Motor Boat Boys on the St. Lawrence
Excerpt: ...and such things." "Did you recognize the boat, or the men, George?" asked Jack, quietly. "Herb and myself talked that over afterwards; until his tumble overboard knocked it all out of our heads. And we thought that perhaps those men were one of those couples we saw yesterday, passing here and staring in at us." "Say, perhaps they may have been Canadian custom officers, who patrol the river to keep American fishermen off their side," suggested Nick. "That might be," George said. "We thought of that; but they didn't give us any warning. And besides, from the chart we've got we've learned that this island is American territory all right, you know." "Oh! well, what's the use of bothering our heads over it," declared Herb, from inside the outing shirt he was pulling over his head. "That's right!" cried Josh. "Fling away dull care while the sun shines, and we've got enough grub left to keep Nick here from starving to death." When the fat boy was not looking, Josh reached down, and took hold of some object he had smuggled aboard without the others noticing the fact. It was a length of old tin waterpipe that he had found up alongside the deserted shanty, and which had evidently been useful at some time in the past, to convey the water from the roof to a spot where it would not back into the cabin. This old pipe was possibly six feet in length; and to the mind of a practical joker like Josh it presented some alluring possibilities. Swinging it upward when Nick was not looking, he managed to bridge the watery gap between the Wireless and the Comfort, and quickly called in a sepulchral tone through the novel speaking-tube: "Hello! down there! Give me connection with Buster Longfellow! I'm the ghost that walks in the night. I want to have a heart-to-heart confab with Buster!" "What you trying to do, give me heart disease, or an attack of delirium tremens?" exclaimed Nick, who had started violently upon...
- 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations