you beat him, Bert?" whispered Charley Mason, who sat just behind

his chum.

"I hope so," was the answer. "But I can't really do anything. We just

have to depend on the sled, you know."

"Steer a little more over to the left," suggested another boy. "It

looks smoother there."

"I will," said Bert, and he turned the steertng wheel of his bob while

Luke Morton, in the rear, pulled hard on the bell, making it clang out a

loud warning.

"Look out where you're going, Bert Bobbsey!" warned Danny, looking back.

"You're coming over on my side of the hill!"

"No I'm not. I'm away from the middle even," said Bert. "Besides, I'm

behind you."

"I know you are, and you're going to stay there; but I don't want you to

run into me."

Bert thought of the time, the winter before, when Danny had run into

him, and broken his sled, but he said nothing. He did not want that

kind of an accident to be repeated if he could help it.

On, on and on dashed the big bobs, with the crowd on the hill, and a

number of coasters scattered along the way, watching anxiously. As soon

as Bert had steered over to the left his sled began to go faster, as the

snow was packed better there. He was fast catching up to Danny, when

one of the boys on that bob, looking back, saw it, and warned the


"He's coming, Danny," he cried.

"Oh, he is; eh? Well, he won't pass me," and Danny steered his sled

over directly in front of Bert's, almost causing Bert to collide vith


"Shame!" cried some watchers. "That wasn't fair!"

"Let him keep on his own side then," warned Danny.

But this mean trick did Danny little good for, though Bert was forced to

go to the right, to avoid crashing into Danny, he, most unexpectedly,

found good coasting there, and he shot ahead until his sled was even

with that of the bully's.

"Better look out, Danny," warned the boy sitting directly back of him.

"He's crowding us fast."

"Oh, it's only a spurt. We'll soon be at the bottom of the hill and


On and on came Bert's bob, the Flier. It was a little ahead of Danny's

now, and the latter, seeing this, steered over, thinking the going was

better there.

"Look out!" warned Bert. "Who's crowding over now?"

"Well, I've got a right here!" snarled Danny.

But Bert knew his rights also, and would not give away. He held to his

place, and Danny dared not come too close. Then, as Bert found himself

on smooth, hardpacked snow, he steered as straight as he could. More

and more ahead of Danny he went, until he was fully in front of him.

"We're going to win! We're going to win!" cried Bert's friends. "We're

going to win the race!"

Danny was wild with anger. He steered his sled over sharply, hoping to

get on the same track as was Bert and so pass him. But it was not to

be. Danny took too sudden a turn, and the next instant his bob

overturned, spilling everyone off.

There was a cry of surprise at the accident, and some of those on Bert's

sled looked back. Bert himself looked straight ahead as a steersman

always should.

"Danny's upset!" cried Charley.

"I'm sorry!" said Bert. "Now he'll claim the race wasn't fair."

And that is what Danny did when he picked himself up, and walked down to

meet Bert, whose bob got safely to the foot of the hill, and so won the


"Aw, I'd have beaten if you hadn't gotten in my way so I had to steer

over," cried Danny.

"Don't talk that way now," said Irving, who, with Frank Cobb had come to

the end of the hill. "Bert beat you fair and square."

"Aw, well" grumbled Danny.

"I'll race over again, if you like," offered Bert.

"Yes, and do the same thing," grumbled Danny. "I will not. I know my

sled is the best."

But few others, save those who hoped for a ride on it, agreed with the

bully, and Bert's homemade bob was held to be champion of the hill.

Then came many more coasts, Bert giving Nan and Flossie and Freddie, and

a number of their little girl and boy friends, several rides.

Until late that evening the coasting kept up, and Bert and Charley were

congratulated on all sides for the fine bob they had made. And what fun

Bert had home after supper, telling of how he had won the race!

It was in the middle of the night, when the Bobbsey household was

awakened by the ringing of fire bells. They all heard the alarm, and as

Papa Bobbsey counted the number, he said to his wife:

"That must be near here. Guess I'll look. It's a windy night and a

fire in my lumber yard would be very bad."

As he went to the window he saw a glare on the sky in the direction of

the lake.

"It is near here!" he said. "The engines are going past our house! I'd

better take a look."

"Can I come?" asked the little "Fat Fireman" from his cot. "Take me,




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