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cr, aii(l jri-st jit (.'vcniij'.rcliscvf'rcd rft. A'j- : After this I ui ?t of natural eloquence, i in one hummock, and then, with a sea
nes' li-iit ahead. Ion !!y she dashed J u-!c wont' upon dec!:, wliita the darkey ! man's prayer, they worn bunched forth
alonr t!i bill nvs. n; .! with'th.- s:;Ji:i of iLoJiM,?,! tn th, mm! lev mutterh'r. Oli ho 'to ioin the swollen hundred that danced
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Mr. Jack, t?ver voti mind, I II sweeten upon tl'c nutated billows, cow in ueaiu.
our hroli. vc'-Cnh ! vah ! vah !' I 'Morning came, and with il a calm;
Wi'iil; this rou.rh and tumble was car-; the ocean was like a sleeping mill-pond ;
tne waici, a intern r .:. to ner e;isi.;u
peak, arid a heavy cn;n;i mi:i -A its
notes wit!) the thunder of the eljin'r.ts
around. A larger shb r.o-.v rose upon 'i k d on below. v mint not for one mo-! the liht-housc stood solitan in the dis-
the horizon astern, and ! a !: ;!it jjlcir.i- inumt suppose the hubbub above had ccas-1 tance the Culloden lay at anchor in
ed high over iicr peopled l?'A.' A bright ,c . When the cat-head watch sin;,' out j shore without a spar a part of the wreck
flash soon showed that the car;:: 0:1 of the here she comes,' lie hud no allusion to a i rested upon the Dead Man's Lcd'c up
three decker had answered the signal of sea. A moment more, arid the three 'on its tall-rail a lonely heron perched and
her consort, and then the thick haze of decker was near at hand on one side, 'the wave, as it gently broke against the
foot of the rocks and washed the sand
from the stern, showed to the iraze of the
the evening storm hid them from each iand stretchin:; out to hewatd, was the
other's view. hlirlc le.li-rv und tr wir.tl'.v nrd u,v their
Forecastle, there!' thundered the o.Ti- 'consort, u'nmana7ca!lo, in the act of run-.beholder the name of the gallant Illen
cor of the dock. 'ni:v$ ibcm d-iwn. ' Hani up your helm,' j heiin.
4 Ay, ay, sir,' answered the master's 'sliotited the ollWr of the deck' but it was! 4 Mr. .ipchccse,' said the first licutcn
matc. !toc late, the- Culloden came sweeping ant, with a leer of his eye, ' I believe you
4 Keep a bright look out ahead, sir.' down like a deer before the hounds. Her j had better tell that story to the marines.'
Aye, aye, sir ; main-mast tottered in its step, her topsails j 4 You be d d,' said the purser, in a
The captain now came upon dock ; ! hum; in tatters the iib hum; Happing at j low voice, and then the mess went to bed.
10113 and anxiously he looked towards the her sides tne waters gurgled along her
light, and then as his eye rested upon a careering guns and then, to complete
break in the waters ahead, he said:
There thev are. the black devils ! Mr.
; the horror of the scene, the men at the
wheel were thrown senseless upon the
Capture and Death of a Mammoth Alligator.
The subjoined is the account, lVom Silli
iimu's join nal, ol the deti action of a huge
Catharpin, send the best men to the deck. She broached to for a moment, ! .l;igaior. it will be iouud exceedingly in
Aye, aye, sir,' said the first Jicuten
ant, and soon a hardy set. of old quarter
masters gra-ped the spokes.
then away went her topmasts and living ; tcier-mig,
jib, and down came her mainmast, with j In t.iu course of the year 1831, the pro
an aw fid crarh. 'jaietor of liulahala informed me thi.t lie ne-
' We are lost '.' shouted an old seaman, ! Muui,'y lol l,olal-,s and cows on a remote
purl oi ins plantation, auu the natives assureu
liiin they were tiueu by an enormous alliga
tor, w lu lii quentcd one ol the sti cuius which
run into tne. lue. 1 heir descriptions weic
so highly wrought that they wine attributed
to the loudness for exiiggeiation, to which
the inliabii a..ts ol that country are peculiarly
' Man the relieving tackk-s thundered to his messmate in the Corvette'-? rigging.
