Leslie's Volume 81

Leslie's Volume 81

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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: ...James D. Smith, chairman of the America's Cup Committee, speaking on this latter point, after characterizing Duuraven's demands, by the way, as absurd, nnbmmaslike, and utterly impossible to comply with, said: " Now, supposing the Valkyrie had been a mile and a half ahead and we declared the race oi! because some boat interfered with the l)efen(lm; what would people say l l'hy, the country would be too hot to hold us." Lord Dunraven made a point of it that the committee did not answer his letter. How could they? They did not receive it until eight o'clock Thursday morning. No one knew where to find Lord Dunraven. On Wednesday afternoon the cup committee held a special meeting to act on his request about keeping the course clear, and a sub-committee of two started out to find him. They first tried the Horseshoe, then the Cify of Bridgeport, Bay Ridge, Mr. Kersey's office, Mr. Kersey's apartments on Fifth Avenue, and then the Waldorf. "Then the committee finally found Lord Dunraven they explained to him verbally that they would do their best to have a clear (fOI.l.l'S8, but that they could not postpone the race at such short notice. They also agreed not to start the boats until they had a clear field to manoeuvre in, which was all they could do under the circumstances. Vhen they left him Vlfednesday night he said that he would start the l'aIk1_/r1'e. In his second letter, which was received on the morning of the race, he left it in doubt whether he would cover the course or not. It was then too late for the committee to do anything. In New York Bay. where laws govern the movements of craft, this might have been done. On the high seas--impossible. Yet they assured Dunraven that all possible...show more

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  • Paperback | 430 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 762g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236938976
  • 9781236938978