The Fire-Ships

The Fire-Ships

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ... for the stores we obtain. If you do not like the bills, complain to the Spanish government, not to me.'" The merchants were not the only sufferers by the visit of the foreign man-of-war to their town. The Spanish crew had also not behaved so well as at first; quarrels were of almost nightly occurrence. More than once knives had been drawn, and only the quiet, good-humour, and perhaps the determined looks of the Shetlanders, had prevented bloodshed. Had it not been in the whaling season, and the greater number of the young men away, the streets of Lerwick might have had a different tale to tell. The friends of some of the young ladies in the place talked bitterly of broken vows and blighted hopes; and maidens in the humbler walks in life had still more serious cause of complaint, while it came out, that Father Mendez had not been altogether idle during his visits on shore; and probably, had his church furniture escaped destruction, and his stay been prolonged, he might have triumphantly exhibited several fair converts to the faith he professed. As it was, Miss Jenny Surbister, Miss Maggy Scalloway, and Miss Mary Erskine, and a few others, whose names are not noted, after listening attentively to the exhortations and reasonings of their excellent minister, the Rev. Zachariah McGowan, speedily recanted the errors they had adopted, and were even so bold as to express a wish that Father Mendez would return to Lerwick that they might refute the arguments with which he had beguiled them. The good minister shook his head when he heard this. "You know little, my daughters, of the inexhaustible means of defence the priest possesses," he observed. "Rely not on your own strength or wisdom; for he possesses far more of them than you do, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236632052
  • 9781236632050