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Captain Ted A Boy's Adventures Among Hiding Slackers in the Great Georgia Swamp   By: (1861-1939)

Captain Ted A Boy's Adventures Among Hiding Slackers in the Great Georgia Swamp by Louis Pendleton

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Transcriber's Note

The position of the illustrations has been changed to better fit with the context. The Frontispiece illustration noted in the "List of Illustrations" is missing from the original book upon which this digital version is based and therefore its location has not been indicated.

Illustration captions in {brackets} have been added by the transcriber for reader convenience.

In general, geographical references, spelling, hyphenation, and capitalization have been retained as in the original publication. This includes a few inconsistencies across the text. For example, the word "tomorrow" is more or less equally written as both "tomorrow" and "to morrow".

Minor typographical errors usually periods and commas have been corrected without note.

Significant typographical errors have been corrected. A full list of these corrections is available in the Transcriber's Corrections section at the end of the book.

CAPTAIN TED

CAPTAIN TED

A Boy's Adventures Among Hiding Slackers in the Great Georgia Swamp

BY

LOUIS PENDLETON

AUTHOR OF "KING TOM AND THE RUNAWAYS," "LOST PRINCE ALMON," "IN THE CAMP OF THE CREEKS," ETC.

[Illustration: {Seal}]

ILLUSTRATED

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY NEW YORK LONDON 1918

COPYRIGHT, 1918, BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

Printed in the United States of America

TO THE FIGHTING YOUTH OF AMERICA

THIS STORY OF A BRAVE AND DEVOTED BOY IS CONFIDENTLY INSCRIBED

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

FACING PAGE The beast obeyed an impulse stronger than fear and leaped Frontispiece

They closed in hand to hand combat 78

The contending creatures, fast in each other's grip, rapidly drew nearer 138

With a wild cry Jackson jumped too late! 270

CAPTAIN TED

I

Ted and Hubert were proud of the commission and felt that much depended on them. Ted led the way, not merely because he was past fourteen and more than half a year older than his cousin, but because Hubert unconsciously yielded to the captaincy of a more venturesome and resolute spirit. Everything was ready for Christmas at home mince pies, fruit cake, a fat turkey hanging out in the cold and no doubt the as yet mysteriously reserved presents would be plentiful and satisfactory. Only a tree was still needed, and Ted and Hubert were to get it.

So now, in the early afternoon of December 24, 1917, they tramped up the long hill at the back of the Ridgway farm toward North Carolina woods of evergreens and leafless maples. The landscape as far as the eye went was white with snow, but its depth, except in drifts, was only about two inches. Ted dragged a sled with rope wherewith to strap the tree thereon. Hubert trudged beside him always a little behind carrying a heavy sharp hatchet.

"Aunt Mary said we must get a good one, small size, and I'm going to hunt till we do," said Ted.

"Papa says it isn't everybody who'll have all we'll have this Christmas," remarked Hubert. "He says it's great to have a farm as well as a town house and perduce your own food in war time."

"'Produce' not 'perduce,'" corrected Ted.

About two thirds of the way up the long white stretch of hillside the boys paused on the brink of a pit that had been dug years before by a thick witted settler in a hopeless quest for the gold that was then profitably mined some ten miles away. The pit was about twenty five feet deep at its middle and perhaps thirty five in diameter an excavation at once too large and too small to pay for the great labor of filling in... Continue reading book >>




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