Southward Ho! (Volume 10 ); A Spell of Sunshine

9781235768125: Southward Ho! (Volume 10 ); A Spell of Sunshine

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1882 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII. "To-morrow, gentlemen," said our captain, as we ascended from the supper-table to the deck, "is the ever-memorable anniversary of our national independence. I shall prepare, in my department, that it shall be welcomed with due honors. It will be for you to do your part. A committee, I suppose--eh, gentlemen?" Here was a hint; and the excellent Captain Berry never looked more like a stately Spanish Don, in a gracious moment, than when delivering that significant speech. "In plain terms, captain, we are to have a dinner correspond ing with the day. I have pleasant auguries, my mates, of puddings and pasties. There shall be cakes and ale, and ginger shall be hot i' the mouth too. Nay, because thou art a Washingtonian, shall there be no wine 1 Shall there not be temperance--after the manner of Washington--namely, that goodly use, without abuse, of all the precious gifts of Heaven i The hint is a good one, captain. We thank you for your benevolent purposes. It will be for us to second your arrangements, and prepare, on our parts, for a proper celebration of the Fourth of July." "I rejoice that I am understood, gentlemen. It is usual, on board this ship, to show that we duly sympathize with the folks on shore. We are still a part of the same great family. There will be shoutings in the cities to-morrow. The country will shake with the roar of cannon from Passamaquoddy to the Rio Grande. Boston will blaze away, and Gotham will respond, and Baltimore and Norfolk will cry aloud, 'What of the day V to Charleston and Savannah; and these in turn will sing out to M obile and New Orleans, and the whole gulf, to the Rio Grande, will catch up the echoes with a corresponding uproar of rejoicing. And shall we say nothing? we who sail under the name of the great ...

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