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LIFE ON THE LAKE



A SEQUEL TO "THE BOAT CLUB/



BY



OLIVER OPTIC.



BOSTON:
LEE AND S H E P A R D

(successors to vmu.ips, sampson & co.)
1870.



EntereJ, according to Act 01 oongresg, in the Year 1855, by

WlIAIAfc T- ADAMS^

En the Clerk's Office of the District uuurt of the District of Massachusetts



TO



MY NEPHEW,



iBRAHAM MITCHELL JE„,



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IS AFFECTIONATELY DBDICATBD



THE BOAT CLUB SERIES.



THE BOAT CLUB; or, The Bunkers of Rippleton.

ALL ABOARD ; or, Life on the Lake.

NOW OR NEVER; or, The Adventures of Bobby V
Bright.

LITTLE BT LITTLE; or, The Cruise of the Flyaway.

TRY AGAIN ; or, The Trials and Triumphs of Harry
West.



POOR AND PROUD; or, The Fortunes of Katy

Redburn.



PREFACE.

"All Aboard" was written to gratify the rea-
sonable curiosity of the readers of " The Boat
Club " to know what occurred at Wood Lake dur-
ing the second season ; and, though it is a sequel, it
has no direct connection with its predecessor. The
Introduction, in the first chapter, contains a brief
synopsis of the principal events of the first season ;
so that those who have not read " The Boat Club,"
will labor under no disadvantage on that account.

The story of each book is entirely distinct from
that of the other. As the interest of the first centres
in Tony Weston, so that of the second does in
Charles Hardy. I have tried to make the boys
believe that the path of truth and rectitude is not
only the safest, but the pleasantest path: and the
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6 PREFACE

experience of Charles with the " Roveia " illustrates
and supports the position.

Perhaps some of the older readers of these books
will think that, in providing the boys at Wood Lake
with a whole fleet of boats, with bands of music,
with club rooms, libraries, and apparatus, I have
furnished them with very magnificent recreations ;
and that I might as well have told a " fairy tale "
while I was about it. The only excuse I can offer
for this extravagance is, that it would have been <&
pfty to spoil a splendid ideal, when it could be
actualized by a single stroke of the pen ; besides, I
believe that nothing is too good for good boys,
especially when it is paid for out of the pocket of a
millionnaire.

The author, grateful to his young friends for the
kind reception given to " The Boat Club," hopes
that " All Aboard " will not only please them, but
make them wiser and better.

WILLIAM T. ADAMS.
Dobchestek, October 25, 1855.



CONTENTS.



CHAPTSB PA68

I. INTBODUCTION . 11

II. THE NEW MEMBEB 18

III. ALL ABOABD 38

IV. THE FBATEBNAL HUG 47

V. UP THE BIYEB 59

VI. HUBBAH FOB TONY 71

VII. COMMODOBE FBANK SEDLET. ... 84

VIII. THE BACE . . . 96

IX. LITTLE PAUL. .109

X. A UNANIMOUS VOTE 122

XI. BETTEB TO GIVE THAN BECEIVE. . . 134

XII. F1BST OF MAT 144

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6 CONTENTS.

XIII. THE LIGHTHOUSE 159

XIV. THE CONSPIBACY 171

XT. THE BOVEBS. 183

XVI. THE CAMP ON THE ISLAND. . . . 195

XVII. THE ESCAPE 209

XVIII. WBECK OF THE BTTTTEBFLY. . . , 221

XIX. THE CBTTISE OF THE FLEET. . . . 232

XX. THE HOSPITALITIES OF OAXLAWN. . 244

XXI. CONCLUSION. ..... . . 254



ALL ABOAR



ALL ABOARD;

OB,

LIFE ON THE LAKE.



CHAPTER I.



INTRODUCTION.



It can hardly be supposed that all the boys whc
take up this book have read the Boat Club ; there-
fore it becomes necessary, before the old friends of
the club are permitted to reunite with them, to intro-
duce whatever new friends may be waiting to join
them in the sports of the second season at Wood
Lake. However wearisome, such a presentation maj
be to those who are already acquainted, my young
friends will all allow that it is nothing more than

civility and good manners.

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2 ALL ABOAKD, OK

Frank Sedley is the only son of Captain Sedley, a
retired shipmaster, of lofty and liberal views, and of
the most estimable character. He is hot what some
people would call an " old fogy," and likes to have
the boys enjoy themselves in every thing that is
reasonable and proper ; but not to the detriment of
their manners or morals, or to the neglect of their
usual duties.

