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Ted Marsh on an Important Mission   By: (1884-)

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TED MARSH ON AN IMPORTANT MISSION

by

ELMER SHERWOOD

Author of "Ted Marsh, the Boy Scout", "Buffalo Bill's Boyhood", "Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express", etc., etc.

Illustrations by Alice Carsey

[Illustration: HE SPRANG AT TED AND BARKED HIS DELIGHT]

Whitman Publishing Co.

CONTENTS

I. Ted Decides to Accept 11 II. Plans Are Made to Meet Ted 24 III. Ted Arrives in Chicago 33 IV. Ted Meets Strong 39 V. Setting a Trap 47 VI. Strong Seems Checkmated 57 VII. The Dictaphone at Work 68 VIII. Winckel Calls a Halt 80 IX. At Ottawa 87 X. Ted Receives a Reward 94 XI. Ted Goes Back 101 XII. The Marshes Reunited 108

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HE SPRANG AT TED AND BARKED HIS DELIGHT 4 CAUTIOUSLY HE PROWLED ABOUT 13 TED FREES THE PRISONERS 78

TED MARSH ON AN IMPORTANT MISSION

CHAPTER I

TED DECIDES TO ACCEPT

"Ted, oh Ted."

The speaker's hail was not altogether unexpected. The boy called Ted turned about and met Captain Wilson half way.

The familiar figure of the boy proves to be Ted Marsh who had come out to Western Canada with his friends, John Dean and Mrs. Dean. After a number of months on the Double X Ranch, months which the boy had found both exhilarating and tremendously to his liking, he had been sent to Wayland Academy. To those of us who have read Ted Marsh the Boy Scout, the following facts are familiar. A brief resume, however, is set forth herewith for those readers who are new so that they can safely gather the threads of our story.

Ted Marsh, a likeable newsboy, living in Chicago, makes the acquaintance of John Dean, a Canadian rancher. Ted takes him to the Settlement to which he belongs. Dean's interest in the boy grows. Then as the boy begins to show the man the Chicago that he knows, there is the startling clamor of fire engines and all the evidence of a nearby fire. It is in the tenement in which Ted lives. The boy cannot be held back. He rushes into the building to try to save his mother. Fortunately, his mother has already left the burning building. The boy is caught within and only makes his escape by jumping from the window on high into the firemen's waiting net below.

After a stay in the hospital John Dean and his wife take the boy West with the consent of his mother who unselfishly lets him go because opportunity, so she feels, is there. Ted's father had left home just before Ted was born.

[Illustration: CAUTIOUSLY HE PROWLED ABOUT]

Strong interest centers around the doings of Ted and his new found friends both at the ranch and at the academy. Adventures are many. The boy is found to be cool in emergencies. He has qualities which bring respect and liking. The end of the story finds him suggested for an important mission to Chicago and his youth is considered of great advantage by the gentlemen who wish to send him. The opening of the present story finds Captain Wilson hailing Ted, ready to broach the subject and find out if the boy is willing or unwilling to undertake the mission:

The boy saluted. He stood at attention while the captain studied him for a few moments.

"Ted, boy, I come to you on very important business. Not as Scout to Scout, but as man to man. For you can safely refuse to do this it will not count against you as Scout. Did Mr. Dean see you?"

"Yes sir," the boy replied... Continue reading book >>




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