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With Cochrane the Dauntless   By: (1832-1902)

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WITH

COCHRANE THE DAUNTLESS

A TALE OF

THE EXPLOITS OF LORD COCHRANE IN SOUTH AMERICAN WATERS

BY

G. A. HENTY Author of "Under Drake's Flag", "The Dash for Khartoum", "In Greek Waters", "The Lion of St. Mark", "Through Russian Snows", &c.

WITH TWELVE ILLUSTRATIONS BY W. H. MARGETSON

LONDON

BLACKIE & SON, LIMITED, 50 OLD BAILEY, E.C. GLASGOW AND DUBLIN 1897

PREFACE.

In the annals of British sailors there is no name that should stand higher than that of Lord Cochrane. In some respects he resembled that daring leader and great military genius, the Earl of Peterborough. Both performed feats that most men would have regarded as impossible, both possessed extraordinary personal bravery and exceptional genius for war, and a love for adventure. Both accomplished marvels, and neither was appreciated at his full value by his countrymen, both having a touch of originality that amounted in the case of Peterborough to absolute eccentricity. In other respects they had little in common. Cochrane's life was passed in one long struggle on behalf of the oppressed. He ruined his career in our navy, and created for himself a host of bitter enemies by his crusade against the enormous abuses of our naval administration, and by the ardour with which he championed the cause of reform at home. Finding the English navy closed to him he threw himself into the cause of oppressed nationalities. His valour and genius saved Chili from being reconquered by the Spanish, rescued Peru from their grasp, and utterly broke their power in South America. Similarly he crushed the Portuguese power in Brazil and ensured its independence, and then took up the cause of Greece. In all four enterprises his efforts were hampered by the utter corruption of the governments of these countries, just as his efforts on behalf of British sailors and of the British people at large had brought upon him the hatred and persecution of a government as corrupt as those of Chili, Brazil, and Greece. He was rewarded only with the basest ingratitude, and returned home after having expended a large part of his fortune and permanently injured his health in the inestimable services he had rendered. In other respects besides those exploits connected with the sea, his genius was remarkable. After retiring from active service he devoted himself to inventions, and some of these paved the way to later scientific achievements, giving him a place alongside the Marquis of Worcester.

Of Lord Cochrane it can be said that he was the victim of his generous enthusiasm for the oppressed. During the greater portion of his life he rested under a heavy cloud, and it was only in extreme old age that he had the satisfaction of having his name rehabilitated, and of regaining the honours and rank of which he had been so unjustly deprived.

G. A. HENTY.

CONTENTS.

CHAP. PAGE I. OFF TO SEA 11 II. IN THE MALAY ARCHIPELAGO 30 III. A CYCLONE 50 IV. A RESCUE 69 V. AGAIN ON THE ISLAND 90 VI. HOME 109 VII. COCHRANE'S CAREER 128 VIII. THE BASQUE ROADS 146 IX. IN CHILI 158 X. WRECKED 176 XI. A DANGEROUS COMPANION 194 XII. DEATH OF THE CAPTAIN 214 XIII. PRIZE MONEY 231 XIV... Continue reading book >>




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