To J. P. M.
WITH THE AUTHOR'S REGARDS
AND BEST WISHES
CHAPTER PAGE I. The Stolen Run 3 II. Letters and Plans 19 III. An Invitation to Miss Emery 30 IV. Leasing a House-boat 47 V. A Trip of Inspection 61 VI. The Jolly Roger 74 VII. The Cruise Begins 96 VIII. Driven to Cover 114 IX. Prisoners 125 X. A New Acquaintance 139 XI. Mr. Ewing is Outwitted 163 XII. The Tables Turned 167 XIII. Chub Tries a New Bait 180 XIV. The Crew Enters Society 198 XV. Harry Goes to Sea 217 XVI. Under the Awning 234 XVII. Mrs. Uriah Peel 249 XVIII. Keeping Store 263 XIX. A Midnight Alarm 282 XX. “Gasoline and Supplies” 306 XXI. The Burglary 323 XXII. Clues 336 XXIII. In the Gipsy Camp 349 XXIV. An Old Acquaintance Appears 362 XXV. Mr. Ewing is Suspicious 373 XXVI. Chub’s Adventure 382 XXVII. Gifts and Farewells 397
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
PAGE The boys entertain Mr. Ewing Frontispiece Chub Eaton was lying in a cloud of dust 15 Writing the invitation to Harry 37 In a great studio 49 Roy 59 Chub descended at the Porter’s bag and baggage 71 The boys arrive at the wharf 83 The “Jolly Roger” begins her cruise up the Hudson River 99 Roy stared silently, with open mouth 123 Dick and Roy slumbering 153 But Mister Trout didn’t want to come 193 They had dressed in their best clothes 207 The next moment they were all shaking hands 223 Before noon camp was made at the edge of the grove 245 She tied together the strings of a quaint little black bonnet 251 The figure disappeared noiselessly into the night 291 “A little more of the hegg, ma’am?” 299 “I want the key of the store” 309 The till was empty 333 Two men entered the tent 359 “You stay where you are” 369 They waved back to her and went on 405 The doctor was called on for a speech 409