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[468] that it was getting to hot for him, and picked the boy up in his arms, and carried him into one of the bomb-proofs, where the operation was completed. The only answer of the Northerner was: ‘ if you think this hot, it will be a good deal too hot for you by-and-by.’ ‘And,’ says the doctor, ‘ I should like to see that boy again. He is the bravest little fellow I ever saw.’

A gallant boy.

Captain Boggs, of the “Varuna,” tells a story of a brave boy who was on board his vessel during the bombardment of the forts on the Mississippi river. The lad, who answers to the name of Oscar, was but thirteen years of age, but he has an old head on his shoulders, and is alert and energetic. During the hottest of the fire he was busily engaged in passing ammunition to the gunners, and narrowly escaped death when one of the terrific broadsides of the “Varuna's” rebel antagonist was poured in. Covered with dirt and begrimed with powder, he was met by Captain Boggs, who asked “where he was going in such a hurry?”

“To get a passing-box, sir; the other one was smashed by a ball!” And so, throughout the fight, the brave lad held his place and did his duty.

When the “Varuna” went down, Captain Boggs missed his boy, and thought he was among the victims of the battle. But a few minutes afterward he saw the lad gallantly swimming toward the wreck. Clambering on board of Captain Boggs' boat, he threw his hand up to his forehead, giving the usual salute, and uttering only the words, “All right, sir! I report myself on board,” passed coolly to his station.

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