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The Kidnapped President

(1902)
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I suppose to every man, at some period in his life, there comes some adventure upon which, in after life, he is destined to look back with a feeling that is very near akin to astonishment. Somebody has said that adventures are to the adventurous. In my case I must confess that I do not see how the remark applies. I was certainly fourteen years at sea, but in all that time, beyond having once fallen overboard in Table Bay, and, of course, the great business of which it is the purpose of this book to tell you, I cannot remember any circumstance that I could dignify with the title of an adventure. The sailor's calling in these times of giant steamships is so vastly different from what it was in the old days of sailing ships and long voyages that, with the most ordinary luck, a man might work his way up the ratlines from apprentice to skipper with little less danger than would be met with in a London merchant's office. Though I was not aware of it, however, I was destined to have an adventure, stirring enough to satisfy the most daring, before my seafaring life came to an end. How well I remember the day on which I was appointed fourth officer of the ocean liner Pernambuco, running from London to South America. I should here remark that I held a second officer's certificate, but I was, nevertheless, glad enough to take what I could get, in the hope of being able to work my way up to something better. It was not a bad rise, when all was said and done, to leave a ramshackle old tub of a tramp for the comparatively luxurious life of a mail boat; much jollier merely to run out to the Argentine and back, instead of dodging at a snail's pace from port to port all round the world. Then again there was the question of society. It was pleasanter in every respect to have pretty girls to flirt with on deck, and to sit beside one at meals, than to have no one to talk to save a captain who was in an intoxicated state five days out of seven, a grumpy old chief mate, and a Scotch engineer, who could recite anything Burns ever wrote, backwards or forwards, as you might choose to ask him for it. When I had been six months on board the Pernambuco, I was made third officer; at the end of the year I signed my name on the pay-sheet as second. Eventually I got my Master's Certificate, and became chief officer. Now everybody knows, or ought to know, that the duties of chief officer on board a big liner, and, for the matter of that, on any other boat, are as onerous as they are varied. In the first place, he is the chief executive officer of the ship, and is held responsible, not only for its appearance, but also for the proper working of the crew. It is a position that requires consummate tact. He must know when to see things and when not to see them, must be able to please the passengers, and yet protect the interests of his owners, must, and this is not the least important fact, be able to keep his men constantly employed, yet not earn for himself the reputation of being too hard a task-master. Finally, he has to see that all the credit for what he does is not appropriated by himself, but goes to increase the kudos of his commanding officer. If the latter is a gentleman, and can appreciate his officers' endeavours at their real value, matters will in all probability go smoothly; on the other hand, however, if the captain is a bully, then the chief officer is likely to wish himself elsewhere, or at least that he was the holder of some other rank. This was my case on my last and most memorable voyage in the service of a particular Company that every one knows, but which, for various reasons, shall be nameless. I had never met Captain Harveston until he joined us in dock on the day previous to sailing, but I had heard some scarcely complimentary remarks about him from men who had sailed with him.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2016 : Hardback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President
Author(s): Guy Newell 1867-1905 Boothby
ISBN: 1-372-56590-6 / 978-1-372-56590-8
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November 2015 : Hardback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President
Author(s): Guy Newell Boothby
ISBN: 1-346-66508-7 / 978-1-346-66508-5
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September 2015 : Hardback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President
Author(s): Guy Newell Boothby
ISBN: 1-343-38943-7 / 978-1-343-38943-4
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President (1902)
Author(s): Guy Boothby
ISBN: 1-164-34315-7 / 978-1-164-34315-8 (USA edition)
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June 2008 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President (1902)
Author(s): Guy Boothby
ISBN: 1-4365-8612-7 / 978-1-4365-8612-2 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President
Author(s): Guy Newell 1867-1905 Boothby
ISBN: 1-372-56589-2 / 978-1-372-56589-2
Publisher: Wentworth Press
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June 2016 : UK Paperback
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Author(s): Boothby Guy
ISBN: 1-318-00350-4 / 978-1-318-00350-1 (UK edition)
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February 2016 : Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President
Author(s): Guy Boothby
ISBN: 1-5300-4067-1 / 978-1-5300-4067-4
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October 2015 : Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President
Author(s): Guy Boothby
ISBN: 1-5176-8053-0 / 978-1-5176-8053-4
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September 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): Guy Boothby
ISBN: 1-331-39072-9 / 978-1-331-39072-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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April 2015 : Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President (Perfect Library)
Author(s): Guy Boothby
ISBN: 1-5117-0290-7 / 978-1-5117-0290-4
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December 2014 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President
Author(s): Guy Boothby
ISBN: 1-5029-5003-0 / 978-1-5029-5003-1 (USA edition)
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November 2014 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President
Author(s): Guy Boothby
ISBN: 1-5033-0751-4 / 978-1-5033-0751-3 (USA edition)
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President
Author(s): Guy Newell Boothby
ISBN: 1-236-73679-6 / 978-1-236-73679-6 (USA edition)
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May 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The kidnapped president
Author(s): Guy Newell Boothby
ISBN: 1-152-36048-5 / 978-1-152-36048-8 (USA edition)
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March 2012 : USA Paperback
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Author(s): Guy Newell Boothby
ISBN: 1-276-47612-4 / 978-1-276-47612-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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January 2012 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President
Author(s): Guy Newell Boothby
ISBN: 1-290-20461-6 / 978-1-290-20461-3 (UK edition)
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President (1902)
Author(s): Guy Boothby
ISBN: 1-164-09622-2 / 978-1-164-09622-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The kidnapped president
Author(s): Guy Newell Boothby
ISBN: 1-177-79294-X / 978-1-177-79294-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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November 2007 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President (1902)
Author(s): Guy Boothby
ISBN: 0-548-77727-6 / 978-0-548-77727-5 (USA edition)
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Kindle Editions

June 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President
Author(s): Guy, 1867-1905 Boothby
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February 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President
Author(s): Guy Boothby
Publisher: Epic House Publishers
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November 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The kidnapped president (1902) by Guy Boothby (Original Version)
Author(s): Guy Newell Boothby
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December 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Kidnapped President
Author(s): Guy Newell Boothby
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
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June 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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