The Leisure Hour Volume 44

The Leisure Hour Volume 44

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...shot, drowned, or captured. Yes, brave Cushing was saved, and after much further suffering and adventure reached his ship once more. I have been told that this naval hero ended his days in an asylum. Is heroism, then, like genius, akin to madness? For my own part I should be sorry to believe that either were. But now for my third hero. This is my friend the surgeon of the Alabama, whom, poor fellow, I last met at Rathfeldas, I being on a waggon-journey twixt Simon's Town and Cape Town. Some of his messmates who happen to read these lines may remember the occasion. I do not intend to describe the battle fought in the English Channel betwixt the U.S. frigate Kearsage and the Alabama, but only to say a word or two concerning the last sad episode in that historical fight. The Alabama was doomed and sinking, Semmes had dramatically pitched his sword into the sea, and jumped after it, to be picked up by the English yacht Deerhound. But many of the wounded went down in the ship. Not suddenly, but slowly, till came the last wild plunge, and the brave surgeon stuck to his charge till the end, preferring to sink with his bleeding men rather than save himself and have it said he left them. In the last boat to shove off from the sinking ship, although it was lip with the water, the midshipman in charge would have made room for Llewellyn, and called to him to leap. But the brave young fellow only shook his head sadly. "No, no," he said, " I cannot leave my wounded men." Reader, I have a question to ask you. Which of these three heroes was the bravest--one of the two who did those daring deeds under the excitement and flurry of fight, or the quiet young surgeon who went down with his men simply as a matter of duty? GORDON STABLES, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 646 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,134g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236747402
  • 9781236747402