The American Authors of the West

The American Authors of the West

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...the jailor, only to find, however, that the advice to pay the money had been canceled. This was a death-blow to his hopes, but the hardy villian, surmising that liberty even without wealth was better than incarceration, determined to make a bold dash for liberty while he had the chance. Watching his opportunity he tripped up his disappointed and now furious companion, the jailor, with such violence as to rob for the space of several minutes that baffled functionary of what little intelligence he possessed. De Leon's knowledge of the purlieus of Madrid enabled him to hide in safety until a suitable opportunity arose for him to leave the city, and through his ingenuity as an adventurer he was able to reach the coast in safety. There, he had been able to secrete himself on board the "City of Havana," while the careless sailors were enjoying their afternoon siesta. The wretched man's starved condition, and the misery of his appearance aroused no spark of pity in the breast of the unfeeling skipper, whose moustache bristled with rage at the thought of the daring and effrontery of the man who had perpetrated such a fraud upon him and the owners of the ship. "Fifty lashes on the bare back at once and to be handed over to the authorities in Havana on landing," was the sentence decreed, with the accompaniment of many elaborate and inspiring Castilian oaths, by the haughty Spaniard. His desperate situation paralyzed the stow-away into silence. One glance at the ruthless face of the captain satisfied the poor wretch that appeal was hopeless, while means of escape there were none, only the wide waste of waters as a refuge. As the hunted gaze of the captive scanned all the faces around him he suddenly drew back as if struck in the face by...show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 331g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236523202
  • 9781236523204