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rAW orId Famous Story of Maritime Adventure Told With a Directness That Is as
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j ITS AUTHOR THE ACKNOWLEDGED MASTER OF SEA STORY TELLERS
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I from The Mystery of the Ocean Star Chatto WIndus London j
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i T was thc evening of thc 2M of Marc 1570 On
i passage to the equator from Sydney had been
I r good but for three days WC had been bothered
J wIth light head winds and calms and since 4
t 1 oclock this day the ocean had stretched in oil
+ smooth undulations to Its margin with never n
sIgh of nil to crispen Its marvelous serenity Into
shadow A sort of loathing comes Into a man with n calm like
tlrls That was why perhaps I found something awful and for
I bidding iu the sunset though at another time It might scarcely
have detained my gaze a minute But it Is true nevertheless
I that others besides me gaped at the wonderful gushings ot hot
purplearrested whirlpools of crImson haze they lookedin the
1 heart of which the orb sat rnyless flooding the sea with blood
under him so magnificently fell was the hue and flushing the sky
i with twenty dyes of gold and orange till In the far east the
1 i radiance fainted into the delIcacy of pale amber
ions a sunset Mr Balfour said Captain Matthews a north
of England man to me to make a fellow think of the last day
Im looking at it sir said I as though 1 bad never seen n
sunset before Tbats the oddest part ot It to my mind Theres
I I fire enough there to cat a gale up How should a cats paw
crawl then
I The captain went below after a long impatient look round
and I overhung the rail peerIng Into the water alongside or
endlng my gaze Into the frightful distance where the low lying
stars bung
Presently the man at the wheel startled me with an obsprva
tIon I went to hIm and be pointed upward with a long shadowy
arm I looked and saw n corposant as it is called at seaa St
Elmos fir burning at the end of the crossjack yard
There should be wind not far off said the helmsman in a
subdued voice for few sailors can see one of these lights without
n stirring of their superstitious instincts and this particular ex
halation bung close to us
I hope so said I though 1 dont know where its to come
from
As I spoke the light vanished I ran my eye over the yards
expecting Its reappearance but it returned no more and the
I sails rose pale and phantomlIke to the stars
Half an hour Inter the dark curl of a light air of wind shat
tered the starlIght In the sea and our canvas fell asleep 1
called to the watch to uim sail and In a few moments the decks
were busy with the figures of men pulling and haulIng and
IurJlng out at the ropes In sulky slumberous growliugs The
captain arrived
Little worth having In this I fear said he But make
the most ot itmake the most of it Get the foretopmast stun
Mil run up It she creeps but a league it is a league to the
good
ti 11OCIOCI the light breeze aas still holding and the shIp
wf1sI1 oF atIng softly through the dusk the parking of moon swaying
lUc r silver sIllle or the port mizzen topsail yardarm every
thing quiet along the decks no light sac the sheen from the
lamps in the binnacle and nothing stiLTing but the figure ot a
lIJan op the forecastle pacing atbwartshlps On a sudden a steam
ers lights showed 00 the starboard bova green beam and a yet
low one above with the water on fire beneath them and sparks
floating away upon her coil ot smoke that made you think ot the
spangles of n falling rocket She went past swiftly at no great
distance from liS Slue swept past JUee n phantom running a line
of llIumlllated windows along which resembled a row ot street
lamps out In the darkness and as she came on to our quarter
she struck seven bells half past 11 the rIch metallIc Dotes ot
which I clearly heard and with tbo tremblIng ot the last stroke
upon the ear her outline melted
At that Instant a peculiar thrill ran through the ship It may
be lIkened to the trembling In a floor when a heavy wagon passes
In the street outside It vas over In a breath but 1 could have
I worn that It was not my fancy 1 walked aft to the wheel and
said to the man DId you notice anything just now
f Seemed to me as If the vessel trembled lIke he replied
As he spoke the shIp shook again this time strongly It was
Mmethlng more than a shudder The sensation was for all the
World as though she had scraped over a shoal ot rock or shIngle
There was a little clatter below a noise ot broken glass The
watch who had been dozing on deck sprang to their feet and
their ejaculations ot surprise and fear rolled In a growl among
them The captain ron out ot the companionway In his shirt nod
trousers
What was that Mr Balfour be bawled
Either the shock of an earthquake said I or a whale slId
ing along our keel
Get n cast ot the lead Get a cast or tbe lead he shouted
This was done to the fun scope of the handlinewithout bot
