This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1900. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE SHIPWRECK. Chapter XXVIII. "He saved others, himself he cannot save." While Miles and his companions spent the remaining part of the Sunday in a drunken spree, Aleck wandered up and down the coast like a lost spirit. He visited all the caves he knew when he was a lad, but could not rest anywhere. As night fell, he stumbled across Taylor, who, urged by his daughter, had come to seek him. "Cheer up, lad," he said, as he linked Aleck's arm in his own. "I wasn't much in favour of this match myself at first, but shiver my timbers, you shall have the lass now against all comers. If you have to wait a bit, you'll be none the worse in the end. And, though I say it that shouldn't, she is worth waiting for. But her mother's sore put about. Women take such things to heart. But show a brave head, my lad, and you will reach harbour yet." As the two entered the village a man came out of the public-house. It was Bart Crowther, who had been drinking in company with Miles. He was three-parts tipsy, and was humming a well-known border song. All at once Aleck's face brightened. Bart's song had given him a new idea and a new hope. On the next Wednesday the following conversation took place on the beach: "War ye at church on Sunday, Fisher?" "No, Boyle, war ye?" "Wish I had." "I was there," said Stoughton, "and a fine gam' it was. I sat next ti aad Lisle, and kept watchin' his fyece as thi sarvice went on. I thowt at one time he was gannin1 ti funk, but when thi preacher began ti read oot thi nyems I saw him lyeukin' queer aboot thi eyes, like a fightin' cock wi' thi spurs on; and it was a lark ti see thi clergyman's fyece when he shooted 'I forbid it.' For a minute thi parson seemed flabbergasted, and aal was se quiet you cud have hard a pin drop; and then ivvorybody turned roo...
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