MY DEAR BOYS: This volume, “The Rover Boys on the Great Lakes,” is acomplete story in itself, but forms the fifth volume of the Rover BoysSeries for Young Americans.
When first I started this series with “The Rover Boys at School,” I hadno idea of extending the line beyond three or four volumes. But thesecond book, “The Rover Boys on the Ocean,” immediately called for athird, “The Rover Boys in the Jungle,” and this finished, many boyswanted to know what would happen next, and so I must needs give them“The Rover Boys Out West.” Still they were not satisfied; hence thevolume now in your hands.
So far we have followed the doings of Dick, Tom, and Sam at dear oldPutnam Hall, with many larks and sports; then out upon the broadAtlantic in a daring chase which came pretty close to ending in saddisaster; next into the interior of Africa on a quest of graveimportance; and lastly out into the mountainous regions of the wildWest, to locate a mining claim belonging to Mr. Anderson Rover.
In the present tale the scene is shifted to the Great Lakes. The threeboys go on a pleasure tour and, while on Lake Erie, fall in with an oldenemy, who concocts a scheme for kidnapping Dick, who had fallenoverboard from his yacht in a storm. This scheme leads to manyadventures, the outcome of which will be found in the pages thatfollow.
In placing this volume in my young readers hands I can but repeat whatI have said before: that I am extremely grateful to all for the kindreception given the other Rover Boys stories. I sincerely trust thepresent tale meets with equal commendation.
Affectionately and sincerely yours,
April 12, 1901
“Dick, do you notice how the wind is freshening?”
“Yes, Sam, I’ve been watching it for ten minutes. I think we are in fora storm.”
“Exactly my idea, and I shouldn’t be surprised if it proved a heavyone, too. How far are we from shore?”
“Not over three miles, to my reckoning.”
“Perhaps we had better turn back,” and Sam Rover, the youngest of thethree Rover brothers, shook his head doubtfully.