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. . .If that didn't rouse him, nothing will," added the messenger, gruffly.


"I have had about enough of this thing," continued the rough visitor. "You insist on keeping the whelp here, when you know he is a bombshell in your path and mine. Why don't you send him to sea, and let him get drowned?"

"Be still, Thomas," replied my uncle, in a whisper.

"I won't be still, governor. The vagabond has run away with that girl, and—"

They passed into the dining-room, and I could not hear the rest of the sentence. The visitor was Tom Thornton, for my uncle called him Thomas. I was a vagabond, and a bombshell in the path of both of them. Tom called my uncle "governor," and this indicated that he was his son. I half suspected this before, but it was news to me to learn that I was[71] regarded as a dangerous young man. Why was I dangerous? I had not done anything to imperil the life or the fortunes of either of them.

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Community Reviews

Oliver Optic is not today's kind of author. His story's not only have morals, but they have morals repeated on practically every page and by practically every character. And the good characters are very good, and the bad characters... well, even the bad characters aren't that bad. They have more hon

This is a sequel to Breaking Away. We have Earnest Thornton still living with his Uncle Amos. But, when he's sailing around in his boat, Splash, he hears a young woman (girl?) wailing. He rescues her and learns her story. It seems that she's being mistreated by her guardian.

Other things happen, but