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Kraft, Horst. Horst Kraft appeared in the German dime novel Horst Kraft der Pfadfinder #1-313 (1913-1916 and 1919-1920); the series was reprinted in Norway in 1921 as Speidergut-Patruljen.
Horst Kraft is a German boy, late pre-pubescent (eleven or twelve), who sails to South America and travels across the continent, with his family and a number of other families. Kraft and his kid chums, including his sidekick, the inventor Stöpsel, get into a number of adventures there, and then, when World War One begins, Kraft, slightly older now, sails to Tsingtao, in China, and fights the French and English there. After the war ends Kraft resumes exploring. Among the places Horst visits are Macao, China, Japan, Alaska, Bangkok, North Africa, and Delhi. He endures earthquakes, shipwrecks, pirates, and hurricanes. He fights the Gaucho King, gains a native companion, Mokitu, fights Amazon headhunters, fights a Megatherium (giant sloth), white slavers, Japanese pirates, Yellow Peril opium kings in Shanghai, and Thuggee in India. He appears in stories with titles like “The Pirate Ship,” “Ten Days Robinson,” and “The Pampas Under Water.”
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