The Skipper of the Cynthia B

9780217730976: The Skipper of the Cynthia B

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921. Excerpt: ... THE SKIPPER OF THE CYNTHIA B. CHAPTER I SAMUEL HOTCHKISS COMES TO CAPE COD "TT TELL, young man, what are you go VV ing to do with yourself to-day?" inquired Captain Seth Nickerson pleasantly of Samuel Hotchkiss. "I don't know," said the boy. Five persons were seated at the breakfast table in Captain Nickerson's sunny dining room: the Captain, his wife Cynthia, Mr. and Mrs. Hotchkiss and Samuel, their son, a lad of fourteen. The Hotchkiss family had come from Boston the evening before to spend their first summer on Cape Cod. Sam had been highly disgusted at the idea of spending two long months on this spit of sand, instead of having his kind of a good time. The quiet of Cape Cod had no attraction for him. He didn't want a quiet summer. He wanted to be where there was something going on; Newport, Bar Harbor or most any place but this. The family physician had ordered Mr. Hotchkiss to have absolute rest from his business as a wholesale lumber merchant, and had recommended this little village of Saquoit, the home of his own boyhood, as the very place in which to smooth out the jangling nerves of his patient. He had persuaded his cousin, Captain Seth Nickerson, to take the Boston family into his home. Samuel, in a way, felt sorry that his father should be ill, just as he would have felt sorry for any one of his father's friends whom he knew in Boston. He usually met his father once a day, and that was at dinner. Through the day he saw nothing of him at all, and felt no close acquaintance with him. There seemed to be nothing for Sam to do but to come with his parents to Cape Cod, but he hated it, oh, how he hated it! He had seen Cape Cod pictured in his geography as just a crook of sand running out into the sea. From all he could learn it was dead, very dead. H...

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