The Crater. Miles Wallingford. Homeward Bound

The Crater. Miles Wallingford. Homeward Bound

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...is non ze chemin. How you came here, sair, viz ze vin' at sowvess? " "Vi/'e are going in to Brest, being in need of a little succor." "You vish salvage, eh! Parbleu, we can do you zat mosh good, as vell as anodair." I was then ordered, privateer fashion, to lower a boat, and to repair on board the lugger with my papers. When told I had no stern or quarter-boat to lower, the Frenchman manifested surprise; but he sent his ovgn yawl for me. My reception on board the Polisson was a little free for Frenchmen. The captain received me in person, and I saw, at a glance, I had to deal with men who were out on the high seas, with the fear of English prison-ships constantly before their eyes, in quest of gold. I was not invited into the cabin, a crowded, dark and dirty hole, for, in that day, the French were notoriously foul in their vessels, but was directed to show my papers seated on a hencoop. As everything was regular about the register, manifest and clearance, I could see that Monsieur Gallois was n_ot in a particularly good humor. He had one, whom I took to be a renegade Englishman, with him, to aid in the examination, though, as this man never spoke in my presence, I was unable precisely to ascertain who he was. The two had a long consultation in private, after the closest scrutiny could detect no flaw in the papers. Then Monsieur Gallois approached and renewed the discourse. "Vy you have no boat, sair?" he asked. " I lost my boat, three days since, about a hundred leagues to the southward and westward." "It is not have bad veddair! Why you got no more marine in your sheep?--eh! " I saw it would be best to tell the whole truth at once, for were I to get any aid from this...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 866g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236926056
  • 9781236926050