Life on the Ocean; Being Sketches of Personal Experience in the United States Naval Service, the American and British Merchant Marine, and the Whaling Service Volume 1; V. 3

Life on the Ocean; Being Sketches of Personal Experience in the United States Naval Service, the American and British Merchant Marine, and the Whaling Service Volume 1; V. 3

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...of them, must have attained to a considerable degree of civilization. But his tribe strenuously objected to holding any intercourse with these, fearing that they would be by them made to work, t. e. made slaves of. Jim, indeed, was not himself very willing to leave the coast, as there lay his only hope of ever being returned to a civilized land. And he feared, should he once get among the more civilized natives, they would prevent him from returning again to the sea shore. So ended his story. Had he been u man of some degree of education, and of an energetic and inquisitive character, the civilized world might have been indebted to him for a most interesting account of a land which is as yet more thoroughly terra incognita than the heart of Africa; for no where on the entire island have whites penetrated more than a mile or two from shore, and even that only in a few spots, and in hasty incursions, giving no time for observation. As it was, Jim's only object seems to have been to watch for a vessel by which he could make his escape. Said I to him one day, "If I had been in your place, I should have struck inland, and taken my chance of what might happen." "But the tri!, o I was with would not go, even had I been desirous to do so, and what could I do. naked and alone, in the vast woods, without even having any distinct idea of the course which would lead me to a more civilised place. And then, to turn myself away from the. only avenue for escape from a life-long bondage--I could not do it" It must not be thought that this long story was told me by Jim, just as I have written it. His habitual taciturnity would not have given way so far as to spin such a yarn "right off the reel." It was only by dint of most persistent...show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 408g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236636740
  • 9781236636744