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by Oliver Optic
.. or The Bunker's of Rippleton. Another Optic Classic. 201 pages
$12.95
by Horatio Alger, Jr.
One of Alger's few nautical titles but every bit as good. 276 pages
$19.95
by Sherwood Dowling
Young boy's and their own submarine; what could be more exciting. 158 pages
$19.95
by Sherwood Dowling
Now there are two submarines; double the excitement and double the fun! 141 pages
$64.00
by James Otis
The great American officer and his exploits in the English Channel. 262 pages
$22.95
by Louis Arundel
Bank robbers; motor boats, a river chase. Great stuff! 257 pages
$22.95
by Oliver Optic
A lot like The Lord of the Flies; but in politics and mutiny. Another Optic great! 381 pages
$22.95
by Captain Ralph Bonehill
--or Afloat in the Philippines. 250 pages
$22.95
by Victor Appleton
The fabulous Tom Swift and his first motor boat. Robbers, thieves and the hero Tom! 178pages
$17.95
by Raymond Stone
Little Tommy starts a boat club for his little chums. 126 pages
$17.95
by Oliver Optic
Another Optic classic. We can all root for the young boat builder. 240 pages
$19.95
by Rev. Elijah Kellogg
Kellogg's great boat-building book and triumph of good over evil. 301 pages
$24.95
by Josephine Pollard
. . . in Words of Easy Syllables. They are all here from Farragut on! 228 pages
$19.95
by Oliver Optic
A Story of the Great Rebellion. 288 pages
$19.95
by Frank Sheridan
A story for boys on the cruise of the famous Salem privateer. 219 pages
$19.95
by Gordon Stables
A Story of Arctic Adventure. 366 pages
$24.95
by Jack London
London's only book for young people and a jewel! 145 pages
$19.95
by Charles P. Chipman
Being the Strange Adventures of Two American Lads on Land and Sea and Submarine. 268 pages
$22.95
by Everett McNeil
A fictional account of the exploits of the "Robin Hood of Canada;" Daniel Greysolon Du Luth. 389 pages
$24.95
by Grant Allen
.. A story of the South Pacific. 129 pages
$14.95
BOAT CLUB, THE (Pub. No. 959)
Oliver Optic/.. or The Bunker's of Rippleton. Another Optic Classic. 201 pages

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THE BOAT CLUB;
or, The Bunkers of Rippleton
Ages 8-12
by Oliver Optic

In this book Optic's message is that groups in society need discipline, order and competent leadership to succeed. His genius is that he uses a 12-oared gig to make the point; a boat which requires absolute coordination and cooperation from the rowers. The Bunkers of the sub-title are a bunch of rebellious boys who make life miserable for many on the shores of an upstate New York Lake. After his son Frank has a run-in with the Bunker's, Captain Sedley, (a retired and well-to do shipmaster) decides to form a boat club for his son and his friends. In the course of learning to row the boat, they learn cooperation, discipline and courage and, of course, manage to outdo the Bunker's with their undisciplined and rebellious ways. There's also a little injustice and false accusation. The falsely accused triumphs in the end and is proven innocent. It is done so well that you feel like standing up and giving a cheer when the innocent is set free. First published about 1850. The second volume in this series is entitled All Aboard: or Life on the Lake.

Oliver Optic, 201 pages

$12.95
CHARLIE CODMAN'S CRUISE (Pub. No. 62)
Horatio Alger, Jr./One of Alger's few nautical titles but every bit as good. 276 pages

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CHARLIE CODMAN'S CRUISE
Ages 8-10
by Horatio Alger, Jr.

A much simpler writer than Optic, Alger's books are very clear cut contests between good and evil. Charlie's "cruise" is nothing like what we would consider as such. Kidnapped by a brutal mate and captain because of the mate's earlier rejection by Charlie's mother, things look bleak until he is befriended by an old seaman named Bill Sturdy. After escaping from the vessel in Rio, they make their way back to Boston and everyone get's their come-uppance. Charlie's sweet mother makes a good match and the evil miser and brutal mate and captain reap their just desserts. You can almost hear the silent-movie music playing throughout all of this book. A good read, with a happy ending! First published in 1910.

