He was unable to do it alone and had to get the boys to aid him. Then all three ran the wire around a brace and gradually hauled it aboard. At the end was an iron chain, fastened into several loops, and also the anchor to one of the rowboats. "So this is the work of that new deck hand, eh?" cried Captain Barforth, grimly. "A fine piece of business to be in, I must say!"
He was thinking of Dora and her mother and the Lanings. As quickly as possible they dashed along to the sandy beach. Hollbrook was still calling for Songbird. "The yacht is steaming away!" he announced. "She is standing to the eastward." Captain Barforth gave a look and something like a groan escaped him.
"I don't like to think of leaving the island while Merrick and his crowd are around," answered Anderson Rover. On the following morning Mr. Rover and Captain Barforth went ashore, taking Dick, Tom and Sam along.
"We had better wait until morning before we go ashore," said Captain Barforth. "Even if we land we'll be able to do little in the darkness." "Oh, don't wait!" pleaded Tom. "Why can't some of us go ashore?" put in Sam, who was as impatient as his brother. "I'd like to go myself," added Dick, "even if I had to stay ashore all night.
The boys, and the girls, too, for the matter of that, were greatly interested in the elegant steam yacht, and they took great pleasure in visiting every part of the vessel from bow to stem. Captain Barforth did all in his power to make all on board the Rainbow feel at home and whenever the boys visited the engine room they were met with a smile from Frank Norton.
In the meantime, Captain Barforth was consulting with the chief engineer and learning some of the particulars of how the mate had acted and how the steam yacht had been chased by the tramp steamer. "I trust I did what was proper, Captain Barforth," said Norton, anxiously. "I tried to use my best judgment. From what Miss Stanhope overheard of the talk between Mr.
Leaving the sailor on the sand, Songbird hurried up the path which the Rovers and Captain Barforth had taken earlier in the day. He had covered less than half the distance to the shattered cave when he heard a shout from the beach. Then, from the water, came the sound of a shotgun. "Something is wrong already!" he gasped, as he stopped running. "I wonder what it can be?"
This put a goodly sum in the bank for Dora and her mother, and also large amounts to the credit of Mrs. Laning and Nellie and Grace. The entire expenses of the trip were paid out of the treasure, and Captain Barforth and his men were not forgotten for their services. Mrs. Stanhope wanted to reward the boys, but not one would listen to this. "Well, you are very kind," she said, to all of them.
"Aye, aye! that I am, and I don't care if it's a for two months or two years. Once when I sailed on the Sunflower the captain said we'd be out a month, and we struck a storm and drifted almost over to the coast a' Africy. The water ran low, and " "Well, if you are ready to sail, we'll start without further delay," interrupted Anderson Rover, and gave the necessary orders to Captain Barforth.
Soon the rowboats turned back and hastened to the side of the Josephine. "That's what I call repelling boarders!" said Captain Barforth, grimly. "I only hope the fireworks hold out." "It is now to be a race between the Rainbow and that other craft," observed Mr. Rover, and he was right. Inside of fifteen minutes both vessels were headed out to sea, and running at about the same rate of speed.