Tam o' the Scoots

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Tam o' the Scoots

 

 
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Tam's two guns flamed for four seconds and then the German dropped straight for earth
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TAM O' THE SCOOTS


BY EDGAR WALLACE


ILLUSTRATED BY
L. A. SHAFER


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BOSTON
SMALL, MAYNARD & COMPANY
PUBLISHERS

 
 

Copyright, 1919
By SMALL, MAYNARD & COMPANY
(incorporated)

 

 

To

QUENTIN ROOSEVELT

and all airmen, friend and foe
alike, who have fallen in clean fighting


The world was a puddle of gloom and of shadowy things,
He sped till the red and the gold of invisible day
Was burnish and flames to the undermost spread of his wings,
So he outlighted the stars as he poised in the grey.

Nearer was he to the knowledge and splendour of God,
Mysteries sealed from the ken of the ancient and wise—
Beauties forbidden to those who are one with the clod—
All that there was of the Truth was revealed to his eyes.

Flickers of fire from the void and the whistle of death,
Clouds that snapped blackly beneath him, above and beside,
Watch him, serene and uncaring—holding your breath,
Fearing his peril and all that may come of his pride.

Now he was swooped to the world like a bird to his nest,
Now is the drone of his coming the roaring of hell,
Now with a splutter and crash are the engines at rest—
All's well!

E. W.

 


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1932, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.