The Smuggler

The Smuggler

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...to shake Mrs. Graham and see if she would then be roused from her usual apathetic indifference. We continued to talk for a while in a desultory way, but as the moments passed we lapsed into silence and watched the water dash noisily over the rocks, for the surf was wonderfully fine that night. So we sat around our fire looking out upon the restless moonlit ocean and listening to the roar of the breakers as wave followed wave in quick succession, each thinking our own thoughts and no doubt carried by them beyond the distant horizon of our most cherished hopes and ambitions. Of course I cannot answer for the others but I know that I was at first oppressed by a sense of my own insignificance and then blissfully happy, content with the present moment and oblivious to the flight of time. As I sat dreaming dreams so vague that they had no individuality but merged one into the other like mist into clouds, a little boat glided silently into the silver path. It came out of the darkness into the light with spread sails that glistened pearly white, and as it floated on the sparkling water it seemed to me a phantom ship upon an enchanted ocean. I watched it entranced, wishing I knew its destination and whence it came. "It is your ship," said Gordon Bennett, "coming home to you." I do not believe I was surprised when he spoke for it was not the first time he had responded to my unuttered thought. He sat upon a lower boulder at my right, his cap in his hand, his hair powdered by occasional showers of spray from an especially large breaker, while Mrs. Graham at my left was wrapped in a shawl and hovering over the fire. His voice was scarcely more than a whisper as he continued. "It is bringing you many treasures. Pearls beyond...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236639960
  • 9781236639967