William Wymark Jacobs (8 September 1863 – 1 September 1943), was an English author of short stories and novels. Although much of his work was humorous, he is most famous for his horror story The Monkey's Paw. [mehr][weniger]
The Arctic Tragedy--American Sailors In The Frozen Deep--The Search
For Sir John Franklin--Reasons For Seeking The North Pole--Testimony Of
Scientists And Explorers--Pertinacity Of Polar Voyagers--Dr. Kane And Dr.
Hayes--Charles F. Hall, Journalist And Explorer--Miraculous Escape Of His
Party--The Ill-Fated "Jeannette" Expedition--Suffering And Death Of De
Long And His Companions--A Pitiful Diary--The Greely Expedition--Its
Careful Plan And Complete Disaster--Rescue Of The Greely Survivors--Peary,
Wellman, And Baldwin. [mehr][weniger]
In an earlier series of books the present writer told the story of the high achievements of the men of the United States Navy, from the day of Paul Jones to that of Dewey, Schley, and Sampson. It is a record Americans may well regard with pride, for in wars of defense or offense, in wars just or unjust, the American blue jacket has discharged the duty allotted to him cheerfully, gallantly, and efficiently. But there are triumphs to be won by sea and by land greater than those of war, dangers to be braved, more menacing than the odds of battle. It was a glorious deed to win the battle of Santiago, but Fulton and Ericsson influenced the progress of the world more than all the heroes of history. The daily life of those who go down to the sea in ships is one of constant battle, and the whaler caught in the ice-pack is in more direful case than the blockaded cruiser; while the captain of the ocean liner, guiding through a dense fog his colossal craft freighted with two thousand human lives, has on his mind a weightier load of responsibility than the admiral of the fleet. In all times and ages, the deeds of the men who sail the deep as its policemen or its soldiery have been sung in praise. It is time for chronicle of the high courage, the reckless daring, and oftentimes the noble self-sacrifice of those who use the Seven Seas to extend the markets of the world, to bring nations nearer together, to advance science, and to cement the world into one great interdependent whole. WILLIS JOHN ABBOT. Ann Arbor, Mich., May 1, 1902 [mehr][weniger]
When The Twentieth Century Opened, The American Sailor Was Almost Extinct.
The Nation Which, In Its Early And Struggling Days, Had Given To The World
A Race Of Seamen As Adventurous As The Norse Vikings Had, [mehr][weniger]