The Americanization of Edward Bok: The Autobiography of a Dutch Boy Fifty Years After

The Americanization of Edward Bok: The Autobiography of a Dutch Boy Fifty Years After

The Americanization of Edward Bok: The Autobiography of a Dutch Boy Fifty Years After

The Americanization of Edward Bok: The Autobiography of a Dutch Boy Fifty Years After

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Along an island in the North Sea, five miles from the Dutch Coast, stretch a dangerous series of sand-bars that have proved the graveyard of many a vessel sailing these turbulent waters. On this island once lived a group of men who, as each vessel was wrecked, looted the vessel and murdered those of the crew who reached shore. The government of the Netherlands decided to exterminate the island pirates, and for the job King William selected a young lawyer at The Hague.

"I want you to clean up that island," was the royal order. It was a formidable job for a young man of twenty odd years. By royal proclamation he was made mayor of the island, and within a short time the young attorney was appointed judge; and in that dual capacity he "cleaned up" the island.

The young man now decided to settle on the island, and began to look around for a home. It was a grim place, barren of tree or living green of any kind ; it was as if a man had been exiled to Siberia. Still, argued the young . . .

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