the captain, they were manned instantly ; 1 ' There is no hope,' said the captain, as
the ship answered her heim promptly, the he stood cahnly'amid a dozen oilicers,
crested billows broke all around her, but holdiiv.r on to the companion railing
not a wave had dared to kiss her decks, j good bye, gentlemen God bless you
4 The storm increases sir, said th'j first von have done vour duty.'
lieutenant, touchiiipr his hat. i 4 Oh God,' shrieked a sailor's wife, as addicted, and eiy little ctcuit was given to
' Furl the top-sails and set the trysails ; she ran across that sorrowful deck, and .their repeated relations,
roared the commander, above the howling i pressed her infant to her breast in v I Ad 'U.,ts as to the existence of the ani-
c tt i 1 4 i-v 1 i- 1 1 1 , - 1 1 , iii) . .1 inul, were at last ehspedkd by the destruc-
it the blast. Dark forms glided up the ; husband mv cntld I At this moment . 1 J 1 . , 1 .1
....... . ' . 1 . . ti ai ot an Indian, who atteunncd to luid the
rigging Itlio sliaaows, ami son th.j top- the captain ot the Corvette sprang to her rivL.r OIl l0rbeUlcU ulthougii entreated to
snils U'fn fii:-p.fP tlm tiv-.nil; nt thn c;-iin- f I r li.- lnri'-erl ni f!u ol ! filial fci -!o:istrr .1.. . 1... 1, . .. i ... ..
' .v. .v. , . ... . , - iiv;.,,-!, 1 j II l.-t Ui.MilLilllll.UIM I1U ClltSS'vU at u
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tune caugiu tiie wina, a:ia tne spaiiKer ;!ier iius;anu, wno stooa ar me wncei. sha.iow place higher up. lie reached the
almost started from the bolt rone.
j'Xo hope,' said thcoldsea dog; ' farewell eeutie 01 tue sircam, auu was laughing at
I Horn nvf.fi foifl bo flin i-k..i. 1 !.!,. ! T . . . .1 ..... .1.. ..K...,' ft m . ...... !. . !lu 1. 1 h 1 ' r: I n I wir niiiiloiwt u hon i no .in
u.c3 lai'.i uy mrj iu.ioi:, I ui, uiiu Illy it ll i It 11 a. iiiiui 'ii ; !,,v v WB ii.vi.ivv-, i.vn um
no time for idlers rail all hands,' said in a moment the sailors's wife and child 8,,lor cauit: uiAKl '"" teitii euccuu-
the captain. 'were launched into the deep, and floated i'rud tlu: .,filld;1"-'' ",lxU V"w Uti
, ti i . j t , . I . . I . i i .1 . ; horse, while the rider tumbled on the other
' All hands cried the boatswain. astern on a gratmir, while the captain, ':,, .' .,.,,.. , ,,,
ni i,i .it- . , ,i ' i iii i.i- . ' jsiue into the water and made lur the shore.
All hands, shouted his mates, and all .with a fixed look, stood at his quarters. Tnc ljrsCt ,ou lellinctJ tJ , jvtl s;ood llun.
hands stood upon deck. Then miglit o:n; j 'Crash came the Culloden upon her , bi.ug where the attack was inuae. 'i he al
man look another in, the face, and read ;consort, and in a moment t he Corvette hg;iior, disreguih.ig him, puisutd the man,
wonder and terror mingle 1 together there w ent dow n in the dark w aters, and the '.io .sa.ely reac.ud ihe ua.i.i, w iueu he cou.d
' We have carried aw.iy the spanker, heavy three decker passe;! over her. ea.-aiy hae i.sccuded, but lendeud tooi-har-
sir,' shouted the captain of the after I Wild was the veil that rose above that d' 1,48 t sal'1'. ,,u p'avi-d himself behma
mi-iivl !i Un .v.nt nnm... i!,o ,1 , ,b I i, 1 I . . I Jr, l,-.v.trl u-.. atiee, winch hiidlalicn part ly in to t he w a
I- i 4 t i ' f .1 - . , l ! i , , , . i i icr, aiul Uiiiwiii a ncavv kui.c, Icciucd over
' Let it go and bed d,' said the
officer of the deck.
' Cant over the spanker boom, yon lub
ber; brace the yards to the wind.' sho ti
ed the captain, and away they went like 'sporii.-d upon her decks of glory.
ino turning ot tne spores ol a wincl-miil
the li t'i :niil mi liii- :i i ii ii i i n'li ,i ln
A moment, ,,, u i.i.n .... in,. ti... i ...'
mill "ii inv ii A V Ulllllllll T .( Hl
. . .
Here she con-,' sho re ! the star- , h; r cruise of death.
