The Rover Boys at School
Arthur M.Winfield
Children
5:51 h
Level 3
The Rover Boys, or The Rover Boys Series for Young Americans, was a popular juvenile series written by Arthur M. Winfield, a pseudonym for Edward Stratemeyer. Thirty titles were published between 1899 and 1926. The Rover Boys at School is written as the first of a series. The Rovers were students at a military boarding school: adventurous, prank-playing, flirtatious, and often unchaperoned adolescents who were frequently causing mischief for authorities, as well as for criminals. The readers may gain some insight into the workings of a military academy.

The Rover Boys at School

or

The Cadets of Putnam Hall

by
Arthur M. Winfield
(Edward Stratemeyer)


Introduction

My Dear Boys:

“The Rover Boys at School” has been written that those of you whohave never put in a term or more at an American military academyfor boys may gain some insight into the workings of such aninstitution.

While Putnam Hall is not the real name of the particular place oflearning I had in mind while penning this tale for your amusementand instruction, there is really such a school, and dear CaptainPutnam is a living person, as are also the lively, wide-awake,fun-loving Rover brothers, Dick, Tom, and Sam, and theirschoolfellows, Larry, Fred, and Frank. The same can be said, to acertain degree, of the bully Dan Baxter, and his toady, the sneak,commonly known as “Mumps.”

The present story is complete in itself, but it is written as thefirst of a series, to be followed by “The Rover Boys on the Ocean”and “The Rover Boys in the Jungle,” in both of which volumes wewill again meet many of our former characters.

Trusting that this tale will find as much favor in your hands ashave my previous stories, I remain,

Affectionately and sincerely yours,

Edward Stratemeyer


Chapter I
Introducing the Rover Boys

“Hurrah, Sam, it is settled at last that we are to go to boardingschool!”

“Are you certain, Tom? Don’t let me raise any false hopes.”

“Yes, I am certain, for I heard Uncle Randolph tell Aunt Marthathat he wouldn’t keep us in the house another week. He said hewould rather put up with the Central Park menagerie — think ofthat!” and Tom Rover began to laugh.

“That’s rather rough on us, but I don’t know but what we deserveit,” answered Sam Rover, Tom’s younger brother. “We have beengiving it pretty strong lately, with playing tricks on Sarah thecook, Jack the hired man, and Uncle Randolph’s pet dog Alexander.But then we had to do something — or go into a dry rot. Life inthe country is all well enough, but it’s mighty slow for me.”