The Bildwm Lbary
0~/ C')- // ) C ;c ~P
-- -_- -__-
?. .. ___ -- .__. ..
DODD, MEAD & COMPANY,
By DODD, MEAD & COMPANY.
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
"C OME, Dan'l, it's time to be stir-
Dan'l, who had been sitting by the
fire idly for at least ten minutes, on be-
ing thus addressed, fumbled in his vest-
pocket and took out a clay pipe.
Then from some hidden part of his ap-
parel he produced a small bag of tobacco,
with which he proceeded to fill the pipe.
Dinah, the black cook, who was appar-
ently used to these movements, took up
a hot coal with the tongs, and held it for-
ward. The tobacco shrivelled black at
the touch of the coal, and Dan'l drawing
8 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
in his breath gently, blew out a blue
cloud. Then he spoke:
S'pose I might as well."
Then he slowly got up from his chair
and strode out of the kitchen door.
Dinah meanwhile set to work busily to
prepare for supper. I s'pect dose boys
be mighty hungry," she said, as she went
back and forth from the table to the fire.
Every. now and then she stopped to look
out of the window, where she could see
the pier, with Dan'l and half a dozen men
standing about. On beyond the pier
stretched the harbor, and as she glanced,
around the point came the white bow of
a steamboat, and at the same moment the
sound of her bell came ringing across the
water. Dinah set to work more briskly
After a little the boat came up to the
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 9
pier, a rope was thrown and made fast,
and the gang-plank was put into place.
Two lads at once ran up it and jumped
ashore; two other lads who were wait-
ing rushed at them and a vigorous hand-
shaking followed. Dan'l, coming forward,
was greeted as an old friend, and taking
their checks promised to see that their
baggage was brought up at once. Then
the boys all hurried off to the house, from
whose kitchen Dinah had watched the
Jack and Tom Shepherd were the sons
of Dr. Shepherd, who lived at Seadown.
They saw their father only at odd times,
for he was the best physician for miles
around, and was awray from home for
days. The two lads whom they met on
the pier were their cousins, Will and Ned
Shepherd, who lived in New York.
10 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
Only the day before there had come a
letter to the doctor from his brother in
New York saying that a sudden call had
summoned him to London, and that Will
and Ned would go to Seadown to spend
ie winter with Jack and Tom, and go to
school with them.
Jack and Tom's mother looked rather
dismayed as she read the letter, but the
boys themselves were so happy at the
prospect that she dismissed her sober
We'll be ever so good, mother
dear," they said, just you wait and see.
There'll be no noise in the house nor
muddy boots, nor anything of that kind,
and we won't get into a single scrape."
The four boys ate their supper with
great zest and with much conversation.
After it was over their tongues wagged
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. II
faster than ever ; but by the time the
clock had reached half-past eight, Will
and Ned were half asleep. So they all
trooped off to bed. To-morrow would
be Saturday, and Monday they would
have to be at school. So it was desira-
ble to be up bright and early, in order to
make the day as long as possible.
Jack and Tom had planned a grand ex-
pedition for this day. It was nothing less
than a trip to Rocky Point. Their
mother never liked to have them go
there, but they had promised to do ex-
actly as Daniel told them and to keep
away from the cliffs' edge, and, as Daniel
was a very careful man, she had con-
Rocky Point was a great promontory
that stretched boldly out into the ocean.
Steep cliffs marked its outline, and when
12 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
a storm was raging the waves dashed
over them in sheets of foam, while the
sea went swirling through the caverns
with which they were honeycombed,
with a sound like thunder. Jack and
Tom had one day, in wandering over the
Point, discovered what they took to be the
entrance to a fascinating cave. But as
they were looking down its mouth, the
ground began crumbling beneath Tom,
and had he not made a spring just in time
he would have gone down with the earth
and stones that went headlong till they
fell splash into the water below.
Since that day their mother had never
fancied expeditions to Rocky Point.
