Far from Home; Or, the Fights and Adventures of a Runaway
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X. DONALD TURNS KIDNAPPER. An artful dodge--First appearance of Bertie Spires--His exciting story--The bushrangers again--The double-handed duel in the forest--Ginger's stratagem--Back in Sydney--" I'm your friend for life!"--Departure of the Dilston Castle. TlRED and stiff as he was, Donald lay awake a long time that night concocting a grand scheme. "Walter Freeman!" he muttered. "Now I understand why from the very first something about his face seemed so familiar, though I knew I'd never met him before. I can see it all now. He's Captain Freeman's son, and Daisy's brother, I'm positive, though I'll put a few leading questions to him to-morrow to prove to myself that I'm not making any mistake. That done, what next? By some means or other I must decoy him back with me and smuggle him on board the ship. Daisy said that in his quarrel with his father Walter was all wrong; that being so, he might be all the more obstinate about refusing to go back to him. I feel sure it wouldn't be safe to ask him to return with me to his father and his sister, but he'll have to come all the same. I'll kidnap him!" He woke next morning thoroughly refreshed and feeling fit for anything. He turned his future plans over in his mind, and resolved upon a course of action. "Mr. Warburton, I have a particular request to make," he took an early opportunity of observing to the genial sheep farmer, "which I'm sure you'll comply with." "Of course I will. What is it?" "Only this, sir. Please don't mention the name of my captain before Jim. I have a special reason for asking this." Mr. Warburton naturally looked a little surprised, but promised compliance without asking any questions. "Of course you'll stop with me up here for a week or more," he said. "I'm very much obliged i...
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