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Dave Darrin at Vera Cruz

Fighting with the U.S. Navy in Mexico

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Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 48,230 / 149 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.2
LoC Category: PZ
Series: Dave Darrin
Downloads: 1,031
Added to site: 2004.07.06 8764

The story of Dave's and Dan's initial active service in the United States Navy. That our two young ensigns took an exciting part in the fighting there is known to all our readers.

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arrying a suit case. To the top of each case was strapped a sword, emblem of officer's rank, and encased in chamois-skin.

Going below, the pair breakfasted, glancing, in the meantime, over morning newspapers.

Just before nine-thirty that same morning, our young naval officers, bent on joining their ship, stepped along briskly through the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

It was really an inspiring place. Sailors, marines and officers, too, were in evidence.

In the machine shops and about the docks thousands of men were performing what once would have passed for the work of giants. Huge pieces of steel were being shaped; heavy drays carried these pieces of steel; monster cranes hoisted them aboard ships lying at the docks or standing shored up in the dry docks. There was noise in the air; the spirit of work and accomplishment pervaded the place, for word had come from Washington that many ships might soon be needed in Mexican waters.

Eight dreadnoughts lay at their berths. Even as the boys crossed the gre

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Greg Homer

Another of the "Dancin' Dave Darrin" adventure series. In these stories Dave Darrin is the Army's official 'Crooner and Tap Dancer'. He gets stationed only in the most remote and dangerous of war zones, where his duty is to sing, dance, and entertain the troops to keep up their morale.

(In a way, Dave Darrin was the Bob Hope of the World War I era.)

In this particular volume Dancin' Dave is in Vera Cruz, Mexico during the Spanish American war. Isolated from his company and surrounded by fierce Spanish soldiers, Dave must use all of his tap dancing skills to avoid whizzing rifle bullets and return safely to his unit. Not easy to do in the muck and mire of tropical Vera Cruz.



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