Horatio Alger, Jr., 276 pages

$19.95
CRUISE OF THE GRAY WHALE, THE (Pub. No. 63)
Sherwood Dowling/Young boy's and their own submarine; what could be more exciting. 158 pages

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THE CRUISE OF THE GRAY WHALE
Ages 8-12
by Sherwood Dowling

The first discovery of the submarine and the chums' first adventures. These are not without peril, and the story's real moral lies in the clear-headed, and innovative way the young hero saves the lives of  his companions and extricates them from danger. Nothing fantastic or unbelievable, just good common sense, some simple basic physics and the hard lesson learned that things that appear to be dangerous, probably are, and that adults should probably be consulted first! First published in 1916. The sequel to this title is The Gray Whale: Flagship.

Sherwood Dowling, 158 pages

$19.95
GRAY WHALE FLAGSHIP, THE (Pub. No. 64)
Sherwood Dowling/Now there are two submarines; double the excitement and double the fun! 141 pages

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THE GRAY WHALE FLAGSHIP
Ages 8-12
by Sherwood Dowling

More adventures of the Submarine Chums but now with two subs! They decide to go into business carrying passengers on submerged tours, but obviously, since this is a boy's book series, much trouble ensues with bad guys (and good guys) galore. Obviously, the good guys, including our young heroes win out and all comes out well in the end. As is usually the case in these early book series for boys. Entertaining reading for the young'uns and the same good features in this outing as in the first one listed above. First published in 1915. The previous volume in this series is The Cruise of the Gray Whale.

Sherwood Dowling, 141 pages

$64.00
CRUISE WITH PAUL JONES, A (Pub. No. 65)
James Otis/The great American officer and his exploits in the English Channel. 262 pages

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A CRUISE WITH PAUL JONES
Ages 10-12
by James Otis

One of the best ways for young people to learn the history of their country is by reading fictionalized accounts of various events and personages. This is a good example of such. Young David Carlton is picked up from a wreck at sea and becomes a powder monkey under the command of John Paul Jones and the friendly tutelage of boatswain Reuben Rollins. This is before the Bonhomme Richard and in the era of the Ranger in which Jones harassed English shipping in the English Channel, (the so-called channel cruise), burned the merchant fleet at Whitehaven and defeated the English Sloop of War, Drake in the battle at Carrickfergus, all of which events are described here from young David's point of view.. A good yarn and good history! First published in 1898.

James Otis, 262 pages

$22.95
MOTOR BOAT BOYS--A RIVER CHASE, THE (Pub. No. 66)
Louis Arundel/Bank robbers; motor boats, a river chase. Great stuff! 257 pages

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MOTOR BOAT BOYS RIVER CHASE;
or, Six Chums Afloat and Ashore
Ages 8-12
by Louis Arundel

 Here's a group of six boys, with three motor boats, who seem to spend a great deal of their time achieving heroic ends. In this tale, they apprehend a pair of bank robbers after a thrilling motor-boat chase down the Mississippi, retrieve the loot and return it to the bank. (In those days, there was no FDIC and the theft of all of the vault contents, including cash and securities, would have meant disaster to many of the depositors; so this was no mean feat by the chums!) One interesting aspect of these six boys is that Arundel is at pains to provide each one of them with some faults, in order that he can demonstrate frequently the tolerance and patience with others that is provided (most of the time) by the six boys. One principal character is Buster, a boy who is quite overweight, but nonetheless, an important and valued member of the group. He takes some kidding of course, (this is not the time of political correctness and indeed he is referred to as fat, rather than--weight challenged!), but he is most definitely a full-fledged member of the band! First published in 1914.

