A Captain at Fifteen

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Dick Sand; or, a Captain at Fifteen by Jules Verne

[Redactor's Note: _Dick Sand; or, a Captain at Fifteen_, number V018 in the T&M listing of the works of Jules Verne, is a translation of _Un capitaine de quinze ans (1878)_. This translation was first published by George Munro (N.Y.) in 1878 and reprinted many times in the U.S. This is a different translation from that of Ellen E. Frewer who translated the book for Sampson and Low in London entitled _Dick Sands, the Boy Captain_. American translations were often free of the religious and colonial bias inserted by the English translators of Verne's works.]

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DICK SAND;

or,

A CAPTAIN AT FIFTEEN.

By JULES VERNE,

_Author of "Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon," "Twenty
Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," "The Mysterious
Island," "Tour of the World in Eighty Days,"
"Michael Strogoff," etc., etc._

A. L. BURT COMPANY, PUBLISHERS

52-58 Duane STREET, NEW YORK.

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CONTENTS.

_PART I._

CHAPTER I. The Brig-Schooner "Pilgrim."

CHAPTER II. Dick Sand.

CHAPTER III. The Wreck.

CHAPTER IV. The Survivors of the "Waldeck."

CHAPTER V. "S. V."

CHAPTER VI. A Whale in Sight.

CHAPTER VII. Preparations.

CHAPTER VIII. The Jubarte.

CHAPTER IX. Captain Sand.

CHAPTER X. The Four Days which Follow.

CHAPTER XI. Tempest.

CHAPTER XII. On the Horizon.

CHAPTER XIII. Land! Land.

CHAPTER XIV. The Best to Do.

CHAPTER XV. Harris.

CHAPTER XVI. On the Way.

CHAPTER XVII. A Hundred Miles in Ten Days.

CHAPTER XVIII. The Terrible Word.

_PART II._

CHAPTER I. The Slave Trade.

CHAPTER II. Harris and Negoro.

CHAPTER III. On the March.

CHAPTER IV. The Bad Roads of Angola.

CHAPTER V. Ants and their Dwelling.

CHAPTER VI. The Diving-Bell.

CHAPTER VII. In Camp on the Banks of the Coanza.

CHAPTER VIII. Some of Dick Sand's Notes.

CHAPTER IX. Kazounde.

CHAPTER X. The Great Market-day.

CHAPTER XI. The King of Kazounde is Offered a Punch.

CHAPTER XII. A Royal Burial.

CHAPTER XIII. The Interior of a Factory.

CHAPTER XIV. Some News of Dr. Livingston.

CHAPTER XV. Where a Manticore may Lead.

CHAPTER XVI. A Magician.

CHAPTER XVII. Drifting.

CHAPTER XVIII. Various Incidents.

CHAPTER XIX. "S. V."

CHAPTER XX. Conclusion.

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DICK SAND

_PART I._

CHAPTER I.

THE BRIG-SCHOONER "PILGRIM."

On February 2, 1876, the schooner "Pilgrim" was in latitude 43 deg. 57' south, and in longitude 165 deg. 19' west of the meridian of Greenwich.

This vessel, of four hundred tons, fitted out at San Francisco for whale-fishing in the southern seas, belonged to James W. Weldon, a rich Californian ship-owner, who had for several years intrusted the command of it to Captain Hull.

The "Pilgrim" was one of the smallest, but one of the best of that flotilla, which James W. Weldon sent each season, not only beyond Behring Strait, as far as the northern seas, but also in the quarters of Tasmania or of Cape Horn, as far as the Antarctic Ocean. She sailed in a superior manner. Her very easily managed rigging permitted her to venture, with a few men, in sight of the impenetrable fields of ice of the southern hemisphere. Captain Hull knew how to disentangle himself, as the sailors say, from among those icebergs, which, during the summer, drift by the way of New Zealand or the Cape of Good Hope, under a much lower latitude than that which they reach in the northern seas of the globe.

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