The Real America in Romance Volume 1

The Real America in Romance Volume 1

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...Senor Admiral?" demanded the helms man. "Run with bare poles," replied the Admiral. "Keep her as near before the wind as may be done; she must ride it out!" Yet all that day again the fury of the gale grew greater; by night it was little less than a hurricane. Great troughs of seas yawned for the frail Nina, and each breaker seemed as if it must beat her down beneath its conquering weight. Yet she rode through them all. By night of this day, when all on board were exhausted from the forty-eight-hour vigil, and staggered to and fro with half-shut eyes, dead for sleep, --the storm seemed to have determined to make an end. As the darkness shut suddenly in upon them, and the raging waters were blotted from view, the hope that had been so hard to kill went far toward dying in the breasts of all. It seemed useless to struggle against this terrible anger of the elements. The men, many of them, gave up, and kneeling on the deck, in hoarse and broken voices prayed for the health of their souls, and besought the mercy of Heaven on them, sinners. Columbus himself, who did not despair while he had a keel under him, who had seen many storms as fierce as this one, was now ridden by a terrible fear. Suppose the ship should be lost, as perhaps the Pinta had already been, ---where then would live the story of his Discovery? Something of this Hernando read in his face, knowing that it could not be personal fear that held the Admiral's eyes so sadly grave. Affectionately he approached him where he stood on deck. "Do you fear for the Nina, sefior?" he spoke, close at the Admiral's ear. "Ay," returned the other, "and--there is another fear than that." "Bearing the word to the Queen?" said Hernando, ...
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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236635264
  • 9781236635266