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ay a wilderness; population redoubles; national wealth assumes vast proportions, yet the agencies which produce these marvellous results are almost as completely hidden from view as the coral insects which, in the fluctuating waves, find material for solid and permanent creations, and compel the deep itself to offer a foothold and habitation to man. Traversing the globe of waters day and night — never resting, never sleeping — moves on the great Army of Commerce, larger than the army of Xerxes, larger than the combined armies of Europe and America at this day. This immense force is made up of men who have, in general, no habitation but the ship; who have no sweet and permanent home associations, who pass their existence under the iron discipline of the seas, varied occasionally by the fierce license of the shore. Exposed to arctic cold and tropic heat, battling forever with storms and perils, the life of each and all separated by only a thin plank from death, deprived of the cons
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