The Walloping Window-blind
Charles Edward Carryl
A capital ship for an ocean trip
The captain sat in a commodore's hat
And we all felt ill as mariners will,
Composed of sand was that favoured land,
On rubagub bark, from dawn to dark,
"Gomery of Montgomery: a family history"
A work of fiction written by Charles Ames Washburn (1822-1889), an American diplomat and author, in 1865.
Washburn went to California in 1849 for the goldrush, and eventually became editor of The Times. He was opposed to slavery and in 1854 he fought a duel with the pro-slavery Benjamin Franklin Washington, a relation of George Washington, who at the time worked for the Times and Transcript. Washington took offence to anti-slavery articles printed in the San Francisco Herald, and challenged Washburn, then the editor of the San Francisco Herald, to a duel with rifles at forty paces. Washington aimed to kill Washburn but his second shot went through the rim of Washburn's hat, and his third bullet struck Washburn in the shoulder, severely wounding him. The duel then ended, and Washburn survived.
In 1861 President Lincoln appointed him Minister Resident to Paraguay. He was in Paraguay during its' war with Brazil, Uruguay, and the Argentine Republic, and a gunship was sent to bring him and his family home. After his return to the U.S. he wrote a history of Paraguay, and two novels, "Philip Thraxter" and "Gomery of Montgomery: a family history".
Washburn invented an early typewriter, Washburn's Typeograph.
Merriman Lyon aka Great-Uncle Merry aka Gummery
Great Uncle Merry aka Gummery is a character in the fictional, five book series, "The Dark is Rising" by Susan Cooper. The main characters of the novels are the three Drew children, Simon, Jane and Barney, their mysterious Great-Uncle Merry, a distinguished Celtic scholar. The stories were written for children and are fantasy, mystery, adventure stories set in England and Wales of the eternal fight between good and evil, the Light and the Dark, with Arthurian legend woven in. Gummery is, in reality, an Old One, an immortal who's responsibilty it is to defeat the Dark and save the world from its evil power. He has an imposing appearance with thick, white hair and deep, dark eyes, and is able to go backwards and forwards in time representing the force for good.
Susan Cooper was born in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England in 1935 and attended Oxford University graduating with a MA in English. She worked as a reporter and feature writer on the Sunday Times (her first boss was Ian Fleming), then in 1963 left England to marry an American. The Dark is Rising series began with "Over Sea, Under Stone" published in 1965; then "The Dark is Rising" published in 1973, "Greenwitch" published in 1974; "The Grey King" published in 1975; and the final book in the series "Silver on the Tree" was published in 1977.
To learn more about Susan Cooper and her books visit http://www.thelostland.com/welcome.htm
Art Gummery - found on the internet October 2005 but since removed.
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