Clipped From Buffalo Courier
, , Kerman Melville. All the ;! boys, young and old, who have perused "Type," Mcby Dick," and "White Jacket," Will read this morning with regret of the death of their author, Harm an Melville.,' Melville.,' after a life that included strange adventures. adventures. ' He was born in New Yerk, August 1, 1819, and had 'two famous graodfathars, Maj. Thomas . Melvfll, a member of the Baston tea-party tea-party tea-party 'and a Rftvolutidnary veteran, who clung to the cocked hat down to his death in 1832, the last American wearer of it, and Gen. Peter Oansevoort, who received the thanks of the Continental Consrees" for his defense ef Fort Btanwfx agaitsv St. Leger. Melville's father was a cultivitsd and traveled mar-chant mar-chant mar-chant of lifew Yort The son made a voyage before the mast to Liverpool in 1S37 and four years later shipped for a whaling cruie in tha South Pacific, but with a companion dossrted the vessel at Nukahiva, oue of the Marquesas glands, ia; 11842 on aecount of the captain's cruelty. One of the valleys of the island was inhabited ' by a cannibal tribe called Ty ped, against whom wmmodore rorter dq carried on a war in 1813-14 1813-14 1813-14 in aid of their oemies, the Happars. Melville and bis companion companion had intended to join the Happars, but they lost their way and f 11 among the Typecs. By a happy accident Melville made friends of the cannibals, among whom he remained four months. He was treated as an honored guest, but not allowed to escape until an Aus tralian whaler, which was short of msn. vis ited the island. Her captain rescued bim after a b'oody fight, with the help of a native, who guided .Melville to the beach. Two more years were spent in the Pacifl?, and on Mel ville's return home he published "Typee, a Peep at Polynesian Life during a Four Months' Residence in a Valley of tb.3 Mar quesas." . It was read with great interest on both sides of the sea. Melville removed in 1539 to Pittsflild, Mass., but alter wards returned to New York, where for many years he occupied a desk In the Custom House, in company with a number of .well-known .well-known .well-known literary men. His other books besides " Typee," all of which are written written in a fascinating and vivid style, are Omo( a Narrative of Adventures in the Bouth Beaa," recounting bis escape from Typee and subsequent voyage; ' Mardi and a Voyage Thither," a philosophical romance; " Redburn,w a novel founded on the Incidents of his first voyage; :" White Jacket, or the World in si'Man-of-War," si'Man-of-War," si'Man-of-War," si'Man-of-War," si'Man-of-War," a lively account of blue-jacket's blue-jacket's blue-jacket's pleasures and pains: "Moby Dick, or the White SVhr.le." depicting life on board a whaling vessel ; "Pierre, or the Ambiguities " ; Israel Potter, his Fif y Years of Exile," the career of one of John Paul Jones's companions whose autobiography Mel ville stumbled upon , among some waste paper and rewrote; " The Piazza Tales"; " The Confidence Confidence Mao," and two poetical work, " Battle Pieces and Aspects of the War " and " Clarel, a Pilgrimage in . the Holy I-Jind." I-Jind." I-Jind." The last namad was pnbiiahed in 1876. Mrl Melville married a daughter of Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw of Massachusetts. Bis work have been as widely read as those of almost any American American author.' .