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The Yankee Middy, Or, The Adventures of a Naval Officer

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Pages: 184

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Oliver Optic

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. MR. MIDSHIPMAN SOMERS. name and fame of Mr. Midshipman Somers had gone before him, for both Mrs. Portington y and her daughter had heard of the distinguished young gentleman. His gallant conduct on the southern coast, and the exploits of which he was the hero, had been duly reported at Newport. He had been examined by the board of medical officers and by the Academic Board, and was not only pronounced physically fit to serve his country in the navy, but had been admitted to the second class in the institution. It is true some wise and prudent people said that his admission was not altogether regular : but it was certain that he was admitted entirely on his own merits, whatever influence might have been used in breaking through arbitrary forms, that were invaluable in piping times of peace, but which the exigencies of the times could very properly vary. But we do not intend to discuss the " red tape " items in the career of our hero : and we can only say that he was a member of the Naval Academy, inhigh standing in his class, and in excellent repute with the officers and professors of the institution. We imagine his admission was no more irregular than the departure of the two upper classes when their services were needed in the active duties of their chosen profession. It was said that Commander Bankhead had more influence in "Washington than some officers'of equal rank : and this devoted and patriotic man was Somers's warm friend. Our midshipman had studied with a zeal which was worthy of success. Before he entered the institution he had improved every moment of time, and even the greater portion of his thirty days' furlough had been spent in the solitude of his chamber over navigation, gunnery, and general mathematics. He had graduated with honor i...  

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