Louis Arundel, 257 pages

$22.95
OUTWARD BOUND OR YOUNG AMERICA AFLOAT (Pub. No. 67)
Oliver Optic/A lot like The Lord of the Flies; but in politics and mutiny. Another Optic great! 381 pages

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OUTWARD BOUND;
or, Young America Afloat
Ages 12-14
by Oliver Optic

Another engrossing tale by Optic. A local nabob decides that a school ship is just the thing for bringing discipline and order into the lives of some of the scions of rich families who have a contempt for authority. The ship is built and sets sail manned entirely by the boys with some veteran sailors for supervision. In something akin to The Lord of the Flies; much of society's ills become manifested during the voyage; lies, deceit, treachery, even a planned mutiny! But, all is well in the end and Optic's message is that even those of malicious intent can sometimes by saved by their own innate but well-buried goodness. As he describes the machinations of the characters, one gains a truly detailed insight into the mind of the manipulator and the politician. In addition to being a really good morality play however, this is also a fine handbook for the budding young nautical. As the ship sails across the ocean, the procedures are carefully explained and the "mysteries" of square rig revealed. A truly riveting tale! First published in 1866. 

Oliver Optic, 381 pages

$22.95
SAILOR BOY WITH DEWEY, A (Pub. No. 69)
Captain Ralph Bonehill/ --or Afloat in the Philippines. 250 pages

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A SAILOR BOY WITH DEWEY
Ages 12-14
by Captain Ralph Bonehill

 A real adventure yarn! Oliver Raymond, a young civilian entrepreneur, tries to save his father's business from the ravages of the Spanish conquerors of Manila and the rebellious Tagals (the local population). Caught between both sides, alternately captured by both and also beset by the evil intentions of his villainous captain, Oliver and his chum Ken persevere and eventually end up with Commodore Dewey during the battle of Manilla Bay. There's a painting of the the cruiser "Olympia" (Dewey's Flagship) in the frontispiece, and for those in Philadelphia, the book serves as a good interactive history lesson for the Spanish-American War. After reading this, the youngster can be taken to actually visit the "Olympia" at it's permanent home at Penn's Landing. First published in 1899.

Captain Ralph Bonehill, 250 pages

$22.95
TOM SWIFT AND HIS MOTOR BOAT (Pub. No. 70)
Victor Appleton/The fabulous Tom Swift and his first motor boat. Robbers, thieves and the hero Tom! 178pages

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TOM SWIFT AND HIS MOTOR BOAT
Ages 8-12
by Victor Appleton

There's a reason why the Tom Swift series was the most popular of  the many turn-of-the-century book series which existed for young boys; very well written, well-versed in the mechanics of the day, credible and suspenseful, they read just as well today. In this adventure, young inventor Tom, buys a used motor boat at auction, little knowing that it harbors a dangerous secret. Together with his father and a chum, Tom defeats bank robbers, faces down a school bully, and goes a long way to winning the heart of Miss Nestor. (In these early stories, girls were always lady-like and treated with the utmost respect and deference by the boys; always "Miss Nestor, never just Mary!) As the original publisher said in describing this series; "--These spirited tales convey in a realistic way the wonderful advances in land and sea locomotion. Stories like these are impressed upon the memory and their reading is productive only of good." We second that! First published in 1910.

Victor Appleton, 178pages

$17.95
TOMMY TIPTOP AND HIS BOAT CLUB (Pub. No. 71)
Raymond Stone/Little Tommy starts a boat club for his little chums. 126 pages

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TOMMY TIPTOP AND HIS BOAT CLUB
Ages 8-12
by Raymond Stone

 Tommy Tiptop is the born leader of his neighborhood and is always getting up ideas, teams, projects, trips, etc. This time he forms a boat club. He's a nervy and responsible little lad and of course everything goes very well indeed. In the process of telling the story of the young boat club and their first big race, Stone also manages to insert some highly useful and good advice regarding water safety; not just on boats but for all youngsters who might venture near the water, either to swim or sightsee. The advice on what to do if you fall in accidentally is especially good. All very good sugaring of the pill! First published in 1914.

