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The Outdoor Chums on a Houseboat by Quincy Allen

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THE OUTDOOR CHUMS ON A HOUSEBOAT

OR

The Rivals of the Mississippi

BY

CAPTAIN QUINCY ALLEN

AUTHOR OF "THE OUTDOOR CHUMS," "THE OUTDOOR CHUMS ON THE LAKE," "THE OUTDOOR CHUMS IN THE FOREST," ETC.

The GOLDSMITH Publishing Co. NEW YORK N.Y.

MADE IN USA

COPYRIGHT, 1913, BY GROSSET & DUNLAP

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I GLORIOUS TIMES AHEAD

CHAPTER II LAYING PLANS

CHAPTER III BLUFF NAMES THE BOAT

CHAPTER IV THE PERIL ON THE RIVER

CHAPTER V THE FIRST NIGHT AFLOAT

CHAPTER VI WHAT FRANK FOUND ON DECK

CHAPTER VII ANOTHER CARELESS PILOT

CHAPTER VIII FACE TO FACE AT LAST

CHAPTER IX THE GAME OF BLUFF

CHAPTER X A CALL FOR HELP

CHAPTER XI A THREATENED COLLISION

CHAPTER XII A RED GLOW IN THE SKY

CHAPTER XIII AFTER THE STORM

CHAPTER XIV THE RUNAWAY HOUSEBOAT

CHAPTER XV ON BOARD THE POT LUCK AGAIN

CHAPTER XVI THE UNWELCOME PASSENGER

CHAPTER XVII THE FUGITIVES OF THE LEVEE

CHAPTER XVIII WHAT JERRY'S STICK BROUGHT DOWN

CHAPTER XIX A BOBCAT ON BOARD

CHAPTER XX THE FLOATING TREE

CHAPTER XXI THE NEW OWNER OF THE HOUSEBOAT

CHAPTER XXII WHO WAS BOSS

CHAPTER XXIII LEFT IN THE LURCH

CHAPTER XXIV RIVALS NO LONGER.

CHAPTER XXV THE FINISH OF THE VOYAGE

CHAPTER I GLORIOUS TIMES AHEAD

"Own up, Will, you've got hold of some great news, and you're just keeping it back to tease us! How about that, Bluff?"

"You're right, Frank, for I can see it in his face. His eyes are just dancing with a big secret. But wait up; here comes Jerry across the campus. Now he'll just have to open the box, and show us."

The college boy, called Will by his comrades, and whose last name was Milton, laughed good naturedly, and then nodded his head.

"Why, fellows," he said, "I saw Jerry coming, and meant to wait for him. When all four members of the Rod, Gun and Camera Club, who call themselves the Outdoor Chums, are present, I've got something to say that is going to set you all just wild."

At that the young chap who went by the name of Bluff made frantic gestures for a fourth lad, just then heading in their direction, to hurry along.

Evidently this freshman must have suspected that something unusual was brewing, for he started on a run, and came up almost panting for breath.

"What's in the wind, fellows?" he demanded, glancing from one eager face to the others. "Don't tell me you've made up your minds where the club is going to put in the vacation just ahead of us, because that would be too good news. Who's going to take pity on me, and relieve my suspense?"

"Why, Will here has got something to tell us, and wanted to wait till you joined the crowd," said Frank Langdon, who was just a little taller, and more manly looking than any other in the group; though they were all bright, able lads, who had seen considerable of life.

"Listen, boys," said Will, who was inclined to be less given to healthy color than the rest, and who seemed to be not quite so sturdy in build; "I've had a letter from my Uncle Felix, down in New Orleans; and he made the queerest offer you ever heard about. You see, through my mother he must have learned about some of the adventures that came our way the last two years; and, what do you think? he wants the Outdoor Chums to take a voyage all the way down the Mississippi, just as soon as school closes."

"What!" ejaculated Jerry Wallington, as though rather staggered by the sudden outlook; "a voyage down the Mississippi? What on; a floating log? because we don't happen to own any kind of a boat just now."

"Well, Uncle Felix does, you see," Will went on, coolly. "It's some sort of a houseboat, that he used to live aboard for several years... Continue reading book >>




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