The Smuggler King; A Nautico Domestic Romance

9781236768285: The Smuggler King; A Nautico Domestic Romance

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ... their chief's death. made such a desperate attack, and in such numbers, that we were compelled to run to the hatchway, to make good our retreat from their fury. " Bit our cruel enemies pursued us; and now resistance was of no avail whatever against the heartless assassins who had attacked us; In this dreadful dilemma, we solicited quarter, which was granted to us, not from a principle of mercy, to which their inhuman hearts are callous, but from a. hope of gaining a good booty by ransacking the vessel, a desire to increase the misery of the surviving wretches, and by disposing of us as slaves to enrich themselves. " When quarter was thus granted us, we were commanded to come on deck, and, no sooner had we done so, than the monsters tied our arms hehind our backs, and in this manner we were dismissed. However, no sooner had this been done, than we heard a great confusion and noise among the corsairs, which we afterwards found was occasioned by the plunging violently of the galley against our vessel. " As it appeared afterwards, when the galley first boarded our ship, they had started a plank forward, and injured her bows most materially in other respects. However, the had found means to stop the leaks, and soon freed 'her by having set to at e pumps. "" And now the corsairs, having secured all their prisoners and divided them, it was my lot and that of the captain to be put on board the very vessel that hid received the injury. The captain was immediately recognised as the one who had slain the corsair chief, and I, being his companion-at the vtime we were taken, was set down as equally guilty, and we were both, consequently, treated with a greater degree of inhumanity than the rest. " The first...

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