Six Hundred Robinson Crusoes, Or, the Voyage of the Golden Fleece, by Gilbert Mortimer

Six Hundred Robinson Crusoes, Or, the Voyage of the Golden Fleece, by Gilbert Mortimer

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...some means of further increasing our stock of fresh water had become necessary; as with the most rigid economy, the supply now on hand could not be made to last many days longer. In this emergency, we applied to Mr. Sloan, whose ready wits had so often stood us in good stead, to devise a way to help us out of this new trouble. With his accustomed sagacity, the engineer had foreseen this difficulty, and, as we found, had concocted a plan for rendering sea-water fit to drink by means of condensation, which he had already begun preparations to put into operation. When he last visited the wreck on Saturday, he had busied himself, to this end, for several hours, as he now informed us, in getting out a stock of boilers and iron pipes, quite a quantity of which he had brought in the boat with him to the island. He had also returned to the wreck shortly after breakfast on this Monday morning, and had been spending the whole day in collecting materials of this sort and transporting them to the island, where that very evening he began the construction of a condensing apparatus, which was so far completed by Wednesday morning as to make it pretty certain that in case of need a supply of drinkable water could be obtained by its use--sufficient, at least, to obviate the danger of our perishing from thirst. Meanwhile one of the passengers, who was a skilful physician and an intelligent and active man, was commissioned to make the tour of the island, accompanied by a staff of officers to enforce his restrictions, and to establish the most stringent sanitary regulations to guard against disease, which, it was evident, would be the next enemy we should have to contend with. Pits were dug deep in the sand, in which all offal and offensive matter of every...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236828844
  • 9781236828842