Having been a sailor all his life, he has none of
that fear of boats and deep water which often haunts
the minds of fond parents, and has purchased a
beautiful club boat for the use of his son and other
boys who live in the vicinity of Wood Lake.

Some fathers and mothers may think this was a
very foolish act on the part of Captain Sedley ; that
the amusement he had chosen for his son was too
dangerous in itself, and too likely to create in him
a taste for aquatic pursuits that may one day lead
him to be a sailor, which some tender mothers regard
as " a dreadful thing," as, ind~cd, it is, under some
eircumstances.

But it must be remembered that Captain Sedley
had been a sailor himself; that he had followed the



LIFE ON THE LAKE. 13

seas from early youth ; and that he had made his
fortune and earned his reputation as a wise, good,
and respectable man, on the sea. So, of course, he
could not sympathize with the general opinion that
a ship must necessarily be a " sink of iniquity," a
school of vice, and that nothing good can be expected
of a boy who is sent to sea. He believes that the
man will grow out of the boy ; and to his parental
duty he applies the apostolic maxim, " Whatsoever
a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

The club boat and the boat club, as means of
instruction and discipline, as well as of amusement,
were suggested by an accidental occurrence. The
" Bunkers of Rippleton," a set of idle and dissolute
boys, had constructed a rude raft, upon which they
paddled about on the lake, and appeared to enjoy them-
selves very much. Captain Sedley, who had forbid-
den his son to venture upon the lake on the raft, 01
•311 in a boat, without permission, overheard Charles
Ly, the intimate friend of Frank, remark that
the " Bunkers " had a much better time than they
had, and that boys who did not obey their parent?
pfteu enjoyed themselves more than those who did.



14 ALL ABOARD, OR

A few days after, the boys disccvered the clab
Doat, the light and graceful Zephyi, resting like a
fairy shell upon the lake, and in its use the argument
of Charles was effectually refuted. A club was
formed of the boys in the neighborhood, and under
the instruction of Uncle Ben, an old sailor who lived
with Captain Sedley, soon became very expert in the
management of the boat. A building was erected
for the use of the association, in which, besides the
boat house, was a club room containing a library,
and furnished with conveniences for holding meetings
for mutual instruction and recreation. A constitu-
tion for the government of the club was adopted, in
which the object of the association was declared to
be " the instruction and amusement of the members,
and the acquiring of good morals, good manners, and
good habits in general." It defined and prohibited
a great many vices and bad habits common among
boys, so that the tendency of the organization was to
make them better, wiser, and happier.

Their experience upon the lake, while the influence
of the association stimulated them to the strict per-
formance of their ordinary duties, was both varied



LIFE ON THE LAKE. 15

and useful. Inasmuch as it reduced their recreation
to a system, the laws of the club acting as a salutary
check upon the waywardness of youth, it afforded an
excellent discipline for the mind and heart, as well as
for the muscles.

Among the members of the club was an honest,
noble-hearted youth, the son of a poor widow, by
the name of Tony Weston. In an' affray upon
Centre Island, Tony had taken the part of Frank
Sedley against Tim Bunker, and had thus obtained
the ill will of the leader of the " Bunkers," and is
accused of stealing a wallet, which is afterwards
proved to have been taken by the " Bunker " himself.
The theft is proved upon the graceless scamp, and he
is sent to the house of correction, while Tony is
borne in triumph by the club to his home.

Near the close of the story, Tony's brother, who
has long been mourned as dead, returns home from
California, with a large fortune in his possession.
The brother, George Weston, builds a fine house for
his mother, and, impelled by a warm admiration for
Tony's noble character, purchases a splendid club
boat for him, of the size and model of the Zephyr,
<vhich is named the Butterfly.



16 ALL ABOARD, OB

Tony is a boy whom all my readers will liks, and
though he is really no better boy than Frank Sedley,
the humble circumstances of his mother before George
returned required a great deal of sacrifice on his
part, and called into action a great many noble traits
of character. His life was a struggle, and his charac-
ter a triumph over the perils to which poverty exposed
him.

His experience seemed to exemplify the truths
of Christianity. He could forgive his enemy, as
when, at the risk of his own life, he plunged into the
lake and rescued Tim Bunker from a watery grave,
though Tim was even then laboring to ruin him.
He loved to sacrifice his own comfort to that of
others, and found his greatest pleasure in making
others happy. He and Frank are the unconscious
exemplars of the boat club — the " men of character
and influence " in their embryo world.

