In the Grip of the Algerine

In the Grip of the Algerine

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...had our certain freedom required but another hour's march, I should most surely have refused to move a step farther to grasp the coveted joy "We were seated under the waving palm-trees eating our fruit, and I was stoutly refusing to return to Algiers. Now, amongst the dates and figs that we had carried as our provisions, there were some halfdozen ripe pomegranates. Quesada took three of these, which were to be halved and divided among our company. Miguel and I, who sat together, were to have one between us. 'Lend me your dagger-knife, Willoughby, ' said he, 'that I may cut the thing fairly.' He held the pomegranate in his lame hand, and was about to cut it, when he observed that the rind of the fruit was already broken. 'Ah! what have we here?' he murmured, raising the broken rind. 'By my faith, but this is strange fruit, Sefior Quesada!' and he drew out from the pomegranate a tiny roll of thin vellum, stained red with the juicy fruit. He uncurled the little scroll and glanced at some words that were thereon written. 'Tush! 'tis naught, after all, ' said he. 'Here, Gaucho, interpret the writing for us, and let us know what it implies.' Christian Cruse showed strange wonderment as he read in silence. Without speaking, he handed to me the note. 'Merciful God!' I exclaimed, springing to my feet. 'Alas, alas! what terrible misfortune is this? Back, back, my masters; back to Algiers this very instant! Oh that I were there even now! Oh that I had seen this letter but one day earlier! Una--Una Fleetwater a miserable captive in Algiers, threatened with some awful danger, and I have escaped without her! Back, Sefiors; let us go back at any cost!' CHAPTER XXII. UNA'S LETTER. HE words of the letter, so artfullyconcealed under the rind of the pomegranate, ...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
  • 1236550145
  • 9781236550149