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The Young Marooners on the Florida Coast

Produced by Al Haines.

[Illustration: Cover]

[Illustration: "Hallo!" cried Harold, his own voice husky with emotion . . . Frontispiece]

THE YOUNG MAROONERS ON THE FLORIDA COAST

BY F. R. GOULDING

WITH INTRODUCTION BY JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS (Uncle Remus)

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY 1927

COPYRIGHT, 1862 BY F. R. GOULDING

COPYRIGHT, 1881 BY F. R. GOULDING

COPYRIGHT, 1887 BY DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY

PRINTED IN U. S. A.

INTRODUCTION

I have been asked to furnish an introduction for a new edition of "The Young Marooners." As an introduction is unnecessary, the writing of it must be to some extent perfunctory. The book is known in many lands and languages. It has survived its own success, and has entered into literature. It has become a classic. The young marooners themselves have reached middle age, and some of them have passed away, but their adventures are as fresh and as entertaining as ever.

Dr. Goulding's work possesses all the elements of enduring popularity. It has the strength and vigour of simplicity; its narrative flows continuously forward; its incidents are strange and thrilling, and underneath all is a moral purpose sanely put.

The author himself was surprised at the great popularity of his story, and has written a history of its origin as a preface. The internal evidence is that the book is not the result of literary ambition, but of a strong desire to instruct and amuse his own children, and the story is so deftly written that the instruction is a definite part of the narrative. The art here may be unconscious, but it is a very fine art nevertheless.

Dr. Goulding lived a busy life. He had the restless missionary spirit which he inherited from the Puritans of Dorchester, England, who established themselves in Dorchester, South Carolina, and in Dorchester, Georgia, before the Revolutionary War. Devoting his life to good works, he nevertheless found time to indulge his literary faculty; he also found time to indulge his taste for mechanical invention. He invented the first sewing-machine that was ever put in practical use in the South. His family were using this machine a year before the Howe patents were issued. In his journal of that date (1845) he writes: "Having satisfied myself about my machine, I laid it aside that I might attend to other and weightier duties." He applied for no patent.


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