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Harper's Young People, November 4, 1879

An Illustrated Weekly

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1879
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,856 / 42 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.5
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 734
Added to site: 2009.02.25 23540
Genre: Periodical

. Seymour shall have the birds, no matter what trouble and danger it may cost me. He shall soon see that I am neither selfish nor unthankful to him for his generosity."


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="I can Swim, Sir."=--During a terrible naval battle between the English and the Dutch, the English flag-ship, commanded by Admiral Narborough, was drawn into the thickest of the fight. Two masts were soon shot away, and the mainmast fell with a fearful crash upon the deck. Admiral Narborough saw that all was lost unless he could bring up his ships from the right. Hastily scrawling an order, he called for volunteers to swim across the boiling water, under the hail of shot and shell. A dozen sailors at once offered their services, and among them a cabin-boy. "Why," said the admiral, "what can you do, my fearless lad?" "I can swim, Sir," the boy replied; "if I be shot, I can be easier spared than any one else." Narborough hesitated; his men were few, and his position desperate. The boy plunged in



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