William Taylor Adams, better known by his pen-name Oliver Optic, was a famous academic, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and one of the best-paid authors of his time. He wrote perhaps a thousand short stories and over 125 books, most of them for a boy audience. “Haste and Waste; Or, the Young Pilot of Lake Champlain. A Story for Young People” was published in 1866. Together with other Oliver Optic’s literary works, this one is based on his travelogue experience. Having a reading knowledge of German, Italian, Spanish, and French, and having traveled some twenty times to Europe as well as to the Mediterranean coasts of Africa and Asia, Oliver Optic had first hand information available for his stories. The interesting and exciting story, inspired by author's travels, will be undoubtedly pleasant for fans of travel and adventure genre. Enjoy the reading!