"Highway Pirates" is, of course, mainly a story of adventures; but we are glad to say that this has not prevented the characters from being well drawn and true to nature. The hero is not overwhelmingly clever or lucky, and the school to which he goes is well described. The main incident of the book is the escape of some convicts from a coach, and the forced journey with them of the hero. The introduction of a smugglers' cave and secret chamber is, we suppose, inevitable.
re to be a little room in a house without people knowing it is there. I believe I could find it for you if you gave me the chance."
"You'd better come over and try," he answered. "Now, that's a good idea. You must come and stay with me for part of the summer holidays, and we'll have heaps of fun. It would be jolly to have you, for I often find it dull with no cousins or friends of my own age."
The proposal struck me as most delightful. During the last few moments I had been picturing up the ancient house, with its old-world associations and romantic hidden chamber, and comparing it, in my mind, with the prosaic red-brick building in which my own parents lived. Moreover, Coverthorne, I knew, was situated on the sea-coast, and only about a quarter of a mile from the summit of the rugged cliffs. I had often listened with envy to my friend's tales of wrecks and smugglers, and longed to have an opportunity of wandering over the wide headlands, climbing the rocks and exploring th