The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service

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A CHRONOLOGY OF ROBERT ERSKINE CHILDERS
1870 Robert Erskine Childers, second son of Robert Caesar Childers
and Irish-born Anna Barton, born in London, 25 June.
1876 Father dies of tuberculosis. Mother sent to sanitorium, where
she dies in 1884. Five children are sent to Ireland to the guard-
ianship of an aunt and uncle.
1883-93 Educated at Haileybury College and Trinity College, Cambridge.
1895 Joins the Cruising Club, on whose Committee he serves be-
tween 1899 and 1901.
1895-1910 Clerk in the House of Commons.
1897 Buys Vixen, boat on which Childers modelled Dulcibella, and
travels the Frisian Sands with his brother Henry.
1900 Serves in City Imperial Volunteer Battery of the Honourable
Artillery Company during the Boer War.
Publishes In the Ranks of the C.I.V.: A Narrative and Diary of
Personal Experiences with the C.I.V. Battery (Honourable Artil-
lery Company) in South Africa
.
1903 Publishes The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service
Recently Achieved
.
1904 Marries Mary Alden Osgood.
1905 First son, Erskine, born.
1910 Resigns from the House of Commons to devote himself to Irish
Home Rule.
War and the Arme Blanche published by Edward Arnold.
1911 Second son, Robert, born.
The Framework of Home Rule and German Influence on
British Cavalry published by Edward Arnold
.
1914 Landed cargo of rifles from his own yacht purchased in Ger-
many for Irish revolutionary volunteers.
Served in World War I in Royal Naval Air Service as intelli-
gence and aerial and reconnaisance officer.
1915 The Riddle of the Sands published in America.
1919 Settles in Dublin.

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Table of contents

  • Oxford World''s Classics ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on the Text xix
  • Select Bibliography xx
  • A Chronology of Robert Erskine Childers xxi
  • Preface to the Present Edition 2
  • Preface to the Original Edition 3
  • Note 5
  • Chapter I- The Letter 11
  • Chapter II- The Dulcibella 17
  • Chapter III- Davies 28
  • Chapter IV- Retrospect 36
  • Chapter IV- Retrospect 43
  • Chapter IV- Retrospect 50
  • Chapter IV- Retrospect 56
  • Chapter VIII- The Theory 67
  • Chapter IX- I Sign Articles 77
  • Chapter X- His Chance 85
  • Chapter XI- The Pathfinders 92
  • Chapter XII- My Initiation 99
  • Chapter XII- My Initiation 108
  • Chapter XIV- The First Night in the Islands 113
  • Chapter XV- Bensersiel 120
  • Chapter XVI- Commander Von Brüning 126
  • Chapter XVI- Commander Von Brüning 138
  • Chapter XVIII- Imperial Escort 148
  • Chapter XIX- The Rubicon 153
  • Chapter XX- The Little Drab Book 164
  • Chapter XX- The Little Drab Book 173
  • Chapter XXII- The Quartette 186
  • Chapter XXIII- A Change of Tactics 196
  • Chapter XXIII- A Change of Tactics 207
  • Chapter XXIII- A Change of Tactics 220
  • Chapter XVII- The Seven Siels 230
  • Chapter XXVII- The Luck of the Stowaway 240
  • Chapter XXVII- The Luck of the Stowaway 252
  • Epilogue- By the Editor 260
  • Explanatory Notes 269
  • Nautical Glossary 275
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