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Oswald Langdon

or, Pierre and Paul Lanier. A Romance of 1894-1898

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Author: Carson Jay Lee
Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 82,978 / 262 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 304
Added to site: 2007.08.03
mnybks.net#: 17819
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for the future, heartily approving of his highest aspirations, that the young man confides unreservedly, and tells it well.

Oswald's father was the younger son of Herbert Langdon, and for many years had been rector of an important parish. His parents had placed Oswald under a tutor, who had prepared him for Oxford. He had finished a course at this institution, and was taking a pleasure trip on horseback when the accident befell him. He now aspires to be a barrister, though until within a few years his secret ambition had been to be a great military leader. He had read of "St. Crispin," "Balaklava," the "Battle of the Nile," "Trafalgar," and "Waterloo," but the military spirit is subservient to that of commerce and diplomacy. With much sage assurance he said:

"Massed armies, long-range ordnance, impregnable forts, steel-armored battle-ships, and deadly, explosive coast marine mines are simply bellicose forms of pacific, neutral notes commanding the 'peace of Europe.' The jealousy of nations will

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