The Log of the Jolly Polly

The Log of the Jolly Polly


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The Log of the Jolly Polly by Richard Harding Davis





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The Log of the Jolly Polly


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"The Fletchers and O'Farrells of Youghal she exclaimed, "were gentry. What would they be doing in a trawler?"

I assured her that so far as I knew, 1750 being before my time, they might have been smugglers and pirates.

"All I ever heard of the Farrells," I told her, begins after they settled in New York. And there is no one I can ask concerning them. My father and mother are dead; all my father's relatives are dead, and my mother's relatives are as good as dead. I mean," I added, "we don't speak!"

To my surprise, this information appeared to afford my visitors great satisfaction. They exchanged hasty glances.

"Then," exclaimed Mr. Farrell, eagerly; "if I understand you, you have no living relations at all--barring those that are dead!"

"Exactly!" I agreed.

He drew a deep sigh of relief. With apparent irrelevance but with a carelessness that was obviously assumed, he continued.

"Since I come to America," he announced, "I have made heaps of money. "As though in evidence of his prosperity, he

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A man is given a unique opportunity.
A rich childless couple, of the same last name, want to adopt this man.
They can offer riches and a life of ease.
He decides to check out the situation by a discreet visit to the family mansion.
He comes across the Log of the Jolly Polly in a book store.
The log has a strong connection to a beautiful sales girl.
This pleasantly incumbers his investigation and leds to love.