The Cruise of the Petrel; A Story of 1812

The Cruise of the Petrel; A Story of 1812

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...and he appeared as if my destruction were the most prominent and latest thing in his mind. I was now fully recovered in consciousness, and knew I had been shot. How badly I could only guess by the weakness in my frame and the blood I saw upon the deck around me. It was clear that I had been unconscious for many hours and had been dragged into the opening through the bulkhead. The colonel had pleaded sickness upon Captain Strong's arrival and had apparently gone into his stateroom, but had really gone forward through some secret passage in the cargo to this space in the side of the chain-locker, where the villains had fitted their infernal machine for the destruction of the ship. It was this mechanism I had seen them working upon on my return to consciousness. "If yo' will take his head, I will raise his feet," said the colonel. "We'll get him overboard in a very few moments. That blood should be cleaned up, and the box turned so the address of Thomas Jackson, Buenos Ayres, to whom it is fortunately consigned, will be more prominent. A search, then, will reveal nothing.' A Midnight Episode When the colonel and his accomplice started to drag me from that dark room in the bark's forehold I must have lost consciousness. I remember seeing the old man, with all his dignity and high military bearing, approach me and look at me for a moment with his cold, pitiless eyes. He appeared like some kind of human snake and his shining eyeballs glistened dully in the candlelight. He took a short bar from the side of the bulkhead and without removing his gaze from me, raised it to give me a quietus before hauling me on deck to heave me over the side. Then I was aware of the major, bending over me and raising my head. "He's as dead as a...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236538897
  • 9781236538895