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  • #16
    "Under Five Flags" is an article which I don't recall reading.
    Looks like we're back on Sudden Death's trail, Debs !!
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    • #17
      Under Five Flags

      Pall Mall Gazette
      January 10, 1887
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      • #18
        Haha !!! He says he knew Jeb Stuart !!!

        "Beauty" died in 1864 at the Battle Of Yellow Tavern...meanwhile D'Onston was behind a desk at Customs House in Hull from 1863 to 1868.
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        • #19
          Debs,all :

          I struck out in trying to find another article written by someone using the nom de plume, A Free Lance....in the Pall Mall Gazette.
          Doesn't mean one isn't there though....
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          • #20
            On one of his applications there is a note that his medical degree is of foreign origin and of no practical use in this country

            Also, details of previous payments of 150 and of 75 in the previous year

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            • #21
              Further to the military adventures Chris, it appears the raid on the gold bars has some truth in it according to this article sourced from "a chinese website"...

              Commander of the Ever Victorious Army

              During the conflict between the Chinese Tai Ping rebels and the Ching Government, some foreigners from Shanghai joined the Ching Government against the rebels. The most famous foreigner led army was the Ever Victorious Army (Cheong Zing Kwun), organized and led by an American from Salem, Massachusetts, Frederick Townsend Ward. His lieutenant was Henry Andrea Burgevine of North Carolina. Burgevine once served in the Confederate army for a short time, and his sentiment was for the Confederacy. After Frederick Townsend Ward was mortally wounded in a battle and died, Henry Andrea Burgevine took over the command of the Ever Victorious Army. Later, the command of the Ever Victorious Army went to the British Colonel Charles George Gordon ("Chinese" Gordon). Afterward, General Gordon gained his fame in the desperate and steadfast defense of Khartoum in Sudan. He and his command perished when the city fell.

              {Source: Caleb Carr, The Devil Soldier: The story of Frederick Townsend Ward, Random House, New York}

              Conflict and struggle for power also occurred in the Ever Victorious Army. After Commander Ward died from his wound from a battle, Ward's lieutenant, Henry Andrea Burgevine, succeed the the command of the Ever Victorious Army. Complicated power struggle involved, and Burgevine and his soldiers had not received their salary for quite a long time. The angry Henry Andrea Burgevine, along with a few trusted Ever Victorious Army lieutenants, went to Yeung Fong's residence, and seized his gold bars and silver bars to pay the owed salary to his Ever Victorious Army's soldiers. (Yeung Fong was the leader / representative of the Shanghai financial class which supported and financed the Ever Victorious Army. Yeung was also the father-in-law of Ward.)

              The Ching Government and Burgevine's superior, Li Hung-Chang were furious on Burgevine's action. The Ching Government revoked Burgevine's Chinese Citizenship. Li Hung-Chang relieved Burgevine's command of the Ever Victorious Army. Burgevine appealed his case to Prince Kung who was brief by Li on the facts. Prince Kung denied Burgevine's appeal. The furious Burgevine, changed side, and joined the Taiping rebels to fight against the Ching.

              Well, Burgevine knew many of the strength and weakness of the Ever Victorious Army. He also knew all its commanding officiers. This was a big coup for the Taiping rebels. But it wasn't meant to be. The Taiping movement was collapsing. Their army were defeated in the field. The Taiping forces were routed in 1864.

              In 1865, Henry Andrea Burgevine and some of the Taiping rebels went on board on the ship General Sherman and tried to escaped to Tai Wan.

              The Ching Naval force caught up with them. The Ching handled Burgevine this way. The Ching Government announced that Henry Andrea Burgevine was "accidentally drown."

              So it was the way that the Ching handled this Taiping Rebel who had changed side.

              Source: a Chinese website;
              http://72.14.207.104/search?q=cache:...449/2078/18518. html+henry+andrea+burgevine&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd =6&ie=UTF-8.
              (Extracted, summarized, and translated by the webmaster).

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              • #22
                Neems:

                I almost forgot....thanks a ton for the New Zealand article !!!
                I'll mention this on the other thread with the PMG article.
                Good find, old man !!!
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                • #23
                  No problem Howard - I wouldn't really know what is completely new or not

                  I don't think I can locate the "Industry" magazine

                  What do you make of his comment that he could not write from experience post 1890? His movements were known too well by people like Stead?

                  Stead shows him a lot of support and it is mentioned that the Prime Minister does also

                  The advance payments for his book reaches 800 according to himself

                  Some remarkable references are provided, though most seem written by RDS himself

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                  • #24
                    Nemo:

                    "What do you make of his comment that he could not write from experience post 1890?"


                    Not sure Nemo...but he's prevaricating when he says he outlived all his relatives.
                    Isabella was a teacher in 1896.
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                    • #25
                      Debs,Neems,Chris...

                      Does this say "brain trouble" ?
                      Remembering that in his Customs House records from 1863-1868, he suffered what was known as "brain fever".

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                      • #26
                        Letter from 1904...


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                        • #27
                          Yes Howard, it says "I am entirely free from the brain trouble"

                          I was thinking that relates to his neurasthenia and nerve trouble

                          Within the other files he relates recently suffering from acute gastritis for which he was hospitalised at Christmas

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                          • #28
                            Stead says he has a 200 payment being organised for RDS if the Literary Society would only provide temporary relief in lieu of this money

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                            • #29
                              The more you read these files Debs found, the sadder it gets.
                              I knew he was down and out, but not that down and out. Damn !
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                              • #30
                                Look at document 2 Howard - it has full details of scholarly articles written by RDS

                                Considering some of the titles he must have been learned - or a plagiarist

                                Tim will be pleased to note his article on "Earth Closets"

                                RDS also lists payments he has received over the previous twelve months indicating that he was probably submitting articles at the rate of one a month

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