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made her think she would really like
to know him better, even if he did be
long to the "cottage set."
Teddy Carr was always promptly
on hand for luncheon,- so one day
when he did not appear it was opined
that something rather unusual was
detaining him. Vera took the small
rowboat and started out to search. A
slightly sprained writst made the
W handling of an oar rather painful,
but she was not the sort to be kept
back by a personal hurt, so she went
on. She was making for one of the
little islands in the b'ay .when she
heard the chug, chug of a motor
boat. It was Jerry Parks' launch,
and the next moment he was beside
"Ship ahoy!" he called out. Then
he noticed the bandage around her
wrist "Had an accident?" he asked.
"Oh, just a little sprain. I turned
"And you're trying to row with
that!" he exclaimed. "Now don't do
it I'll give you a tow right away."
And he shut off the engine and start
ed up for the rope.
She stopped him with: "No, please
I'm looking for Teddy and I may
be gone quite a while."
"And I'm .looking for Birch. I'll
bet my hat they're together and we
might as well join forces. I'll give
you a slack line, then you come in
It seemed quite useless for Vera to
'demur. He declared he was "first
'aid to the injured," and almost lifted
her into the launch.
" "I believe I know what those small
sons of Belial are up to," he said
after Vera was comfortably settled.
"They have turned bold buccaneers
and are searching for treasure."
"I think," added Vera, "by what I
' gathered yesterday, "it's buried
treasure and it's located on a desert
island under a blasted oak."
"Oh, that's the wild adventure, is
it?" he laughed. "Well, then we'd
better put in to the first island we
"Yes," said Vera, "that's what I
thought of doing. It won't matter
whether it's oak or pine trees, and
their imagination will supply the
"I can supply the 'blasted' part
without any Imagination," remarked
Jerry with some vexation. "Here's
mother having a fit over the young
"Yes, my mother was beginning to
be a bit anxious, but I told her I
thought I could find him, and I hope
she won't worry. I laughed so when
I overheard that pirate scheme I
came prety near being branded as a
spy. Oh, I think the imagination of
boys is lovely! I just wish they didn't
"But suppose," he said, "it should
go on leading them on such a wild
gose clse as this?"
"Men will always be led by imag-
ination and will always be going" on
wild goose chases. I only think that
if they kept the boy's imagination
they would go on finer quests."
Jerry stared wonderingly at the
girl. Then he fe a thinking. She
had said something that made him
They explored the two small
islands quite thoroughly, but there
was no trace of the bold budcaneers.
Jerry, who wished to prolong his
stay with Vera, was for starting on
a still- further cruise several miles
away, but she suggested the boys
might be home by this time and they
had better turn back. Jerry discov
ered his supply of gasoline was low
and reluctantly changed his course.
"I'm about starved, too, aren't
you?" he asked.
"Well, I think it must be about
dinner time. Perhaps1 1 can be 'first
aid' this time. I put up a lunch for
the boys, and if you'll reach for that
Jerry reached for it, and they be
came more chummy than ever over
the sandwiches, which Jerry de
clared the best he ever had in'his life.
Much to their surprise they found