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Jack Haydon's Quest   By: (1863-1915)

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[Illustration: IN RANGOON.]

JACK HAYDON'S QUEST

BY

JOHN FINNEMORE

CONTAINING EIGHT FULL PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOUR FROM DRAWINGS BY J. JELLICOE

PHILADELPHIA

J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY

LONDON: ADAM AND CHARLES BLACK

1907

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER

I. THE ATTACK ON THE HEATH,

II. A MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE,

III. THE BIG RUBY,

IV. BUCK SEES LIGHT,

V. THE SPY,

VI. IN RANGOON,

VII. UP THE RIVER,

VIII. THE ATTACK ON THE SAMPAN,

IX. A CLOSE CALL,

X. THE DACOITS,

XI. BELEAGUERED,

XII. A FIGHT FOR LIFE,

XIII. A CUNNING TRICK,

XIV. JACK'S PLAN,

XV. IN THE JUNGLE,

XVI. THE BRIDGE AND THE FORD,

XVII. A FRIGHTFUL PERIL,

XVIII. THE COMBAT IN THE RIVER,

XIX. THE VILLAGE FESTIVAL,

XX. THE DANCING GIRL,

XXI. JACK FINDS HIMSELF IN BAD HANDS,

XXII. THE TWO ELEPHANTS,

XXIII. THE PANTHAY WOOD CUTTERS,

XXIV. AN UNWELCOME MEETING,

XXV. THE CAVE IN THE RAVINE,

XXVI. THE RESOLVE OF BUCK AND JIM,

XXVII. THE FIGHT IN THE TUNNEL,

XXVIII. THE RUSE OF SAYA CHONE,

XXIX. THE TORTURE BY FIRE,

XXX. THE STRONGHOLD OF THE RUBY KING,

XXXI. FATHER AND SON,

XXXII. THE HORROR IN THE SWAMP,

XXXIII. THE POTHOODAW,

XXXIV. THE HIDING PLACE AND THE THIEF,

XXXV. THE FLIGHT FROM THE VALLEY,

XXXVI. PENNED IN THE PASS,

XXXVII. HOW THEY MADE A ROPE,

XXXVIII. IN THE DESERTED CITY,

XXXIX. THE SECRET CHAMBER,

XL. THE BATTLE ON THE STAIRS,

XLI. THE SECRET PASSAGE,

XLII. IN THE COURTYARD,

XLIII. THE FACE AT THE DOORWAY,

XLIV. HOW THINGS ENDED,

ILLUSTRATIONS.

IN RANGOON, Frontispiece

THE ATTACK ON THE MONASTERY,

THE DANGER AT THE FORD,

THE DANCING GIRL,

A SUDDEN ALARM,

THE RESCUE OF THE NATIVE CHILD,

THE MIDNIGHT THIEF,

THE INTERCEPTED FLIGHT,

JACK HAYDON'S QUEST.

CHAPTER I.

THE ATTACK ON THE HEATH.

Jack Haydon, prefect of Rushmere School and captain of the first fifteen, walked swiftly out of the school gates and turned along the high road. He had leave to go to the little town of Longhampton, three miles away, to visit a day scholar, a great friend of his, now on the sick list.

He was alone, and he swung along at a cracking pace, for he could walk as well as he could run, and a finer three quarter had never been known at Rushmere. He was a tall, powerful lad, nearly nineteen years of age, five foot ten and a half inches in his stockings, and turning the scale at twelve stone five. At the present moment he carried not an ounce of spare flesh, for he was in training for the great match, Rushmere v. Repton, and his weight was compact of solid bone, muscle, and sinew. As he stepped along the highway, moving with the easy grace of a well built athlete, he looked the very picture of a handsome English lad, at one of the finest moments of his life, the point where youth and manhood meet.

The road he followed was called a high road, but the name clung to it from old use rather than because of present service. Eighty years before it had been a famous coaching road, along which the galloping teams had whirled the mails, but now it had fallen into decay, and was little used except by people passing from Rushmere to Longhampton. A mile from the school it ran across a lonely, unenclosed piece of heath, the side of the way being bordered by clumps of holly, thorn, and furze.

Halfway across this desolate stretch of country, Jack was surprised by seeing a man step from behind a thick holly bush and place himself directly in the lad's way... Continue reading book >>




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