How I Rigged the Canoe "Frolic"

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  • Pub No.: 5655

by Major Battiscombe

Reprinted from "The Boy's Own Paper."

"On the afternoon of one day in the month of September of a year long past, when I was fifteen years old, I had walked down to the house of a man who had always been a great friend to my brothers and myself, and who lived close to the river Wye. In the course of conversation he said:  “I’ve thought of something to do this afternoon; we will launch my two Rob Roy canoes, and, as there is a nice breeze blowing up the river, we will have a sail.”  I nearly jumped for joy at the words; I had never sailed a canoe or anything else in my life, except a toy boat on the Round Pond in Kensington Gardens, and here was the ambition of my existence about tobe fulfilled. . . ."

8 pages, 1 plate(s)

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