Author: Maturin Murray
Release Date: January, 2004 [EBook #4957] [Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule] [This file was first posted on April 4, 2002]
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This eBook was edited by Charles Aldarondo (www.aldarondo.net).
Or, the fortunes of A soldier.
By lieutenant Murray.
PUBLISHER’S note.—The following Novellette was originally published in the pictorial drawing-room companion, and is but a specimen of the many deeply entertaining Tales, and gems of literary merit, which grace the columns of that elegant and highly popular journal. The companion embodies a corps of contributors of rare literary excellence, and is regarded as the ne plus ultra, by its scores of thousands of readers.
The locale of the following story is that gem of the American Archipelago; the Island of Cuba, whose lone star, now merged in the sea, is destined yet to sparkle in liberty’s hemisphere, and radiate the light of republicanism. Poetry cannot outdo the fairy-like loveliness of this tropical clime, and only those who have partaken of the aromatic sweetness of its fields and shores can fully realize the delight that may be shared in these low latitudes. A brief residence upon the island afforded the author the subject-matter for the following pages, and he has been assiduous in his efforts to adhere strictly to geographical facts and the truthful belongings of the island. Trusting that this may prove equally popular with the author’s other numerous tales and novelettes, he has the pleasure of signing himself,
The PUBLIC’s humble servant.
to the readers of
GLEASON’S pictorial drawing-room companion,
for which journal these pages were originally written,
by their very humble servant,