BLIND JOURNEY by Bruce Lancaster


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This fits into the groove with Guns of Burgoyne (one of the less successful in Lancaster's panels of the American Revolution) -- and seems a somewhat contrived and unconvincing tale. Young Ward Gratwick, whose service in behalf of his country embraced Valley Forge and Saratoga, has previously experienced, imprisonment and escape to France and the post of secretary to Franklin. This was not to his liking; he wanted to be back with the ragged troops; he wanted to see again the girl he loved back home. Then Franklin sends him on a ""blind journey"", a tortuous journey which ends in a virtually unknown port, and finds him shipping aboard a fast merchant vessel, manned by Bretons. Aboard too are neighbors of Dr. Franklin's, the Dales and their haughty aunt. Ward grows suspicious of Paul, before the journey's end, but not until he delivers his papers to the Marquis de Lafayette and knows they are blank, and Deborah- dismayed and aghast retrieves the real papers from her reticule, does he know that Paul is a traitor. The story ends as he turns north from Yorktown, to the girl he left behind him.

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 1953
Publisher: Little, Brown -- A.M.P.