in school and out or the conquest of richard grant a story for young people

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In School and Out, OR The Conquest of Richard Grant A STORY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE - PREFACE - THE second volume of the Woodville Stories contains the experience of Richard Grant, in school and out. We are sorry to say that Richard had become a bad boy, and was in the habit of getting into the most abominable scrapes, some of which are detailed in the first chapters of this book. But he is not what is sometimes called a vicious boy, for he has many good qualities which redeem him from absolute condemnation. There is something noble in his character, which is the germ of his ultimate salvation from the sins which so easily beset him. Richard, like thousands of others, finds his strongest and most dangerous foe within his own heart and the conquest he achieves is not a triumph of mind over matter, of force over force, but of principle over passion, of the good angels in the heart over the invading legion of evil ones. Richards experience is full of stirring incidents and while the author hopes therein to realize the expectations of his partial young friends, he begs them to remember that these exciting events are only the canvas upon which he has endeavored to paint the great change wrought in the character of the hero. There is a moral in the story, and though I the author has not attempted to point it, he hopes his young readers will feel it, even if they do not see it. Again it affords me pleasure to acknowledge my indebtedness to my young friends for the kind re- ception given to my books. I trust that this, the twentieth volume of my Stories for Young People, will not disappoint their hopes, or fail to im prove their minds and hearts. WILLIAM T. ADAMS. DORCHEST O E ct R . , 26 , I863. IN SCHOOL AND OUT CHAPTER I RICHARD GRANT AND FRIEND GET INTO AN AWFUL SCRAPE Now, steady as she is, said Sandy Brimblecorn, who lay upon the half-deck of the Greyhound, endeavoring to peer through the darkness of a cloudy night, which had settled deep and dense upon the Hudson, and obscured every object on the shore. Steady as she is, Dick, and we shall go in all right. 64 Ay, ay steady it is, replied Richard Grant, who was at the helm. Port a little Port a little l added Sandy, a few moments after, as he discovered the entrance of a little inlet, which was the destination of the Greyhound. Shut up your head, Sandy replied Richard, in a low but energetic tone. You might as well publish our plan in the newspaper as speak as loud as that. Port a little more, said the lookout forward. Whats the use of hallooing port answered Richard impatiently. Dont you see the mainsail shakes now You will be on the rocks in half a minute more. Let her go about, then, and we will get a little farther to windward before we try to run in. The Greyhound came over on the other tack, and stood away from the shore a considerable distance. The wind was very light, and the current was against them so the progress of the boat was necessarily very slow. Now, Sandy Brimblecom, said Richard, when the boat had made a third of the distance to the opposite shore, we might as well go back to Wcodville, and go to bed, as to attempt to carry this thing through, if you are going to bellow and yell like a mad bull, IN SCHOOL AND OUT 5 I didnt think I spoke very loud, replied a Ssndy. - Didnt think so sneered Richard. Any one might have heard you clear across the river. Oh, no, Dick not so bad as that. You spoke too loud, at any rate, and you might as well go up and tell Old Batterbones what we are about as talk half so loud as you did...
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