Around the cliffs the tide ran fast and
furious; at certain stages a boat could
not be rowed against it. The fishermen
who sailed about them kept a sharp look-
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 15
out for the fierce currents. There were
nearly always a dozen or more boats off
the Point, for it was a great place for the
fish, who seemed to delight in the rushing
waters. Indeed, one could have very
good sport from the rocks' edge by sim-
ply throwing a line.
Dan'1 was an old hand at this. There
was nothing he liked so much as a day's
sport at the Point; indeed, I am not sure
that it was not he who put the idea into
the boys' heads. For their last trip six
months before had given them such pleas-
ure that it only needed an apparently idle
remark from him, that the fish ought to
bite well now that the cold nights had
come, to fill their heads with the plan
that was about to be carried out.
Before the boys went off to bed, as I
told you a little while ago, they made a
16 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
visit to the kitchen to see that Dinah had
not forgotten to prepare the provisions
that they were to take with them.
There was little danger of her forgetting,
for they had spoken to her at least forty
times about it. They thought it safer,
however, to make sure that it was ready
Their minds were very much relieved
by seeing a hamper on the table so full
that the lid would hardly close. Ned
was very curious as to its contents, but
Dinah remarked briskly that she was go-
ing to bed, as she had to be up to get
their breakfast at half-past six. As she
accompanied this statement by a vigor-
ous puff that blew out one of the candles,
and then picked up the other and began
to walk toward the door, it became evi-
dent to Master Ned that if his search was
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 19
to be continued it must be by the sense
of touch and not of sight. So he made
haste to postpone his investigations until
the morrow, and the kitchen was soon
left in darkness and silence, save for one
musical cricket who sang his songs re-
gardless of the solitude.
Will took with them, when they went-
to bed, an old alarm-clock. It had been
out of use for some time, but they
thought that it would not have been in-
jured by its long idleness. The clock
perhaps wanted to make up tor lost time,
for they had not been asleep for an hour
when off went the alarm-clatter, clatter,
Jack and Will jumped up at once.
I say," said Will, how quickly the
night went. I feel as if I had not been
in bed an hour."
20 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
That's because you were so tired,"
Then both of them pulled on their
stockings with great haste, for they found
the floor cold, and were dressing with all
speed, calling now and then through the
open door to try and rouse Tom and Ned
in the next room, when suddenly the old
clock in the hall outside their door began
to strike. One, two, three, it said sol-
emnly, and then slowly went on until it
had stopped at ten.
Why, the old clock's all out of or-
der," said Will. It struck ten."
Just at that minute his eyes fell on the
face of the alarm-clock ; the hand of that
too pointed to ten.
The old thing has gone off too soon
and played us a trick," he said. Don't
let's tell the boys, or we'll never hear the
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 21
end of it," and so saying he was back in
bed in no time at all.
Jack followed more slowly. I'll just
set it again," he said, and put it on the
bureau in the other room ; then, if it goes
off, Ned and Tom will have the benefit of
The clock did not repeat its prank, but
restrained its desire to make a noise until
half-past six. Then it shouted so that
Tom and Ned sat bolt upright.
Get up, fellows," they called to the
others, it's morning."
"No, you don't," they answered.
We don't believe it's morning."
Well, I can see a light in the stable,"
said Tom, so I know it is. Besides, it's
getting less dark in the east."
So, as it was evident that the clock
had this time done no more than its duty,
22 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
and that morning actually was at hand,
they got up, and, after dressing with all
speed, found themselves shortly after in
the dining-room below. There was a
good fire here, for the early hours were
chilly enough, but no signs of breakfast;
so the boys went out to the stable to see
what Daniel was about.
They found that he had backed out the
box-wagon. Under the front seat was
the hamper which they had seen in the
kitchen the night before, and a basket of
lines. Under the back seats was a bag
of oats, and the back of the wagon was
stuffed full of hay. Daniel himself could
be heard in the stable saying at regular
intervals, Sptiss !" as he rubbed the
horses down. Seeing that everything
here was all ready, the boys hurried back
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 23
But Dinah had received private in-
structions from her mistress, the night be-
fore,that breakfast should not be too early,
as she had no fancy for their setting out
while the air was chill and raw. So it
turned out that it was just eight o'clock
when the wagon drawn by old Dobbin
left the house.
