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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Middy and Ensign, by G. Manville Fenn This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Middy and Ensign Author: G. Manville Fenn Illustrator: G.D. Rowlandson Release Date: May 8, 2007 [EBook #21355] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MIDDY AND ENSIGN *** Produced by Nick Hodson of London, England Middy and Ensign, by George Manville Fenn. ________________________________________________________________________ This was the first Manville Fenn book I ever encountered, and I loved it at first sight. So much so that I had put nearly fifty of his books on the website within a couple of years, although, writing in 2005, two years ago I had never heard of Manville Fenn. HMS Startler is on patrol up the Parang River in the Malay peninsula. On board are the midshipman, Bob Roberts, and the ensign, Tom Long. Their friendly bickering goes on throughout the book. Various tropical indispositions trouble them, and also of course the insect life in the air and saurian life in the river is of no help. It is hard to know which of the natives are on their side, and which not, and there is a great deal of two-facedness. We are introduced to various fruits. A soldier on their own side is prone to fall asleep when on sentry duty, and the little fort they build to give the womenfolk a little more room than aboard ship, is very nearly captured and destroyed. There are various trips for fishing and shooting purposes, and we learn a great deal about the natural history of the area while these expeditions are in progress. One of the reasons why some of the natives do not like the British Protectorate is that normally any traffic passing up and down the river does so only on payment of a toll to the local chieftains, who in turn are at loggerheads with each other in dispute of the right to exact tolls. It's a very exciting book, and you'll probably learn a lot by reading it. ________________________________________________________________________ MIDDY AND ENSIGN, BY GEORGE MANVILLE FENN. CHAPTER ONE. ON BOARD THE "STARTLER". The close of a hot day on board Her Majesty's ship "Startler,"
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