A Year Amono The Circassians

9781236499882: A Year Amono The Circassians
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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. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...in these discussions, other claimants unexpectedly presented themselves. The steamer, with a frigate in tow, which we ourselves had subsequently observed at sea, stood suddenly--the men all at quarters, and the decks crowded with troops--into the bay of ATTEMPTS on THE RUSSIANS. 175 Ouwya. Information had, it seemed, been conveyed to Sokoum Kalé by the bafiied cruisers of the Turkish ship which had been hauled on shore there; and the intelligence having been confirmed, and accompanied with an exaggerated report of the powder it had brought, by his spies, General Rosen had _despatched the steamer and its consort to burn or capture it. But on arriving in the bay, they hesitated to execute their orders; for the formidable muster and determined attitude of the Circassians indicated a stout resistance and a doubtful issue. Their rangers lined the woods, and their horsemen swept the plain in every direction; and when at length Nadir Bey, having heard how matters stood, hurried, in spite of his fever, to the beach, smiling and waving his hand to his friends as he passed, the fierce and enthusiastic cheers that greeted him from every side of the bay were such as finally determined the Russians to abandon their attempt. But, though foiled in that, they were still bent on mischief. A few miles further up the coast to the north-west was another Turkish vessel, which they had almost reached before the Circassians, who had assembled at Ouwya, suspected their intentions. No sooner were they aware of them than their cavalry dashed at full gallop along the shore to 176 DIFFERENCES wrrn THE COUNCIL. overtake the steamer. There was for some time, I was told, a well-contested race between them. Steam, however, with the start it had obtained, outstripped on...

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