The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle; Or, The Strange Cruise of the Steam Yacht
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Title: The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle The Strange Cruise of the Steam Yacht
Author: Edward Stratemeyer
Release Date: April 28, 2005 [eBook #15723]
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THE ROVER BOYS ON TREASURE ISLE
Or, The Strange Cruise of the Steam Yacht
My DEAR Boys: This is a complete tale in itself, but forms thethirteenth volume of the "Rover Boys Series for Young Americans."
This line of books was started some ten years ago with the publicationof the first three volumes, "The Rover Boys at School … .. The RoverBoys on the Ocean" and "The Rover Boys in the Jungle." At that time Ithought to end the series with a fourth volume provided the readerswanted another. But with the publication of "The Rover Boys Out West,"came a cry for "more!" and so I added "On the Great Lakes," "In theMountains," "In Camp," "On Land and Sea," "On the River," "On thePlains," "In Southern Waters" and "On the Farm," where we last leftour friends.
For a number of years Tom, Dick and Sam have attended a militaryacademy, but now their school days at Putnam Hall are at an end, andwe find them getting ready to go to college. But before leaving homefor the higher seat of learning they take a remarkable cruise on asteam yacht, searching for an island upon which it is said a largetreasure is hidden. They are accompanied on this trip by their fatherand a number of friends, and have several adventures somewhat out ofthe ordinary, and also a good bit of fun for there is bound to be funwhen Tom Rover is around. They lose themselves and lose their yacht,and once some of them come pretty close to losing their lives, but inthe end—well, the story will tell the rest.
I cannot close without again thanking my many friends for all the nicethings they have said about the "Rover Boys" stories and the "PutnamHall" stories. I trust the present volume will fulfill every fairexpectation.
Affectionately and sincerely yours,
I Bound For Home
II An Important Telegram
III Fun On The Farm
IV A Midnight Search
V At The Old Mill
VI The Story Of A Treasure
VII In Which Something Is Missing
VIII The Rover Boys In New York
IX A Chase On The Bowery
X Dick Becomes A Prisoner
XI Aboard The Steam Yacht
XII Something About Firecrackers
XIII A Wild Automobile Ride
XIV What A Roman Candle Did
XV The Sailing Of The Steam Yacht
XVI A Row On Shipboard
XVII A Mishap In The Fog
XVIII The New Deck Hand
XIX Treasure Isle At Last
XX The Boys Make A Discovery
XXI Scaring Off The Enemy
XXII Prisoners In The Forest
XXIII What Wingate Had To Tell
XXIV A Missing Landmark
XXV The Trail Through The Jungle
XXVI A Dismaying Discovery
XXVII What Happened On The Steam Yacht
XXVIII A New Move Of The Enemy
XXIX The Hunt For The Treasure
XXX Homeward Bound—Conclusion
BOUND FOR HOME
"HURRY Up, Sam, unless you want to be left behind!"
"I'm coming!" shouted Sam Rover, as he crossed the depot platform onthe run. "Where is Tom?"
"He went ahead, to get two good seats for us," answered Dick Rover. Helooked around the crowd that had gathered to take the train. "Hi,there, Songbird, this way! Come in this car, Hans!"
"Say, aren't you fellows coming aboard?" came a voice from the nearestcar, and a curlytopped head with a pair of laughing eyes appeared."Folks crowding in to beat the band! Come on in if you want seats."
"We'll be in directly," answered Sam, and followed his brother Dick tothe car steps. Here there was quite a jam, and the Rover boys had allthey could do to get into the car, followed by half a dozen of theirschool chums. But Tom Rover had managed to keep seats for all, andthey sat "in a bunch," much to their satisfaction. Then the trainrolled out of the station, and the journey homeward was begun.
The term at Putnam Hall Military Academy was at an end, and the schooldays of the three Rover boys at that institution were now a thing ofthe past. Each had graduated with honors, yet all were a trifle sad tothink that there would be no going back to a place where they had madeso many friends.
"It's almost like giving up your home," Dick had said, several times,while at the actual parting Sam had had to do his best to keep backthe tears which welled up in his eyes. Even fun-loving Tom had stoppeda good deal of his whistling and had looked unusually sober.
"We'll never have such good times as we've had at Putnam Hall," Samhad said, but he was mistaken, as later events proved.
The three Rover boys did not wish to part from their many schoolchums, yet they were, more than anxious to get home, and for thisthere was a very good reason. Their father had told them that he had avery important communication to make to them one regarding how thesummer was to be spent. So far no arrangements had been made for thevacation, and the brothers were anxious to know "what was in thewind," as Tom expressed it.
"Maybe we are to prepare for college," said Dick.
"Perhaps we are to go on another trip to Africa?" added Sam.
"Or start on a hunt for the North Pole," put in Tom. "That would bejust the thing for this hot weather."
"I can tell you one thing," went on Dick. "Whatever father has on hismind is of a serious nature. It is no mere outing for pleasure."
"I know that," answered Sam, "I could see it by the look on his face."
