The Hilltop Boys on the River

Cyril Burleigh
The Hilltop Boys on the River

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Title: The Hilltop Boys on the River
Author: Cyril Burleigh
Release Date: July 19, 2004 [EBook #12943]
Language: English
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by Cyril Burleigh


I. Getting a Motor-Boat II. Trying Out the New Boat III. Evil
Intentions Thwarted IV. The Boat Affair Unsettled V. An Alarm in the
Night VI. The Mystery of the Gold Watch VII. More Mystery about the

Watch VIII. What Jack and Dick Overheard IX. Another Claimant for
the Watch X. Disappointments XI. The Cat Out of the Bag XII. The
Owner of the Watch Found XIII. The Prize Poem XIV. Billy's
Nocturnal Adventure XV. Fun on the River XVI. The Prizes Awarding
XVII. A Puzzling Matter Settled XVIII. The Departure of the Bullies
XIX. The Troubles of the Surveying Party XX. Getting at the Bottom
of Things XXI. What Appearing on Billy's Plates XXII. Everything is

"If you are going with the boys on the river, Jack, you will have to get a
motor-boat. Won't you let me buy you one?"
"No, not a bit of it, Dick."
"But you want one?"
"Certainly, and I am going to have one."
"But motor-boats cost money, Jack. Why, mine cost me-----"
"Never mind what it cost, Dick. You spend a lot more money than I can
afford to spend, and you have a gilt-edged affair, of course. I want a
boat to use as well as to look at."
"But you want a serviceable boat, Jack?"
"I am going to have it, and it will not cost me anything like what your
boat cost. Just let me look around a bit, Dick."
"All right, I'll let you do all the looking you want, but I'd like to buy
you a boat just the same."
"No doubt you would, and so would Jesse W. and Harry and Arthur
and a dozen other boys, but I am going to get one myself, and it will

not cost me much either, and will give me all the service I want. We
don't go into camp under a week, and that will give me all the time I
want to build---"
"You are not going to build you a motor-boat, are you, Jack Sheldon?"
asked Dick Percival in the greatest surprise.
"Well, not altogether build it, Dick. Put it together, I may say. I did not
mean to let the cat out of the bag, but now that she is out you need not
scare her all over the neighborhood so that everybody will know that
she is out. Let Pussy stay hidden for a time yet."
"Yes, but Jack, how are you going to-----"
"No, no, Dick," laughed Jack, "you have seen the cat's whiskers, but
you haven't seen her tail yet, and you won't until I get ready. I have told
you more now than I meant to, and you must be satisfied with that. I'll
have the boat, don't you be afraid."
The two boys were two of what were called the Hilltop boys, being
students at an Academy situated in the highlands of the Hudson on top
of a hill about five miles back from the river, as the crow flies, but
considerably more than that by the road.
Jack Sheldon was a universal favorite in the school, and although he
had been obliged to work to pay for his schooling at the start he was
not thought any the less of on that account.
Two or three strokes of fortune had given him sufficient money to more
than pay for his education, and to provide his widowed mother with
many extra comforts in addition, so that now he could give his time to
study and not be distracted by work.
He had long known the value of money, having learned it by
experience, and he was now averse to spending more than was
necessary on things that gave pleasure rather more than profit.
He would not let Dick Percival, who was the son of rich parents, and

had more money to spend than was really good for him, buy him a
motor-boat, nor would he spend too much money on one himself when
he would use it only for the smallest part of the year.
The school
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