' pennon, spar, and rail.'
a irl s ic ro.le tlie Inllow liKC a tlu.igol Hie td liie ass.-.uit and the Indian Ins hlous in.nl
another, and the sea-snake crawleil tne t'irinei, exaspeiuted at tlie resistance,
thron her port holes, and sliniv tilings luslud nn the man, and s i, ing him by the
iiiiiouieoi the imuy, which w as at once en
1 el iscd a. id crushed in hid capacious jaws,
swam i.ito the Like. 1 1 is Ii lends hastened
t tne lescue; but the alligator slowly Iclt
liie Sll ie. While the Uonl" Wirtch. wrilbimr
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k Breakers alicad !' shouted the master
of the Culloden. as she coursed along on
board cat-head wafc'i, as he prnpe I Iro.n j e cannot weatlier them unless we iult sinickiu" m nis , .41f;, i
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ins jjiisi, uiiii i i;i ien upon m; en i v s cioar l ic wrccw, sain me co.nmonoic. ;iijlil;eil m n,s eiasiel hands seemed as tne
head, who had at that mo mri! popji ;! if
out of the g illey-hafe'!. to ei'c in vi v
of the surrotiiiditig c i.ilry, v. hic!i, at -cording
to the Iish.n n's '.r-.-o.ri-apliy, was
pl t-jucy nar a i i-d.iud, for it was enlirely
surronnde 1 bv water.
i 1 1 1 i i s a w.i v
wreck,' c-lue.-s i reused H, " in id oi.t as a
wi tii.: ti.sl ih.'Mtenn.il, and inrow- v.ould entry a loieh." His su'ieiiugs weie
Gorry niij'ity, shipped a sen wi?!i !';oo;., s-.vce i'm.r it as
. ti iii i
i : i : i : .
:w d ow:i t!ie trumpet, he caught an axe,
and headed the gallant waiters.
Au i went iia? wieck with a trenien
Idoas crash : a sinji: si a b.oke over the
a Cue had
short jacket and breiichoV said Cull', as
he rolled down on to the ;run deck, with
his tormentor in tho slrjl; of tin a-stfin-ished
look-out-man's unai v.tionablcs v!io
followed him like a clip of thu.idor after
a flash of black lightning.
You be buttered, yon son of a s?n
cook,' said Jack, kicking the Gnineaman's
shin- with his storm-stay-sail boots, and
cutting his toasting-fork adrift with his
knife. ' A pretty affair you are, to inter
fere with a man on duty ; why, dy'e see,
if you had been down in your smoke
house I should have had a decent fall, and
been upon duty w ith a whol j spnuktr
sheet again; but you, you old woolly
headed son of Nebuchadnezzars's grand
marm, when she cats grass, with lleshick,
Twoshick, . a id to bed ' they went ; yon
must get-in my way, and injure my feel
ings with your two pronged sceptre, and
be blessed to you. Belay thera your
black jaw or I'll cheapen your ivory.'
oo, ii.ng on. in. cu, lor I hi' monster sunk to
tae b u .in, and so u aitei i -aj'jJc,;ii in-r al ine
ai liie Miiiaee, and calmly lasivin in tiie
sua, gave to the horioi-ineken secuitors
toe lioli st eoiiliiuiatniu ol the diath and bu
rial ot their eoin.ade.
pa-sed over it, and then the old three1 A sh it t.me aUer this event, I made a
ieciier iv.uil'd lief v rid, anil s.iOt pasi t mii to l ial iliula, and e.'.-pn ssing a strong
le.ljc like, a f eVi of luht. le.M.e to canine or d. stioyihe animator, my
' Vfe are lea :-it 1 the commodore, ! !"''sf, ' a:!,l Mll't ,( (1 l,is "distance. I he an
imal nan i.ei'ii seen, a h.-w days before, with
his head and one of his lore ieet icstimr on
the bauiv, and his eyes iollowin'r the inoti(jn
can von see any
Irawinj a l ;i.r breath
riling of our consori's wn ck
' A white mass is floating upon the wa
er to windward, sir, cried the signal mid
shipman. 'It is a woman and child,' said the
juarter-master ; let us save her. An
iiiudred persons, officers and men, now
ning over the sides with ropes the sea
laving become much smoother inside the
eef and soon the quarter master's wid
)v and child lay dead upon tlie vessel's
No hope,' said the doctor of the Cnl
'oden, turning away from tlie bodies with
yes ft!!.d with tears.
' Let them be buried with their mes-
i.i t ii
nates, sal1 :e eommoaore, in a mis.y a ,.lt dis.auce from the liver, and we e .
iV.er:. lncbod.es were soon smvcJ up rurcd tr m thm uha, rntMl thr-y containrd
oi some eows w inch were grazing near. (Jur
informer liU ned his appi araiu e to that of a
eat watching a mouse, and m I he attitude to
spring iijiou his prey when it should be with
in his reach.
