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Real Soldiers Of Fortune
by Richard Harding Davis
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1912. American journalist and novelist who covered wars all over the world. His vivid accounts made him one of the leading reporters of his day. Contents: Major-General Henry Ronald Douglas MacIver; Baron James Harden-Hickey; Winston Spencer Churchill; Captain Philo Norton McGiffin; General William Walker, the King of the Filibusters; and Major Burnham, Chief of Scouts. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
ANY sunny afternoon, on Fifth Avenue, or at night in the table d'hote restaurants of University Place, you may meet the soldier of fortune who of all his brothers in arms now living is the most remarkable. You may have noticed him; a stiffly erect, distinguished-looking man, with gray hair, an imperial of the fashion of Louis Napoleon, fierce blue eyes, and across his forehead a sabre cut. This is Henry Ronald Douglas MacIver, for some time in India an ensign in the Sepoy mutiny; in Italy, lieutenant under Garibaldi; in Spain, captain under Don Carlos; in our Civil War, major in the Confederate army; in Mexico, lieutenant-colonel under the Emperor Maximilian; colonel under Napoleon III, inspector of cavalry for the Khedive of Egypt, and chief of cavalry and general of brigade of the army of King Milan of Servia. These are only a few of his military titles. In 1884 was published a book giving the story of his life up to that year. It was called "Under Fourteen Flags." If to-day General MacIver were to reprint the book, it would be called "Under Eighteen Flags."
About the Author
Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916) was an American author of romantic novels and short stories and the best known war correspondent of his generation. Davis was one of the most famous and idolized men of his time.
Davis early fiction achieved immediate success, particularly Gallegher and Other Stories (1891), a collection of newspaper stories, Van Bibber and Others (1892), and Ranson's Folly (1902). Many of his published works were illustrated by Charles Dana Gibson. He wrote seven popular novels published between 1897 and 1909. Several of his 25 plays were also very successful, notably Ranson's Folly (1904), The Dictator (1904), and Miss Civilization (1906).
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