Old Farm Fairies

Old Farm Fairies

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Excerpt: ... ho!" cried the lookout on the foretopmast cross-trees of the flag-ship. "Where away?" asked Rodney. "Dead ahead!" "Hah! that's strange. What do you make her out to be?" "I can't say exactly, owing to the mist upon the lake. But I take it to be the Styx, the flag-ship of the Pixie squadron." "Keep a sharp eye ahead," said Rodney. "The Styx was anchored at the outlet last night and can hardly be off there." Pg 182 "I see her plainly now!" said the lookout, "and she is not alone, sir. Three other sails have just hove in sight." "It's the Pixie navy, then?" "Aye, aye, Sir. And they're standing up the channel with every sail set." "Strange!" muttered Rodney. "How did they know of our movements? Is there a traitor among us? Is it all chance? Or has this something to do with the loss of my poor child? No matter! There the enemy is, and we must make ready to receive him. Ho, there! Make signal, prepare for action!" The flag that telegraphed this order to the fleet was run up, and soon the merry whistle piping the men to quarters was heard upon deck. Little preparation was needed. All were longing for the fray. Every heart yearned to do somewhat to rescue the captured Nurses and avenge the injury put upon their beloved commanders. The sun had now fairly risen, and the mists slowly rolled up from the surface of the lake. The whole Pixie fleet was seen standing up the channel, as the strip of water between the island and the orchard was called. The wind was from the northwest and therefore favorable to the Pixies, who were bearing down rapidly upon the Brownies. The vessels of the water-pixies are built in the same style as Raft's yacht, the Fringe, but much larger in size. Admiral Quench commanded the fleet, and the names of his most important vessels, with their masters, are as follows: the "By and By," Master Slipknot; the "Despair," Master Strangle; the "Goodtime," Master Drown; the "Littleone," Master Sineasy; the "Fast," Master Wildoats; the "Doubt, ..".show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236721799
  • 9781236721792