Author: P.G. Mantel

Man of the West: Ferdinand Magellan

Editor’s note:  The following is extracted from A Book of Discovery, by M.B. Synge (published 1912)   It is said that Ferdinand Magellan, the hero of all geographical discovery, with his circumnavigation of the whole round world, had cruised about the Spice Islands, but what he really knew of them from personal experience no one knows. He had served under Almeida, and with Albuquerque had helped in the conquest of Malacca. After seven years of a “vivid life of adventure by sea and land, a life of siege and shipwreck, of war and wandering,” inaction became impossible. He busied...

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Carlo Zeno, Hero of the Venetian Republic (1344-1418)

  Editor’s note:  The following is extracted from Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea, by Charles H.L. Johnston (published 1911) The torches fluttered from the walls of a burial vault in ancient Venice. Two shrouded figures leaned over the body of a dead warrior, and, as they gazed upon the wax-like features, their eyes were filled with tears. “See,” said the taller fellow. “He has indeed led the stalwart life. Here are five and thirty wounds upon the body of our most renowned compatriot. He was a true hero.” “You speak correctly, O Knight,” answered the other. “Carlo...

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Major Burnham, Chief of Scouts (Part 2)

Editor’s note:  The following is extracted from Real Soldiers of Fortune, by Richard Harding Davis (published 1906)   Continued from Part 1 Burnham did not rest long in California. In Alaska the hunt for gold had just begun, and, the old restlessness seizing him, he left Pasadena and her blue skies, tropical plants, and trolley-car strikes for the new raw land of the Klondike. With Burnham it has always been the place that is being made, not the place in being, that attracts. He has helped to make straight the ways of several great communities—Arizona, California, Rhodesia, Alaska, and...

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Major Burnham, Chief of Scouts (Part 1)

Editor’s note:  The following is extracted from Real Soldiers of Fortune, by Richard Harding Davis (published 1906)   Among the soldiers of fortune whose stories have been told in this book were men who are no longer living, men who, to the United States, are strangers, and men who were of interest chiefly because in what they attempted they failed. The subject of this article is none of these. His adventures are as remarkable as any that ever led a small boy to dig behind the barn for buried treasure, or stalk Indians in the orchard. But entirely apart...

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A Martyr of the South Seas

Editor’s note:  The following is extracted from Beneath the Banner: Being Narratives of Noble Lives and Brave Deeds, by F.J. Cross (published 1895)   John Coleridge Patteson was born in April, 1827. He was blessed with an upright and good father, and a loving and gentle mother; and thus his early training was calculated to make him the earnest Christian man he afterwards became. Here is an extract from a letter written from school at the age of nine, which shows that he had faults and failings to overcome just like all other boys:— “My dear papa, I am...

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Purpose and Mission

Men of The West seeks to clarify the issues of the day and build a community of like minded men who worship Jesus Christ. To unify them across Christendom to steel them against the barbarians who are either at the gates, or already inside them. We will celebrate, defend, and expand Western Civilization and the values and traditions that created it.

There is no substitute for victory.

We are the Hard Right.