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Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea Their rovings, cruises, escapades, and fierce battling upon the ocean for patriotism and for treasure   By: (1877-1943)

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Famous Privateersmen AND ADVENTURERS OF THE SEA

Their rovings, cruises, escapades, and fierce battling upon the ocean for patriotism and for treasure

By

CHARLES H. L. JOHNSTON

Author of "Famous Cavalry Leaders," "Famous Indian Chiefs," "Famous Scouts," etc.

Illustrated

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BOSTON THE PAGE COMPANY PUBLISHERS

FAMOUS LEADERS SERIES BY CHARLES H. L. JOHNSTON

Each one volume, large 12mo, illustrated, $1.50

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FAMOUS CAVALRY LEADERS FAMOUS INDIAN CHIEFS FAMOUS SCOUTS FAMOUS PRIVATEERSMEN FAMOUS FRONTIERSMEN

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THE PAGE COMPANY 53 Beacon Street, Boston, Mass.

[Illustration: From "The Army and Navy of the United States." "AGAIN THE CANNON MADE THE SPLINTERS FLY." ( See page 273. )]

Copyright, 1911, BY L. C. PAGE & COMPANY (INCORPORATED)

All rights reserved

First Impression, November, 1911 Second Impression, November, 1914

THE COLONIAL PRESS C. H. SIMONDS CO., BOSTON, U. S. A.

I DEDICATE THIS BOOK TO THE HAPPY MEMORY OF

George Alfred Henty

THE MOST STIMULATING AUTHOR OF BOOKS FOR BOYS THAT THE PAST HALF CENTURY HAS PRODUCED, AND A WRITER WHO HAS KEPT ALIVE THE SPIRIT OF MANLY SPORT AND ADVENTURE WHICH HAS MADE THE ANGLO SAXON PEOPLE A RACE OF WORLD CONQUERORS. MAY THEY NEVER RETROGRADE!

Thanks are due the Librarian of Congress, and particularly to Mr. Roberts of the Department of Prints, for numerous courtesies extended to the author during the compilation of this volume.

PREFACE

MY DEAR BOYS: The sea stretches away from the land, a vast sheet of unknown possibilities. Now gray, now blue, now slate colored, whipped into a thousand windrows by the storm, churned into a seething mass of frothing spume and careening bubbles, it pleases, lulls, then terrorizes and dismays. Perpetually intervening as a barrier between peoples and their countries, the wild, sobbing ocean rises, falls and roars in agony. It is a stoppage to progress and contact between races of men and warring nations.

In the breasts of all souls slumbers the fire of adventure. To penetrate the unknown, to there find excitement, battle, treasure, so that one's future life can be one of ease and indolence for this men have sacrificed the more stable occupations on land in order to push recklessly across the death dealing billows. They have battled with the elements; they have suffered dread diseases; they have been tormented with thirst; with a torrid sun and with strange weather; they have sorrowed and they have sinned in order to gain fame, fortune, and renown. On the wide sweep of the ocean, even as on the rolling plateau of the once uninhabited prairie, many a harrowing tragedy has been enacted. These dramas have often had no chronicler, the battle was fought out in the silence of the watery waste, and there has been no tongue to tell of the solitary conflict and the unseen strife.

Of sea fighters there have been many: the pirate, the fillibusterer, the man of warsman, and the privateer. The first was primarily a ruffian and, secondarily, a brute, although now and again there were pirates who shone by contrast only. The fillibusterer was also engaged in lawless fighting on the sea and to this service were attracted the more daring and adventurous souls who swarmed about the shipping ports in search of employment and pelf. The man of warsman was the legitimate defender of his country's interests and fought in the open, without fear of death or imprisonment from his own people. The privateersman a combination of all three was the harpy of the rolling ocean, a vulture preying upon the merchant marine of the enemy to his country, attacking only those weaker than himself, scudding off at the advent of men of warsmen, and hovering where the guileless merchantman passed by... Continue reading book >>




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