After an introduction to Dave Porter, a typical American lad at a typical American boarding school, a cloud over Dave's parentage causes him to embark on a long sea voyage.
ou will get what you don't want!" And with this threat, Gus Plum hurried around a corner of the school building and out of sight.
"What a cad!" murmured Phil.
"He is worked up; no disputing that," was Roger's comment. "He acts as if he was afraid something was being told that he wished to keep a secret."
The hot blood had rushed to Dave's face, and he was still trembling.
"I wish I had knocked him down," he said in a low tone.
"What good would it have done?" returned Roger. "It would only get you into trouble with the doctor, and that is just what Plum would like. When it comes to a standing in the class, he knows he hasn't as much to lose as you have. He is almost at the bottom already, while you are close to the top."
"But, Roger, he said--oh, I can't bear to think about it! I suppose he blabs it to everybody, too, and they will think----"
"Don't give it another thought, Dave," said Phil, soothingly, and he turned his chum toward the river again. "Dismiss Plu