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The Land of Fire

A Tale of Adventure

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Published: 1885
Language: English
Wordcount: 43,022 / 130 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.7
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,105
Added to site: 2008.04.29
mnybks.net#: 20704
Origin: gutenberg.org
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o their special harbour, and proceeding thither he finds several lying alongside the wharves, some taking in cargo, some discharging it, with two or three fully freighted and ready to set sail. These last claim his attention first, and, screwing up courage, he boards one, and asks if he may speak with her captain.

The captain being pointed out to him, he modestly and somewhat timidly makes known his wishes. But he meets only with an offhand denial, couched in words of scant courtesy.

Disconcerted, though not at all discouraged, he tries another ship; but with no better success. Then another, and another with like result, until he has boarded nearly every vessel in the harbour having a gangway-plank out. Some of the skippers receive him even rudely, and one almost brutally, saying, "We don't want landlubbers on this craft. So cut ashore--quick!"

Henry Chester's hopes, high-tide at noon, ere night are down to lowest ebb, and, greatly humiliated, he almost wishes himself back on the

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