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In Strange Company A Story of Chili and the Southern Seas   By: (1867-1905)

In Strange Company A Story of Chili and the Southern Seas by Guy Newell Boothby

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In Strange Company

A STORY OF CHILI AND THE SOUTHERN SEAS

By Guy Boothby

AUTHOR OF "Pharos, the Egyptian," "Dr. Nikola's Experiment," etc.

NEW YORK AND LONDON STREET & SMITH, PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1894 and 1896, By F. TENNYSON NEELY.

Copyright, 1900, By STREET & SMITH

Dearest Mother, IT IS WITH THE UTMOST LOVE THAT I DEDICATE TO YOU THIS BOOK, THE OUTCOME OF TEN LONG YEARS OF SEPARATION.

CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION BY MR. LUKE SANCTUARY 1 Setting forth how the Book came to be written, and containing a Copy of a most important Letter.

PART I.

I. SHOWING WHERE THE MONEY REALLY CAME FROM 13

II. A STRANGE NIGHT 25

III. A STRANGER DAY 52

IV. THE ALBINO IS DISAPPOINTED 66

V. THE ESCAPE FROM CHILI 72

VI. THE 'ISLAND QUEEN' 81

VII. THE MAN'S DEATH 98

PART II.

I. JOHN RAMSAY TAKES UP THE TALE 115

II. A CHEQUERED CAREER 134

III. SACRED AND PROFANE LOVE 151

IV. RAMSAY BECOMES A SHIP OWNER 165

V. A CURIOUS QUEST 180

VI. AN UNEXPECTED VISITOR 190

VII. BATAVIA A STRANGE MEETING 198

PART III.

I. RAMSAY IS RELEASED FROM CUSTODY 216

II. GAOL BREAKING EXTRAORDINARY 228

III. THE ISLAND 243

IV. RESCUED 257

V. RAMSAY MEETS OLD FRIENDS 270

VI. CONCLUSION 288

IN STRANGE COMPANY.

INTRODUCTION.

IN WHICH IS SET FORTH HOW THE BOOK CAME TO BE WRITTEN.

First and foremost it should be stated how I, Luke Sanctuary, came to be connected with this most extraordinary and, to say the least of it, mysterious business. For my own part, I do not doubt but that when you have read a few pages you will have come to the conclusion that, personally, I had no share in its actual making, for I am a man of peaceful disposition, as much unaccustomed as I am unfitted to bear a hand in such adventurous concerns; and what is perhaps more to the point, one who has never been out of England in the whole course of his existence.

This preliminary having been set forth, and your mind disabused of any false impression, I am brought to the plain matter at issue, namely, the reason of, the facts which led to, and the people who induced my taking up the writing of this book. And as this again for it seems I am not permitted to escape it necessitates the narration of more concerning myself, let me, if I can be nothing else, be brief.

To begin with, my name is Luke Sanctuary; I am a bachelor; a man of regular and studious habits; the possessor of what is vaguely termed a comfortable income; and, as the result of such an income, a house, my friends tell me, of considerable attractions, situated in that Garden of all England, the Isle of Wight.

And truly enough it is, if the two terms be not synonymous, both a comfortable and pleasant home; for while I have endeavoured to make its internal accommodation what I imagine a dwelling house in these enlightened days should be, its external advantages have not been unconsidered. From my windows, looking towards the north, I can command one of the most beautiful and extensive views along the whole length of the English coast; while straight before me, and as far as the eye can reach to right and left, stretches Spithead, glittering, as I write, a bright sapphire blue, in the warm sunshine of this September morning... Continue reading book >>




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