The Story of a Self-Made Man

The Story of a Self-Made Man

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...talked he felt quite cheerful and comfortable. Sometimes, too, he talked to the bride-to-be of the English postmaster in Hong Kong, who sat under the awning sewing at her trousseau. She was younger than Klaus, and, happy because she was going to her sweetheart, she hummed at her work. Sometimes he stood at the railing with the Siamese officer who came from the French army, and talked about the method of attack of the German infantry. Sometimes he listened to the stories of the tobacco planter who was returning from a visit to Holland, his native country. Klaus resented the big, easy way in which he advised him to break his contract and become a tobacco planter in Sumatra. Sometimes, too, Klaus sat down with the shipping clerk who was travelling for a German firm to Yokohama and who was usually to be found sitting on the bench near the rudder, singing out sentences from a Japanese text-book over the water bubbling around the keel, or studying his Malay dictionary. Toward evening there was a game of skat with the captain and the tobacco planter, who lost, and had to pay for the wine at dinner. At that time only small steamers travelled between Hamburg and the far East. There were not ten passengers on board, but since no one of them had known any of the others, and since they all got acquainted, there was plenty of talking and listening. Colombo gleamed through the night. The stars sparkled brightly over the deep blue sea. Black on the shore rose the gigantic forest. The white houses shone in the distance. But they were not so white as the breakers over the mole; and brighter than the stars gleamed the signals exchanged by the English men-of-war. Klaus Baas, standing against the wall of the chart-room, looked across and thought, "For...show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236800664
  • 9781236800664