Charles Nordhoff, an American author, born at Erwitte, Westphalia, Prussia, Aug. 31, 1830. In 1835 he came with his parents to the United States, and went to school in Cincinnati, where at the age of 13 he was apprenticed to a printer. In 1844 he went to Philadelphia, where, after working in a newspaper office, he shipped in the United States navy, and served three years, making a voyage around the world. He remained at sea in the merchant, whaling, and mackerel fishery service till 1853, when he again found employment in a Philadelphia newspaper office, and afterward in Indianapolis. From 1857 to 1861 he was editorially employed by Harper and brothers in New York; from 1861 to 1871 he was on the staff of the New York " Evening Post." He visited California in 1871-'2, and again in 1872-'3, when he extended his travels to the Hawaiian islands. He has published " Man-of-War Life," "The Merchant Vessel," and "Whaling and Fishing" (Cincinnati, 1856); "Stories of the Island World" (New York, 1858); " Secession is Rebellion: the Union Indissoluble " (1860); " The Freedmen of South Carolina: some Account of their Appearance, Character, Condition, and Customs" (1863); "America for Free Working Men" (1865); "Cape Cod and All Along Shore: a Collection of Stories" (1868); "California for Health, Pleasure, and Residence" (1872); "Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands" (1874); "Politics for Young Americans" (1875); and " The Communistic Societies of the United States" (1875).