tom of course
Theres that bloom compreesnt come again exclaimed
n hoarse voice and sure enough a light similar to the ono that
had hung at the crossjack yardarm now floated upon the end ot
the upper malntopsnil yard
Thedeyils abroad tonight exclaimed the captain Theres
sulphur enongb aboutund he ten usnuffling
What followed might have made an tntIdel suppose so for
scarce were the words out of his mouth when there bappened
nn astenlshing blast ot noise as loud and violent as that or forty
or fifty cannons fired off at once and out of the black sea no
farther than a mile broad on the starboard beam rose a pIllar
ot fire crImson as the light or the setting sun und as dazzling too
It lived whlle you might have counted twenty but In that time
it lighted up the sea for leagues and leagues put out the stars
and made the sky resemble a canopy ot yellow satin We on
the ship saw one anothers faces as It by daylIght The shrouds
and masts and our own figures cast jet black shadows on the
decl The whole ship flashed out to that amazing radiance Ilko
n fabric sun touched The column ot fire then flattened and
disappeared and the night rolled down upon our blInded eyes 19
black as thunder
There was uo nolsono hissing as of boIlIng water 1 sprang
on to the rail believing I could perceive a dark mass like a
deeper dye upon the blackness that way upon the water and
to steady myself caught hold ot the mizzen royal backstay swilll
tug to my arms length and peering with nil my might
It was In that moment that I fell overboard I suppose my
rIp of the Imckstn relaxed when the ship lay down but let
the thing have happened how it would in a breath I was under
water It Is saId that the swiftness of thought is best shown by
dreams This may be so yet I cannot believe that thought was
dream than It was In me ere 1 came to the
ever swifter tn n
surface for In those few seconds 1 gathered exactly what had
befallen me wondered whether my fall bad been seen whether
realIzed my hopeless condition It l had not
I should be saved
been observed find above nil wn thinking steadfastly and with
horror or the shark 1 had not long ago watched stemming tn tire
swimmer and what
indifferent
the sllll I was n very
I past I bad in that way was 1I1e to bc paralyzed by
little power and fetched u breath shook the
I rose
of the ahnrk
thoughts and looked for the ship She had been
water out of my yea
rate of about tour knots un hour but had
slidingalong lit the
have farther
to gone
could not seem
she been sallln at ten she
during the brief while 1 was submerged From the edge
from
me were she appenred u towering pale
eyes
> water where my
ot the
tihadow about u mile orr 1 endeavored to scream out but
or voice or
had bereft me my
the cold ot the plunge
whether
1 found 1
enough to stop illY pipes
oJhnd swallowed water
tltat1 had
1 mad several
utter nothing louder than a small groan
could life floating
and suddenly spied n buoy
strokes with my arms
yards ahead ot me 1 made for It In n transport
almost twenty I could ask that
nIl the assurance
It
for the sight ot was
or joy
they knew on theshlp that 1 had tumbled overboard and coming
tood iewind her at a short distance
to the buoy I seized and threw it over my head and then got It
WIder my arms and so floated
The breeze such as it was was on the ships quarter and she
would need to describe a considerable arc before she rounded to
I could bear very faintly the voices on board the flinging down
of coils of rope the dim echoes of burry and commotion 1 again
sought to exert my lungs but could deliver no louder note than
a moan The agony of mind 1 was under lest a shark should
seize strained eyeballs would como
me 1 cannot express and my
wild
from the tall shadow ot the ship to the sea about mo In a
searching ot the liquid ebony of It for the sparkling conihuratIoo
of the most abhorred of all fish
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1 could have sworn that hours elapscd before they lowered
boat from fainter and fainter
the ship that seemed to grow
ot
every time I looked at her so swallowing Is the character
ocean darkness and so subtle apparently so fleet In fact the
settling away of a fabric under canvas from an object stationary
on the water 1 could dIstinctly hear the rattle of the oars In
the rowlocks and the splash or the dipped blades but could not
discern evident however that they
the boat It was speedily
I
were pulling wide of me my car could not mistake Again
tried to shout but to no purpose
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Manifestly no ono had thought of taking my bearings when
fell and I who lay south was being sought for southwest
Time passed The boat never approached me within a quarter
of a mile They must instantly have heard me could 1 have
hallooed but my throat refused Its office 1 reckoned that they
continued to row here and there for about halt an hour durIng
whIch they were several times haIled by the captain as I sup
