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Blackbeard: Buccaneer   By: (1871-1925)

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[Illustration: THIS LEAN, STRAIGHT ROVER LOOKED THE PART OF A COMPETENT SOLDIER]

BLACKBEARD BUCCANEER

By RALPH D. PAINE

[Illustration]

Illustrated by Frank E. Schoonover

THE PENN PUBLISHING COMPANY PHILADELPHIA

COPYRIGHT 1922 BY THE PENN PUBLISHING COMPANY

Blackbeard: Buccaneer

Made in the U. S. A.

Contents

I. THAT COURTEOUS PIRATE, CAPTAIN BONNET 7

II. THE MERCHANT TRADER, PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE 21

III. HELD AS HOSTAGES TO BLACKBEARD 43

IV. THE CAPTIVE SEAMEN IN THE FORECASTLE 62

V. RELEASING A FEARFUL WEAPON 79

VI. THE VOYAGE OF THE LITTLE RAFT 99

VII. THE MIST OF THE CHEROKEE SWAMP 114

VIII. THE EPISODE OF THE WINDING CREEK 132

IX. BLACKBEARD'S ERRAND IS INTERRUPTED 147

X. THE SEA URCHIN AND THE CARPENTER'S MATE 161

XI. JACK JOURNEYS AFOOT 177

XII. A PRIVATE ACCOUNT TO SETTLE 189

XIII. OUR HEROES SEEK SECLUSION 203

XIV. BLACKBEARD APPEARS IN FIRE AND BRIMSTONE 217

XV. MR. PETER FORBES MOURNS HIS NEPHEW 232

XVI. NED RACKHAM'S PLANS GO MUCH AMISS 248

XVII. THE GREAT FIGHT OF CAPTAIN TEACH 260

XVIII. THE OLD BUCCANEER IS LOYAL 274

XIX. THE QUEST FOR PIRATES' GOLD 288

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THIS LEAN, STRAIGHT ROVER LOOKED THE PART OF A COMPETENT SOLDIER Frontispiece

THE BRAWN OF THESE LADS MADE THE PIKE A MATCH FOR A PIRATE'S CUTLASS 83

THE FIRST MATE LEAPED UP WITH A HORRIBLE YELL 120

JACK ALMOST BUMPED INTO THE DUGOUT CANOE 129

THEY CAPERED AND HUGGED EACH OTHER 164

HE LOOMED LIKE THE BELIAL WHOM HE WAS SO FOND OF CLAIMING AS HIS MENTOR 224

[Illustration]

Blackbeard: Buccaneer

CHAPTER I

THAT COURTEOUS PIRATE, CAPTAIN BONNET

THE year of 1718 seems very dim and far away, but the tall lad who sauntered down to the harbor of Charles Town, South Carolina, on a fine, bright morning, was much like the youngsters of this generation. His clothes were quite different, it is true, and he lived in a queer, rough world, but he detested grammar and arithmetic and loved adventure, and would have made a sturdy tackle for a modern high school football team. He wore a peaked straw hat of Indian weave, a linen shirt open at the throat, short breeches with silver buckles at the knees, and a flint lock pistol hung from his leather belt.

He passed by scattered houses and stores which were mere log huts loopholed for defense, with shutters and doors of hewn plank heavy enough to stop a musket ball. The unpaved lanes wandered between mud holes in which pigs wallowed enjoyably. Negro slaves, half naked and bearing heavy burdens, jabbered the dialects of the African jungle from which they had been kidnapped a few months before. Yemassee Indians clad in tanned deer skins bartered with the merchants and hid their hatred of the English. Jovial, hard riding gentlemen galloped in from the indigo plantations and dismounted at the tavern to drink and gamble and fight duels at the smallest excuse... Continue reading book >>




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