Raymond Stone, 126 pages

$17.95
YACHT CLUB, THE (Pub. No. 72)
Oliver Optic/Another Optic classic. We can all root for the young boat builder. 240 pages

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THE YACHT CLUB
or, The Young Boat-Builder
Ages 8-14
by Oliver Optic

A really good introduction to sailing, boat-building and yacht racing for the young reader. And an excellent moral into the bargain. As Optic says in his short preface, "The hero is a young man of high aims and noble purposes; and the writer believes that it is unpardonable to awaken the interest and sympathy of his readers for any other than high-minded and well-meaning characters. But he is not faultless; he makes some grave mistakes, even while he has high aims. The most important lesson in morals to be derived from his experience is that it is unwise and dangerous for young people to conceal their actions from their parents and friends. . . ."  And on top of all this, it's a ripping good who-dun-it, taking place on Penobscot Bay! First published in 1874. Illustrated  Another title in a similar series by Optic, (The Boat Builder Series) available from The Press at Toad Hall is: All Taut.

Oliver Optic, 240 pages

$19.95
YOUNG SHIP-BUILDERS OF ELM ISLAND, THE (Pub. No. 73)
Rev. Elijah Kellogg/Kellogg's great boat-building book and triumph of good over evil. 301 pages

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THE YOUNG SHIP-BUILDERS OF ELM ISLAND
Ages 10-14
by Rev. Elijah Kellogg

 Reverend Kellogg has a very lyrical style. His descriptions of the surroundings of Elm Island are hard to resist. This is a fine story of a youngster who, in love with boats of all kinds, teaches himself the art and, in spite of an early set-back with his first effort (a sailing log canoe) finally masters the difficulties and succeeds in becoming a much sought-after young boat-builder and ship-right. Even more than that however, Kellogg's descriptions of life in a small coastal fishing and farming community at the turn of the 18th & 19th centuries are nothing less than luminous and his portraits of some of the characters are uplifting to be sure. First published in 1870.

Rev. Elijah Kellogg, 301 pages

$24.95
OUR NAVAL HEROES (Pub. No. 77)
Josephine Pollard/. . . in Words of Easy Syllables. They are all here from Farragut on! 228 pages

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OUR NAVAL HEROES
by Josephine Pollard
with Ninety-Five Etchings by Edwin Forbes

This is a volume for young children, designed to acquaint them with the history and heroes of the United States Navy during the Civil War. A good idea of the coverage of the book can be gained from the titles of the excellent full-page illustrations of which there are fifteen. These are: Fight between the Merrimac and Monitor; Bombardment of Port Royal; Burning of the Norfolk Navy Yard; Passing the Forts Below New Orleans; Capture of New Orleans; The Fight of the Kearsarge and Alabama; The Sinking of the Alabama; The Start of the Red River Expedition; Red River Expedition Fleet Passing Through the Dam; Passing the Forts at Mobile Bay; The Hartford Ramming the Tennessee; Blowing up the Albermarle; Bombardment of Fort Fisher; Assault on the Land Side of Fort Fisher; and Interior of Fort Fisher. David Glasgow Farragut rates a chapter of his own, and appears in several more, and the cover of the original book shows the famous scene of him lashed to the rigging to better direct his gunners on board his flagship the Hartford during the battle of Mobile Bay. First published in 1886. 95 illustrations of which 15 are full-page plates.

Josephine Pollard, 228 pages

$19.95
SAILOR BOY OR; JACK SOMERS IN THE NAVY, THE (Pub. No. 116)
Oliver Optic/A Story of the Great Rebellion. 288 pages

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THE SAILOR BOY,
or; Jack Somers in the Navy,
A Story of the Great Rebellion.
by Oliver Optic

Another great Optic sea-book, this time set at the time of the Civil War, or "the rebellion" as it was always known at this time. Jack joins the navy and fights on the Union Side against the Confederacy. An excellent introduction to a not-too-well-known part of the history of this great conflict.
Oliver Optic, 288 pages

$19.95
CRUISE OF THE ESSEX, THE (Pub. No. 133)
Frank Sheridan/A story for boys on the cruise of the famous Salem privateer. 219 pages

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THE CRUISE OF THE ESSEX
or; Making the Stars & Stripes Respected
by Frank Sheridan

