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From Powder Monkey to Admiral

A Story of Naval Adventure

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Author: W.H.G. Kingston
Published: 1870
Language: English
Wordcount: 118,406 / 332 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,309
Added to site: 2007.05.10
mnybks.net#: 16894
Origin: gutenberg.org

"Kingston's tales require no commendation. All lads enjoy them, and many men. This is one of his best stories--a youthful critic assures us his very best."--Sheffield Independent.

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ing foggy weather; for Bill, though he often went supperless to his nest, either under a market-cart, or in a cask by the river side, or in some other out-of-the-way place, generally managed to have a little capital with which to buy a link; but the said capital did not grow much, for bad times coming swallowed it all up.

Bill, as are many other London boys, was exposed to temptations of all sorts; often when almost starving, without a roof to sleep under, or a friend to whom he could appeal for help, his shoes worn out, his clothing too scanty to keep him warm; but, ever recollecting his mother's last words, he resisted them all. One day, having wandered farther east than he had ever been before, he found himself in the presence of a press-gang, who were carrying off a party of men and boys to the river's edge. One of the man-of-war's men seized upon him, and Bill, thinking that matters could not be much worse with him than they were at present, willingly accompanied the party, though he had very litt

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