The Traveller's Library Volume 21

The Traveller's Library Volume 21

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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: ...fellow," said his Excellency to me, " from the Spaniards, on account of his vessel they captured. When we heard of this capture," continued he, " and also of two others, our frigate went out, and by way of reprisal brought in a Spanish vessel, with the Governor of Santa Martha on board, returning to Europe. They remonstrated, and desired to be released; but I told his Excellency Paternos, that when they released our vessels, or paid for them, they should also be released; but not till then. This is our way; and the attack you ordered on the tower near Porto Bello is your way," continued the Governor of Curacoa, laughing; " and such is the only way to bring those saucy dogs to their senses." At two o'clock we went to Government-house. The Commandant's lady, attended by several others, greeted my wife on the steps, and we all walked into the first saloon together; where, to my surprise, I saw several servants richly dressed, some of whom were negroes, with pipes and cigars in their hands, and each with a lighted cigar or pipe in his mouth. As the guests passed, they were offered these odoriferous tubes by the servants: we, of course, declined accepting any; but the Commandant's lady, and another, and several oflicers, who came in shortly afterwards, each took either a pipe or a cigar; not appearing very nice whether it had come from the servant's mouth, or not: and when we arrived in the second saloon, the greater part of the company collected there were also smoking. In about half an hour, servants came round with silver ewers and basins; the smoking then ended, and water was _poured over the hands of every one that chose, and a clean napkin presented to dry with. Old Van...show more

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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 417g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236839641
  • 9781236839640