The principal character in this patriotic tale is David Glasgow Farragut; who would ultimately be an Admiral in the United States Navy. At the time of the cruise of the Essex he was a midshipman on board. At this time his age was just eleven! And he had already been in the navy for two years! At the time of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 (the time frame of this story), in the navies of both England and the United States young boys served as officers and as powder monkeys on board the men-of-war. The frigate Essex was no exception. This is the story of the famous cruise of the Essex from  New York, down the coasts of the Americas, around the Horn and into the Pacific. During this cruise she was such a force against British shipping, that England sent two frigates after her to destroy her. In the course of the voyage, the Essex spent time in the Marquesas Islands for refitting and repairs and the officers and crew found themselves embroiled in tribal warfare. Ultimately, after leaving the Marquesas, the Essex put into the neutral port of Valparaiso. There after much sparring and feinting, the British frigate Phoebe ultimately destroyed her. First published in 1898. Farragut's exploits are further explored in another title listed here, Our Naval Heroes , and another story of the Essex can be found in Midshipman Stuart, or: The Last Cruise of the Essex , and the story of The Building of the Essex is contained in one of our booklets.

Frank Sheridan, 219 pages

$19.95
CRUISE OF THE SNOWBIRD, THE (Pub. No. 144)
Gordon Stables/A Story of Arctic Adventure. 366 pages

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THE CRUISE OF THE SNOWBIRD
A story of Arctic Adventure
by Gordon Stables

Here's an adventure yarn that is further redeemed by some very evocative and sophisticated expository writing. Stables' word pictures of the Scottish Highlands and Greenland and Iceland are superb! Add to this a thorough-going adventure and you have some highly satisfying reading by the fire of a winter's night. Young Allan McGregor's clan has fallen on somewhat harder times than of old, and an infusion of capital would be very welcome to restore the castle and lands to their proper level. All this comes to pass when they are introduced to sailing and boat building by a highly competent seamen who also happens to be a faithful adjunct to the castle's somewhat diminished staff. He starts off young Alan and his chums with building a small cutter; and after they have mastered sailing on the loch, they manage to acquire a large topsail schooner in which they voyage to the lower Arctic. Their hunting and trapping provide the capital they need and their return home is both triumphant and rewarding to the clan. Illustrated with 9 woodcuts.

Gordon Stables, 366 pages

$24.95
CRUISE OF THE DAZZLER, THE (Pub. No. 145)
Jack London/London's only book for young people and a jewel! 145 pages

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THE CRUISE OF THE DAZZLER
by Jack London

What better way to start your kids off reading, good, classical maritime literature than with Jack London! Here, Joe Bronson, dissatisfied and unhappy in school, decides to run away to sea. He falls in with the infamous "bay pirates", those some-time fishermen and oyster dredgers who, in reality, used their boats as convenient transport to rob business along the San Francisco bay at the turn of the century. It is readily and quite soon apparent to Joe that perhaps school isn't quite so bad after all; and after befriending 'Frisco Kid, another young member of the crew they finally are able to cast off the shackles to "French Pete", the captain of the Dazzler and restart their lives. Good rollicking action and good values.

Jack London, 145 pages

$19.95
LAST CRUISE OF THE ELECTRA, THE (Pub. No. 225)
Charles P. Chipman/Being the Strange Adventures of Two American Lads on Land and Sea and Submarine. 268 pages

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THE LAST CRUISE OF THE ELECTRA
by Charles P. Chipman
Being the Strange Adventures of Two American Lads on Land and Sea

