This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903. Excerpt: ... XXV IT may be predicated of a man foolish enough to make a fool-bet, hardy enough to pay it, skilful enough to make his opponent and twelve interested friends pay it with him, and wicked enough to engineer the whole party into mutinous conduct and consequent incarceration in a Chinese jail, that he could be heartless enough to gloat over their suffering. And Sinful Peck justified such predication. When Captain Jackson returned from the trial and informed the small third mate that the consulate jail was a much more roomy and comfortable place than the forecastle, Sinful lightly replied that it was not in accordance with the eternal fitness of things for such scoundrels to be comfortable, and formally applied for the address of the best American tailor in Shanghai, money with which to pay for clothing, and shore-leave on which to wear the clothing whenever the ship could dispense with his service for a whole day. Captain Jackson obliged him with all three; Sinful was measured on board; the tailor took ashore with him instructions for the procuring of all articles of apparel outside his own line that a welldressed American citizen might need; and when the invalided first and second mates were able to resume work the goods had been delivered. He dressed himself after breakfast of the following day and stepped out on deck. They hardly recogiyized him. His small figure--trim and symmetrical after his fast--was clad in immaculate creased trousers, colored waistcoat, and frock-coat of the finest material and latest cut and fit. He wore a standing collar and puff tie, with a tasteful pearl pin. Small gold links peeped out from under his coatsleeves; suede gloves matching his tie covered his hands, patent leathers his feet, a shiny silk hat his head; and over all h...
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Morgan Robertson was an American writer best known for his novel Futility, or The Wreck of the Titan, a prescient novel published in 1898 about the catastrophic sinking of an unsinkable ocean liner, eerily similar to the sinking of the Titanic fourteen years later. Robertson also penned The Submarine Destroyer, Three Laws and the Golden Rule, and the short story Beyond the Spectrum, which described a future war between the United States and the Empire of Japan. Morgan Robertson died in 1915.
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