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CHAPTER III Ventures And Adventures Some time after his return from the East Indies, but before he was well established on his land legs, Edward agreed to sail for the northwest coast of America and to Alaska on a voyage that would take him away from home five years. He was overruled by his parents, however, and he repressed his longing for the sea. His ambition was diverted to a business life and, entering the office of the Bartlett Mills in Newburyport, he stayed there long enough to gain some knowledge of the manufacture of cotton goods. Every salt breeze that blew in upon him, however, and the water, stretching away from every cross street, distracted and tempted him. He dallied with his favorite element by making a small venture in the business of mackerel fishing, taking an interest in some vessels engaged in that fishery. When he left the mills, he gravitated toward the East India trade and was for a while in the office of Rufus Wills and Son of Boston. After a voyage to the West Indies, he made a connection with the noted East India house of N. and B. Goddard, where he continued for several years, in the course of which he acquired some property in ships. The counting house, however, never claimed from him a whole-hearted loyalty, and as soon as he was twentyone he made a little voyage into politics. His city, the state, and the country were Republican. Perhaps his innate interest in the under dog was his chief reason for going over to the Democrats. He delighted in defying social prejudices and making friends with the non-elect, such as he came upon in the pursuit of his sporting interest in boxing, in horses, dogs, and cocks. His personal popularity, therefore, more thanoffset the unpopularity of his party, and he was elected to the common council when he...