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A Trooper Galahad by Charles King

A TROOPER GALAHAD

BY CAPTAIN CHARLES KING, U.S.A.

AUTHOR OF "THE COLONEL'S DAUGHTER," "MARION'S FAITH," "CAPTAIN BLAKE," "UNDER FIRE," "FROM SCHOOL TO BATTLE-FIELD," ETC.

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PHILADELPHIA J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY 1899

COPYRIGHT, 1898, BY J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY.

ELECTROTYPED AND PRINTED BY J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY. PHILADELPHIA, U. S. A.

[Illustration: "Felling him like an ox. Page 107."]

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BY CAPTAIN CHARLES KING, U.S.A.

BOOKS FOR BOYS.

TROOPER ROSS, AND SIGNAL BUTTE. FROM SCHOOL TO BATTLE-FIELD.

_8vo. Cloth, illustrated, $1.50._

NOVELS.

THE COLONEL'S DAUGHTER. CAPTAIN BLAKE. FOES IN AMBUSH (_Paper, 50 cents_). UNDER FIRE. MARION'S FAITH. THE GENERAL'S DOUBLE.

_12mo. Cloth, illustrated, $1.25._

TRIALS OF A STAFF OFFICER. WARING'S PERIL. A TROOPER GALAHAD.

_12mo. Cloth, $1.00._

KITTY'S CONQUEST. LARAMIE; OR, THE QUEEN OF BEDLAM. TWO SOLDIERS, AND DUNRAVEN RANCH. STARLIGHT RANCH, AND OTHER STORIES. THE DESERTER, AND FROM THE RANKS. A SOLDIER'S SECRET, AND AN ARMY PORTIA. CAPTAIN CLOSE, AND SERGEANT CROESUS.

_12mo. Cloth, $1.00; paper, 50 cents._

A TAME SURRENDER. A Story of the Chicago Strike. RAY'S RECRUIT.

_16mo. Polished buckram, illustrated, 75 cents. Issued in the Lotos Library._

Editor of THE COLONEL'S CHRISTMAS DINNER, AND OTHER STORIES.

_12mo. Cloth, $1.25; paper, 50 cents._

AN INITIAL EXPERIENCE, AND OTHER STORIES. CAPTAIN DREAMS, AND OTHER STORIES.

_12mo. Cloth, $1.00; paper, 50 cents._

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A TROOPER GALAHAD

CHAPTER I.

"Life is full of ups and downs," mused the colonel, as he laid on the littered desk before him an official communication just received from Department Head-Quarters, "especially army life,--and more especially army life in Texas."

"Now, what are you philosophizing about?" asked his second in command, a burly major, glancing over the top of the latest home paper, three weeks old that day.

"D'ye remember Pigott, that little cad that was court-martialled at San Antonio in '68 for quintuplicating his pay accounts? He married the widow of old Alamo Hendrix that winter. He's worth half a million to-day, is running for Congress, and will probably be on the military committee next year, while here's Lawrence, who was judge advocate of the court that tried him, gone all to smash." And the veteran officer commanding the --th Infantry and the big post at Fort Worth glanced warily along into the adjoining office, where a clerk was assorting the papers on the adjutant's desk.


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