Frank Raleigh of Watercombe; A Tale of Sport, Love, and Adventure, by the Author of Wolf-Hunting in Brittany, Etc Volume 2

Frank Raleigh of Watercombe; A Tale of Sport, Love, and Adventure, by the Author of Wolf-Hunting in Brittany, Etc Volume 2

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ... him in an instant, and, a bowline knot being bent, the Lieutenant R.N. was slung and lowered by a rope, not much thicker than a crab-potline, just a few fathoms down over the edge of a perpendiuclar cliff, whence, three hundred feet below him, he was doomed to see the crew of the Alarm battling with the surf and landing their cargo in perfect security. Not even here, however, did the courage of the gallant fellow forsake him; for on viewing his own two men pressed into the work and compelled to carry each a pair of kegs on his shoulders, his wrath knew no bounds; and as the smuggler who was told off to stand by the rope, made fast to a crow-bar with two clo-hitches, declared afterwards in court, it was awful to hear the bad language "the Captain" used when he saw his men turned to that account. Eventually several of the gang were identified, and notably Jack Hamlyn amongst the number; and as he was proved by the gipsy to have been in possession of Jack-o'-Lantern, and that animal was still not forthcoming, he suffered the penalty of a double indictment, and was transported beyond the seas for the term of his natural life. But even judges are mortals liable to error; for although the suspension of the officer, like Mahomet's coffin, midway between earth and heaven, would have been suflicient perhaps to insure " Slippery J ack's " extradition from these realms, he in reality had only borrowed the mule, which, more than a month after the-convict had sailed for Botany Bay, found its way back to Watercombe, fat and sleek as a mole. Many and many a time after that event did J ack-o'-Lantern show his tail to some of the crack horses in the Squire's hunt, skimming the mires like a...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236748336
  • 9781236748331