Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere
Tue, 13 Jul 2010
"Just Good Fun!" well I wonder. Boy Scouts and Ghosts, hm I wonder who is causing all the fun.?|
BRINGS YOU A GHOST
"JUST FOR FUN."
tales were afloat in the village - a "Ghost" had
been seen, and not once only, but several
The first who saw it was old Mrs.
Hawkins, as she was crossing the Common one evening
after dusk. "My dear," she said to her daughter
Lizzie, afterwards, when describing the
'apparition,' "I don't believe I shall ever get
over the shock - you could have knocked me down
with a feather."
"Nonsense Mother !" said
sensible Lizzie who was no believer in ghosts. "I
can guess what it is ; It is one of those Boy
Scouts up to their pranks again. I will just step
round to Mrs Soames, she has two boys in the Scouts
and make some inquiries."
true to her word, but although she questioned
Maggie and Tommy, she was no nearer to getting to
the bottom of the mystery.
"I'll tell you what
we will do," said Reggie Soames, who was one
of the leading Boy Scouts in the village of
Westfleet; "we will find the ghost for you
and when we catch him we will make him feel pretty
sorry for himself - you mark my
A meeting of the Scouts was
called; and a ghost hunt was decided upon. But
search as they might, no ghost could they find,
although now fully half a dozen people now declared
they had seen the ghost.
happened which roused every Boy Scout in the
village to anger.
Poor little Nellie Simmons,
the policeman's daughter was seriously
It was a moonlit night, and she had been to post a
letter for her mother, ( the pillar-box was
situated at a rather lonely corner of the road),
when suddenly the ghost appeared to her , all
shrouded in white. She gave a loud scream of
terror, and rushed homewards as fast as her little
trebling legs could carry
Constable Simmons was very angry, and determined to
solve the mystery; but the honour of the 'find'
fell to the Boy Scouts.
Said Tommy Soames one
evening when the boys were discussing the matter,
"I have an idea."
"Well out with it !" cried one
of the lads good naturedly "You don't have many, so
we'd like to hear what it is."
"I vote we search
the woods tonight," replies Tommy, in no wise
"The woods!" cried Phil Weston , who
was carrying the lantern; "Why it has never been
seen in the woods."
"All the more reason to look
there; it doesn't often appear twice in the same
The idea presently met with all their
approval and forthwith to the woods the lads made
They searched and searched but all in
vain; but just as they were giving up in despair,
Tommy Soames caught sight of something white in
between the trees.
"I - I - see it! he
gasped, his courage sinking down almost into his
"Look - look! There it is !"
moment, and each Boy Scout had caught sight of the
"Cover the lantern !" was the
order given by the leader in a loud whisper. "Wait
till it comes closer, and then make a dash
The command was obeyed to the letter. On
and on came the unsuspecting ghost, nearer and
nearer to the watchful eyes of the Scouts. Then at
a word, the lantern was flashed full onto the white
shrouded figure, proving the ghost to be nothing
more or less than flesh and blood, a boy just like
One or two of the Scouts were
inclined to treat the matter as a huge joke, not so
"Hello Mr. Ghost," he cried "We
have you this time! Why, I declare " he added, it
is you Willie Barton! I wonder you aren't ashamed
of yourself !"
There was a stinging contempt in
the tone of Reggies voice. The boy who was a
relatively new-comer to the village, at first
had no word to say for himself.
The sheet with
which he was covered was roughly dragged from him
from him, and when he stood stripped of his ghost
like attire, he felt very small indeed.
a coward, Berton - that's what you are!" went on
Reggie, "scaring women and children the way
you have done lately."
Then Berton found his
voice. "I didn't mean any harm." he faltered. I - I
only did it just for
"Oh, so you think it was fun, do you."
Cried Reggie, "Fun to frighten little Nellie
Simmons nearly into a fit. Perhaps you don't know
that she's been ill ever
"No. . .
really?" Berton looked troubled and uneasy. "I
really am most awfully sorry, I only meant it for a
"Well it was a very poor sort
of joke," said one of the other lads; and Berton
presently thought so too.
Shortly after this ,
the ghost was allowed to take his departure home,
and the Boy Scouts returned to the village in
triumph to spread their
For almost a week following this incident
poor Berton had a sorry time, the village folk
showing their disapproval of his conduct in very
Then something happened! Little
Nellie Simmons, whilst at play with some of her
school friends near the mill stream, tumbled into
the water, and was in imminent danger of drowning.
Young Willie Berton
who happened at that very moment to pass by,
jumped in to her rescue, without any thought of
personal danger. and being a strong swimmer, he
very soon brought the little girl to safety to the
banks of the
The ghost had made amends ! at
least such was the villagers verdict, according to
Scouts. Berton has
now joined the gallant company, and is one of whom
his comrades are justly proud. Deeds of daring
especially appeal to him, but foolish, practical
jokes he bars, for he has learnt this lesson and he
won't ever forget it.
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