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A DARING VOYAGE

ACROSS THE ATLANTIC.

CHAPTER I.

THE FIRST IDEA OF THE VOYAGE.

It was a splendid afternoon in the month of September, 1877. Two brothers, William A. Andrews and Asa Walter Andrews, were seated on the cliffs above the entrance of Beverly Harbour, in New England. A refreshing breeze was blowing from the south, and wafting numerous small boats on the waters before them in every direction. It was a delightful locality, on the brow of a bluff, and the scene unexcelled by any on the eastern coast of America. On the left was

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the pleasant rural residence of the Burgess family, while on the right, across the entrance to the harbour, was the well-known Juniper Point, with Lowell Camp, a favourite holiday resort. Here Boston men, and many others, are wont to repair for rest and change from the toils and troubles of business life—boating, bathing, fishing, cooking their own meals, and otherwise enjoying a time of recreation.

Gazing from the height out on to the broad Atlantic, beyond the numerous islands on the coast, one of the brothers broke a long silence by saying to the other, “ Let us cross the old ocean in one of these Dories,” pointing down to a number of boats that lay moored almost under where they were sitting

“Give me your hand,” said the other, “ I'll go with you;” and they shook hands, agreeing to make the voyage.

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