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A VOYAGE WITH CAPTAIN DYNAMITE

[Illustration: Suddenly he half rose in the tossing boat and shouted to the rowers ( Page 13 )]

A VOYAGE WITH CAPTAIN DYNAMITE

BY CHARLES EDWARD RICH

[Illustration: Publishers mark]

NEW YORK A. S. BARNES & COMPANY 1907

COPYRIGHT, 1907, BY A. S. BARNES & COMPANY All rights reserved

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. CAUGHT IN A GALE 1 II CARRIED AWAY TO SEA 11 III "SHE'S LIKE A WARSHIP BELOW" 24 IV. A LESSON IN PATRIOTISM 37 V. SENDING THE MESSAGE 51 VI. "VIVA, CUBA LIBRE!" 63 VII. IN THE DANGER ZONE 73 VIII. A BRUSH WITH THE GUNBOAT 86 IX. THE MIDNIGHT MESSAGE 99 X. INTO THE ENEMY'S COUNTRY 112 XI. CAPTURED BY SPANIARDS 125 XII. ON TO GOMEZ 139 XIII. HARRY REFUSES TO BETRAY CAPTAIN DYNAMITE 151 XIV. THE SECRET PASSAGE 165 XV. THE EXECUTION AT DAWN 177 XVI. THE ESCAPE 185 XVII. "YOU WILL BE SHOT AS SPIES" 198 XVIII. CAPTAIN DYNAMITE FINDS JUANITA 208 XIX. DRAWING THE NET CLOSER 218 XX. CAPTAIN DYNAMITE TO THE RESCUE 231 XXI. GENERAL SERANO MEETS CAPTAIN DYNAMITE 242 XXII. THE ESCAPE VILLAMONTE AGAIN BEATEN 254 XXIII. BACK TO THE MARIELLA 266 XXIV. THE ESCAPE FROM THE LAGOON 275 XXV. HOME AGAIN 291

A VOYAGE WITH CAPTAIN DYNAMITE

CHAPTER I

CAUGHT IN A GALE

"Let go the jib halliards, Mason. Lay out there, Bert, and get in that slack sail. It's blowing a bit. Gee, see that bank of wind coming up."

The little pleasure boat careened and took aboard a few barrels of water as she faced a sudden puff of wind that almost put her on her beam ends. But she was a game little craft, and came back from the onslaught of the elements with a sturdiness that indicated strong timbers, and a build that was meant to cope with the sudden squalls that come out of a clear sky off the coast of Martha's Vineyard during the early autumn days.

"She's good for anything that you will get around these parts, and she is the fastest boat of her length in these waters."

This recommendation by Tom, the veteran skipper of the summer fleet, had been sufficient to complete the sale of the sloop to three enthusiastic boys. And the boat had made good her reputation and served her purpose well. During the two months that the boys had owned her, there had been few days when she had not been in commission, either cruising for blue fish, or skimming along the shores of the island in a pleasant, summer way, lazily passing the days away for the youngsters, who lolled contentedly on her deck.

Since we shall follow the crew of the yacht through many adventures, let us make their acquaintance at once. At the helm stood Harry Hamilton, a boy of sixteen, strong of build and an athlete of renown within the circles of his school. Honest and straightforward in all his dealings, and with a cheery disposition, he commanded the respect and admiration of his fellows, and because of his natural characteristics, was usually looked upon as the leader in their sports. With his parents he was spending his vacation at their summer home at Cottage City.

With him were two schoolmates, Geoffrey Mason and Bertram Wilson, who were staying with him. Bertram was about Harry's age. Geoffrey, nicknamed "Midget" Mason, or the "Midget," was a year younger than his chums, and although small for his age, was strong and wiry... Continue reading book >>




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