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The Conquest of America - A Romance of Disaster and Victory

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Conquest of America, by Cleveland MoffettCopyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check the copyright laws for your country before downloadingor redistributing this or any other Project Gutenberg eBook.This header should be the first thing seen when viewing this Project Gutenberg file. Please do not remove it. Do notchange or edit the header without written permission.Please read the "legal small print," and other information about the eBook and Project Gutenberg at the bottom of thisfile. Included is important information about your specific rights and restrictions in how the file may be used. You can alsofind out about how to make a donation to Project Gutenberg, and how to get involved.**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts****eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971*******These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!*****Title: The Conquest of America A Romance of Disaster and VictoryAuthor: Cleveland MoffettRelease Date: August, 2005 [EBook #8684] [Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule] [This file was firstposted on August 1, 2003] [Date last updated: October 3, 2005]Edition: 10Language: English*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE CONQUEST OF AMERICA ***Produced by Suzanne Shell, Beginners Projects, Mary Meehan and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team.THE CONQUEST OF AMERICAA Romance of Disaster and Victory: U.S.A., 1921 ...
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**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla
Electronic Texts**
**eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By
Computers, Since 1971**
*****These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands
of Volunteers!*****
Title: The Conquest of America A Romance of
Disaster and VictoryAuthor: Cleveland Moffett
Release Date: August, 2005 [EBook #8684] [Yes,
we are more than one year ahead of schedule]
[This file was first posted on August 1, 2003] [Date
last updated: October 3, 2005]
Edition: 10
Language: English
*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG
EBOOK THE CONQUEST OF AMERICA ***
Produced by Suzanne Shell, Beginners Projects,
Mary Meehan and the Online Distributed
Proofreading Team.THE CONQUEST OF AMERICA
A Romance of Disaster and Victory: U.S.A., 1921
A. D.
BASED ON EXTRACTS FROM THE DIARY OF
JAMES E. LANGSTON, WAR CORRESPONDENT
OF THE "LONDON TIMES"
BY CLEVELAND MOFFETT
1916
AUTHOR OF "THROUGH THE WALL," "THE
BATTLE," "CAREERS OF DANGER AND
DARING," ETC., ETC.
[Illustration: ABOUT NOON ON THE DAY OF
CAPITULATION, MAY 25, 1921, A
DETACHMENT OF GERMAN SOLDIERS
MARCHED QUIETLY UP BROADWAY, TURNED
INTO
WALL STREET, AND STOPPED OUTSIDE THE
BANKING HOUSE OF J. P. MORGAN &
COMPANY.]Thus saith the Lord, Behold, a people cometh from
the north country; and a great nation shall be
stirred up from the uttermost parts of the earth.
They lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel,
and have no mercy; their voice roareth like the
sea, and they ride upon horses; every one set in
array, as a man to the battle, against thee, O
daughter of Zion.
Jeremiah 6: 22, 23.
They seemed as men that lifted up
Axes upon a thicket of trees.
And now all the carved work thereof together
They break down with hatchet and hammers.
They have set thy sanctuary on fire;
They have profaned the dwelling place of thy name
even to the ground.
They said in their heart, Let us make havoc of
them altogether:
They have burned up all the synagogues of God in
