"Dave Porter and His Classmates" is a
complete story in itself, but forms the fifth volume
in a line issued under the general title of "Dave
The first book of this series, "Dave Porter at
Oak Hall," introduced to the reader a typical
American youth of to-day, full of vim and vigor,
and with a true sense of manliness, and related the
particulars of some doings at a modern boarding
school. At this institution of learning Dave, by
pluck and perseverance, fought his way to the
front, and was admired accordingly.
There was a cloud on the youth's parentage, and
in order to clear this away he took a long and
eventful sea voyage, as related in the second
volume of the series, called "Dave Porter in the
South Seas." Thousands of miles from home he
found an uncle and learned something of his father
and sister, who were then traveling in Europe.
As was but natural, the lad was anxious to meet
all his relatives, but the address of his father and
sister could not be obtained, and while waiting for
this he returned to Oak Hall, as related in the next volume, entitled "Dave Porter's Return to
School." At school Dave lived a truly strenuous
life, becoming innocently involved in some robberies,
aiding to win some great football games,
and helping to bring the bully of the academy to a
realization of his better self.
In the midst of his school life Dave learned that
his father had been heard from. More anxious
than ever to meet his parent he, in company with
an old chum, set sail for England, and then went
to Norway, as related in "Dave Porter in the Far
North." Here, amid the ice and snow of the Land
of the Midnight Sun, Dave found his father, and
learned much of his sister, which filled him with
It was now time for the youth to return to
school, and in the present volume I have related
some of the things that took place at Oak Hall
after Dave got back,—how he worked hard,
played hard, overcame his enemies, and what he
did for the honor of the academy.
Once more I thank the young people for the interest
they have shown in my books. I trust that
the reading of the present volume will do them
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