I baring that the alligator had killed n
le rse, ue proceeded to the place, about five
nub s lioui the house. It wUs a tranquil
spot, and one of singular beauty, even in that
.and. The stream, wheh a lew hundred feet
from the lake nairowid to a brook, with its
green b.iuks fringed with the graceful bum
ooo, and the a'l mate glory of ga((. nmj
.oie.t, spreading far and wide, seeun d Kited
.br other purposes than the lamili,,r haunt of
the huge .reature that had appropriated it
to himself. A lew cane Imu mn. i,..,,. a
wihj n:uw; u ustwsi in irocinj lY.
the death ol their companion, had hith
jproemeu iiicin oom iiiaivuig nn Cllort to
; rid of him ; but they gladly availed tliemJ
;of our preparaiioiis, and with the usuul d
Ipendence of their character, w tre wijn,!
do whatever example should dictate toil.
lit....: .. i.-.i: .i .."'e
jliavmg iiusuii iu ov:iievt: umi Uq ,
jwas in tlie river, we commenced operaij,.
by sinking nets, upright across ih llluii;
three deep, at intervals of several feet.
nets, which were of great strength, and
'tended for the capture of the wild ' btifo'
iwcre fastened to trees on the banks m.L
a fence to the communication with the la;
; My companion and myself tdacod n-
selves with our guns on either side ()f ,.
stream, while tlie Indians with loiiT,r
;boos, lelt for the animal. For some ul
;he refused to be disturbed; and we hepm-
fear that he was not within our limits uh-
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ia spiral motion oi tue water, unaer the -
where 1 wns standing, led me to direct tf
natives to it; and the creature slowly m0tt
on the uottorn towards the nets, which he
sooner touched, than lie quietly turned ba
,...,wl..,l .... ri'i
uiiu jiiMtctuiu up un, sxil-uiu. 'ins mnvf.
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jmcnt was several tunes repeated, till havj
iiio n &t in the enclosure, lie atteinnted i
Jclim!) up the bank. On receiving a ball
the body, he uttered a growl like that of;"
' t - . r . d t . m t . ! Il l l 11 ilii ia t.,1 . 1 t
uu-iv uyg, jiiu piuiii;oi- uiiu Hie Waif
crossed to the other side, whore he was r
ceived with a similar salutation, dischsir.
directly into his tiu uth. Finding Inn
attacked on every side, he renewed bisa
tempts to ascend the banks; but whate
part of him appeared w as bored with bullet,
and leelingthat he was hunted, he forged,
own formidable means of attack, and sour
only safety from the troubles which surrouL
A low spot which separated the river k
the lake a little above the nets, was k
guarded, and we feared that he would st
ceed in escaping over it. It was hereiv
ceesary to stand firmly against him; and;:
several attempts which he made to rrossr
we turned him back with spears, batnbooi
or whatever first enme to hand. Uerw
seemed determined to force his way, f
ing with rage, and rushed w ith open jaw
and gnashing his teeth, with a sound tt
ominous to be despised, appeared to have hi?
lull energies aroused, when his careers
stopped by a large bamboo thrust violcrr
into his mouth, which he ground to pieces
and the lingers of the holder were so ran
yzed that, lor some minutes he was incaa
bio of resuming his "un.
The natives had now become so excite
as to forget all prudence, and the vuw
and children of the little hamlet had cor
down to the shore, to share in the genera.
enthusiasm. They crowded to the ojn-ninf
and were so unmimhul of their danger k
it was necessary to chive them buck :
some vi ilenee. Had the monster known h
own strength, and dated to have used it, !
would have gone over the spot willing'
which no hu i.an pow er cou'.d have w ithout
and would havr ciushed or ean i( d with In:.
into the lalio about the whole population (
It is not strange that personal safety J'
forgotten in the excitement of the ti.
l Ik; tremendous brute gulled witliwii;n
and repeated defeat, tore his vnytlir-'I
the foiiuiing w aters, glancing fr ni y'
siilo in the iuui atli mpt to aveid his liii!
then rapidly ploughing up the stream. h
ground d on the shallows, and tinned brci
Iraiitie and bewildered at his cireuinKiil'
P' sition. .At length, inaddt ned with miI
mg and dcpei ate with continued :ciav
tion, he rushed furiously to the m.
"f the stiiuin, biut -through two'
the nets, and 1 threw down my gun in cf
spair, lor it looked as though his way, at In
was clear to the wide lake. I'ut the tli'
net stopped him, and his teeth and lc;!
got entangle d in all. This ga e us a chain-:'
oi eioscr w nrtare w ith lances, such as a
iiseel against the wild buffalo. We liad';
lor this weapon at the commencement oft
attack, and found it much more eflectu
limn guns. Kntering a canoe, we pluPp
lance after lance into the alligator, as hc!'
struggling in the water, till a wood
to be growing from him. which tnoieih1''
lently ulunp, while the body was eencta!'
below. His endeavors to extricate him
lashed the water into f am, mingNd '
blood. f nd there seemed no end to Ins ',a
ity orhncrcHMj to his rrsistancc, till a la"f'
-truck him directly through the middle oftf'
back, which nn Indian, with a heavy v'-"