the land.
Psalms 74: 5-8.
CONTENTS
CHAPTER
TO MY FELLOW AMERICANSI. I WITNESS THE BLOWING UP OF THE
PANAMA CANAL
II. AMERICAN AEROPLANES AND
SUBMARINES BATTLE DESPERATELY
AGAINST THE GERMAN FLEET
III. GERMAN INVADERS DRIVE THE IRON INTO
THE SOUL OF UNPREPARED AMERICA
IV. INVASION OF LONG ISLAND AND THE
BATTLE OF BROOKLYN
V. GENERAL VON HINDENBURG TEACHES
NEW YORK CITY A LESSON
VI. VARIOUS UNPLEASANT HAPPENINGS IN
MANHATTAN
VII. NEW HAVEN IS PUNISHED FOR RIOTING
AND INSUBORDINATION
VIII. I HAVE A FRIENDLY TALK WITH THE
GERMAN CROWN PRINCE AND SECURE A
SENSATIONAL INTERVIEW
IX. BOSTON OFFERS DESPERATE AND
BLOODY RESISTANCE TO THE INVADERSX. LORD KITCHENER VISITS AMERICA AND
DISCUSSES OUR MILITARY PROBLEMS
XI. HEROIC ACT OF BARBARA WEBB SAVES
AMERICAN ARMY AT THE BATTLE OF
TRENTON
XII. REAR ADMIRAL THOMAS Q. ALLYN
WEIGHS CHANCES OF THE AMERICAN FLEET
IN IMPENDING NAVAL BATTLE
XIII. THE GREAT NAVAL BATTLE OF THE
CARIBBEAN SEA
XIV. PHILADELPHIA'S FIRST CITY TROOPS DIE
IN DEFENCE OF THE LIBERTY BELL
XV. THRILLING INCIDENT AT WANAMAKER'S
STORE WHEN GERMANS DISHONOUR
AMERICAN FLAG
XVI. AN AMERICAN GIRL BRINGS NEWS THAT
CHANGES THE COURSE OF THE MOUNT
VERNON PEACE CONFERENCE
XVII. THOMAS A. EDISON MAKES A SERIOUS
MISTAKE IN ACCEPTING A DINNER
INVITATION
XVIII. I WITNESS THE BATTLE OF THESUSQUEHANNA FROM VINCENT ASTOR'S
AEROPLANE
XIX. GENERAL WOOD SCORES ANOTHER
BRILLIANT SUCCESS AGAINST THE CROWN
PRINCE
XX. THIRD BATTLE OF BULL RUN WITH
AEROPLANES CARRYING LIQUID CHLORINE
XXI. THE AWAKENING OF AMERICA
XXII. ON CHRISTMAS EVE BOSTON THRILLS
THE NATION WITH AN ACT OF MAGNIFICENT
HEROISM
XXIII. CONFESSIONS OF AN AMERICAN SPY
AND BRAVERY OF BUFFALO SCHOOLBOYS
XXIV. NOVEL ATTACK OF AMERICAN AIRSHIP
UPON GERMAN SUPER-DREADNOUGHT
XXV. DESPERATE EFFORT TO RESCUE
THOMAS A. EDISON FROM THE GERMANS
XXVI. RIOTS IN CHICAGO AND GERMAN PLOT
TO RESCUE THE CROWN PRINCE
XXVII. DECISIVE BATTLE BETWEEN GERMAN
FLEET AND AMERICAN SEAPLANESCARRYING TORPEDOES
ILLUSTRATIONS
ABOUT NOON ON THE DAY OF CAPITULATION,
MAY 25, 1921, A DETACHMENT OF
GERMAN SOLDIERS MARCHED UNOBSERVED
UP BROADWAY, TURNED INTO WALL STREET,
AND STOPPED OUTSIDE THE BANKING HOUSE
OP J. P. MORGAN & COMPANY
AS THE GERMAN LANDING OPERATIONS
PROCEEDED, THE NEWS OF THE INVASION
SPREAD OVER THE WHOLE REGION WITH THE
SPEED OF ELECTRICITY. THE ENEMY WAS
COMING! THE ENEMY WAS HERE! WHAT WAS
TO BE DONE?
THEN, FACING INEXORABLE NECESSITY,
GENERAL WOOD ORDERED HIS ENGINEERS
TO BLOW UP THE BRIDGES AND FLOOD THE
SUBWAYS THAT LED TO MANHATTAN. IT WAS
AS IF THE VAST STEEL STRUCTURE OF
BROOKLYN BRIDGE HAD BEEN A THING OF
LACE. IN SHREDS IT FELL, A TORN,
TRAGICALLY WRECKED PIECE OF
MAGNIFICENCE
THE PEOPLE KNEW THE ANSWER OF VON
HINDENBURG. THEY HAD READ IT, AS HADALL THE WORLD FOR MILES AROUND, IN THE
CATACLYSM OF THE PLUNGING TOWERS.
NEW YORK MUST SURRENDER OR PERISH!
GERMAN GUNS DESTROY THE HOTEL TAFT
"YOU KNOW, MARK TWAIN WAS A GREAT
FRIEND OF MY FATHER'S," SAID THE CROWN
PRINCE. "I REMEMBER HOW MY FATHER
LAUGHED, ONE EVENING AT THE PALACE IN
BERLIN, WHEN MARK TWAIN TOLD US THE
STORY OF 'THE JUMPING FROG.'"
AND ON THE MORNING OF JULY 4, TWO OF
VON KLUCK'S STAFF OFFICERS,
ACCOMPANIED BY A MILITARY ESCORT,
MARCHED DOWN STATE STREET TO
ARRANGE FOR THE PAYMENT OF AN
INDEMNITY PROM THE CITY OF BOSTON OF
THREE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS
"MY FRIENDS, THEY SAY PATRIOTISM Is DEAD
IN THIS LAND. THEY SAY WE ARE
EATEN UP WITH LOVE OF MONEY, TAINTED
WITH A YELLOW STREAK THAT MAKES US
AFRAID TO FIGHT. IT'S A LIE! I AM SIXTY
YEARS OLD, BUT I'LL FIGHT IN THE
TRENCHES WITH MY FOUR SONS BESIDE ME,
AND YOU MEN WILL DO THE SAME. AM I
RIGHT?"

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