The Wasps of the Ocean; Or, Little Waif and the Pirate of the Eastern Seas

The Wasps of the Ocean; Or, Little Waif and the Pirate of the Eastern Seas

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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. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...upon the earth before it, muttering a Buddhist prayer; aroused, however, by our impatience to proceed, he arose, and as we walked onwards related to me the following story, which, as it affords an illustration of the utter barbarism in which the Siamese are steeped, I will translate. "This cage is a monument to the terrible vengeance of the Kings of Siam, and I never pass by it without a prayer to the memory of a good master. But this is thy servant's story," he said, adding--"lam a Laosian by birth, and our country had been at war with the then King of Siam. Alas! my master, the Prince of Laos, was defeated, and with all his family and slaves, thy servant among the number, was brought to Bangkok. The news of the arrival of the prisoners caused great joy to the Phra Klang and the other ministers, who at once began to rack their brains to discover the most cruel mode of torture. But as if to mask their intentions by a show of generosity, they first pardoned the slaves. Would, however, that the fiends had taken thy servant's life, for to this hour he sees before his eyes that terrible vision, which he saw when released; then in that cage were nine of the sons and grandsons of the king, all of whom, to the innocent little children, had heavy irons around their necks, waists, and legs; the youngest, with smiling faces, and in ignorance of the fate which awaited them, laughed gaily in the faces of the fiendish crowd that were there to scoff. The elder princes, though with sad countenances, sat with manly resignation, contemplating the ruin of their house, and their approaching doom. Then there was the fiendish array in readiness for the torture; a large iron cauldron, for heating oil, which in a boiling state was to be poured upon the...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236501268
  • 9781236501264