posed The sound ot the oars then died A little later I heard
the very faint noises made by their hoisting the boat and hnuling
In upon the braces and then there was nothing for me to do but
to watch with dying eyes the shadow of the snip till It faded
and the stars shone where she had been
The sky shed very lIttle light and there was no foam to cast
nn Illumination of Its own However by this time as you will
suppose I was used to my sltuatlontbat Is to say the horror
and novelty of my condition hud abated and settled Into a miser
able feelIng ot despair so that I was like a dying man who had
passed days In an open boat and who languidly directs his yes
over the gunwale at the sea which the hopelessness that is bred
by familiarity with his dreadful posture
It was some time after the ship bad melted Into the airy
dusk that 1 seemed to notice for the first time since I had been
In the Ute buoy the lump ot blackness nt which 1 had been strain
fng my eyes when the vessel heeled and I tell It had the
elusiveness or a light at sea that Is best seen at n distance by
gazing a little on one side or It it lay a black mass and whether
it was a vast huddle of weeds or 11 great whale killed by the
earthquake or solid land nphoe by the volcanic rupture was not
conjecturable It hung still and not very tall for I could not
see that it put out any stars and was about a mile distant What
ever It might prove 1 could not be worse off near or on or amid
it than I waR here so setting wy face toward It 1 began to strike
out with my legs and arms
I made good progress and presently approaching the block ot
blackness for so It looked perceived that It was certainly land
n solid rock In sbortthe head of some mountainous submnrlno
formation lifted ten or twelve feet above the sea It JaY nil In
a line of grayish darkness even when l was quite close and 1
could see nothing hut the slJUpeless body ot It Qna sudden my
feet struck grouudand 1 waded thirty paces along nshelt that
was underwater tin my paces lifted to the d17 beach Hut by
this time I was tearfully exhausted 1 could scarcely breathe
My legs and arms were numbed to the weight of lead Imndo
shift to stagger onward till 1 bad gone about fifty feet from tile
wash ot the sea Nature then broke down My knees gave way
I stumbled and fell whether In a swoon or whether In n death
like slum er I cannot say AU I can tell Is that when I awoke
or recovered my senses the sun stood fifteen degrees above the
horizon and 1 opened my eyes upon a hot and dazzling sky
1 sat uP In the utmost amazement My wind for some time
was all abroad and I could recollect nothing Memory then
entered me with n bound und I staggered to my feet with 11 cry
The first thing I took notice ot was that my clothes were nearly
dry The brilliance was 80 blinding that I had to employ my eyes
very warily In order to see and it was not untIl 1 hud kept open
Ing and shutting them and shading them with my hands for some
minutes that they acquired their old power The Island on which
I stood bad unquestionably been hove up 10 the night by the
earthquake 1 cannot figure It better than by asking you to
Imagine a aI1 mass ot pumice stone somewhat flat 00 top
and sbehIug on an sides very gently to tho water lying afloat
but steady 00 the sa
But what when J had toy whole wits riveted my attention
and held me staring open mouthed nH though In good truth tho
apparItion 01 the devil hud arisen before me was the body ot a
ship leaning on Its bilge at not more than gunshot from where
I stood looking toward the interior When my eyes first vent
to the thing I could not believe them I Imagined it some trick
ot the volcanic explosion that had fashioned a portion or the land
or rock as It may be called Into the likeness ota ship but on
gazing steadfastly 1 saw that It was Indeed Il vessel rendered
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wonderful by beIng densely coverers
i extraordinarily beautiful and
with shells ot a hundred different kinds by which her bulk was
fountains ot
enlarged though her shape was preserved Bright
L water were gushing frown fifty places In hel All these water
fulls shone like rainbows and showed surprIsingly soft and lovely
against the velvet greet ot the moss and the gray and kaleidO
scopic tints Of the shells upon her Lost in amazement I made
viewing bet nt a short distance
my way toward her and stood
She had three lower masts standingono right In the bows and
the mizzen raking very much art All three masts were sup
ported by shrouds and that was aU the rigging the sea had left
She looked to be made ot ahella and moss Her shrouds and
masts were Incrusted as thickly as her hull She was n mere
tub ot a shlp In shape befog scarce twice as long as she was
broad with great fat buttocks u very tall stern narrowing atop
and low bows with a prOlllglons cure to the stembead 1 am not
well versed In the Shipping of olden times but I would have
willingly staked all I was worth 1n the world that the fabric
before me belonged to a period not much later than the days
