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The Buccaneer Farmer Published in England under the Title "Askew's Victory"   By: (1866-1945)

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THE BUCCANEER FARMER

BY HAROLD BINDLOSS

1918

PUBLISHED IN ENGLAND UNDER THE TITLE "ASKEW'S VICTORY"

CONTENTS

PART I AT ASHNESS

CHAPTER

I THE LEASE

II THE OTTER HOUNDS

III A COUNCIL OF DEFENSE

IV THE PEAT CUTTERS

V RAILTON'S TALLY

VI BLEATARN GHYLL

VII THE RECKONING

VIII GRACE FINDS A WAY

IX THE PLAN WORKS

X JANET MEDDLES

XI OSBORN'S PRIDE GETS HURT

XII OSBORN INTERFERES

PART II ON THE CARIBBEAN

I THE OLD BUCCANEER

II THE PRESIDIO

III THE GOLD ONZA

IV THE PRESIDENT'S BALL

V OLSEN'S OFFER

VI THE PRESIDENT'S WATCHERS

VII ADAM RESUMES CONTROL

VIII THE MANGROVE SWAMP

IX ADAM'S LAST REQUEST

X THE ROAD TO THE MISSION

XI KIT KEEPS HIS PROMISE

XII THE LAST CARGO

PART III KIT'S RETURN

I KIT'S WELCOME

II A DANGEROUS TALENT

III THE HORSE SHOW

IV THE FLOOD

V KIT TELLS A STORY

VI THORN MAKES A PLAN

VII GERALD'S RETURN

VIII GRACE'S CONFIDENCE

IX KIT GOES TO THE RESCUE

X GRACE'S CHOICE

XI OSBORN'S SURRENDER

PART I AT ASHNESS

CHAPTER I

THE LEASE

The morning was bright after heavy rain, and when Osborn looked out of the library window a warm, south west breeze shook the larches about Tarnside Hall. Now and then a shadow sped across the tarn, darkening the ripples that sparkled like silver when the cloud drove on. Osborn frowned, for he had meant to go fishing and it was a morning when the big, shy trout would rise. His game keeper was waiting at the boathouse, but the postman had brought some letters that made him put off his sport.

This was annoying, because Osborn hated to be balked and seldom allowed anything to interfere with his amusements. One letter, from a housemaster at a famous public school, covered a number of bills, which, the writer stated somewhat curtly, ought to have been paid. Another announced that Hayes, the agent for the estate, and a tenant would wait upon Osborn, who knew what they meant to talk about. He admitted that a landlord had duties, but his generally demanded attention at an inconvenient time.

Osborn was fifty years of age. He had a ruddy skin and well proportioned figure, and was, physically, a rather fine example of the sporting country gentleman. For all that, there were lines on his forehead and wrinkles about his eyes; his mouth was loose and sensual, and something about him hinted at indulgence. His manner, as a rule, was abrupt and often overbearing.

The library was spacious, the furniture in good taste but getting shabby. In fact, a certain look of age and shabbiness was typical of the house. Although the windows were open, the room had a damp smell, and the rows of books that Osborn never read were touched with mildew. Rain was plentiful in the north country dale, coal was dear, and Mrs. Osborn was forced to study economy, partly because her husband would not.

By and by Osborn turned his glance from the window and fixed it on his son, who stood waiting across the big oak table. Gerald was a handsome lad, like his father, but marked by a certain refinement and a hint of delicacy. Although he felt anxious, his pose was free and graceful and his look undisturbed. Osborn threw the bills on the table.

"This kind of thing must stop," he said. "I haven't grumbled much, perhaps not as much as I ought, about your extravagance, but only a fool imagines he can spend more than he has got."

"We have had such fools in our family," the boy remarked, and stopped when he saw Osborn's color rise.

"It's a pity it's true," the latter agreed, with a patience he did not often use. "I'm paying for it now and you will pay a higher price, if you go on as you promise. You must pull up; I've done enough and am getting tired of self denial."

Gerald's smile faded. He had inherited his extravagance from his father, but felt he must be cautious, although Osborn sometimes showed him a forbearance he used to nobody else... Continue reading book >>




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