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Dick Hamilton's Airship, or, a Young Millionaire in the Clouds   By: (1873-1962)

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DICK HAMILTON'S AIRSHIP;

OR, A YOUNG MILLIONAIRE IN THE CLOUDS

BY

Howard R. Garis

CONTENTS

I THE FALLING BIPLANE II THE COLONEL'S OFFER III DICK'S RESOLVE IV THE ARMY AVIATORS V SUSPICIONS VI DICK'S FIRST FLIGHT VII A QUEER LANDING VIII AT HAMILTON CORNERS IX UNCLE EZRA'S VISIT X BUILDING THE AIRSHIP XI A SURPRISE XII LARSON SEES UNCLE EZRA XIII UNCLE EZRA ACTS QUEERLY XIV THE TRIAL FLIGHT XV IN DANGER XVI DICK IS WARNED XVII OFF FOR THE START XVIII UNCLE EZRA FLIES XIX UNCLE EZRA'S ACCIDENT XX IN NEW YORK XXI OFF FOR THE PACIFIC XXII UNCLE EZRA STARTS OFF XXIII AN IMPROMPTU RACE XXIV GRIT'S GRIP XXV A FORCED LANDING XXVI ON LACK MICHIGAN XXVII A HOWLING GALE XXVIII ABLAZE IN THE CLOUDS XXIX THE RIVAL AIRSHIP XXX AN ATTACK XXXI THE WRECK XXXII SAVING UNCLE EZRA XXXIII WITH UNCLE EZRA'S HELP

CHAPTER I

THE FALLING BIPLANE

"She sure is a fine boat, Dick."

"And she can go some, too!"

"Glad you like her, fellows," replied Dick Hamilton, to the remarks of his chums, Paul Drew and Innis Beeby, as he turned the wheel of a new motor boat and sent the craft about in a graceful sweep toward a small dock which connected with a little excursion resort on the Kentfield river.

"Like her! Who could help it?" asked Paul, looking about admiringly at the fittings of the craft. "Why, you could go on a regular cruise in her!"

"You might if you kept near your base of supplies," remarked Dick.

"Base of supplies!" laughed Innis. "Can't you forget, for a while, that you're at a military school, old man, and not give us the sort of stuff we get in class all the while?"

"Well, what I meant," explained the young millionaire owner of the motor boat, "was that you couldn't carry enough food aboard, and have room to move about, if you went on a very long trip."

"That's right, you couldn't," agreed Paul. "And of late I seem to have acquired the eating habit in its worst form."

"I never knew the time when you didn't have it," responded Dick. "I'm going to give you a chance to indulge in it right now, and I'm going to profit by your example."

"What's doing?" asked Innis, as he straightened the collar of his military blouse, for the three were in the fatigue uniforms of the Kentfield Military Academy, where Dick and his chums attended. Lessons and practice were over for the day, and the young millionaire had invited his friends out for a little trip in his new motor boat.

"I thought we'd just stop at Bruce's place, and get a sandwich and a cup of coffee," suggested Dick. "Then we can go on down the river and we won't have to be back until time for guard mount. We'll be better able to stand it, if we get a bite to eat."

"Right you are, old chap!" exclaimed Paul, and then he, too, began to smooth the wrinkles out of his blouse and to ease his rather tight trousers at the knees.

"Say, what's the matter with you dudes, anyhow?" asked Dick, who, after glancing ahead to see that he was on the right course to the dock, looked back to give some attention to the motor.

"Matter! I don't see anything the matter," remarked Innis in casual tones, while he flicked some dust from his shoes with a spare pocket handkerchief.

"Why, you two are fussing as though you were a couple of girls at your first dance," declared Dick, as he adjusted the valves of the oil cups to supply a little more lubricant to the new motor, which had not yet warmed up to its work. "Innis acts as though he were sorry he hadn't come out in his dress uniform, and as for you, Paul, I'm beginning to think you are afraid you hadn't shaved. What's it all about, anyhow? Old man Bruce won't care whether you have on one tan shoe and one black one; or whether your hair is parted, or not."

Then Dick, having gotten the motor running to his satisfaction, looked toward the dock which he was rapidly nearing in his boat... Continue reading book >>




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