The Cosmopolitan Volume 19

The Cosmopolitan Volume 19

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... ice that fell sheer to the wash of the surf. He reckons the height of cliff on which that hull was poised about thirty feet. How devilish odd! You can figure ships in many situations, but how in ghosts are they going to cradle themselves on an elevation of thirty or forty feet?" When he said this I stopped dead: a fancy then--at that instant--flashed into me in pang after pang as though every drop of blood in my veins was living fire. It brought me to a stand just as if I had been paralyzed, or struck by lightning. Presently, looking at him, and rather gasping than speaking, I said: "A dismasted ship, was it?--On an island south of the Horn, did he say?--Why, my God, I wonder--I wonder--!" "What's the matter? What's there in this to--I hope I--catch hold of my arm!" exclaimed the colonel, staring at me with astonishment. "What's it, sunstroke? Not under your umbrella." And he directed his aquiline nose and keen, blue eyes right up into the sky, then put his arm through mine, and we walked slowly, he meanwhile surveying me askant with every mark of amazement. After going a little way, during which I thought I should be unable to command my tongue or collect my wits, so heartstaggering had been that leap of fancy in me, I said: "You have given me an extraordinarypiece of news. I am deeply interested in a ship that was abandoned in a dismasted state in the neighborhood of the Horn." "By gad, then," said he, halting me with a violent, nervous pull at my arm, "you had better go aboard and get a description at first hand, for the whaler's here to refresh only: she's been in the bay a fortnight, and sails to-morrow." Without exchanging a word I walked, almost ran, to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 576g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236773527
  • 9781236773524