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THE BOAT RACE

for the race was to be rowed at noon. The school had chartered a special train; when the boys arrived at the station to take it, there was Tom Sheldon to greet them.

He rushed up to the crew men first of all, and shook hands and frolicked around them like a great overgrown, affectionate puppy; and then he turned his attention to his other friends.

Yes, his tutor had said he was doing splendidly and had thought he was entitled to this holiday; gee! but he had become the grind; ten hours a day was nothing to such a student as he. But it was great to see them all again; he had n’t minded a bit getting up at four that morning to make the connection with their train.

Of course Sheldon had a seat in the parlor car with the crew; but he left it after a while to visit the other cars and shake hands with the little boys.

When he came back, however, he settled down for a serious talk with Durant; they had their heads together for some time, and it was