The Cosmopolitan Volume 7

The Cosmopolitan Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...imperatively necessary. By their removal in the fastidious substitution of that word for the coarser term murder, anticipating Guiteau by forty years the motive to a rescue, capture, and carrying out of the original design of piracywas at once taken away." How idle was this plea of necessity arising from increasing insubordination is shown by the flimsy pretext on which the four leading insubordinates were arrested. They must have been the worst--and against them was nothing. After the execution the commander turned to them, as they testify, and said "he could not find anything against us; if he could, our fate would have bqen the same as the other three," and now the commander himself confirms the testimony of the boys. If Spencer knew that he only needed to get home to be cleared, whence was the desperation to arise which was to precipitate a rescue? The commander's own statement shows that his hurry arose not from a fear of losing his own life, but of saving Spencer's, by delay! He conveyed to the hapless victim what must have been the agonizing conviction that if he could but get home, he would be safe. And it disposes at once and forever of any plea that the commander at the time had reason for believing there was a mutiny. It proves that the commander at the time could find no reason for believing there was a mutiny. It shows that the commander, at the time of the hanging of the men, admitted that he could find nothing against those whose arrest caused the hanging. In what connection and for what purpose, we are left to conjecture; but Spencer is reported to have said that he had the same project on board the John Adams and the Potomac. So far as this proves anything it proves that the Homers was not in danger. No harm had...
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  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 608g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236619641
  • 9781236619648