of Columbus and that she bad been sunk nt least three centuries
below the sea and It wns also perfectly clear to me that silt had
with
risen in the daylight out of her green and oozy sepulcher
the upheaval of the bed on which she lay to the convulsion that
bad produced this island
What was to become ot me 1 bad no boat no means ot
hut the life buoy that wan
making anything to bear me nothIng
sharks tear to pieces In I was
no better than a trap for to mo
thirsty but there was no fresh water on this steaming speck ot
that there was none and that
rock and I tell you the knowing
unless rain fell I must die ot thirst had like to have driven mo
mad Where the ship was and beyond It the Island rose Potue
what In the form of n gentle undulation 1 walked that way and
there obtained a view ot the whole Island which wn very nearly
circular lice the bead Ot11 hill somewhat after the shape ot n
great mass of to the sight and
saucepan lid It resembled a s9 q sponge
there was no break upon its < surface save the Incrusted ship
which did Indeed form a very conspicuous object Happlnin
to look downward I spIed a large dead fish of the size ot 11 cod
or sbteen or eighteen pounds lying n dry In a hole I put my
arm down and dragged it out und hoping by appeasing my
somewhat I opened knife and cut
hunger to help my thirst my
out a little raw steak and ate it The moisture in the flesh
refreshed me and that the sun might not spoil the carcass I
carried it to the shadow made by the ship and put It under one
of the waterfalls that the play might keep It sweet There was
plenty more dead fish In the numerous holes and I picked out
two and put them In the shade but 1 knew that the great bent
rest whence would come a
III list soon taint them and rot the
stench that might make the Island poisonous to me
There wa but one live spark amid the ashes af my hopes
namely that the island lay 1n the highway ot ships and that It
was Impossible a vessel could sight so unusual an object with
out deviating from her course to examine It That was all the
hope I hud but God knows there waS nothing In It to keep me
alive when 1 set 011 against It the consideration that there was
no water on the Island 110 food that a ship would have to sail
close to remark SQ tInt uudJltt1c a PQlut us this rock and that
days aye and weeks might elapse before the rIm at yonder
boundless surface stretching 1D airy leagues or deep blue to the
azure sky ilt the borlzbn should f broken by he sturllke shining
ur a uU <
It occurred to mp that If I could board the ship she might
furnish mo with a shelter from the dew of the nIght She had
chuuuels with long plates nU looking as Ii they were formed ot
tbcll1 and stepping round to the side toward which she leaned 1
found the fore channel plates to be within reach ot my hands
Till shells were slippery and cutting but I waR n sailor and
there would have been nothing in 11 harder climb than this to
daunt me So after z bit ot a struggle I succeeded In hauling
myself Into the chains and thence easily dragged mseit over
thc rail OD to the deck
The sight between the hulwnils was far more lovely end
tmrprislng than the spectacle presented by the ships sides for
the decks seemed not only formed ot shells of a hundred different
hue there was n great abundance ot branching corals white
I1S mIlk and murIno plants ot lads for which 1 could not find
names ot several brilliant colors 80 that what with the delicate
velvet ot the moss the dark shades ot seaweed Of figurations 01
dainty as those of terns arid the different sorts ot shells big und
little all lying as solid as It they had been set In concrete tM
appearance of the ship submitted was something Incredibly fan
tastic andadrnlrablo
IMy eye was tuken by 8 peculiar sort ot protuberance at the
foot ot the mainmast It stood as high as I did und had some
thing of the shape of a man and Indero after starIng at It for
some time 1 perceived that It bud been a manthat Is to say It
was u human skeleton filled up to the bulk ot n living being by
the shell and barnacles which covered it In nil probnblllt thli
was a man who when the ship foundered had been securely
lashed to the mast for safety or punishment
I turned away at last with 11 shudder and walked aft Lbe
wreck was unquestionably sone Spaulsh or Lortuguese el1rracl1
ur galleon ns old I1S 1 have stated for you saw her shape when
you stood on her dock and her castellated stern rising into II
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tower from her poop nnd pgop royal ns It was called provpQ
her age as convincingly us Ii the date of her launch lad been
scored upon her
Wbat was In her bold Tbousa1t of pounds worth 01
precious ore In gold and sliver burs and Ingots for nil I kneiv
bu bad she been Mush to bur upper decks with doubloons and
ducats I would have exchanged them all for the sIght ot n
ship or for n rill of fresh water searched the horizon with
feverish eyes There was nothing In sight The uHemOOtJ tons
