The Swoop

or, How Clarence Saved England: A Tale of the Great Invasion

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Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,715 / 60 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 3,482
mnybks.net#: 7584
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Humor, Audiobook
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with three-shies-a-penny balls and milky cocos, undoubtedly troubled the advance guard considerably. But superior force told. After half an hour's fighting the excursionists fled, leaving the beach to the foe.

At Auchtermuchty and Portsmouth no obstacle, apparently, was offered to the invaders. At Brighton the enemy were permitted to land unharmed. Scarborough, taken utterly aback by the boyish vigour of the Young Turks, was an easy prey; and at Yarmouth, though the Grand Duke received a nasty slap in the face from a dexterously-thrown bloater, the resistance appears to have been equally futile.

By tea-time on August the First, nine strongly-equipped forces were firmly established on British soil.


Chapter 4

WHAT ENGLAND THOUGHT OF IT

Such a state of affairs, disturbing enough in itself, was rendered still more disquieting by the fact that, except for the Boy Scouts, England's military strength at this time was practically nil.

The abolition of the regular army

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