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Young Captain Jack Or, The Son of a Soldier   By: (1832-1899)

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YOUNG CAPTAIN JACK

Or

The Son of a Soldier

by

HORATIO ALGER, JR.

Author of "Out for Business," "Falling in with Fortune," "Adrift in New York," "Tattered Tom," "Ragged Dick," Etc.

Completed by

ARTHUR M. WINFIELD

Author of "The Rover Boys Series," Etc.

[Illustration: "OUT OF MY WAY, BOY!" AND NOW THE GUERRILLA RAISED HIS OWN SWORD. Frontispiece. ]

New York The Mershon Company Publishers Copyright, 1901, by The Mershon Company. All rights reserved.

PREFACE.

"YOUNG CAPTAIN JACK" relates the adventures of a boy waif, who is cast upon the Atlantic shore of one of our Southern States and taken into one of the leading families of the locality. The youth grows up as a member of the family, knowing little or nothing of his past. This is at the time of the Civil War, when the locality is in constant agitation, fearing that a battle will be fought in the immediate vicinity. During this time there appears upon the scene a Confederate surgeon who, for reasons of his own, claims Jack as his son. The youth has had trouble with this man and despises him. He cannot make himself believe that the surgeon is his parent and he refuses to leave his foster mother, who thinks the world of him. Many complications arise, but in the end the truth concerning the youth's identity is uncovered, and all ends happily for the young son of a soldier.

In its original shape Mr. Alger intended this tale of a soldier's son for a juvenile drama, and it is, therefore, full of dramatic situations. But it was not used as a play, and when the gifted author of so many boys' books had laid aside his pen forever the manuscript was placed in the hands of the present writer, to be made over into such a book as would evidently have met with the noted author's approval. The success of other books by Mr. Alger, and finished by the present writer, has been such that my one wish is that this story may meet with equal commendation.

Arthur M. Winfield.

February 16, 1901.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE ENCOUNTER ON THE BRIDGE, 1

II. DARCY GILBERT'S STORY, 9

III. A MYSTERY OF THE PAST, 16

IV. ON BOARD THE WRECK, 23

V. OLD BEN HAS A VISITOR, 30

VI. MRS. RUTHVEN'S STORY, 38

VII. A SETBACK FOR ST. JOHN, 47

VIII. THE HOME GUARDS OF OLDVILLE, 54

IX. DR. MACKEY INVESTIGATES, 63

X. THE PAPERS ON THE WRECK, 71

XI. MRS. RUTHVEN SPEAKS HER MIND, 78

XII. THE BOAT RACE ON THE BAY, 86

XIII. DR. MACKEY TELLS HIS STORY, 95

XIV. JACK SPEAKS HIS MIND, 105

XV. CAPTAIN JACK AT THE FRONT, 114

XVI. COLONEL STANTON'S VISIT, 125

XVII. A SCENE IN THE SUMMERHOUSE, 134

XVIII. MEETING OF THE COUSINS, 143

XIX. A SUMMONS FROM THE FRONT, 154

XX. THE STORM OF BATTLE AGAIN, 163

XXI. A LIVELY FIRE, 172

XXII. AFTER THE BATTLE, 180

XXIII. DR. MACKEY'S BOLD MOVE, 188

XXIV. THE HUNT FOR JACK, 197

XXV. A REMARKABLE REVELATION, 204

XXVI. DR. MACKEY SHOWS HIS HAND, 212

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