Excerpt from A Young Hero: Or Fighting to Win
A fight! A fight! Form a ring!" A dozen or more excited boys shouted these words, and, rushing forward, hastily formed a ring around two playmates who stood in the middle of the road, their hats off, eyes glaring, fists clenched, while they panted with anger, and were on the point of flying at one another with the fury of young wildcats.
They had been striking, kicking and biting a minute before over some trifling dispute, and they had now stopped to take breath and gather strength before attacking each other again with a fierceness which had become all the greater from the brief rest.
"Give it to him, Sam! Black his eyes for him! Hit him under the ear! Bloody his nose!"
Thus shouted the partisans of Sammy McClay, who had thrown down his school hooks, and pitched into his opponent, as though he meant to leave nothing of him.
The friends of Joe Hunt were just as loud and urgent.
"Sail in, Joe! You can whip him before he knows it! Kick him! Don't be a coward! You've got him!"
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