I'll say this much about Universal's archives having poorly-cropped strips at this point; by doing three at once, we're making fairly good time through 1954. Although they do prevent me from skipping strips, or organizing like strips together (like the saga of Linus' block building skills). These three strips finish out March.
March 29, 1954:
This strip implies some kind of empathy between the young Linus and Snoopy. Snoopy is running towards Linus at full speed, so Linus knows to build a wall for Snoopy to jump over, and he knows that Snoopy will see this as a fun thing to hurdle, and not an effort to get him to crash.
It doesn't look like Linus is building quickly here, but he can't have had more than a few seconds to construct that wall.
March 30, 1954:
This is one of the earliest indications of Charlie Brown's poor baseball skills.
March 31, 1954:
Charlie Brown lecturing Snoopy? Another point of evidence that he is Snoopy's owner, at least legally -- Snoopy isn't exactly reverential here.
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