The Rover Boys on the River
Arthur M. Winfield
Children
5:42 h
Level 3
The Rover Boys was a popular juvenile series written by Arthur M. Winfield, a pseudonym for Edward Stratemeyer. Thirty titles were published between 1899 and 1926 and the books remained in print for years afterward. The Rover Boys on the River, or The Search for the Missing Houseboat was published in 1905. The Rovers were students at a military boarding school: adventurous, prank-playing, flirtatious, and often unchaperoned adolescents who were frequently causing mischief for authorities, as well as for criminals. The series often incorporated modern technology of the era, such as the automobile, airplanes and news events, such as World War I.

The Rover Boys on the River

The Search for the Missing Houseboat

by
Arthur Winfield


Produced by W. R. Marvin

Introduction

My dear boys: “The Rover Boys on the River” is a complete story initself, but forms the ninth volume of “The Rover Boys Series for YoungAmericans.”

Nine volumes! What a great number of tales to write about one set ofcharacters! When I started the series I had in mind, as I havementioned before, to write three, or possibly, four books. But thegratifying reception given to “The Rover Boys at School,” soon made thepublishers call for the second, third, and fourth volumes, and thencame the others, and still the boys and girls do not seem to besatisfied. I am told there is a constant cry for “more! more!” and so Ipresent this new Rover Boys story, which tells of the doings of Dick,Tom, and Sam and their friends during an outing on one of our greatrivers, — an outing full of excitement and fun and with a touch of arather unusual mystery. During the course of the tale some of the old enemies of the Rover Boys turn up, but our heroes know, as of old, how to take care of themselves; and all ends well.

In placing this book into the hands of my young readers I wish oncemore to thank them for the cordial reception given the previousvolumes. Many have written to me personally about them, and I haveperused the letters with much satisfaction. I sincerely trust thepresent volume fulfills their every expectation.

Affectionately and sincerely yours,

ARTHUR M. WINFIELD.


Chapter I
Plans for an Outing

“Whoop! hurrah! Zip, boom, ah! Rockets!”

“For gracious’ sake, Tom, what’s all the racket about? I thought we hadall the noise we wanted last night, when we broke up camp.”

“It’s news, Dick, glorious news,” returned Tom Rover, and he began todance a jig on the tent flooring. “It’s the best ever.”

“It won’t be glorious news if you bring this tent down on our heads,”answered Dick Rover. “Have you discovered a gold mine?”

“Better than that, Dick. I’ve discovered what we are going to do withourselves this summer.”

“I thought we were going back to the farm, to rest up, now that theterm at Putnam Hall is at an end.”