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Grateful acknowledgments are due to the following publishers for permission to use selections from their copyright material: The Youth's Companion and Henry Holcomb Bennett for “The Flag Goes By”; The Bobbs-Merrill Company for “Out to Old Aunt Mary's” and “The South Wind and the Sun” from the Biographical Edition of the Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley; D. Appleton & Company for “The Fall of the Alamo," from "The Texan Scouts," by Joseph A. Altsheler, and “The Little Feller's Stockin'” by Joseph C. Lincoln; Doubleday, Page & Company for “Dilly Bal” from “Gabriel Tolliver,” by Joel Chandler Harris, and “Rolf Gets Lost” from “Rolf in the Woods,” by Ernest Thompson Seton; The Page Company for “Red Fox,” by Charles G. D. Roberts, and “The Wandering Cyclone,” by Laura E. Richards; Harper Brothers for “Driving Home the Cows,” by Kate Putnam Osgood; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard for “How the Printer Became a Philosopher" from "The True Story of Benjamin Franklin," by Elbridge S. Brooks; Judd Mortimer Lewis for “The Old Wash Place.”
The selections from John Greenleaf Whittier, Joha Godfrey Saxe, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow are used by permission of, and by special arrangement with, Houghton Mifflin Company, the authorized publishers of their works.
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Copyright, 1919, by W. H. Wheeler & Company, Chicago.
Hats OFF! THE FLAG is Passing By!
THE FLAG GOES BY
HENRY HOLCOMB BENNETT
The flag, the Stars and Stripes, is about to go by. The crowds line the sidewalks. Can you hear, —
“A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums," and can you see down the street above the heads of the crowd something that sets your blood tingling, —
"A flash of color beneath the sky "? Take your hats off, for, —
“The flag is passing by!” Here it comes, carried by “our boys,” their bayonets gleaming and glittering! How our hearts thrill, for, —
“Blue and crimson and white it shines,,
Over the steel-tipped, ordered lines !” Yes, —
The colors before us fly!” But the poet says, —
“More than the flag is passing by.” What does he mean? Read the third and the fourth stanzas to see what is passing besides the flag. Read the fifth stanza to