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An Account of a Voyage from Philadelphia to San Francisco,
In the South Pacific.
BY E. I. BARRA,
San Francisco, 1893.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1893, by
E. I. BARRA,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.
SAN FRANCISCO, 1893 :
Press of Eastman & Co.
TO WM. J. YOUNGER, M. D.
Knowing by long acquaintance with you that you like a good story, when it is modestly told, and feeling that your approbation will be a harbinger of success, I dedicate this book to you.
If in reading it you find among its pages anything to approve, or anything that will cause a smile to overspread your good natured countenance, I will feel that the reading public will not lay aside my book with a feeling of disdain or despise me for my presumption in daring to write it.
If you note the paucity of sky-scraping words, or the absence of moon-raking metaphor in this story, I hope you will find instead an appropriateness of expression and a clearness of meaning that will more than make up for the lack of “words of learnéd length and thund'ring sound,” such as the schoolmaster of Goldsmith used to display with so much pride that he was a scholar of exceptional erudition.
With a sincere wish that your life may be illumined with a continuous sunshine of prosperity, I remain your friend,