From the Synopsis: "Donald Simmons, an orphan lad, is turned away from the home which has sheltered him since the disappearance of his uncle, his only relative a year or more before. His sole possessions are an old suit of clothes and a sealed package, given him by his uncle. He obtains work as cook on a coasting schooner, which is wrecked on its first trip. Don drifts about for several days on a bit of wreckage, and is then picked up by a skiff containing another lad, Kennith Ransom, and his uncle. They are the sole survivors of a yacht which went down in the same storm which wrecked the schooner. The trio come near to death in the small boat, but fall in with a derelict sloop, which they board. Another storm arises, the vessel is driven far out to sea,, and wrecked upon a small barren islet. After some weeks a strange submarine craft appears off the key, and a small boat comes ashore. The castaways, being discovered, are forced to leave the island with the strangers, and are treated as prisoners on board the Electra. They are carried to another islet, which is the rendezvous of a band of ruffians, who under the lead of Captain Munroe of the Electra carry on pirating on an immense scale. These men object to the presence of the castaways, but the Captain refuses to kill them. The crew mutiny, and a fight ensues, in which Captain Munroe, the prisoners, and a few faithful ones of the crew are forced to flee in the Electra. There proves to be a traitor on board, who kills the Captain and sets the castaways adrift in a small launch, with the one remaining friend of the crew. Later the Electra goes down, through mismanageinent. The launch returns to the rendezvous, which is found to be deserted, save one insane pirate. The castaways have trouble with him, during which the last member of the crew is killed. They then leave the island in the launch, and are picked up by a steamer bound fOr New York. On board they find Kenneth’s father, who, after the wreck of his yacht, was picked up by an outward bound vessel and is now returning. Some questions asked by Mr. Ransom lead to the opening of Don’s sealed packet, which he has all this time carried by a cord around his neck. This shows him to be Kenneth’s cousin, and heir to a small fortune. The story closes with the lads in college." Can't you just hear Puccinii humming something from this!

Charles P. Chipman, 268 pages

$22.95
DANIEL DU LUTH OR; ADVENTURING ON THE GREAT LAKES (Pub. No. 227)
Everett McNeil/A fictional account of the exploits of the "Robin Hood of Canada;" Daniel Greysolon Du Luth. 389 pages

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DANIEL DU LUTH OR; ADVENTURING ON THE GREAT LAKES
by Everett McNeil
Being the Tale Told by Young Paul Douay of the Long Journey He Made in Indian Canoes in the Company of Daniel Greysolon Du Luth, from Montreal through the Great Lakes to Lake Superior, in Quest of his Sister Stolen by the Indians when a Babe, Together with an Account of the Perilous and Thrilling Adventures that Befell Them and How the Long Quest Ended on the Island of Wanawatanda at the House of the White Medicine-Girl of the Issati.

Whew! How's that for a subtitle! From the Forward: "Daniel Greysolon Du Luth was one of the most picturesque characters in the early history of French exploration in America, particularly in the region of the Great Lakes. He has been called the Robin Hood of Canada, because of the romantic and adventurous life that he, a gentleman of France and a former member of the King’s Musketeers, lived among the Indians and in the rude settlements of the then almost unexplored wildernesses of New France. Francis Parkman, the historian, thus writes of him: “Famous leader of coureurs de bois. . .who with a persistent hardihood, not surpassed perhaps even by La Salle, was continually in the forest, in the Indian towns, or in remote wilderness outposts planted by himself, exploring, trading, fighting, ruling lawless savages and whites scarcely less ungovernable . . . laboring to foil the rival English traders of Hudson bay. . . . His services were to the colony and the crown and his name deserves a place of honor among the pioneers of American civilization.” Channing and Lansing call him, “A prince among coureurs de bois and the chief hero of the early French period in the Upper Country.” Frank H. Severance, in "An Old Frontier of France", says he was “the greatest of the coureurs de bois.” In September, 1678, Du Luth started from Montreal on a mission for the King and the Governor of Canada to the Indians of the Lake Superior country and the region west and north of that lake. He and his companions paddled all of that distance—probably considerably over two thousand miles—in Indian canoes, through a wilderness inhabited by savage tribes of Indians and almost unknown to white men. It is this long and adventurous journey of Du Luth that I have taken as the basis of my tale; and, in the tale itself, I have attempted to show what an expedition of that kind at that period meant and the hardihood, the courage and the endurance it required of those who made it. "

Everett McNeil, 389 pages

$24.95
CRUISE OF THE ALBATROSS, THE (Pub. No. 242)
Grant Allen/.. A story of the South Pacific. 129 pages

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THE CRUISE OF THE ALBATROSS
or, When Was Wednesday the Tenth?
A Story of the South Pacific
by Grant Allen

Two young boys, Martin Luther and John Knox Macglashin are rescued by the steam yacht Albatross from their drifting rowboat in the South Seas only to face more perils in the future from shipwreck, slavers and cannibals.

Grant Allen, 129 pages

$14.95
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