Introduction and Index

Wreck of the Sea Venture 1609 Samuel Jordan was evidently the first Jordan to settle in English America. Some reports say that Samuel was born in Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England, and his birth year is given as 1575 or 1578.  Samuel was on the ship Sea Venture that shipwrecked off Bermuda in July 1609. The […]

The Saga of the Hood

  Seventy-eight years ago, on May 24, 1941, the battlecruiser Hood, pride of the British navy, blew up and sank during a brief exchange of gunfire with the new and powerful German battleship Bismarck.  Over fourteen hundred men went down with the Hood; only three crew members survived. The HMS Hood The Hood was the […]

Arrogance and Love

Nothing distresses me more than arrogance, the offensive display of superiority or self-importance.  I pray that I shall never project this sort of attitude in my interaction with others.  Certainly, I do not feel that way.  The Bible is very clear in warning of the dangers of overweening pride.  Jesus said that to look down […]

Themistocles, Hero of Salamis

How many of you remember the name Themistocles?  He was one of the true heroes of European history, but I venture to surmise that few of you can recall the name and his claim to fame. Nevertheless, his accomplishments were quite remarkable, and he should be honored by all who appreciate genius and courage. In […]

The unHappy Plantation

Slavery has existed since the beginning of recorded history.  The great civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome were built on a foundation of slave labor, and slavery continued to exist in various parts of the world until the modern era. The African slave trade was a very profitable business, and many nations and peoples reaped […]

The Zimmerman Telegram

In late 1916 the war in Europe had been raging for more than two years, and victory did not appear to be in sight for either side.  On the Eastern Front there were signs that the Russians might be cracking, and outright revolution was increasingly likely.  If this happened, and if Russia withdrew from the […]

Song of Roland, The

In northern Spain, only a few miles from the French border, there is a mountain pass through the Pyrenees known as Roncevalles.  In the year 778 the Emperor Charlemagne was returning from a campaign against Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula.  His rear guard and baggage train was attacked and overwhelmed as it moved through the […]