Good Words Volume 24

Good Words Volume 24

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...he found that things had gone from bad to worse. Cruel oppression of the natives, and consequent murder and massacre, had been aggravated by conflicts amongst the colonists themselves. Distracted by the difficulties of restoring order, the Admiral appealed to Spain for aid; but his opponents managed to obtain the ear of the court, and the result was his supersession by a new viceroy, who, in the year 1500, arrived armed with full powers. This man, Francisco de Bobadilla, was by nature a mere vulgar bully, to whom it was an exquisite delight to humiliate one so conspicuous in the eyes of the world as the great Admiral. Not content with ostentatiously deposing him and reversing his judgments on Spanish mutineers, he arrested Columbus, bound him in fetters, and sent him on board ship to be deported as a criminal to Spain. Then shone forth the moral dignity of a nature, unfit indeed for the distracting details of state-craft, but supreme in every hour of heroic action or suffering. He uttered no word of complaint, still less of entreaty. Instinctively realising the actual state of the case, he was convinced that this violence was the petty bravado of a Jack-inoffice, and would produce an indignant revulsion of feeling in Spain. He readily complied with a request of the petty tyrant that he would use his moral influence to secure the obedience of his adherents to their Majesties' commands. On the voyage the commander of the vessel offered to remove his fetters. "No," said Columbus," they shall not be taken off, but by direct orders of the King and Queen; and then I will preserve them afterwards as memorials of the reward my services have met." And he kept his word; for they were hung up in his cabinet till his death; more

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  • Paperback | 582 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,025g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236774981
  • 9781236774989