In Search of Gold; The Story of a Liberal Life

In Search of Gold; The Story of a Liberal Life

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... filled with water, and he thought they must do so, he was far better off on his raft, that is, of course, only for the present time. When the sea went down the boats might be pulled over the five hundred miles intervening between them and the shore, whereas he could not move his craft a foot. So little surface was presented to the action of the wind that even with the gale then prevailing they were drifting to the leeward only very, very slowly. But he very much doubted if any who took to the boats would live till the sea went down, and, strange to say, thinking upon the trouble of his companions seemed greatly to lighten his own. A few minutes before and he would have given three fourths of his life to have been once more upon the deck of that vessel; now he was saying to himself, "Well, I am glad I am here and not there." The wind had now decreased very materially, and the white water no longer broke over his body. Trying the spar that crossed the mast where he was then sitting, he found it fastened securely and he could not remove it; crawling along till he reached the next one, he found that by a little cutting and prying he could loosen it, which he did without much difficulty; then slowly and carefully towing it back alongside of the first he placed them both together and tied them in that manner with some of the surrounding rope. He now had a surface on which he could stand without much difficulty, and if he chose walk up and down, although the heavy swell of the ocean made it careen more than was comfortable. Standi ing upright now he called with all his might, and repeated this at intervals of a few minutes. He had summed up his ideas of the situation about in this way: The captain and crew had taken to the boats as soon as...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236600177
  • 9781236600172