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CANOEMATES.

A Story of the Florida Reef and Everglades.

by KIRK MUNROE

 

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS
NEW YORK AND LONDON
Copyright, 1892, by HARPER & BROTHERS.
All rights reserved.


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Illustrated. Post 8vo, Cloth, $1.25 per volume.
(The "Mates" Series, 4 vols., in a box, $5 00.)

 

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CHRYSTAL, JACK & CO. and DELTA BIXBY. Two Stories.

Illustrated. 16mo, Cloth, 60 cents per volume.

 

 




 

Sumner at Home


 CONTENTS.

 CHAPTER

PAGE

 

 

 

I.

IN THE FAR SOUTH

1

II.

THREE CANOES, AND THE FATE OF ONE

8

III.

SUMNER RECEIVES A SECOND OFFER

18

IV.

TEACHING A THIEF A LESSON

26

V.

THE GREAT FLORIDA REEF

33

VI.

PINEAPPLES AND SPONGES

41

VII.

MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF THE CANOES

49

VIII.

LIFE ON THE LONELY ISLAND

57

IX.

THE NOCTURNAL VISITOR

64

X.

WHOSE ARE THEY ? AND WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?

73

XI.

SUMNER DRIFTS AWAY ON A RAFT

80

XII.

PICKED UP IN THE GULF STREAM

89

XIII.

A MYSTERY OF THE REEF

96

XIV.

WORTH AND QUORUM ARE MISSING

105

XV.

WORTH AND QUORUM IN SEARCH OF SUMNER

112

XVI.

A NIGHT IN ALLIGATOR LIGHT

121

XVII.

AN ENTERTAINMENT ON THE KEY

128

XVIII.

OFF FOR THE EVERGLADES.

137

XIX.

THE CANOES ARE AGAIN LOST, AND AGAIN FOUND

145

XX.

THE PSYCHE AS A LIFE-BOAT

153

XXI.

SUMNER'S SELF-SACRIFICE.

160

XXII.

GOOD-BYE TO THE TRANSIT

168

XXIII.

WORTH MEETS A PANTHER

175

XXIV.

RATTLESNAKES AND RIFLE-SHOTS

184

XXV.

WORTH'S LONELY NIGHT-WATCH

192

XXVI.

THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES

201

XXVII.

A PREHISTORIC EVERGLADE MOUND

209

XXVIII.

WHAT BECAME OF QUORUM AND THE CANOES

218

XXIX.

A VERY SERIOUS PREDICAMENT

226

XXX.

QUORUM AS AN AMBASSADOR.

234

XXXI.

A CLOSELY GUARDED CAMP

242

XXXII.

CROSSING THE 'GLADES WITHOUT SEEING THEM

250

XXXIII.

AN ADVENTUROUS DEER-HUNT

258

XXXIV.

HEMMED IN BY A FOREST FIRE

266

XXXV.

THE BOYS IN A SEMINOLE CAMP

275

XXXVI.

ONE OF THE RAREST ANIMALS IN THE WORLD

284

XXXVII.

FISHING FOR SHARKS

292

XXXVIII.

LITTLE KO-WIK-A SAILS OUT TO SEA

301

XXXIX.

A BLACK SQUALL AND THE STRANDED STEAMER

308

XL.

THE HAPPY ENDING OF THE CRUISE

317


 ILLUSTRATIONS.

 

 

 

SUMNER AT HOME.

Frontispiece

  

  

Facing page:

WITH THE NEXT SEND OF THE SEA THE CANVAS CANOE WAS CRUSHED BENEATH THE PONDEROUS BOWS.

18

HE RETURNED TO THE BUOY, ON WHICH THE RECENT FUGITIVE WAS NOW SITTING.

30

THE CUPID AND PSYCHE START ON THEIR CRUISE.

32

TORCH-FISHING FOR MULLET.

40

THE CANOES ARE GONE.

48

'SOME ONE WAS TRYING TO PULL MY GUN AWAY.'

64

THE LATTER WAS ROLLING ON THE GROUND AT THE FOOT OF A COCOANUT TREE.

68

A GREAT DISCOVERY.

78

QUORUM IS HAPPY.

84

TWO PAIRS OF POWERFUL ARMS
DRAGGED HIM INTO THE BOAT.

94

AS HE STEPPED ASHORE A PLEASANT-FACED
YOUNG MAN ADVANCED TO MEET HIM.

108

QUORUM RESIGNS HIMSELF TO FATE.

126

QUORUM DANCES A BREAKDOWN.

136

HE FOUND RUST NORRIS CROUCHING IN THE LEE OF THE LITTLE DECK-HOUSE.

158

REPAIRING THE "PUNKIN SEED".

168

A VOLLEY OF RIFLE SHOTS FLASHED AND
ROARED FROM THE FOREST.

188

ROUGH-LOOKING CHARACTERS, WHOM HE AT ONCE RECOGNIZED AS SOUTH FLORIDA COWBOYS.

200

HIS WRISTS WERE UNBOUND, AND THE CLOTH THAT ENVELOPED HIS HEAD WAS SNATCHED FROM IT.

220

DIRECTLY AFTERWARDS A CANOE APPEARED AT THE OPENING IN THE BUSHES.

240

THEY WERE SUDDENLY CONFRONTED BY AN INDIAN ARMED WITH A RIFLE.

248

THE ORDEAL OF FIRE LASTED BUT A MINUTE.

272

SUMNER AND WORTH IN THE SEMINOLE CAMP.

282

SUMNER RESCUES KO-WIK-A.

310

THE SURPRISE AND DELIGHT OF THE TWO GENTLEMEN CAN BETTER BE IMAGINED THAN DESCRIBED.

322

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