They were in a wild state of glee.
Jack and Ned were standing up and
shouting with joy. Their mirth was
brought to a sudden stop, however, for
the wheel went plump into a hole and
they sat down with great promptness and
About a mile from their home was
the school that the boys attended. They
were only day scholars, but there were
some dozen other lads who lived at Dr.
Gray's, and as they made a turn in the
24 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
road they came upon three of them.
One was sitting under tree, looking up
at another who was climbing it after an
old bird's-nest. A third lad stood at
hand watching the lad overhead. At the
sound of their wheels the climber turned,
and at the same moment lost his footing
and fell. Down he came headlong, but
fortunately his trousers caught on the last
bough and he hung for a moment sus-
pended in mid-air. The next there was a
sound of tearing trousers, and plump he
fell upon the boy who was sitting beneath
Our party burst into shouts of laughter,
and the boys, now seeing them, rushed for
the fence and cried out :
"Hello where are you fellows go-
To Rocky Point, fishing," said Jack.
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 27
How I wish we could go," they said
Why can't you ?" asked Jack ; run
and ask the Doctor."
It would be of no use ; you see we're
under discipline. We are not to go more
than a quarter of a mile from the house.
The other fellows have gone off with the
Doctor on a geological tramp," said one
of the lads.
"Well, good-by," said Jack. "We
I'm going anyway," said the largest
of the three. The Doctor will never
find it out, for you fellows will not
Of course we won't tell," said Jack;
" but you had much better not do it."
Tom, Ned and Will all joined in urging
him to give up the idea, but Rob Jack-
28 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
son, for that was his name, declared that
he would go.
Dan'1 whipped up the horse, who went
on at a sharp trot, but Rob, who was a
champion runner, kept up easily. At last,
when they were about a mile from the
Point, Dan'l stopped his horse and said :
Now, then, Rob Jackson, you turn
around and go back. I've given you a
good run, and you're going no farther
with us. I've nothing to do with boys
that don't do as they're told; so face
about in short order."
So saying he whipped up his horse and
went on, and the boys, as the wagon
turned the crest of the next hill, looking
back, saw Rob standing in the middle of
the road, just where they had left him.
But that was not the last they were to
have to do with him, as you shall hear.
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 29
Very soon they reached the Point.
Just back of the cliffs there was a shel-
tered nook. Here they left the wagon,
first taking out the horse and tying him
behind it, where he soon was busily en-
gaged in munching the hay. Then with
the basket of lines and the bait they made
their way down the ragged face of the
cliff to a sheltered ledge just above the
water's edge. Here they fished with
great success. Dan'l was an expert at
this sort of work. With one twist of his
arm he would fling his line far out into
the sea, then draw it slowly back while
the foolish fish rushed after the hook,
only to find themselves fast. Presently
they found quite a pile of shiny victims
The boys enjoyed all this hugely.
Each one had his own line, which he
30 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
hurled as much as he could like Dan'l, and
each had had fairly good luck. After a
time they sat them down to rest for a lit-
tle, when they heard a voice about them
Dan'l, ahoy !"
They looked up, and on the edge of the
cliff above saw a man standing.
Ahoy it is !" answered Dan'l.
The man came down toward them.
He had a big piece of raw pork in one
hand and a great hook and strong line in
Sharks, Dan'l," he said as he came
down, in an explanatory tone. What do
you say to a try for one ?"
Dan'l looked out over the water.
" Sure enough," he said, as he pointed
out two or three black fins that sailed
along just out of the waves. Why
,... .,,. o.. <.',r..
1. ,." .7- -
-rJ' '- I
-7.- -- ; \, '
- :' .- / -" ',. ,
= z = -. = = .' =
"I- ,-" i' ;,-:' = "
t:'"-'" '. <'_. -- '" - ---,:,,,'
I---. - -- -'-- _;- .. ... _.
