Batavia

Batavia

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...obstructed their landing. "Comrades," exclaimed Walter, "the enemy is before and behind us! We have no choice. Let us make a gap in that yellow brood! Follow me! Forward! The Netherlands! the Netherlands!" At this appeal the Dutch, who numbered about thirty, fell upon the Javanese. The sight of this little body, much diminished by the recent combat, struggling with the energy of despair against a vastly superior number, was a sight wonderful to behold. Walter felled with his halberd the most redoubtable of his enemies, his companions crushing the skulls of the Javanese with the butt-end of their muskets, which they used like clubs. Nevertheless the number of Dutch heroes diminished visibly, and Walter already beheld prostrated before him five or six of his men. He roared with rage and despair; he beheld death triumphantly awaiting him, and the name of his beloved fell from his lips in token of a sad farewell. He was about to succumb, and realized it. As if this horrible conviction had increased his strength, he precipitated himself with renewed animosity on the thick of the Javanese, and overcame a dozen adversaries. But the condition of things was not changed. The circle in which he struggled with his men against the enemy's assaults became so much narrower that the courageous ensign felt his last hope of safety vanish. But suddenly, not far from him and behind the Javanese, he heard the battle-cry of the Netherlands, "Holland! Hurrah!" When from the summit of the bastion Captain Van den Broeck saw the Javanese precipitate themselves towards the sea-shore to assail the launch's crew, he gave the order to fire a volley upon the compact body of the enemy. They hurriedly descended from the...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123681634X
  • 9781236816344