Charles Hardy is a boy of another stamp — one
who does things " to be seen of men." He is«some-
times selfish and ambitious ; though the beneficent
influence of the organization is working miracles in
the transformation of his character.



I.TFE ON THE LAKE. J")

The Butterfly was launched in the month of April.
The liberality of George Weston had provided for
her a boat house, similar to that of the Zephyr, and,
like that, furnished with a club room and library, and
all the means for promoting the objects of the organ?
ization.

And now, with my old friends refreshed in mem-
ory by this review of the first season, and my new
ones put in possession of all that is necessary to a
proper understanding of the situation of the boat
club, we are ready to proceed with our story.
2*



IS ALL ABOARD. OB



CHAPTER II.



THE NEW MEMBEE.



" Ordeb ! " said Frank Sedley, as lie seated him-
self in the arm chair, at the head of the table in the
club room.

At a meeting the preceding week, Frank had
asain been chosen coxswain of the club for the first
official term. This had been done, not only in com-
pliment to the noble boy to whose father the mem-
bers were indebted for the privileges they enjoyed, but
in anticipation of an exciting time on the lake, in a
proposed race with the Butterfly. Frank was ac-
knowledged to be the most skilful boatman among
them, and under his direction they expected to accom-
plish all that they and the Zephyr could possibly at-
tain. They had already learned that mere muscle was
not all that was required to insure their success. Skill,
forethought, and the ability to take advantage of



■LIFE ON THE 1.AKE. IS

favoring circumstances, were discovered to b^ 3ven
more desirable than great power.

" Order ! " repeated Frank, rapping smartly on the
(able.

The members suspended their conversation, and all
eyes were fixed upon the president. The affairs of
the club, in connection with the Butterfly, had been
freely discussed for several weeks, and every thing had
been arranged for the opening of the " summer cam-
paign," as Charles Hardy rather facetiously called it

" There are two questions to be submitted for the
action of the club at this meeting," continued Frank,
with more than his usual gravity. " They are ques-
tions of momentous consequence, and I have felt the
need of counsel from our director ; but my father
declines giving me any advice, and says he prefers
that we should discuss the questions independently ;
though, as you all know, if our final action is wrong,
he will — he will "

" Veto it," added Fred Harper.

*' Yes ; he will not permit us to do a wrong,
though he wants us to think for ourselves, and do th€
best we can."



20 ALL ABOABD, OB

" Pi ecisely so ; he wants " Charles Hardj

segiin.

" Order ! " said Frank, with gentle firmness. " The
first question is this : Tim Bunker, who has recently
been discharged from the house of correction, has
applied to be admitted as a member of the club, io
place of Tony Weston, resigned. Shall he be ad-
mitted ? "

" Mr. President, I move that he be not admitted,"
said Charles.

" Is the motion seconded ? "

There was no response. The members all felt that
it was a very delicate matter, and that it required
careful deliberation.

" The motion is not seconded, and, of course, can-
not be entertained," continued the president.

" I move that he be admitted," said Fred Harper.

" Second the motion," added William Bright.

Charles Hardy felt a little nettled, and his first
impulse was, to rise and express his astonishment, as
Squire Flutter had done in the " March meeting," at
the motion of his friend on the other side of the table ;
but the impulsive youth had learned quite recently



LIFE ON THE LAKE. 2l

that a second thought is oftentimes much better than
a first, and he reserved the expression of his surprise
till a later stage of the debate.

As no one seemed disposed to open the discussion,
Frank requested Fred Harper to take the chair, while
he temporarily assumed the position of one of the
disputants.

"Mr. Chairman," said he, "I rise to offer a few
remarks in favor of the motion which is now before
the club. Perhaps I cannot better introduce my own
views upon the subject than by relating the sub-
stance of the conversation that occurred when Tim
applied to me for admission to the club. He said
that he had had a hard time of it in the house of
correction ; but he hoped his long confinement had
done him good. He had firmly resolved to be a good
boy. * But,' said he, « what can I do ? If I go with
the fellows I used to associate with, how can I keep
my resolution ? I know I have been a very bad boy,
and I want to do what is right.' I told him that our
rules were very strict. ; that no fellow was allowed to
Bwear or to use bad language of any kind ; and that
every to ember was required to keep straight himself,



22 ALL ABOARD, OS

and help keep the others straight. He would agree
to all this, would sign the constitution, and my father
and the club would soon see that he meant all he
said. I confess that I felt for him. What he said
about keeping company with the ' Bunkers ' — I sup-
pose we must drop that name now — was true. He
could not be a good fellow with such as they are.
Now, it won't do any harm to try him, and he may
be saved from the error of his ways. As it is, he
has got a hard name, and people will shun him ; and,
being discouraged, he may plunge deeper into vice
than ever. This is about all I have to say."

