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Adventures of Louis de Rougemont - de Rougemont

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THE ADVENTURES OF LOUIS DE ROUGEMONT

CHAPTER I



Early life--Leaving home--I meet Jensen--I go pearling--Daily
routine--Submarine beauties--A fortune in pearls--Seized by an
octopus--Shark-killing extraordinary--Trading with the natives--
Impending trouble--Preparing for the attack--Baffling the savages.


I was born in or near Paris, in the year 1844.  My father was a
fairly prosperous man of business--a general merchant, to be
precise, who dealt largely in shoes; but when I was about ten years
old, my mother, in consequence of certain domestic differences,
took me to live with her at Montreux, and other places in
Switzerland, where I was educated.  I visited many of the towns
near Montreux, including Lausanne, Geneva, Neufchatel, &c.  The
whole of the time I was at school I mixed extensively with English
boys on account of their language and sports, both of which
attracted me.

Boys soon begin to display their bent, and mine, curiously enough,
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