Decatur and Somers

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D. Appleton and Company, 1908 - Children's stories, American - 169 pages
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Page 73 - Lear," answered Preble, raising himself up to answer, "in accepting this command. Had I known how I was to be supported, I certainly should have declined it. Government has sent me here a parcel of children, as commanders of all my light craft.
Page 145 - Have no fear, sir," answered Somers calmly. " I promise you that, rather than permit such a thing, I myself will fire the ' infernal,' if there is no alternative but capture. And I will take no man with me who is not willing to die before suffering so much powder to be captured and used against our own squadron.
Page 146 - The conversation that followed was long and animated, and when Decatur and Somers left the ship and were rowed across the dark water the commodore's permission had been given. On the Enterprise, the very next morning, the squadron being well out of sight of the town and at anchor, the preparation of the ketch began. The day was a bright and beautiful one, although in September, which is a stormy month in the Mediterranean. The ketch was laid alongside of
Page 67 - Decatur was lucky enough to have as his first lieutenant James Lawrence, who was afterward to give the watchword to the American navy,

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