The Boy Aviators' Flight for a Fortune
Excerpt: ... me a better job some time." "I won't stand in your way, lad," heartily rejoined Ben. "In fact, I'd like to help you get on your feet again." "How about that plan of the location of the Belle of New Orleans?" asked Duval, without paying any attention to Ben's last remarks. "Safe enough in my pocket, mate," replied 151 Ben, tapping his worn coat; "why do you want to know?" "I wondered if you had investigated my story." "No, I haven't yet; but I don't mind telling you that I may do so before very long. And I'll tell you right now, Duval, that if we recover anything valuable from that wreck I'll see to it that you get a good share of it, and then you can set up in business again and make a new start." Duval expressed what appeared to be very deep thanks for Ben's generosity. But, in reality, his thoughts were busy elsewhere. An idea had come into his head that was to bear strange fruit before very long. They joined the group clustered about Dr. Perkins without their absence having been noticed. Billy and Pudge had seen to it while the Sea Eagle was on her mission of rescue that a good hot lunch should be ready on the return of the expedition. A few moments after Ben and Duval joined the others Pudge announced this fact, and the 152 party trooped into the hut, nothing loath, to fall to with hearty appetites on a good meal. Soon after they "turned in," the boys insisting on the strangers taking their bunks, while they and Ben Stubbs put up with "shake-downs" on the floor. It was very late-or rather early morning-when they retired, and before long all were wrapped in the deep sleep of exhaustion. Ben was the first to awaken, to find the sun streaming into the hut. "Great guns!" he exclaimed, glancing at Billy's alarm clock on a shelf, "it's after seven." Broad awake in a jiffy, he aroused the others, going from the floor sleepers to the bunks. Dr. Perkins, Mr. Sterrett and the latter's...
- 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations