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By the Great Horn SpoonBy Sid FleischmanAbridged VersionAbridged byKelly Rafter, Hilda Rahmann, Gail Cady, and Wende Salcido2008Chapter 1: The StowawaysA sailing ship left Boston harbor on a voyage to San Francisco. Inside of it, in the cargo hold, sat eighteen potato barrels. Inside of two of these were stowaways.Gold had been discovered in California 12 months before. The ship, The Lady Wilma, was bound for the gold fields. Men everywhere were buying picks and shovels and heading to California as soon as possible.On the second day at sea, a man with a black umbrella, white gloves, and a black hat, rose from a potato barrel. He tapped the barrel beside him.“All clear, Master Jack.”“Is that you Praiseworthy?” a young voice in the barrel asked.“Your obedient servant,” the man replied. Praiseworthy was Jack’s family’s butler.A twelve year old boy rose from the barrel. He had been sucking on a potato to keep him from being thirsty, and he felt like an icicle. “We made it, Praiseworthy,” he said.“We did indeed, Master Jack.”Jack thought about his Aunt Arabella at home sitting in front of a fireplace. There was no turning back now. They were going to California. “Shall we go to see the captain?” asked Praiseworthy.“He’ll put us in chains---or worse!” Jack gathered his courage and followed Praiseworthy above deck. They asked a few people on the ship where the captain was. The crew called the captain the “Wild Bull of the Seas” and pointed to where he was.Eventually, the two stowaways found the “Wild Bull of the Seas” in the captain’s cabin trying to thaw his icy whiskers over a candle. “Come in!” he roared. The captain was grumpy about the weather and the fact that another ship bound for California, The Sea Raven, was beating him. Jack was worried that the captain would throw them overboard. “We wish to report a pair of stowaways, sir,” said the butler.“Stowaways! I’ll skin them alive! Where are they?” roared the captain.“Standing right here, sir.”“You! I’

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