Frank resumed the chair, and several of the mem-
bers, perceiving the force of the president's reasoning,
expressed themselves in favor of admitting Tim ;
when Charles Hardy rose, and " plumed himself for
a speech."

" Mr. President : I confess my surprise at the
direction this debate has taken. There's a destiny
that shapes our ends "

"A what?" asked Fred Harper, with a roguisb
smile.

" I beg the member on the other side will not in*



XilFE ON THE LAKE. 23

terrupt me," replied Charles, with offended dignity.
" I quote the line as John Adams used it, in his cel-
ebrated speech, ' Sink or swim.' "

" Who ? "

" John Adams."

"I beg the member's pardon, but John Adams
never made any such speech," answered Fred, who,
it must be confessed, was rather too fond of tanta-
lizing the ambitious youth.

" Really, Mr. President, I am surprised that the
member should deny what we all know. Why, the
piece is in our reading book."

" Daniel Webster put the speech into the mouth
of Adams," added Frank ; " and the patriot is only
supposed to have made it."

" It amounts to the same thing," continued Charles,
with a slight blush.

" But your quotation was not correct," said Fred.

" Perhaps the member will give me the correcl
reading of the passage."

" With pleasure ; the lines are from Shakspeare : —

' There's a Divinity that shapes our ends,
Roughhew them as we will.*



24 ALL ABOARD, OR

I fancy the lines will not suit the member now," con-
tinued Fred, as he cast a mischievous glance at the
discomfited speech-maker.

" Go on, if you please," said Frank to Charles.

" As I was saying, Mr. President, ' There's a Di-
vinity that shapes our ends ' "

" You were- not saying so," interposed Fred.

" Order ! " said the chairman. " Proceed."

But Charles Hardy could not proceed. Undoubt-
edly, when he rose to speak, he had an idea in his
head ; but it had fled, and he could not at once recall
it. In vain he scratched his head, in vain he thrust
his hands into his pockets, as if in search of the lost
idea ; it would not come.

" You were speaking of Tim Bunker," said Frank,
suggestively.

" I was ; and I was about to say that — that "

Some of the boys could no longer suppress theii
mirth, and, in spite of the vigorous pounding which
t^e chairman bestowed upon the innocent table, in
his attempts to preserve order, they had their laugh
out. But the pleasantry of the members, and a sense
of the awkwardness of his position, roused Charles



LIFE )N THE LAKE. 2o

to a more vig irous effort, and, as he was about to
speak of another topic, the lost idea came like a flood
df sunshine.

" ' There's a Divinity that shapes our ends.' Tim
Bunker has chosen the path he will tread, and does
any body suppose he will ever abandon it ? He will
certainly die in the State Prison or on the gallows —
my father says so. We all know what his habits
are, and it is as easy for an Ethiopian to change his

spots "

" Skin," said Fred.

" To change his skin, as for such a fellow to be

like us. He will lie, swear, "

" The chair thinks the member's remarks are not
strictly in order," interposed Frank, who was much
pained to hear his friend use such violent language.

He saw that Charles was smarting under the effects
of the ridicule which his companions had cast upon
him, and that, in his struggle to make a speech, and
thus redeem himself from the obloquy of a failure,
he had permitted his impulses to override his judg-
ment.

''I f:rbear, then," continued the speaker. "But
3



26 ALL ABOARD, OK

I beg tne club to consider the probable consequences
of admitting such a fellow into the association. We
have thus far enjoyed a good reputation, and we
ought to be very careful how we tamper with our
respectability."

"Ahem!" said Fred.

" Order ! "

"A good name is rather to be chosen than — thaD
purple and fine linen."

" Than what ! " exclaimed Fred.

" Great riches," added Frank, with a smile, and
even he was forced to admit " that the member was
singularly unfortunate in his quotations."

" You have my opinion, gentlemen," said Charles,
" and I don't know that I have any thing more to say
at present ; " and, much disconcerted, he sat down.