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 33
didn't I see them before? Give me the
The man handed it over, and Dan'l,
fastening the pork firmly on the hook,
sent it flying out so that it fell just a
little ahead of the fin.
There was a great splash, and the
boys who were watching saw a big head
come up from the deep and a pair of
huge jaws close on the pork. The next
minute the rope began to fly through
Catch hold, boys," cried the man,
clutching it, catch hold. It's a foreign
tour he's after. He's heading straight
for England. Bear a hand, or he'll get
away with the line."
The boys needed no urging; they
pulled manfully, and the shark, finding
that there were obstacles in his way,
34 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
turned back and plashed off in another
direction. Hot work it was. The min-
ute the line slackened they pulled it in as
fast as they could. Then off the shark
would dash in a fresh struggle for lib-
erty. One hour and a half they worked.
Gradually they brought him nearer and
nearer. His struggles grew weaker. At
last Dan'l hauled him close to the rock,
the man caught him with the gaff, and
with a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull
all together, out he came and lay at full
length on the ledge.
Then away from the reach of his tail,
which was beating the rock like a great
hammer, they sat down and drew breath.
That was fun," said Will; "but, I
say, what time is it? I am as hungry as
a bear !"
"Why, it's half-past one," said Jack,
-/-K. -' '
^ .""*^'*.^ "^ l '" ; *^~'&
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 37
looking at his watch. No wonder
you're hungry. I'll be at the wagon
first," and he set off up the cliffs, the
other boys following with all their might,
and Dan'l and the man coming on more
They got the basket of provisions out
of the wagon, and the stranger, whom
Dan'l called Jared, having, after much
hesitation, been persuaded to join them,
they fell upon their dinner with great
zeal. And now that they are so excel-
lently employed, we may leave them to
go and see how matters have fared with
.When Dan'l had dismissed him in the
summary manner which we have de-
scribed, he was very angry. He knew
that there was no use in trying to go on
after the boys, but he did not want to go
38 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
back to school. So, after thinking it over
for a little, he made up his mind that he
would go down by the shore near where
he was, for a short time, before he went
It so happened that one day two of the
boys had discovered, after a storm, a boat
that had been driven ashore on the beach
just inside Rocky Point. It had been
stove in by the waves and badly injured,
but the boys of the school had made up a
purse and had had it mended, and then
had given it to old Jake, a fisherman who
was very poor. It had been a great
blessing to the old man, who had lost his
own some time before. The boys often
paid a visit to Jake on Saturday after-
noon, and sometimes he went out with
them in the boat, for his house was inside
the Point, as we have said, where the wa-
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 39
- ter was calm. But they had explicit or-
ders from the Doctor never to go in the
boat unless Jake was with them.
Rob found himself now quite close to
the old fisherman's house, and so bent
his steps thither. There was no sign of
Jake anywhere, but his wife, who was
scouring some pans at the back of the
cottage, told him that he had gone to the
The boat lay tossing at its little pier,
and Rob strode down to look at it.
I'll just have a little row," he said to
himself. There can't be any possible
So in he got, untied the painter, and
pushed off. For a long time he paddled
close by the shore. Then he grew bolder
and went farther out, and then farther
still. Every now and then he rested on
40 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
his oars. At one of these times he noticed
that the bubbles formed by the drops
from the oars went sailing by him. Then
he saw that the boat itself was moving
swiftly. All at once the truth came
upon him ; he was in the current and the
tide was running out and carrying him
to sea. He took up the oars and pulled
with might and main. It was of no use;
on went the boat swiftly and steadily,
one object on the shore after another
swept by, and before he fairly realized it
his little craft was pitching and tossing
amid the billows at the harbor mouth.
Dan'l, Jared, and the boys, uncon-
scious of all Rob's peril, were eating
away heartily. They found that Dinah
had a very good idea of what a hungry
fisherman likes, and they gave evidence
of their appreciation of her efforts by eat-
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 43
ing up everything down to the last crust.
