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H.M.S.

BY KLAXON

William Blackwood and Sons Edinburgh and London 1918

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

TO

D. V. B.

When Homer launched his epic on the literary sea, The critics were as merciful as they can ever be: "We take it that the author did the best that he can do," "And the book should be remembered for at least a year or two...." But Homer let the critics go, and listened with a smile, For he had heard a verdict that was better by a mile, In a code that only Homer as a husband understood, "You are a funny clever thing I'd no idea you could."

CONTENTS.

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"1923" 1

PRIVILEGED 18

ACCORDING TO THEIR LIGHTS 22

A NAVAL DISCUSSION 32

THE GUNLAYER 42

A WAGE SLAVE 54

AN "ANNUAL" 61

"OUR ANNUAL" 68

MASCOTS 70

THE SPARROW 73

A WAR WEDDING 80

A HYMN OF DISGUST 94

THE "SPECIAL" 98

BETWEEN TIDES 106

LIGHT CAVALRY 116

A TRINITY 139

IN THE MORNING 144

AN AFFAIR OF OUTPOSTS 147

1917 155

IN FORTY WEST 169

A RING AXIOM 171

CHANCES 173

THE QUARTERMASTER 185

A LANDFALL 188

NIGHT ROUNDS 195

IN THE BARRED ZONE 201

A MATTER OF ROUTINE 204

WHO CARES? 211

THE UNCHANGING SEX 213

TWO CHILDREN 216

AN URGENT COURTSHIP 234

LOOKING AFT 254

GRIT 258

A MAXIM 270

FROM A FAR COUNTRY 272

THE CRISIS 279

A SEA CHANTY 281

THE WAR OF ATTRITION 284

THROUGH AN ADMIRALTY WINDOW 303

A MOST UNTRUE STORY 318

H.M.S. .

"1923."

[The following is the description by Professor J. Scott, F.R.S., of his recent Airship Journey across the old Bed of the North Sea. July 1, 1923.]

It is perhaps unnecessary for me to state the objects and purpose of my journey of last week, as it would be false modesty in me not to recognise the great interest taken by the geologic and antiquarian worlds in my proposed enterprise. For the benefit, however, of those for whose intelligence the so called "Popular" geologic works are compiled, I will recapitulate some points which are ancient history to my instructed readers.

The winter of 1922 witnessed the greatest geologic change in the earth's surface since the last of the Glacial epochs. Into the causes and general results of this change I do not propose to enter, beyond mentioning my opinion that the theory propounded by Professor Middleton (a theory designed only for one purpose that of attempting to throw doubt on the data and reasoning of my first monograph on the subject) is not only childish, but based on a fallacy... Continue reading book >>




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