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THE GO AHEAD BOYS AND THE TREASURE CAVE

BY

ROSS KAY

Author of "Dodging the North Sea Mines," "With Joffre on the Battle Line," "The Air Scout," "The Go Ahead Boys on Smugglers' Island," etc., etc.

The GOLDSMITH Publishing Co.

New York N.Y.

MADE IN U.S.A.

Copyright, 1916 by BARSE & HOPKINS

PREFACE

The love of adventure is inborn in all normal boys. Action is almost a supreme demand in the stories they read with most pleasure. Recognizing this primary demand, in this tale I have endeavored to keep in mind this requisite and at the same time to avoid sensational appeals. The unusual is not always the improbable. The Go Ahead Boys are striving to be active without being unduly precocious or preternaturally endowed.

ROSS KAY.

CONTENTS CHAPTER PAGE I THE VOYAGE IS BEGUN 11 II A PLUCKY FEAT 20 III A SUPERSTITIOUS COOK 29 IV A CODE 37 V A TROPICAL STORM 46 VI ADRIFT 54 VII A DESPERATE STRUGGLE 64 VIII A SORRY PLIGHT 71 IX IN SEARCH OF LAND 81 X ASHORE 89 XI A SERIOUS MISHAP 98 XII A NEW HOME 107 XIII AN IRON CHEST 116 XIV AN ODD DISCOVERY 124 XV SAM REMEMBERS SOMETHING 133 XVI THE RIDDLE 143 XVII UNDERGROUND WORK 151 XVIII IN THE WATER 159 XIX SHARK 167 XX TALKING IT OVER 176 XXI A NEW MEMBER 184 XXII A CLUE 193 XXIII Progress 201 XXIV Solved 211 XXV On the Beach 220 XXVI The Spot Is Marked 230 XXVII Conclusion 240

THE GO AHEAD BOYS AND THE TREASURE CAVE

CHAPTER I

THE VOYAGE IS BEGUN

"A a ll ha a ands! Up anchor! A ho oy!"

Instantly all was bustle and action on board the brig Josephine . The sailors ran hither and thither, the sails were loosed and the yards braced. The clanking of the windlass soon told that the anchor was being raised.

"Whew! I never saw so much excitement and hurry in all my life," exclaimed a boy, who with three companions stood on the deck of the brig and looked on at these activities without actually taking part in them themselves. The speaker was Fred Button. He was a tiny little fellow, known affectionately among his friends as Stub, or Peewee or Pygmy. This last name was frequently shortened into Pyg, much to Fred's disgust, though he had learned better than to lose his temper because of teasing or little things that did not just suit him. He had given up such foolishness long ago.

With his three companions he had embarked on the Josephine for a voyage to Buenos Aires in South America. The lure of the sea had attracted these four boys and the desire to see something of foreign lands had spurred them on. They were on board in the capacity of passengers though it was also their desire to help the crew in whatever way they were able.

Standing beside Fred Button was John Clemens, a boy who was as unusually tall as Fred was short. He was extremely thin, however, and with his six feet three inches of height he looked like a string, according to his friends. In fact that was what they usually called him.

Next to him was Grant Jones. Grant was about eighteen, the same age as the other three boys though he was their leader in a great many ways... Continue reading book >>




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