Canada, the scene of so many of this author's novels, furnishes only the starting point for this story. When he first has news of impending war Andrew Johnstone, whose career as a soldier was early cut short by an accident, returns to his home in Scotland hoping that there will be work there even for a man who cannot fight. His friend Whitney, an American who has been his partner on many a Canadian trail and waterway, goes with him. Johnstone also has a personal reason in going home. His young cousin Harry, for whom he feels responsible, has fallen under unfortunate influences, and it is in keepIng a close watch on the two men who are distrusted as companions for the younger man that Johnstone's opportunity to serve his country comes, for they prove to be her enemies as well.
ou need a partner. How'd I do?"
Andrew gave him an eager look, and then answered discouragingly:
"It's rough work; you're often wet through and can't dry your clothes; and sometimes there's not much to eat. You can't cook on a miniature stove when she's rolling hard. Then there's no head-room and you get cramped because you can't stand up straight."
"Well," Whitney declared smilingly, "it can't be much rougher than clambering over rock ledges and smashing through the brush with a canoe on your head. So, my friend, if you have no marked objection, I'm coming along. For one thing, an English friend of ours who lived in New York has a shooting lodge in the Galloway district and my mother and sister are over there. I can plant myself on them, if I get tired of you."
Andrew said nothing and Whitney thought him reluctant to take advantage of his rash offer.
"It's settled, old man," Whitney went on lightly. "We'll pull out at sun-up and get on to the Canadian Pacific at Whitefish C