A FRIEND IN NEED-A TIMELY WARNING.
that I am here, no one will touch a hair of your head." In fact the crowd divided, and left me a free passage. I was saved, without knowing by whom, or for what reason, until the native soldier called after me : " You attended my wife who was sick, and you never asked payment of me. I now settle my debt."
As Captain Drouant had doubtless gone off in the cutter, it was impossible for me to return on board the Cultivateur. I directed my steps towards my lodgings, creeping along the walls, and taking advantage of the obscurity, when, on turning the corner of a street, I fell into the midst of a band of dockyard workmen, armed with axes, and about to proceed to the attack of the French vessels then in harbor. Here again I owed my preservation to an acquaintance, to whom I had rendered some service in the practice of my profession. A Metis, or half-breed, who had quickly pushed me into the entry of a house, and covered me with his body, said : " Stir not, Doctor Pablo I"* When the crowd had dispersed, my protector advised me to conceal myself, and above all, not to go on board ; he then started off to rejoin his comrades. But all was not yet over. I had scarcely entered my lodgings when I heard a knocking at the door.
" Doctor Pablo," said a voice, which was not unknown to me.
I opened, and I saw, as pale as death, a Chinese, who kept a tea-store on the ground-floor of the same house.
" What's the matter, Yang-Po ?"
4 4 Save yourself, Doctor !"
44 And wherefore ?"
" Because the Indians will attack you this very night ; they have decided upon it !"
* Pablo signifies Paul, my Christian name. I was always called thus at Manilla and at Cavite.* Pablo signifies Paul, my Christian name. I was always called thus at Manilla and at Cavite.