An Emigrant in Search of a Colony

An Emigrant in Search of a Colony

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ... in scorn; the lightnings marked out their prey to the elements, the thunders sounded her funeral dirge. Then came a terrific crash and all was over, the ship foundered. Perhaps this instantaneous engulphment was less horrible than a lingering shipwreck. I felt myself carried round and round in an eddying whirlpool for a few seconds; then Iwas irresistibly sucked down; I grasped at something; it was a loose spar; I clung to it with the tenacity of a drowning man; my sense of suffocation was dreadful; the force of the water seemed to be forcing in the drums of my ears, and my confined respiration was inexpressibly painful. It seemed to me that 1 should presently burst asunder; but still I clung to the spar; and suddenly I found my head above water. I breathed; Mid the instinctive desire of life now possessing inc with a force in proportion to my fear of losing it, I held on with a clenched gripe, and although the waves buffetted me, and the thunders stunned, and the lightnings played about me, I still held on. It was the struggle for life. As I was thus the sport of the waves, I was startled by the sudden emergence from the water of a black face which seemed to spring up from the depths of the sea: it was the negro. I shall never forget the thrilling effect which the appearance of that black face had on me at that moment of peril and horror. It seemed to me at first the visible personification of the demon of the storm. But the affectionate creature soon dispelled the horrid illusion which at first possessed me. He seemed to be quite at home in the water, notwithstanding that the sea was raging frightfully. "Hold fast, massa!" he cried out, from the other side of the spar; while his voice was almost drowned by the howling wind;...
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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236976088
  • 9781236976086