"Well, we'll know all about it by this time tomorrow," said Tom. "Ihope it is some trip—I love to travel," and his brothers noddedtheir heads in approval.
To those who have read any of the twelve previous volumes in this"Rover Boys Series" the three brothers will need no specialintroduction. For the benefit of new readers allow me to state thatDick was the oldest, fun-loving Tom next, and Sam the youngest. Theywere the sons of Anderson Rover, a widower and rich mine owner. Thefather was a great traveler, and for years the boys had made theirhome with their uncle, Randolph Rover, and their Aunt Martha, on afarm called Valley Brook, in the heart of New York state.
From the farm, and while their father was in Africa, the boys had beensent to Putnam Hall, as related in the first volume of this series,entitled, "The Rover Boys at School." At the Hall they made a score offriends and several enemies, some of which will be introduced later. Aterm at school was followed by a trip on the ocean, and then one intothe jungles of the Dark Continent in search of Mr. Rover, who hadmysteriously disappeared. Then the Rover boys went out west and to thegreat lakes, and later spent a fine time hunting in the mountains.They likewise spent some time in camp with their fellow cadets, andduring the summer vacation took a long trip on land and sea. Then theyreturned home, and during another vacation sailed down the Ohio Riverin a houseboat, spent some time on the plains, took an unexpected tripto southern waters, and then came back to the farm.
On getting back home, as related in the twelfth volume of this series,called "The Rover Boys on the Farm," the boys had imagined thatadventures for them were a thing of the past. They were willing totake it easy, but this was not to be. Some bad men, including asharper named Sid Merrick, were responsible for the theft of somefreight from the local railroad, and Merrick, by a slick trick,obtained possession of some traction company bonds belonging toRandolph Rover. The Rover boys managed to locate the freight thieves,but Sid Merrick got away from them, dropping a pocketbook containingthe traction company bonds in his flight. This was at a time whenDick, Tom and Sam had returned to Putnam Hall for their final term atthat institution. At the Hall they had made a bitter enemy of a big,stocky bully named Tad Sobber and of another lad named Nick Pell. TadSobber, to get even with the Rovers for a fancied injury, sent to thelatter a box containing a live, poisonous snake. The snake got awayand hid in Nick Pell's desk and Nick was bitten and for some time itwas feared that he might die. He exposed Tad Sobber, and fearingarrest the bully ran away from the Hall. Later, much to theirsurprise, the Rover boys learned that the bully was a ward and nephewof Sid Merrick, and when the sharper disappeared, Tad Sobber went withhim.
"They are certainly a bad pair," said Dick, but how bad the Roverswere still to find out.
With the boys on the train were John Powell, better known as"Songbird," because he had a, habit of reciting newly made doggerellwhich he called poetry, Hans Mueller, a German youth who frequentlygot his English badly twisted, Fred Garrison, who had graduated withthe Rovers, and some others.
"Dick, you haven't told me yet what you intended to do this summer,"remarked Fred Garrison, as the train rolled on.
"Because I don't know, Fred," answered the elder Rover. "My father hassomething in store, but I don't know what it is."
"Can't you guess?"
"I wish we could take another trip like that on the houseboat—itwas certainly a dandy."
"The best ever!" put in Tom. "Even if we did have trouble with Lew
Flapp, Dan Baxter and some others."
"Speaking of Dan Baxter puts me in mind of something," came fromSongbird Powell. "It has just leaked out that Tad Sobber sent a noteto Captain Putnam in which Tad blamed some of the cadets for histroubles, and said he was going to get square some day."
"Did he mention any names?" questioned Sam.
"Yes—and Dick's and Tom's, too."
"It is just like Sobber—to blame his troubles on somebody else,"remarked Dick.
"I am not afraid of him," declared Tom. "He had better keep hisdistance unless he wants to get the worst of it. We used to put upwith a whole lot from Dan Baxter before he reformed—I am not goingto put up with as much from Sobber."
"Tad certainly went off in bad company," said Sam. "His uncle ought tobe in prison this minute."
"Have the authorities heard anything of Merrick?" asked Songbird.
"Not a thing."
"I dink me dot feller has skipped to Europe alretty," vouchsafed Hans
Mueller. "He vould peen afraid to stay py der United States in, yah!"
And the German boy shook his head wisely.
"Personally I never want to set eyes on Sobber again," said Dick, witha shrug of his broad shoulders. "The idea of introducing that deadlysnake into the school was the limit. Why, half a dozen of us mighthave been bitten instead of only poor Pell."
"Maybe he did it only for a joke," said Larry Colby, another of thecadets.
"If he did, it was carrying a joke altogether too far—endangeringone or more human lives. I don't believe in that sort of fun."
"Nor do I," came from several.
"If he is in Europe with his uncle perhaps I'll meet him there," said
Larry Colby. "I am going to France and Italy with my uncle and cousin.
Wish some of you fellows were going along," he added, wistfully.
"I am going to the Maine woods," said a lad named George Granberry.
"You can never guess who is going there, too."
"William Philander Tubbs and Mr.