Sept. 25 Day 268 Luke 12:35-40
The following story is an excerpt from “Stand by the Ship.” This story can be found in the book, Tiger and Tom and other stories for boys which was published in 1910. Now out of print, the book can be read freely online.
STAND BY THE SHIP
“Do, grandmother, tell us about the little drummer boy whose motto was, ‘Stand by the ship.'”
“Grandmother is not used to telling children stories; but, if you will be quiet, she will try.” And this is the story she told us:–
During one of the fiercest battles of the civil war, the colonel of a Michigan regiment noticed a very small boy, acting as drummer.
The great coolness and self-possession of the boy, as displayed during the engagement; his habitual reserve, so singular in one of his years; his orderly conduct, and his fond devotion to his drum (his only companion, except a few well-worn books),–all these things unusual in one so young had attracted notice, both from the officers and the men. Colonel B.’s curiosity was aroused, and he desired to know more of him. So he ordered that the boy should be sent to his tent. Read the rest of this entry »