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At the Fall of Port Arthur Or, A Young American in the Japanese Navy   By: (1862-1930)

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Soldiers of Fortune Series

AT THE FALL OF PORT ARTHUR

Or

A Young American in the Japanese Navy

by

EDWARD STRATEMEYER

Author of "Under the Mikado's Flag," "On to Pekin," "Two Young Lumbermen," "Old Glory Series," "Colonial Series," "Pan American Series," etc.

Illustrated by A. B. Shute

[Illustration: "It is coming this way!" yelled Larry. Page 84. ]

[Illustration: Printer's logo]

Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co. 1930

Copyright, 1905, by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Company

All rights reserved

AT THE FALL OF PORT ARTHUR

Printed in U.S.A.

PREFACE

"AT THE FALL OF PORT ARTHUR" is a complete tale in itself, but forms the third volume in a line issued under the general title of "Soldiers of Fortune Series."

The story relates primarily the adventures of Larry Russell and his old time sea chum, Luke Striker, already well known to the readers of my "Old Glory Series." Larry and Luke are aboard of their old ship, the Columbia , bound from Manila to Nagasaki, with a cargo designed for the Japanese Government. This is during the war between Russia and Japan, and when close to the Japanese coast the schooner is sighted by a Russian warship and made a prize of war.

As prisoners both Larry and Luke see something of life in the Russian navy. When close to Vladivostok, the Russian warship falls in with several ships of the Japanese fleet, and after a thrilling sea fight surrenders with her prize. This brings Larry and Luke before Admiral Togo, and as Larry's brother Ben, with their mutual friend, Gilbert Pennington, is already in the Japanese army, Larry enters the Japanese navy and Luke follows suit. The siege and bombardment of Port Arthur are at their height; and the particulars are given of many battles both on the sea and on land, leading up to the ultimate surrender of that brave Russian commander, General Stoessel, and the fall of the city. By this surrender the Japanese obtained many thousands of prisoners of war, hundreds of cannon, with large quantities of ammunition, and several scores of vessels, useful for either fighting purposes or as transports. Moreover, this victory placed the entire southern portion of Manchuria under Japanese control, giving the army untrammeled use of the railroad running from Port Arthur to Liao Yang, a city on the road to Mukden, captured some time before, as already related in another volume of this series, entitled "Under the Mikado's Flag."

As I have mentioned in a previous work, it is as yet impossible to state what the outcome of this terrific conflict will be. So far victory has perched largely upon the standard of Japan. The Russian navy has been practically shattered and its army fought to a standstill. The cost of the war has been tremendous to both countries. Countless thousands of lives have already been sacrificed. Would that peace were soon at hand!

Again I thank my young friends for their appreciation of my former stories. May the present tale fulfill every reasonable expectation.

EDWARD STRATEMEYER.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. LARRY AND HIS FRIENDS 1

II. A STORM ON THE PACIFIC 10

III. LARRY LEARNS SOMETHING 20

IV. THE RUSSIAN SAILOR'S PLOT 29

V. SIGNS OF A MUTINY 38

VI. THE FIGHT FOR THE SHIP 47

VII. THE MUTINEERS IN POSSESSION 56

VIII. TURNING THE TABLES 66

IX. CLOSE TO A WATERSPOUT 76

X. SOMETHING ABOUT WAR AND FIGHTING SHIPS 86

XI. AN ORDER TO LAY TO 95

XII. TAKEN AS A PRIZE OF WAR 103

XIII. PRISONERS ON THE Pocastra 113

XIV. PROGRESS OF THE WAR 122

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