Excerpt: ... any of the Bobbseys realize what a part they were to play in the life of poor, friendless Will Watson. "He's a nice boy, isn't he?" asked Harry of Bert, as they turned back toward the boat, with their fish and bait. "Yes, I like him a lot. It's too bad he has to work so hard on the farm." "Yes, it sure is." Talking of the luck they ...Read MoreExcerpt: ... any of the Bobbseys realize what a part they were to play in the life of poor, friendless Will Watson. "He's a nice boy, isn't he?" asked Harry of Bert, as they turned back toward the boat, with their fish and bait. "Yes, I like him a lot. It's too bad he has to work so hard on the farm." "Yes, it sure is." Talking of the luck they expected to have the next day, fishing, the cousins soon reached the Bluebird. There they found their father and Captain White waiting for them. "We've decided to move the boat farther down the creek before we tie up for the night," said Mr. Bobbsey, "but we didn't want to go before you boys came back." "Are you going to start up the engine again?" asked Bert. "If you are, I wish you'd let me try to do it." "No, you are too small to go near gasoline motors," said his father. "Besides, we are not going to use the engine. We'll just push the boat along with poles from the bank. We're not going very far, but your mother thought it would be nicer to spend the night in a more open place." "Yes," said Mrs. Bobbsey, "I thought perhaps some animals might jump out of the trees on our deck." The trees on shore were very close to the boat, some of the branches overhanging the railing. At the mention of animals, Bert's eyes opened wider. "Say, if I had a gun I could shoot them, if they came aboard," he said, his eyes glistening. "Nonsense!" exclaimed his mother. "I'd rather have an animal on board than let you have a gun. You might get shot." "I-I could squirt water on 'em with my fire engine!" shouted Freddie, who had given up trying to make Snoop do any tricks. "Oh, we had enough of your engine, little fat fireman," said Mr. Bobbsey with a laugh. "Now then, if you're all ready, we'll move the boat." It was rather hard work to start the Bluebird, but once it had begun to move, it went more easily through the water. Captain White had one pushing pole, Mr. Bobbsey another, and Bert and Harry used one between them. Soon the houseboat...Read Less
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