The Traveller's Library Volume 11

The Traveller's Library Volume 11

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...and passing the guilty unscrutinized. In return for this, men-of-war sometimes take the innocent, which, by a stretch of the law, can be included among the wicked, especially as they do not "sin in their own defence, and part with their virtue to preserve their reputation." Whether these vessels are to be called slavers is a debateable point. They have a batten often nailed round their hold, to show where the slave-deck should be placed: but this is only a dishonest intention, and, as men-of-war some times discover to their cost, does not constitute a proof-of real guilt. The farina that they are conveying from one port to another as a pure matter of business, is often turned into an accusation against them. If they have-loose beans on board, they are oftentimes routed out and left in confusion. Perhaps the life of an honest tradesman on the coast of Brazil, is more disagreeable than that of a notorious slave-dealer. If you are to be ' always suspected, it is at least pleasant to know either that 'you can always get clear off, or that you deserve suspicion. The mere process of searching a vessel must be ex _oeedingly annoying. Place yourself, reader, in the PROCESS or SEARCHING. 217 position of the captain of the Felicidade, one of the most beautiful brigs on the coast of Brazil, running between Rio de Janeiro and some port fifty miles distant, that supplies the capital with fruit and vegetables. As the bearer of such a cargo, you cannot make too quick a passage, and are indignant at every calm or foul wind. On ad calm noonday you are taking your siesta, when a steamer heaves in sight, and comes towards you, followed by a cloud of smoke, making the quiet waters leap in convulsions of agony beneath her paddles. As...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236759982
  • 9781236759986