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Old 09-28-2016, 05:30 AM
Sangahyando Sangahyando is offline
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My family name is fairly common and ordinary; but it has yielded one fictional namesake which I've always found pleasing. Occurs in Kipling's ballad The Rhyme of the Three Sealers -- about rival American ships and crews which all defied the laws of Tsarist Russia by poaching seals for their fur, in Siberian waters. The ballad tells of three of these outfits falling out with each other over the pursuit of their quarry, and engaging in a mini-sea-battle. One of the captains concerned, is called Tom Hall -- which was my late father's name. Dad was an extremely honest and upstanding citizen; but I suspect that a little bit of him would have, wistfully, liked to be a piratical swashbuckler.