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Dave Porter and the Runaways
Last Days at Oak Hall

written by "Stratemeyer, Edward, 1862-1930"
...ake himself worthy of her. He was still young, so he did not dwell long over these things, but his regard for her was entirely proper, and likely to make him do his best in his endeavors. Phil had asked for permission to run the car for a while and took the wheel as soon as Ryeport was left behind. The shipowner’s son knew how to handle an automobile almost as well as any of them, but he had one fault, which was, that he did not steer out of the way of sharp stones 32 and like things calculated to bring on punctures and blow-outs. “My, what a glorious morning!” exclaimed Laura, as they bowled along over the smooth roads. “Couldn’t be better,” answered Roger. “Wish we were going on all day!” he added. “So do I,” added Dave. They expected to reach Oakdale by noon, get dinner there, and then run up to the school. “Not too fast, Phil,” warned Mr. Porter, as the shipowner’s son “let her out a bit,” as he expressed it. “You don’t know what sort of a road you’ve got beyond the turn.” “We’ll soon be coming to some roads we know,” answered Phil. “Those we used to travel on our bicycles.” They passed through several towns and villages. Then they reached a crossroads, and here some men and a steam roller were at work, and the road was closed. One of the workmen motioned for them to take the road on the left. “Must be a road around,” said Dunston Porter. “It doesn’t look very good, but you can try it. Shall I take the wheel?” “Oh, I can run the car easily enough,” answered Phil. For half a mile they went on without trouble, through a rolling country where the scenery was 33 very fine. Then they reached a point where the road was full of loose stones. “Be careful!” cried Mr. Porter. They rolled on, past a pretty farmhouse and some barns. T...

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