The Armed Ship America; Or, When We Sailed from Salem

The Armed Ship America; Or, When We Sailed from Salem

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...I'm not grumbling except you are trying to cheat me out of my portion," the man said, half apologetically, and without further ado I handed him a pannikin, for we carried each man's allowance in a separate dish, to the end that the stronger might not take advantage of the weaker, saying to myself as I did so: "If that fellow has been served, as I fancy, we shall come out short before all are fed." A moment later it appeared that I had wronged the man, for nineteen pannikins had been passed into the brig, which was exactly the number necessary if each prisoner was to receive one. Even with this proof I felt puzzled, for it surely seemed as if one man had gotten a double allowance, and, without really intending to do so, I counted the prisoners as they were squatting here or there busily engaged with the meal. There were but eighteen. Again I counted, arriving at the same conclusion. It did not seem possible one man alone could have escaped, for if such an opportunity had presented itself, why did not some of the others take advantage of it. And yet where was this nineteenth prisoner? On board the ship, as a matter of course. Therefore, so I argued to myself quickly, if there had been an escape, it must have occurred after Mr. Fernald searched the ship on the evening previous, when was heard that strange voice, and yet the door of the brig was securely fastened, while two men had, supposedly, kept watch all night. Now it came to me that I might be mistaken, although that was hardly probable, and beckoning to Simon to come aft with me to such a distance from the prisoners that the words could not be overheard, I asked him the question: "How many prisoners did we take from the James and Charlotte?" "Twelve...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236832841
  • 9781236832849