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Little Bobtail or The Wreck of the Penobscot.   By: (1822-1897)

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[Illustration]

[Illustration: OLIVER OPTIC'S YACHT CLUB SERIES.

LITTLE BOBTAIL.

LEE & SHEPARD, BOSTON]

THE YACHT CLUB SERIES.

LITTLE BOBTAIL;

or,

THE WRECK OF THE PENOBSCOT.

BY

OLIVER OPTIC,

AUTHOR OF "YOUNG AMERICA ABROAD," "THE ARMY AND NAVY STORIES," "THE WOODVILLE STORIES," "THE BOAT CLUB STORIES," "THE STARRY FLAG SERIES," "THE LAKE SHORE SERIES," ETC.

WITH THIRTEEN ILLUSTRATIONS.

BOSTON: LEE AND SHEPARD, PUBLISHERS.

NEW YORK: LEE, SHEPARD AND DILLINGHAM. 1875.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1872,

By WILLIAM T. ADAMS,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

ELECTROTYPED AT THE

BOSTON STEREOTYPE FOUNDRY,

19 Spring Lane.

TO

MY YOUNG FRIEND

FRANK RICHARDSON ,

OF BROOKLYN, N. Y.,

This Book is Affectionately Dedicated.

The Yacht Club Series.

1. LITTLE BOBTAIL; OR, THE WRECK OF THE PENOBSCOT.

2. THE YACHT CLUB; OR, THE YOUNG BOAT BUILDER.

(Others in preparation.)

PREFACE.

"LITTLE BOBTAIL" is the first volume of the YACHT CLUB SERIES, each book of which will contain an entirely independent story, with a hero of its own, and having no necessary connection with any other story. The author hopes that this plan will commend itself to those who do not care to follow a young gentleman through half a dozen volumes in order to know the issue of his adventures, or to learn whether or not he is faithful to himself, to God, and his fellow beings to the end. God's truth is always the same, and good characters must be very much alike. Little Bobtail is not very different from any other hero, devoted to Truth and Duty, though the incidents of his life are various enough to satisfy any young person's craving for novelty.

The story was suggested by some actual incidents, which occurred during the brief summer residence of the writer at the locality of the principal events described. Though there was a "Little Bobtail" there, he was hardly the character who is the hero of this work. Penobscot Bay, its multitude of picturesque islands, and its beautiful shores, are the same in fact as in this fiction, and as for two seasons the author has lived upon the land and sailed upon the water, amid its beautiful scenery, he feels quite at home in the localities mentioned.

If Little Bobtail was loose in his ideas of "smuggling" at first, he was clear in all his other views of duty; and having corrected his wrong impressions, his example is worthy to be followed. The writer hopes that, while his stirring experience will be enjoyed by the reader, his excellent character will be appreciated and valued even more than the worldly fortune he obtains.

HARRISON SQUARE, BOSTON,

October 10, 1872.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

CHAPTER I. SIXTEEN YEARS BEFORE 11

CHAPTER II. THE END OF A SAD STORY 29

CHAPTER III. LITTLE BOBTAIL 47

CHAPTER IV. THE JANTY YACHT 65

CHAPTER V. MONKEY 81

CHAPTER VI. CAPTAIN CHINKS 99

CHAPTER VII. IN THE CABIN OF THE SKYLARK 117

CHAPTER VIII. A CHANCE FOR BUSINESS 135

CHAPTER IX. THE PENOBSCOT 153

CHAPTER X. GRACE MONTAGUE 171

CHAPTER XI. THE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL 189

CHAPTER XII. CAPTAIN CHIVES IS INDIFFERENT 207

CHAPTER XIII. THE EXAMINATION 225

CHAPTER XIV. THE DISCHARGE 243

CHAPTER XV. A TRIP TO BAR HARBOR 260

CHAPTER XVI. THE CHASE 278

CHAPTER XVII. THE WRECK OF THE PENOBSCOT 296

CHAPTER XVIII. ROBERT BARKESDALE MONTAGUE 313

LITTLE BOBTAIL;

OR,

THE WRECK OF THE PENOBSCOT.

CHAPTER I.

SIXTEEN YEARS BEFORE.

"If you do, Edward, you are no son of mine," said the Honorable Peter Montague, wrathfully, to the young gentleman who stood before him with bowed head... Continue reading book >>




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