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wood which happened to be at hand, and, as the sailor leaned over the capstan, struck him with full force on the back of the head. The Frenchman's cap saved his life, but his lips were cut through and his front teeth loosened ; he gave a yell of rage, and rushed into the cook's caboose for a knife. The captain, at the same time, got a pistol out of the cabin ; a scuffle ensued, in which the pistol was fired without effect, but the Frenchman gave the captain an ugly cut across the ear with his knife. The men then interfered, and they were separated.
" The cabin-boy having been attacked by dysentery, I was ordered to take his place. It struck me that if all the empty wine and beer bottles in the store-room were drained out, a little liquid might be procured for us all. T mentioned this to the crew, and they adopted my suggestion, obtaining, in all, about two quarts of what, under other circumstances, would have been considered a villanous compound. The captain took charge of it, and gave us a spoonful apiece; the remainder he placed below, on the cabin table, ready for a similar issue on the morrow.
" Unhappily, a young man who was at the helm, half delirious with fever and thirst, observed it, and fancying no one would detect him, he watched an opportunity, left the helm, ran down below, and" Unhappily, a young man who was at the helm, half delirious with fever and thirst, observed it, and fancying no one would detect him, he watched an opportunity, left the helm, ran down below, and