When Bob and Frank went down to the beach to spend their summer vacation, and met Colonel Fairfield's two daughters, they both felt very sorry that they were not rich. For the Colonel, although in all respects a very fine man, had too much regard for his daughter's future welfare to allow him even to countenance the idea of giving either of them to a man not properly able to support them. Since the Colonel was a man who always believed in saying exactly what he thought, he made no bones about telling the young men exactly where they stood. The next evening, as Bob and Frank were sitting by their camp fire, they saw a small sloop with an old man at the wheel, plunging heavily in the breakers, a few hundred yards from shore. They signaled to him to come in, but he refused with a shake of the head. The next morning, there was no sign of the sloop, but there was wreckage on the beach, and in it the boys found a paper written in Spanish. They submitted this paper to a Cuban beachcomber, ...
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