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Gascoyne, The Sandal-Wood Trader A Tale of the Pacific   By: (1825-1894)

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[Illustration: The next moment he leveled the pistol at the savage's head and fired.]





Author of "Erling the Bold," "The Red Eric," "Deep Down," etc.


52 58 Duane Street, New York.


CHAPTER I. The Schooner

CHAPTER II. Bumpus is Fiery and Philosophical Murderous Designs Frustrated

CHAPTER III. A Rough Walk Enlivened by Rambling Talk Bumpus is "Agreeable"

CHAPTER IV. The Missionary Suspicions, Surprises, and Surmises

CHAPTER V. The Pastor's Household Preparations for War

CHAPTER VI. Suspicions Allayed and Reawakened

CHAPTER VII. Master Corrie Caught Napping Snakes in the Grass

CHAPTER VIII. A Surprise A Battle and a Fire

CHAPTER IX. Baffled and Perplexed Plans for a Rescue

CHAPTER X. The Pursuit Poopy, Led on by Love and Hate, Rushes to the Rescue

CHAPTER XI. A Ghost A Terrible Combat Ending in a Dreadful Plunge

CHAPTER XII. Dangerous Navigation and Doubtful Pilotage Montague is Hot, Gascoyne Sarcastic

CHAPTER XIII. Doings on Board the "Foam"

CHAPTER XIV. Greater Mysteries than Ever A Bold Move and Clever Escape

CHAPTER XV. Remarkable Doings of Poopy Extraordinary Case of Resuscitation

CHAPTER XVI. A Wild Chase Hope, Disappointment, and Despair The Sandal wood Trader Outwits the Man of War


CHAPTER XVIII. The Goat's Pass An Attack, a Bloodless Victory, and a Sermon

CHAPTER XIX. Sorrow and Sympathy The Widow Becomes a Pleader, and her Son Engages in Single Combat

CHAPTER XX. Mysterious Consultations and Plans Gascoyne Astonishes his Friends, and makes an Unexpected Confession

CHAPTER XXI. A Terrible Doom for an Innocent Man

CHAPTER XXII. The Rendezvous An Episode Peculiar Circumstances, and other Matters

CHAPTER XXIII. Plans Partially Carried out The Cutter's Fate, and a Serious Misfortune

CHAPTER XXIV. An Unexpected Meeting Doings on the Isle of Palms Gascoyne's Despair

CHAPTER XXV. Surly Dick The Rescue

CHAPTER XXVI. The Capture and the Fire

CHAPTER XXVII. Pleading for Life

CHAPTER XXVIII. A Peculiar Confidant More Difficulties, and Various Plans to Overcome Them

CHAPTER XXIX. Bumpus is Perplexed Mysterious Communings, and a Curious Leave taking

CHAPTER XXX. More Leave Taking Deep Designs Bumpus in a New Capacity

CHAPTER XXXI. The Ambush The Escape Retributive Justice And Conclusion





The great Pacific is the scene of our story. On a beautiful morning, many years ago, a little schooner might have been seen floating, light and graceful as a seamew, on the breast of the slumbering ocean. She was one of those low, black hulled vessels, with raking, taper masts, trimly cut sails, and elegant form, which we are accustomed to associate with the idea of a yacht or a pirate.

She might have been the former, as far as appearance went; for the sails and deck were white as snow, and every portion of brass and copper above her water line shone in the hot sun with dazzling brilliancy. But pleasure seekers were not wont, in those days, to take such distant flights, or to venture into such dangerous seas, dangerous alike from the savage character of the islanders, and the numerous coral reefs that lie hidden a few feet below the surface of the waves.

Still less probable did it seem that the vessel in question could belong to the lawless class of craft to which we have referred; for, although she had what may be styled a wicked aspect, and was evidently adapted for swift sailing, neither large guns nor small arms of any kind were visible... Continue reading book >>

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