Then Dan'l lighted his pipe and took a
comfortable seat with his back against
the hind wheel of the wagon. The horse,
who had finished his hay and oats, and
who too was experiencing a happy after-
dinnerish feeling, recognizing him as an
old friend, put his nose down on his
shoulder affectionately, but withdrew it
with a snort of disapproval as a whiff
from the pipe reached him.
Well," said Will, we had to work
hard for that shark, but it will be great
fun to carry him home and show him
off. We'll have to tie his head in the
back part of the wagon and let his tail
Humph !" interjected Dan'l, with a
puff of smoke, how are you going to
get him up the cliffs ?"
44 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
I never thought of that," said Will,
" but we must manage it in some way."
Where I came from," said Jared, we
caught sharks easier than we did to-day."
Where did you come from ?" asked
Jack, the inquisitive.
Down East," answered Jared, vague-
"And how did you catch them?"
We made the end of the line fast to
an empty oil-barrel and set it adrift,"
he answered. Then when the shark
was fast, the barrel did all the work for
us. It would go under, and then, being
like a huge bladder, it would come flying
up to the surface again and pull the shark
with it. Then he would start off in some
fresh direction, and the barrel would fly
through the water, leaving a wake behind
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 45
it like a steamboat. At last, though, its
frantic plunges and dashes would grow
fainter and fainter, showing that the
shark was getting worn out. Then we
would sail alongside and drag him into
Presently Dan'l's pipe was finished, and
they all started back for their fishing-sta-
tion. Ned, who had run ahead, came
hurrying back and exclaimed:
I say, fellows, he's gone."
Who ?" cried the boys.
Why, the shark; there isn't a sign
"He must have flopped off," said
Dan'l, who had overtaken them; that
comes of being in such a hurry for din-
ner. We should have made him fast in
some way. We shan't have to haul him
up the cliffs, though-that's one comfort,
46 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
and we had all the fun of catching
But half of the fun would be showing
him off," said Tom.
I calculate," said Jared, in a discon-
solate tone, as they scrambled down the
steep path, that he's carried off a thou-
sand feet of powerful good line of mine
"No, he hasn't," shouted back Will,
the line is twisted around these rocks.
Perhaps he's fast still."
"Come on, boys," shouted Dan'l,
much excited, we'll have him yet."
A succession of vicious tugs at the
line showed that the shark, though he had
succeeded in getting back into the water
had not freed himself. Apparently he
had not long escaped from the rocks, for
his struggles were feeble, and a short time
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 47
saw him once more in a state of captiv-
Now to get up the cliff," said Ned.
I calculate I must leave you now,"
said Jared; "time for me to be goin'.
Stock to look after."
The boys were appalled at his deser-
tion. It was going to be no light work
to get an eight-foot shark up thf cliffs,
and here was one of the most stalwart of
the party showing the white feather.
They consulted together hastily, and an
offer of fifty cents prevailed upon Jared
to postpone his attentions to his stock un-
til the shark was safely landed on the top
of the cliffs.
Such a piece of work as it was They
pulled and lifted and tugged with might
and main. At last, however, breathless
and panting, they made him fast to the
48 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
back of the wagon, and set out for home.
A triumph awaited them as they passed
by the school. The boys were all in the
front yard waiting for the supper-bell,
and they all came out wild with curiosity,
measuring and poking the shark with the
greatest interest. Even the Doctor him-
self came and complimented them on
That evening, just as the boys, having
recounted to Dr. and Mrs. Shepherd for
the twentieth time the exploits of the
day, were thinking of going to bed, there
came a loid knock at the door. It was a
messenger from the school, and two of
the older boys were with him. He had
come to ask if any of the boys had seen
aught of Rob Jackson. He had not
come home that night, and no one had
seen him since morning. Parties were
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 51
out with lanterns hunting in every direc-
tion, but no trace had been found of him.
The boys told where they had seen
him last, and the man said that their in-
formation was very important. He
might have sprained a leg or have been
hurt in some way, and now they would
know where to begin their search. The
boys were very anxious to go with the
messenger, but Mrs. Shepherd would not
hear of it, and said that it was work for
men and not for boys, and that they should
go to bed instead. So the messenger and
his party went off with great haste, and
our friends went up to their rooms, where,
in spite of their interest and anxiety, they
were soon fast asleep.
