Appealing to the boy's love of excitement, this series gives actual experiences in the different branches of United States Government work little known to the general public. This story describes the thrilling adventures of members of the U. S. Geological Survey, graphically woven into a stirring narrative that both pleases and instructs. The author enjoys an intimate acquaintance with the chiefs of the various bureaus in Washington, and is able to obtain at first hand the material for the books.
ar but a few yards behind I leaped for these. Had I missed my grasp, or had they been torn from their slender rooting the story would have ended right there. But they held, and I reached the level of the old beach, leaving my pursuer momentarily baffled below. I lost no time in reaching the ravine, and I think I pretty nearly hold the speed record in Alaska for that half-mile back to camp."
"And the bear?" queried the boy.
"I'm on the Geological Survey, not in the wild animal business," was the ready answer, "and I left that bear alone. I never hunt for trouble."
"And shall I see those bears if I go up with you this summer?" asked Roger.
"Likely enough you will see them if you go up to Alaska, but that will not be this summer."
"Why not, Mr. Rivers?"
"That work needs trained men, as I told you, and you know nothing of the Survey yet. Besides, you will be sent where Mr. Herold thinks best, not where you prefer to go."
"And I had hoped to see Alaska this summer!"
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