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The Secret of the Reef   By: (1866-1945)

The Secret of the Reef by Harold Bindloss

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THE SECRET OF THE REEF

By HAROLD BINDLOSS

AUTHOR OF "Thurston of Orchard Valley," "By Right of Purchase," "Masters of the Wheatlands," Etc.

With Frontispiece in Color

A. L. BURT COMPANY PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Published by Arrangement With Frederick A. Stokes Co.

Copyright, 1914, by Frederick A. Stokes Company

All rights reserved

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I DISMISSED

CHAPTER II A NEW VENTURE

CHAPTER III THE FURY OF THE SEA

CHAPTER IV THE ISLAND

CHAPTER V AN INTERRUPTION

CHAPTER VI BLOWN OFF

CHAPTER VII GRUBSTAKED

CHAPTER VIII PUZZLING QUESTIONS

CHAPTER IX THE MINE AT SNOWY CREEK

CHAPTER X THE WRECK OF THE KANAWHA

CHAPTER XI FATHER AND SON

CHAPTER XII READY FOR THE FRAY

CHAPTER XIII THE REPULSE

CHAPTER XIV FIGHTING FOR A LIFE

CHAPTER XV ILLUMINATION

CHAPTER XVI A GHOST OF THE PAST

CHAPTER XVII THE STRONG ROOM

CHAPTER XVIII BOGUS GOLD

CHAPTER XIX A DANGEROUS SECRET

CHAPTER XX HOUNDED

CHAPTER XXI JIMMY'S EMBARRASSMENT

CHAPTER XXII A WARNING

CHAPTER XXIII THE FIRST ATTACK

CHAPTER XXIV THE GIRL IN THE BOAT

CHAPTER XXV PAYING A DEBT

CHAPTER XXVI AN UNEXPECTED DELAY

CHAPTER XXVII ON THE BEACH

CHAPTER XXVIII A TRUCE

CHAPTER XXIX THE HIDDEN GOLD

CHAPTER XXX THE LAST OF THE WRECK

CHAPTER XXXI A GIFT FROM THE DEAD

CHAPTER XXXII THE BARRIERS GO DOWN

THE SECRET OF THE REEF

CHAPTER I DISMISSED

The big liner's smoke streamed straight astern, staining the soft blue of the sky, as, throbbing gently to her engines' stroke, she clove her way through the smooth heave of the North Pacific. Foam blazed with phosphorescent flame beneath her lofty bows and, streaking with green and gold scintillations the long line of hull that gleamed ivory white in the light of a half moon, boiled up again in fiery splendor in the wake of the twin screws. Mastheads and tall yellow funnels raked across the sky with a measured swing, the long deck slanted gently, its spotless whiteness darkened by the dew, and the draught the boat made struck faint harmonies like the tinkle of elfin harps from wire shroud and guy. Now they rose clearly; now they were lost in the roar of the parted swell.

A glow of electric light streamed out from the saloon companion and the smoking room; the skylights of the saloon were open, and when the notes of a piano drifted aft with a girl's voice, Jimmy Farquhar, second mate, standing dressed in trim white uniform beneath a swung up boat, smiled at the refrain of the old love song. He was in an unusually impressionable mood; and he felt that there was some danger of his losing his head as his eyes rested admiringly on his companion, for there was a seductive glamour in the blue and silver splendor of the night.

Ruth Osborne leaned on the steamer's rail, looking forward, with the moonlight on her face. She was young and delicately pretty, with a slender figure, and the warm coloring that often indicates an enthusiastic temperament. In the daylight her hair had ruddy gleams in its warm brown, and her eyes a curious golden scintillation; but now it arched in a dusky mass above the pallid oval of her face, and her look was thoughtful.

She had fallen into the habit of meeting Jimmy when he was not on watch; and the mate felt flattered by her frank preference for his society, for he suspected that several of the passengers envied him, and that Miss Osborne was a lady of importance at home. It was understood that she was the only daughter of the American merchant who had taken the two best deck rooms, which perhaps accounted for the somewhat imperious way she had... Continue reading book >>




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