Journal of an African Cruiser: Comprising Sketches of the Canaries, the Cape de Verds, Liberia, Madeira, Sierra Leone, and Other Places of Interest on the West Coast of Africa

G. Clark, 1848 - 306 Seiten

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Seite 266 - I could compare his body to nothing but an ant-hill, with thousands of those insects crawling over it ; for he was now past attempting to rid himself in the least from this torment, as he had quite lost himself, not recollecting our names that were about him, or even his own.
Seite 305 - The next morning he still found himself so much fatigued, that he could ride no longer ; therefore it was agreed that he and 'Mr Hamilton should take a post-chaise, and that I should ride : but here an unlucky difficulty was started, for upon sharing the little money we had, it was found to be not...
Seite 275 - The soldiers, upon our journey, had given a pompous account of el Palacio del Key, or the king's palace, as they styled the governor's house, and therefore we expected to see something very magnificent ; but it was nothing better than a large thatched barn, partitioned off into several rooms.
Seite 219 - ... was in a line with it, I heard a growling close by me, which made me think it advisable to retire as soon as possible : The woods were so gloomy I could see nothing ; but as I retired, this noise followed me close till I had got out of them. Some of our men did assure me that they had seen a very large beast in the woods, but their description of it was too imperfect to be relied upon. The wood here is chiefly of the aromatic kind ; the iron wood, a wood of a very deep red hue, and another, of...
Seite 221 - ... This cabal was chiefly held in a large tent, which the people belonging to it had taken some pains to make snug and convenient, and lined with bales of broad cloth driven from the wreck. Eighteen of the stoutest fellows of the ship's company had possession of this tent, from whence were dispatched committees to the Captain, with the resolutions they had taken with regard to their departure ; but oftener for liquor.
Seite 207 - ... best suits, had put them on over their greasy trowsers and dirty checked shirts. They -were soon stripped of their finery, as they had before been obliged
Seite 252 - ... turning the other, use it in the same manner, till the circulation of the blood is restored. This practice, if it has no worse effect, must occasion their being more susceptible of the impressions of cold, than if they waited the gradual advances of their natural warmth in the open air. I leave it to the decision of the gentlemen of the faculty, whether this too hasty approach to the fire may not subject them to a disorder I observed among them, called the elephantiasis, or swelling of the legs...
Seite 236 - ... to despondency, and lay aside all farther attempts ; but we were supported by that invisible Power, who can make the most untoward circumstances subservient to his gracious purposes. At this time our usual bad weather attended us ; the night too set in long before we could reach the cove we before had taken shelter in ; so that we were obliged to keep the boat's head to the sea all night, the sea every where a-stern of us, running over hideous breakers. In the morning, we designed standing over...
Seite 288 - I would accept of the offer he was so good to make me. The thing that gave him this high opinion of me was, that as he had been so civil to us, I was very officious in assisting to drive in those mules that strayed from the rest upon those large plains we passed over; and this I thought was the least I could do towards making some returns for the obligations we were under to him.
Seite 201 - The man at the helm, though both rudder and tiller were gone, kept his station ; and being asked by one of the officers if the ship would steer or not, first took his time to make trial by the wheel, and then answered with as much respect and coolness as if the ship had been in the greatest safety; and immediately after applied himself with his usual serenity to his duty, persuaded it did not become him to desert it as long as the ship kept together.

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