John is 16 years old and lives with his English mother in a small village in the south of France; he dreams of studying art and becoming a painter. John believes his father was a sailor who died before he was born - until one day when he receives some startling news.
This is the second story in the "John R" series - see the link below for more information.
Biographical and other notes
The village of Cagnes-sur-Mer is located in the south of France on a bay between Antibes and Nice.
British publishing information
Periodical: Pall Mall Magazine March 1894
First edition: William Blackwood and Sons (collected in A Widow's Tale) 1898