adt1l1clng The Sl1I vtus burning unbearably midway down the
Western sky and my thirst tormented me 1 dropped uve
side and cut nllother steak or Uih but though the moisrm4
tempofllrlly relieved U11 time salt of the water flowing upon It
dried Into my throat and Increased my sufferings rhel was
alIght air blowing and the sea trembled to It Into n deeper hue
of blue mind met In a glorious stream of twlulllng rubies minder
tho setting sun I counted Imlf 11 score ot wet black tiny round
about the island and understood that the sharks bad recovered
from their scare UlIII bud returned to see If the earthquake and
cast up anything to cut
When the sun sank the night came along In n stride Ilia r
curl of the mOOD looked wanly down Ulun UlU and the sky >
dashed wIth st1l1hlne so rIch and magnlticent was the glow ot
thq nearer luminaries I reentered the ship and stepped to the
cabin front over which extended 11 break 01 llcutbunsc uDIIr 1 +
which I might hind some shelter from the dow that vents already r 1
falling like rain and squatted down Inscn fashion with my back i
against the shell armored lIulllwUlI Great Rather Never had 1
known what solitude was till then >
Several times during the night 1 got on to the upper poop iJ
the deck above tbo poop anciently termed the poop royaland i
1001I d around me Hut them was nothing to see not tl slludo > I
to catch the eye The breeze freshened somewhat about mId 71
night cud the alt nas made peasant by the musical noisesot < 1
running waters 1 fell asleep au hour before dawn arc when I 1
awoke the early ashen line was brightening In the cast rile j
birth of the day Is l11111d lu those parallels and the light ot time j
morning was soon nil over sea and sky I turned to search the 1
ocean and the first thing 1 saw was n brig not above halt n mile T
from the island The Instnnt I saw her 1 rushed ou to tile poop
where wy figure would be best Been and ell to 1oiu isbtus 101
handkercble like a maniac I sought to shout but tuyvnlce
was even weaker tbar It bud been after j tell o rhfarr1 Ie
she abandoned me I knew 1 must perish its evarv uJIllllir 11 i
Bured me that 1 had neither mental nor P hvsicai 1 over 10 1
undergo another day and night without drink and without nope
upon the Island
On a sudden she hauled up the lee clew oC her mull1Oall bOom
ended her studding sails and put bel 11flm over I IlWW wllllt
this signified and clasping my bands I Inked lip to Ud
Presently a boat was lowered and pullld toward tia island
1 dropped over the side tumblll1 down IIpllll wv nose In my
wCukues and mode with trembling legs to the bench standing
in my 0ngerness In the very curl ot the wash hero 1bera were
three men In the boat and they eyed me us they rowed over i
s
their shoulders us Jf 1 hud been u specter
Who are you mate and what country Is tills esclnlmct1
the oman who pUlled stroke litllnlllnl lip to stretch his lilac tame
1 JoInted to my tbroat and hasped Water could barely i
articulate
lotbln In ibis wide world moves qallorl IIIc 11 cr to them
torwator In un Instant the three men tuul drugged me Into the fit
boat and were straining 11ice horses III their oars ns they sent f +
the boat dashing through the rippling water We dashed along t
side I r
Hes dying of thlr1t was the cry
1 way bundled 011 deck The llptlllD run below uud returned I < 1
with 11 swell dlllft ot wlll and u l1tr i t
Start with that ulll he louU be titter for 11 longer pUll j <
Inter OU 1
The drink gave me back 1l1Y voice IH for awhiei nuld 1 f
scarce speak for the tents tllllt tlwellrd nmr heart r
Are there riy more ot ye said the UIJ1UIU < f
J unsucred No
Hut wJut IlIlId this he IIIulrld v
Au island uJ > hoc lJy an earthquake 1lld L is
Great WUllder be cried Ad wUntN that arrangement
In shells sow weeds Uup ot JU rif
A vessei thutI probably been mo years itt Wo lX > ttomit I > 1
1n
The quake rose It heyr
Just us it Is said 1 X
Well boll we cllltl the worthy fellow it It dontscem ioo F J
good to bu true Mr Fletcher trim sail sir lllt shove along 5h
shove along Come sir step below with me for a rest and a iil
bite und give we your tale
A warUy eaten meal with another sup of wine and wntpt i s
made me a new man We sat below a mug while J telllu my1
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story hI wakiug Dotes uUIl tlllllllg or the credIt he would get
for bringing home It report ot unew country when suddeul fi
into the skylight r
the mutt put his bead
Captain
Hello
The islands gone sir
What dye meanthat wove Hunt IU +
No by the Lord but hat its sunk itself
Wo rail on deck und where the ISIlind should have been WU
nil clear sca
The Ctlltllill stared nt the water with his mouth Yldtro ieu a s
Notblng to report after billhecned f
1 suw It founder exclalmed the wale I had my eye OIlJ F r
It when It sank Ive tel some JOllptlelII In my day but tl11I Yi >
beats uU my going tHlsniugJ + ff < F o
Well said the captah tOlnc we didnt come too soon sJrtI J q
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