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Doctor Luke of the Labrador   By: (1871-1916)

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[Illustration: "I've a bad son, the day, Skipper Tommy," said my Mother. Page 23.]




Publishers New York

Copyright, 1904, by FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY

New York: 158 Fifth Avenue Chicago: 63 Washington Street Toronto: 27 Richmond Street, W London: 21 Paternoster Square Edinburgh: 30 St. Mary Street

To My Own Mother and to her granddaughter Elspeth my niece

To the Reader

However bleak the Labrador however naked and desolate that shore flowers bloom upon it. However bitter the despoiling sea however cold and rude and merciless the gentler virtues flourish in the hearts of the folk.... And the glory of the coast and the glory of the whole world is mother love: which began in the beginning and has continued unchanged to this present time the conspicuous beauty of the fabric of life: the great constant of the problem.

N. D.

College Campus, Washington, Pennsylvania, October 15, 1904.


I. Our Harbour 13 II. The World from the Watchman 17 III. In the Haven of Her Arms 29 IV. The Shadow 35 V. Mary 48 VI. The Man on the Mail Boat 57 VII. The Woman from Wolf Cove 70 VIII. The Blind and the Blind 79 IX. A Wreck on the Thirty Devils 89 X. The Flight 102 XI. The Women at the Gate 110 XII. Doctor and I 115 XIII. A Smiling Face 125 XIV. In the Watches of the Night 133 XV. The Wolf 138 XVI. A Malady of the Heart 150 XVII. Hard Practice 167 XVIII. Skipper Tommy Gets a Letter 182 XIX. The Fate of the Mail Boat Doctor 191 XX. Christmas Eve at Topmast Tickle 202 XXI. Down North 219 XXII. The Way from Heart's Delight 222 XXIII. The Course of True Love 239 XXIV. The Beginning of the End 258 XXV. A Capital Crime 265 XXVI. Decoyed 287 XXVII. The Day of the Dog 305 XXVIII. In Harbour 320

[Illustration: SKETCH MAP of OUR HARBOR]




A cluster of islands, lying off the cape, made the shelter of our harbour. They were but great rocks, gray, ragged, wet with fog and surf, rising bleak and barren out of a sea that forever fretted a thousand miles of rocky coast as barren and as sombre and as desolate as they; but they broke wave and wind unfailingly and with vast unconcern they were of old time, mighty, steadfast, remote from the rage of weather and the changing mood of the sea, surely providing safe shelter for us folk of the coast and we loved them, as true men, everywhere, love home... Continue reading book >>

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