In the morning they learned that Rob
had not yet been found. He had been
traced to the fisherman's cottage, and the
52 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
old man's wife remembered that a boy
had been there in the morning. It was
found, too, that the boat was gone, and it
was surmised at once that he had been
carried out to sea.
That Sunday morning was not a very
quiet one at Seadown. The church-bell
pealed out at the usual time, but hardly
a man or boy was present at the service.
All about the surrounding country par-
ties were hunting through the woods and
the fields, but by noon they had all con-
verged to Jake's house and the cliffs that
lined the harbor mouth. It was known
that a large boat manned by six stalwart
fellows had gone out with the tide in the
early morning, and all eyes were turned
seaward to catch the first glimpse of its
At last, at nearly four o'clock; one of the
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 53
crowd who had a glass called out that the
boat was in view. At once he was the
centre of a throng who plied him with
eager questions. Was the boy in the
boat ? Had they found the lad ? and so
For ten minutes they had no reply, but
that he could not tell how many were in
the boat until it came nearer. Then he
announced that he could count but six
figures in it.
Ay, ay !" said an old man, but the
lad may be with them for all that. If
he's been out all night it's ten to on'
that he's curled up in the boat's bottom."
The crowd seemed very much cheered
by this view, and all hurried down to the
pier to meet the coming boat.
Steadily the boat came on, the men
pulling with might and main, as if they
54 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
were in desperate haste. Dr. Shepherd
ran down to the end of the pier, and his
voice rang out clear and loud across the
Ahoy Have you the lad ?"
Yes," came back the shout, "but
we're afraid he's gone."
Bring him to Jake's house without a
minute's loss of time," cried the doctor,
" I'll get things ready," and he ran up
the path to the cottage as hard as he
The moment the boat came near, two
men ran into the water and lifted out of
it a limp mass covered with men's coats,
and ran with it up to the house. It was
There Dr. Shepherd was all ready.
Jack was with him and a very efficient
helper. In two minutes Rob was un-
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 53
dressed and put between two blankets in
Jake's bed, and vigorous measures were
being taken to bring him back to life.
Meantime the crowd had collected
around the sturdy oarsmen who had
effected the rescue. They were red in
the face and the perspiration was running
down in streams. At first they could
hardly speak, but gradually began to
get breath. Then they told how they
had gone for a couple of hours along
the coast to the south. Finding no trace
of him in that direction, they turned about
and went to the northward. Just as
they were about to give up the search
they found him. He was on a point of
rock that the high tide had left barely
uncovered. He was very white and
pale, they said, and almost the moment
they got him into the boat he fell for-
56 ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE.
ward on his face. At first they thought
that it was only a fainting turn, and they
threw water on his face ; but when he did
not come to, they made up their minds
that if they were to save him they must
not lose a minute, and so they bent to
their oars and pulled like mad until they
put him in the doctor's hand.
Rob Jackson had a narrow escape with
his life., He did live, though, thanks to
Dr. Shepherd's care, but it was many
a long day before he was thoroughly well
and strong like his fellows. His father
and mother reached him that night, for
they had been telegraphed of his disap-
pearance the night before. To them he
told all his folly, of how he had left
bounds against Dr. Gray's orders, and
of how, when his boat was swept out to
sea, he had given up all hope of ever see-
1! "'. 'C
A N *,
ROB JACKSON'S RESCUE. 59
ing them again. Then he was caught in
a current and his frail craft was wrecked
on the rocks where the men found him.
All night long he sat on those rocks until
daylight came. When he was found he
had just about given up hope. You may
be certain that Rob had had a lesson that
he would not soon forget.
As for Mr. Jackson, he was so happy
at his son's escape that he did not know
what to do. He gave each of the six
men who had rescued him a large sum of
money. Jake had a new boat, and he
even went to the school and persuaded
Dr. Gray to give the boys a whole holi-