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A Little Dusky Hero

Auhtor: Harriet Comstock

Language: english
Published: 1902

Genres:

young readers,  war
Downloads: 105
eBook size: 109Kb

Review by Michael Gallagher, May 2009


Rating: (****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Little Dusky Hero':

A Little Dusky Hero by Harriet T Comstock. A Little Dusky Hero portrays a 9 year old African American boy who after burying his mother befriends Colonel Austin during the Spanish American War. George Washington McKinely Jones G.W dreams of being a hero and stays by the Colonels side through battle. He becomes one of the boys and mascot of the Ninth and is deeply respected and distinguished by all of the men with no prejudice. G.W. must endure the hardships of war and battle hoping he will one day see an end to the war and be able to go North with the Colonel to live with his wife and son. Black dialect in dialogue.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Little Dusky Hero':


... it.. The grimy little applicant drew himself up to his extreme height, and replied with magnificent scorn. No, sah. I does not wish to be a sojer ...
... Jones, saluted his superior officer, and led the volunteer out of the tent. While George Washington ate, solemnly and long, investigations were ...
... gave a low whistle, like the note of a bird, and struggled to his feet, for he was still on his knees by the box. Colonel, he whispered, you ain't ...
... mention of these pitiful details, but he said slowly, I'se right sorry fur de Boy, Colonel, kase he's 'bliged to stay away frum being wid you.. G. ...
... they must indeed fight if they would keep her, for rumor reached them that the lord had raised a mighty company and was nearing their castle. Then ...
... face. But Jack's mother knew all about this feeling. And so you see, dear, the stories for Jack always ended, that though you are but mother's ...
... at what minute to point our guns at the enemy. We shall know and we shall obey our orders. And you'll know, and you must obey your orders, comrade. You ...
... go down to the river without him. I wanted to, for Daddy had taught me how to swim and I wanted to float about and practise. Every day I went near, ...
... the shore to get help. I couldn't think of anything but Don, and I swam right out to him, and he didn't grab hold of me or anything, but let me kind of ...
... W.'s brain. Then the boy perceived, as far as his gaze could travel, soldiers and cannon filling the familiar road. He forgot his terror, and thrilled ...
... out for you, comrade, for they know that you are my little body-guard, and they will adopt you in their home-for your own sake too, G. W. there's ...
... may lie in the long row, pleaded Love no one near him to tend just him no one to give him a drink or hold his head or his hand to follow him ...
... and war. Again the little rescuer dashed on. And oh, go quickly now, G. W. Among the tangled bushes is a slinking, leaf-covered figure running as rapidly ...
... drop and then, oh, joy. the heavy eyes opened. It did not seem strange to Colonel Austin to see G. W.'s dusky face. It was but part of the troubled ...
... to me, my child.. The simple question sent a thrill through the faithful heart. G. W. faintly unclosed his eyes. He must see who was speaking in that ...
... I'se goin' ter land wid my soldier-clo'es all on. Dat smell done cure me for sure. Dat's a mighty fine smell, Colonel, dat is.. Some hours later ...
... to show you.. How he got into his dear blue clothes, G. W. never knew but at length, and rather unsteadily, he was walking between the nurse ...
... to give you your chance. It's going to be a hard pull. The odds will be against you. It isn't just that it should be so, but it is so. Your color, comrade, ...
... muttered between his teeth. I wish these fellows knew how awfully white G. W. is inside.. But the Colonel had warned Jack against speaking out ...
... cheers for our hero. said he. I think, he went on, when the hurrahing had died down, that two hero stories are almost too many for one evening ...