On the Irrawaddy

A Story of the First Burmese War

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Author: G. A. Henty
Language: English
Wordcount: 107,966 / 298 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.3
LoC Categories: PR, PZ
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 1,506
Added to site: 2007.04.28
mnybks.net#: 16712
Origin: gutenberg.org
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onsent to his remaining with his uncle; grieved as he was at being parted from her and his sisters. The thought that he should, in time, be able to be of assistance to her was a pleasant one; and aided him to support the pain of parting when, a week later, she sailed with the girls for England.

"I suppose you have not done any shooting, Stanley?" his uncle asked.

"Not with a gun, but I have practised sometimes with pistols. Father thought that it would be useful."

"Very useful; and you must learn to shoot well with them, and with fowling-piece and rifle. What with river thieves, and dacoits, and wild tribes--to say nothing of wild beasts--a man who travels about, as I do, wants to be able to shoot straight. The straighter you shoot, the less likely you are to have to do so. I have come to be a good shot myself and, whenever we row up a river, I constantly practise--either at floating objects in the water, or at birds or other marks in the trees. I have the best weapons that money can buy.

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