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The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code   By: (1879-1917)

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THE OCEAN WIRELESS BOYS AND THE NAVAL CODE

BY CAPTAIN WILBUR LAWTON

AUTHOR OF "THE BOY AVIATORS' SERIES," "THE DREADNOUGHT BOYS' SERIES," "THE OCEAN WIRELESS BOYS ON THE ATLANTIC," "THE OCEAN WIRELESS BOYS AND THE LOST LINER," "THE OCEAN WIRELESS BOYS OF THE ICE BERG PATROL," ETC.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHARLES L. WRENN

NEW YORK HURST & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1915, BY HURST & COMPANY

[Illustration: "Huh, I don't think the idea's worth a cent," sniffed Thurman.]

CONTENTS

I. VACATION DAYS

II. "SPEEDWAY" VS. "CURLEW"

III. CAPTAIN SIMMS, OF THE "THESPIS"

IV. ON SECRET SERVICE

V. NIGHT SIGNALS

VI. IN THE DARK

VII. THE NAVAL CODE

VIII. A MONKEY INTERLUDE

IX. NODDY AND THE BEAR

X. "WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF IT?"

XI. A SWIM WITH A MEMORY

XII. A TALE FROM THE FROZEN LANDS

XIII. A NIGHT ALARM

XIV. JACK'S CURIOSITY AND ITS RESULTS

XV. BILLY TAKES THE TRAIL

XVI. A "GHOSTESS" ABROAD

XVII. ONE MYSTERY SOLVED

XVIII. BILL SNIGGERS DECIDES

XIX. WHAT A "HAYSEED" DID

XX. THE "CURLEW" IN TROUBLE

XXI. THE END OF JACK'S HOLIDAY

XXII. "THE GEM OF THE OCEAN"

XXIII. JACK'S BIG SECRET

XXIV. THE NAVY DEPARTMENT "SITS UP"

XXV. A MYSTERY ON BOARD

XXVI. A "FLASH" OF DISTRESS

XXVII. A STRANGE WRECK

XXVIII. CAST AWAY WITH A PYTHON

XXIX. CAPTURED BY RADIO

XXX. THURMAN PLOTS

XXXI. THE "SUITABLE REWARD"

XXXII. THE PLOTTER'S TRIUMPH

XXXIII. IN THE POWER OF THE ENEMY

XXXIV. THE SEARCH FOR JACK

XXXV. THE WIRELESS MAKES GOOD

The Ocean Wireless Boys and the Naval Code.

CHAPTER I.

VACATION DAYS.

"Up with your helm there, Noddy! Luff her up or you'll have the Curlew on the rocks!"

"That's right, luff!" cried Billy Raynor, adding his voice to Jack Ready's command.

"That's what I luff to do," grinned the red headed, former Bowery waif, Noddy Nipper, as, with a dexterous motion, he jerked over the tiller of the fine, speedy sloop in which the boys were enjoying a sail on Alexandria Bay, above the Thousand Islands.

The mainsail and jib shivered, and the Curlew spun round like a top just as it seemed inevitable that she must end her career on some jagged rocks that had suddenly loomed up ahead.

"Neatly done, Noddy," applauded Jack. "We'll forgive you even that awful pun for that skillful bit of boat handling."

The freckled lad grinned in appreciation of the compliment paid him by the Wireless Boy.

"Much obliged," he said. "Of course I haven't got sailing down as fine as you yet. How far do you reckon we are from home?"

"From the Pine Island hotel, you mean?" rejoined Billy Raynor. "Oh, not more than ten miles."

"Just about that," chimed in Jack. "If this wind holds we'll be home in time for supper."

"Supper!" exclaimed Bill; "I could eat an octogenarian doughnut, I'm so hungry."

A groan came from Noddy. Although the Bowery lad had polished up on his grammar and vocabulary considerably since Jack Ready first encountered him as second cook on the seal poaching schooner Polly Ann , Captain "Terror" Carson commanding, still, a word like "Octogenarian" stumped him, as the saying is.

"What's an octo octo what you may call 'um doughnut, anyhow?" he demanded, for Noddy always liked to acquire a new word, and not infrequently astonished his friends by coming out with a "whopper" culled out of the dictionary. "Is it a doughnut with legs on it?"

Jack and Billy broke into a roar of laughter.

"A doughnut with legs on?" sputtered Billy. "Whatever put that idea into your head, Noddy?"

"Well, don't octo octo thing a my jigs have legs?" inquired Noddy.

"Oh, you mean octopuses," cried Jack, with another laugh. "Billy meant an eighty year old doughnut."

"I'll look it up when we get back," remarked Noddy gravely; "it's a good word."

"Say, fellows, we are sure having a fine time out of this holiday," remarked Billy presently, after an interval of silence... Continue reading book >>




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