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Outward Bound

Oliver Optic

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Fortunately for him, he was not called upon to do so; for Charles Gordon was elected by a very large majority. As the election proceeded, it became evident that there was no office for Shuffles. Paul Kendall was elected fourth lieutenant and the announcement of the vote was greeted by even more hearty applause than had been bestowed upon the captain.

At the conclusion of the balloting, Shuffles found that not a single one of the wire-pullers, or of the candidates nominated by them, had been elected. The attempt to bribe the independent voters, by giving them office, had been a signal failure; and it is to be hoped that Young America, when fully developed, will stick to his principles.

"Captain Richard Carnes," said Mr. Lowington, as he stepped upon the hatch, after the voting had been concluded.

The young gentleman thus addressed came forward, blushing beneath the honors which had been bestowed upon him. The principal took his hand.

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Community Reviews

You could learn how to captain a ship from this book...

A school(boy) story on the waves. How pleasant. And talk about an unlikeable protagonist... but put alongside the ultimate unlikeable protagonist, Artemis Fowl, Bob Shuffles (what kind of name is that?) wasn't bad at all.