Three Years Behind the Guns; The True Chronicles of a "Diddy-Box,"

Three Years Behind the Guns; The True Chronicles of a "Diddy-Box,"

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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...Burlingame, Tanforan and the Presidio golf links all in one. It is the playground of Hong-Kong, and as after play comes rest, it is befitting that the cemeteries are close by. In one of them lie the mortal remains of Miller. The sexton, in pointing out the graves of celebrities, always says, "Here lies Boatswain Miller, the Ananias of America's Navy." The epithet in no degree reflects disparagingly upon the memory of the departed, but serves rather as an incentive for such men as Seaman McCue, Scotty Ross, Jack Weir and others whose tales of the sea are as varied as they are interesting. Of Miller, be it known that had he blown a boatswain's pipe as many years as he spun yarns about, he must have spent a century on the deep, while the stories ascribed to him would fill a volume. Two of them I am going to write lest I forget them. Once upon a time, long years ago, Miller, who was boatswain of the Franklin carrying the flag of Admiral Farragut, fell overboard from a ship that drew eighteen feet of water. The life-preservers were cast to him, and in a twinkling he came dripping up the gangway with a grating under each arm. The skipper was the first man he met, and in excited accents he said, "Captain, if I have n't been treading bottom for the last half hour you may call me a liar." This is what they say. But the story he told most often was of a time when he was in Cape Town. Entering a saloon, he recognized at the bar a number of British officers. Being of a retiring nature, he was quietly backing out, when one of them recognized him and called out, "Come in, come in." He begged them to excuse him, reminding them that they were her Majesty's commissioned officers, while he was merely Boatswain Miller of the United States Navy. With minutial more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236667220
  • 9781236667229