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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. 1894. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V A CONSULTATION Bill Dean was in the best of spirits when, in obedience to her helm, the little steamer swung gracefully around, and was under full speed up the lake again, as her rightful owners landed near the steamboat dock. He did not seem to consider he had committed a crime in thus stealing the " Gem," and was quite confident he could evade any pursuit which might be begun through the agency of Roy and Ned. In strict justice to Bill it should be said that he did not really look upon the seizing of the steamer as a theft. It was to him as if Mr. Sampson had turned her over to the boys of Lake Champlain generally, and that Roy and Ned had come into possession simply because they were the first to take advantage of the opportunity; not through an absolute transfer of the little craft. That the authorities of Whitehall, or of any other town, would make an effort to capture them, Bill did not believe, and for the reasons giv.en. In his opinion he had shown himself a very good general in getting possession of the yacht for the purpose of forcing Ned and Roy to a compromise, and there was no question in his mind but that he could, in due course of time, accomplish his purpose. It was destined Master Dean should discover very soon that he was not as completely the captain of the " Gem" as he fancied. After the little craft was run up the lake four or five miles, the helmsman discovered that the steam had suddenly been shut off. "What's the matter down there?" he cried through the speaking-tube, and the engineer answered readily, but not in a tone savoring of respect: "I want to have a talk with you fellers, an' it aint well to let her go ahead at full speed while that's bein' done." "Start her up again. I want to put into a cove up here a bit, for ...
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