The time is between 1873 and 1874. Dick Stapleton, a young Englishman living on the Cape Coast, suddenly loses his father. He then discovers that his father's manager has been robbing the business for years, and that he (Dick) is penniless. He has to earn his living; becomes manager of a gold mine, and afterwards takes service under General Wolseley and goes gallantly through the Ashanti war.
oor, and then along the verandah till he was close to Dick. His hand went out to search for the coveted box, and then drew back suddenly, while the blood in his veins froze with terror. For Dick moved restlessly and spoke in his sleep. Had he discovered the attempt? Was he about to pounce upon the intruder? The doubt set the half-caste shivering till desperation lent him strength, and he levelled the revolver. His eyes shone strangely in the moon's rays as they fixed themselves on the unconscious youth, while the finger which lay on the trigger stiffened, causing the hammer to rise slowly into cocking position. Another movement would have been Dick's last. But the dream had passed, the nightmare which had troubled him was gone, and he slept easily.
"I thought it was all up," growled the robber hoarsely, to himself. "He startled me. There's the box."
His eye had suddenly lit upon it, and lowering his revolver he stretched out to it, caught the handle, and with a tug dragged it from beneath Dick's