The Game of Life and Death: Stories of the Sea

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Macmillan, 1914 - Sea stories, American - 289 pages
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Page 30 - could have played and won that game.' " 'My friend,' answered Lee Fu, 'the gods were trying me. I felt it, and had faith. Your European way is very bad. You would have taken upon yourself the work of the gods, and solved your own destiny. You would have flourished your revolver, and shot a few ; and finally many would have killed you in horrible ways, as you have seen. An uninteresting method, you admit. It seemed better to play; and we were amply repaid by the game. As for the matter of winning...
Page 294 - ... the trip on the Elsinore, and the captain's daughter. The play of incident, on the one hand the ship's amazing crew and on the other the lovers, gives a story in which the interest never lags and which demonstrates anew what a master of his art Mr. London is. Neighbors: Life Stories of the Other Half By JACOB A. Rus, Author of "How the Other Half Lives,
Page 21 - I was witnessing a rare and powerful exhibition — a battle in the air. Men have paid heavily to see the wonders of art, to hear music played, to be touched to the core by a perfection of illusion. Well, here was the reality . . . and free, too, or maybe bought at the final and complete price which opens still more mysterious doors. And I was touched, believe me ! I was thrilled in every nerve, by waves, by surges of emotion; I was dazzled, staggered, appalled, at the tearfulness of the stroke,...
Page 296 - Saturday's Child By KATHLEEN NORRIS, Author of "Mother," "The Treasure," etc. With frontispiece in colors by F. Graham Cootes, Decorated cloth, i2mo. $1.50 net. " Friday's child is loving and giving, Saturday's child must work for her living. " The title of Mrs. Norris' new novel at once indicates its theme. It is the life story of a girl who has her own way to make in the world. The various experiences through which she passes, the various viewpoints which she holds until she comes finally to realize...
Page 2 - I wouldn't ask you to believe me," he began, "if I couldn't refer you to Lee Fu Chang. You know him; he's probably chartered all of you for home, at different times. He is the soul of honor, and would confirm my most incredible detail. The next time any of you fellows have occasion to call at his office, bear my story in mind and take another look at him. You'll see him as he chooses to have it, for purposes of business; a tall and rather stout Chinaman, smiling, dignified, graceful, offering you...
Page 24 - Knowing what was in his mind, I saw after a little while that the honors went to Lee Fu Chang. At the opening of the game he had won a few hands; and immediately afterward had lost heavily, to an accompaniment of guttural cries from the infernal crew. Then he had begun to win again, slowly — so slowly that with each gain he held the gambling spirit of his countrymen, with each loss he drew them farther on. Like a man manipulating the fine wires of some instrument, he played surely, cunningly this...
Page 1 - As I came up the Omega's gangway one evening, Nichols was hanging paper lanterns beneath the awning. He expected the captains of the fleet on board to bid him goodbye. Together we sat by the rail and watched the sampans gather from the ships. A puff of offshore breeze lifted the awning, rustling among the paper globes. The quiet harbor lay like a pool at the foot of the Peak. Men drifted in by twos and threes, dropping into comfortable deck chairs. Glasses clicked, cigars were lighted. The talk turned...
Page 221 - THE sea is a primitive place; and following the sea is a man's business. Power rules on shipboard, through the medium of fear; as it was in the beginning and ever shall be. The failure of this natural law brings death to many, and works harm until the final score is paid.
Page 294 - How the Other Half Lives. At the time of its appearance it created nothing short of a literary sensation, and it is still found among the widely read and discussed publications. The present volume is a continuation or an elaboration of that work. In it Mr. Riis tells with that charm which is peculiarly his own and with a wonderful fidelity to life, little human interest stories of the people of the "other half.
Page 225 - I'll go where I d — d please!" he snarled, in a sudden flash of 'insolence. For answer he received a blow full in the face, which sent him flying over the break of the poop. His head collided with the pin-rail as he fell; he rolled into the scuppers, and lay without motion. Men came running aft at the sound of the scuffle; they had not been far away. "What's the trouble? What's the trouble, here?

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