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The Dispatch-Riders The Adventures of Two British Motor-cyclists in the Great War   By: (1876-1959)

The Dispatch-Riders The Adventures of Two British Motor-cyclists in the Great War by Percy F. Westerman

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[Frontispiece: "OF WHAT OFFENCE AM I ACCUSED, SIR?" Page 202. Frontispiece ]

The

Dispatch Riders

The Adventures of Two British Motor cyclists in the Great War

BY

PERCY F. WESTERMAN

Author of "Rivals of the Reef" "The Sea girt Fortress" &c. &c.

Illustrated by F. Gillett

BLACKIE & SON LIMITED

LONDON AND GLASGOW

1915

By Percy F. Westerman

The Red Pirate. The Call of the Sea. Standish of the Air Police. Sleuths of the Air. The Black Hawk. Andy All Alone. The Westow Talisman. The White Arab. The Buccaneers of Boya. Rounding up the Raider. Captain Fosdyke's Gold. In Defiance of the Ban. The Senior Cadet. The Amir's Ruby. The Secret of the Plateau. Leslie Dexter, Cadet. All Hands to the Boats. A Mystery of the Broads. Rivals of the Reef. A Shanghai Adventure. The Junior Cadet. Captain Starlight. The Sea Girt Fortress. On the Wings of the Wind. Captain Blundell's Treasure. The Third Officer. Unconquered Wings. The Riddle of the Air. Chums of the "Golden Vanity". Clipped Wings. Rocks Ahead! King for a Month. The Disappearing Dhow. The Luck of the "Golden Dawn". The Salving of the "Fusi Yama". Winning his Wings. A Lively Bit of the Front. The Good Ship "Golden Effort". East in the "Golden Gain". The Quest of the "Golden Hope". Sea Scouts Abroad. Sea Scouts Up Channel. The Wireless Officer. A Lad of Grit. The Submarine Hunters. Sea Scouts All. The Thick of the Fray at Zeebrugge. A Sub and a Submarine. Under the White Ensign. With Beatty off Jutland. The Dispatch Riders.

Printed in Great Britain by Blackie & Son, Ltd., Glasgow

Contents

CHAP.

I. THE COMING STORM II. A BREAK DOWN III. MAJOR RÉSIMONT IV. ENLISTED V. A BAPTISM OF FIRE VI. A VAIN ASSAULT VII. DISABLING A TAUBE VIII. IN BRITISH UNIFORMS IX. A MIDNIGHT RETIREMENT X. THE UHLAN PATROL XI. THE RAID ON TONGRES XII. THE MAIL ESCORT XIII. SEPARATED XIV. A FRIEND IN NEED XV. CAPTURED XVI. ENTOMBED XVII. THE WAY OUT XVIII. THROUGH THE ENEMY'S LINES XIX. ARRESTED AS SPIES XX. STRANDED IN BRUSSELS XXI. DENOUNCED XXII. THE SACK OF LOUVAIN XXIII. A BOLT FROM THE BLUE XXIV. ACROSS THE FRONTIER XXV. THELMA EVEREST XXVI. SELF ACCUSED XXVII. WITH THE NAVAL BRIGADE AT ANTWERP XXVIII. WHEN THE CITY FELL XXIX. ON THE NORTH SEA XXX. THE VICTORIOUS WHITE ENSIGN

Illustrations

"OF WHAT OFFENCE AM I ACCUSED, SIR?" . . . . . . . . . Frontispiece

KENNETH HAD A MOMENTARY GLIMPSE OF THE UHLAN'S PANIC STRICKEN FACE ... THEN CRASH!

KENNETH SUCCEEDED IN THROWING THE SPY TO THE FLOOR

THE DISPATCH RIDERS

CHAPTER I

The Coming Storm

"Let's make for Liége," exclaimed Kenneth Everest.

"What's that?" asked his chum, Rollo Harrington. "Liége? What on earth possesses you to suggest Liége? A crowded manufacturing town, with narrow streets and horrible pavé . I thought we decided to fight shy of heavy traffic?"

The two speakers were seated at an open window of the Hôtel Doré, in the picturesque town of Dinant. In front of them flowed the Meuse; its placid water rippled with craft of varying sizes. Huge barges, towed by snorting tugs, were laboriously passing along the busy international waterway that serves an empire, a kingdom, and a republic. On the remote bank, and to the right of a bridge, were the quaint red tiled houses of the town, above which rose the fantastic, pinnacled tower of the thirteenth century church of Notre Dame, in turn overshadowed by the frowning limestone crag on which stands the citadel.

Kenneth was a well set up English youth of seventeen. He was tall for his age, and withal broad shouldered and well knit. His features were dark, his skin burnt a deep tan by reason of more than a nodding acquaintance with an open air life... Continue reading book >>




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