But though cast down, he was not destroyed ; and
in justice to his companions, it must be remarked
that he had frequently annoyed the club by his at-
tempts to make speeches more learned and ornate
than his capacity would allow. Frank had reasoned
with him on this propensity to " show off," but wita-
Dut effect, so that he did not feel so much sympathj



JLIFE ON THE LAKE. 27

for him at the present time as he would have felt
under other circumstances.

" The question is still open for discussion," said
the chairman.

No one, however, seemed disposed to speak.

" Question ! " called Fred Harper.

" Question ! " repeated several others.

" Are you ready for the question ? " continued the
chairman.

" Question ! "

u All those in favor of admitting Tim Bunker ag

a member of the club will signify it in the usual



way.

Ten hands were raised.

" Contrary minded."

Charles, feeling that he was on the wrong side, did
not vote against the measure, and it was declared to
be a unanimous vote.

" The other matter, requiring the action of the
club, relates to the proposed race between the But-
terfly and the Zephyr. Several gentlemen of Rip-
pleton feel a deep interest in the two boat clubs, and
have proposed to put up a prize to be awarded to the



48 ALL ABOARD, OR

successful club. I understand that fifty dollars havt
been subscribed for this purpose. The question is,
Shall we pull for this prize?"

" When ? " asked Fred.

" The clubs may choose their own time."

" It wouldn't be fair till the Butterfly has had a
chance to practise a while."

" Of course not ; the Butterfly may accept the
proposition or not, and the club can select their own
time."

a I move you that the offer be accepted," said
William Bright.

" Second the motion," added James Vincent.

" I make the motion, Mr. President, for the pur-
pose of bringing the question properly before the
club. I have not thought enough about the matter
yet to decide whether I am in favor of it or not,"
continued William Bright.

" It is generally supposed that the one who makes
a motion is in favor of it ; but we won't mind that
now," said Frank, with a smile.

" Mr. President, I must say, I think the propo-
sition looks a little like gambling," suggested Charles
Hardy.



LIFE ON THE LAKE. 29

" So I was thinking," added a little fellow, neai
the foot of the table.

" Suppose we take an informal vote," proposed
Charles, who was determined to get on the right side
this time, if possible.

So an informal vote was taken, and every member
voted against the proposition.

Frank Sedley was surprised at this result. Prob-
ably he was the only one who had given any earnest
thought to the subject, though the offer was known
to all the boys.

Captain Sedley, who watched over the welfare of
the club with paternal interest, had endeavored, during
the winter that was now past, to render it effectual
in developing the moral and mental capacities of the
members. He had given such a direction to the
exercises in Zephyr Hall as he thought would best
attain this end. One of the greatest difficulties with
which he had been obliged to contend was the wani
of individuality in the boys. Each was disposed to
" pin his faith " upon others. They would not think
for themselves, and exercise an independent judg-
ment. Like thousands in the great vvoild, they
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30 ALL ABOARD, OK

" went with the crowd ; " thought, acted, voted, wit^
the mxjority.

Frank saw the operation of this motive in the
" informal vote " which had just been taken ; and he
was tolerably certain that he could bring them all
over to the other side, by indicating his own pref-
erence.

Calling Fred Harper to the chair again, he opened
the discussion by offering a simile, which, being a
parallel case, certainly gave the question an entirely
new aspect.

" At the Rippleton Academy three gold medals
and three silver medals are awarded, every year, for
the best scholarship and deportment. Is that gam-
bling ? "

" No," replied half a dozen voices.

" Well, we are to row, in like manner, for a prize.
We don't put up money as a stake ; the party that
gets beaten does not lose any thing."

" That makes a difference," added Charles.

" But the prizes in the Academy are given to make
tne scholars get their lessons well — to stimulate
them in doing their duty," said William Bright



LIFE ON THE LAKE. 81

" Very true ; " and Frank saw, in the faces of the
members, that the current had again set in another
direction. " But we only want to prove that rowing
for the prize is not gambling."

" That's all," said Charles.

" The Agricultural Society offers premiums for the
best horses, cows, oxen."

" That's to improve stock," answered William.
" Boat racing can only be for amusement."

" The Horticultural Society gives premiums for the
prettiest flowers," added Frank ; " and my father got
one of them last summer."

The boys were staggered again.

" Flowers are cultivated for amusement ; at any
rate, we don't eat them, or drink them, or sleep on
them," continued Frank.

" Your bed shall be roses, besprinkled with dew,"


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