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THE STRANGE CABIN ON CATAMOUNT ISLAND

[Illustration: "THE VOYAGE WAS RESUMED"]

THE STRANGE CABIN ON CATAMOUNT ISLAND

BY LAWRENCE J. LESLIE

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. HOW THE DARE WAS GIVEN

II. BANDY LEGS IN TROUBLE

III. ON THE ISLAND WITH THE BAD NAME

IV. THE SUDDEN AWAKENING

V. EXPLORING THE ISLAND

VI. WHAT THE ASHES TOLD MAX

VII. THE MYSTERY OF THE CABIN

VIII. AN UNWELCOME DISCOVERY

IX. WATCHED FROM THE SHORE

X. THE BUILDER OF THE STRANGE CABIN

XI. WHAT HAPPENED ON THE SECOND NIGHT

XII. A BOLD PLAN

XIII. UNSEEN PERILS THAT HOVERED NEAR

XIV. HOW THE SCHEME WORKED

XV. UNEXPECTED ALLIES

XVI. THE LAST CAMP FIRE ON CATAMOUNT ISLAND

THE STRANGE CABIN ON CATAMOUNT ISLAND.

CHAPTER I.

HOW THE DARE WAS GIVEN.

"And so Herb Benson dared you, Max, you say?"

"That's what he did, Steve."

"To camp on Catamount Island?"

"And stay there a full week. He said that even if we did have nerve enough to make the try , he'd give us just one solitary night to hang out there!"

"Huh! just because Herb and his old club got scared nearly to death a while ago by some silly noise they thought was a ghost, they reckon every fellow is built on the same plan, don't they, Max?"

"I guess that's what they do, Steve."

"So they challenge us to make a camp, and stick it out, do they? What did you tell Herb? Oh, I hope you just took him up on the spot!"

"Well, I said I'd put it up to the rest of the chums, my cousin, Owen Hastings, Toby Jucklin, Bandy legs Griffin, and yourself."

"Count me in as ready to accept the dare. Why, I'd start this blessed minute if I had my way, Max!"

"I know you would, because you're always so quick to flare up. That's why they all call you 'Touch and go Steve Dowdy.' But come along, and let's get the other fellows. We can go down to the boathouse and talk it over, anyhow."

"But tell me first, when can we be ready to go, Max some time to morrow?"

"You certainly are the most impatient fellow I ever knew," replied Max, with a laugh; "yes, if the other boys are willing, I guess we might get off at noon to morrow. It wouldn't take long to lay in our supplies; and you know we've already got tents, cooking things, and all that stuff on hand."

"Oh, shucks! leave the grub part of the business to me," remarked Steve, instantly. "What's the use of having a chum whose daddy is the leading grocer in Carson if he can't look after the supplies. But I'm just tickled nearly to death at the chance of this little cruise up the Big Sunflower."

"I can guess why," Max observed, as he kept pace with his nervous companion's quick strides.

"The new canoes!" exclaimed Steve; "it gives us the chance we've been wanting to find out how they work in real harness. We've only tried little spins in them so far, you know, Max. Gee! I hated like everything to let my motorcycle go; but the folks put their foot down hard, after that second accident to our chum, Bandy legs; and, like the rest of the bunch, I had to send it back to the shop for what it was worth. It was like going to the scrapheap with it, because I lost so much money."

"Well, let's hope we can make it up in fun on the water with our boats," was the sensible way the other put it. "Here's Ordway's drug store, and we can use his 'phone to get the rest of the crowd along."

A minute later, and inside the booth they were calling for M 23 West. It was not later than eight twenty in the evening when the two boys met down in front of the hardware store, where a brilliant light burned all night long; so that the evening was young when Max caught the well known voice of Toby Jucklin at the other end of the wire.

Toby stuttered, at times, fearfully. He kept trying to overcome the habit, and the result was that his affliction came and went in spasms. Sometimes he could talk as well as any one of his four chums; then again, especially when excited, he would have a serious lapse, being compelled to resort to his old trick of giving a sharp whistle, and then stopping a couple of seconds to get a grasp on himself, when he was able to say what he wanted intelligently... Continue reading book >>




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