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The Cruise of the Dazzler   By: (1876-1916)

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THE CRUISE OF THE DAZZLER

by

JACK LONDON

1902

FOREWORD

Tempting boys to be what they should be giving them in wholesome form what they want that is the purpose and power of Scouting. To help parents and leaders of youth secure books boys like best that are also best for boys, the Boy Scouts of America organized EVERY BOY'S LIBRARY. The books included, formerly sold at prices ranging from $1.50 to $2.00 but, by special arrangement with the several publishers interested, are now sold in the EVERY BOY'S LIBRARY Edition at $1.00 per volume.

The books of EVERY BOY'S LIBRARY were selected by the Library Commission of the Boy Scouts of America, consisting of George F. Bowerman, Librarian, Public Library of the District of Columbia; Harrison W. Craver, Director, Engineering Societies Library, New York City; Claude G. Leland, Superintendent, Bureau of Libraries, Board of Education, New York City; Edward F. Stevens, Librarian, Pratt Institute Free Library, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Franklin K. Mathiews, Chief Scout Librarian. Only such books were chosen by the Commission as proved to be, by a nation wide canvas , most in demand by the boys themselves. Their popularity is further attested by the fact that in the EVERY BOY'S LIBRARY Edition, more than a million and a quarter copies of these books have already been sold.

We know so well, are reminded so often of the worth of the good book and great, that too often we fail to observe or understand the influence for good of a boy's recreational reading. Such books may influence him for good or ill as profoundly as his play activities, of which they are a vital part. The needful thing is to find stories in which the heroes have the characteristics boys so much admire unquenchable courage, immense resourcefulness, absolute fidelity, conspicuous greatness. We believe the books of EVERY BOY'S LIBRARY measurably well meet this challenge.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA,

James E. West

Chief Scout Executive.

CONTENTS

I BROTHER AND SISTER

II "THE DRACONIAN REFORMS"

III "BRICK," "SORREL TOP," AND "REDDY"

IV THE BITER BITTEN

V HOME AGAIN

VI EXAMINATION DAY

VII FATHER AND SON

VIII 'FRISCO KID AND THE NEW BOY

IX ABOARD THE DAZZLER

X WITH THE BAY PIRATES

XI CAPTAIN AND CREW

XII JOE TRIES TO TAKE FRENCH LEAVE

XIII BEFRIENDING EACH OTHER

XIV AMONG THE OYSTER BEDS

XV GOOD SAILORS IN A WILD ANCHORAGE

XVI 'FRISCO KID'S DITTY BOX

XVII 'FRISCO KID TELLS HIS STORY

XVIII A NEW RESPONSIBILITY FOR JOE

XIX THE BOYS PLAN AN ESCAPE

XX PERILOUS HOURS

XXI JOE AND HIS FATHER

PART I

CHAPTER I

BROTHER AND SISTER

They ran across the shining sand, the Pacific thundering its long surge at their backs, and when they gained the roadway leaped upon bicycles and dived at faster pace into the green avenues of the park. There were three of them, three boys, in as many bright colored sweaters, and they "scorched" along the cycle path as dangerously near the speed limit as is the custom of boys in bright colored sweaters to go. They may have exceeded the speed limit. A mounted park policeman thought so, but was not sure, and contented himself with cautioning them as they flashed by. They acknowledged the warning promptly, and on the next turn of the path as promptly forgot it, which is also a custom of boys in bright colored sweaters.

Shooting out through the entrance to Golden Gate Park, they turned into San Francisco, and took the long sweep of the descending hills at a rate that caused pedestrians to turn and watch them anxiously. Through the city streets the bright sweaters flew, turning and twisting to escape climbing the steeper hills, and, when the steep hills were unavoidable, doing stunts to see which would first gain the top.

The boy who more often hit up the pace, led the scorching, and instituted the stunts was called Joe by his companions. It was "follow the leader," and he led, the merriest and boldest in the bunch... Continue reading book >>




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