A romance of America's nascent imperial power recounting the adventures of Robert Clay, a mining engineer and sometime mercenary, and Hope Langham, the daughter of a wealthy American industrialist, as they become caught up in a coup in Olancho, a fictional Latin American republic. When the coup, organized by corrupt politicians and generals, threatens the American-owned Valencia Mining Company, Clay organizes his workers and the handful of Americans visiting the mine into a counter-coup force. Written on the eve of the Spanish-American War, Soldiers of Fortune casts the young American as the dashing, hypermasculine hero of the new military and economic imperium.
Self-made man Robert Clay has spent much of his adult life in single-minded pursuit of one goal: winning the hand of the beautiful heiress Alice Langham, whom Clay has worshipped from afar for quite some time. The only catch is that Alice is already being courted by a bevy of wealthy men from affluent families. Does Clay stand a chance against this stiff competition?
This is Richard Hardin Davis’s 1902 work, "Captain Macklin: His Memoirs". Upon his return to the US, a young Macklin must decide whether to settle down or continue with a life of adventure and mischief. This interesting, exciting, and often hilarious story is highly recommended for those looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, and it is not to be missed by fans and collectors of Davis’s work. Richard Harding Davis (1864 - 1916) was an American journalist and author. Many vintage texts such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this book now, in an affordable, high-quality, modern edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned biography of the author.
This early work by Richard Harding Davis was originally published in the early 20th century and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'Billy and the Big Stick' is a short story set in Haiti. Davis attended Lehigh University and Johns Hopkins University, but was asked to leave both due to neglecting his studies in favour socialising. During the Second Boer War in South Africa, Davis was a leading correspondent of the conflict. He saw the war first-hand from both parties perspectives and documented it in his publication 'With Both Armies' (1900). He wrote widely from locations such as the Caribbean, Central America, and even from the perspective of the Japanese forces during the Russo-Japanese War. Davis died following a heart attack on 11th April, 1916, at the age of 51.
Though journalist Richard Harding Davis was best known for his battlefield reports from the front lines of a number of conflicts, he also produced many amusing short stories over the course of his career. The centerpiece of this collection is "Cinderella," which uses the basic elements of the classic fairy tale and updates them to include the would-be debutante's take on her own transformation.
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