, his eyes glowing. Even Hal Hastings sat up straighter in his chair, watching the shipbuilder's face closely.
"Yes," nodded Jacob Farnum. "Permission has been granted for me to send our second boat, the 'Farnum,' along with the 'Pollard'--both under the care of the--"
"The Dad boat," laughed Hastings.
"Yes; that will give us a chance to have the 'Farnum' studied most closely by some of the most capable officers in the United States Navy. It ought to mean, presently, the sale of the 'Farnum' to the Government."
"That's just what it will mean," promised Captain Jack, "if any efforts of ours can make the Navy men more interested in the boat."
"You three youngsters are likely to be at Annapolis for some time," went on Mr. Farnum. "In fact--but don't let your heads become too enlarged by the news, will you?"
Hal, quiet young Hal, neatly hid a yawn behind one hand, while Benson answered for both:
"We're already wearing the largest-sized caps manufactured, Mr. Farnum
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