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THE INDIAN ARCHIPELAGO.
hands and feet. The first man among them pointed out to me by the overseer was a fine-looking grey-bearded Indian, of great stature,
and with the eyes of a tiger. He had been formerly a rich shipowner at Bombay; but having been convicted of insuring his vessels to a large amount, and then setting fire to them, his property was confiscated by the government, and he was sentenced to work for life in chains. It is said that he has offered a million rupees to any man who will knock off his irons. His son carries on the business at Bombay, and it was reported that a vessel was always lying at Sincapore ready to receive him in case he should effect his escape ; but of this there does not appear to be the slightest chance, as he is particularly watched and guarded.
The next culprits pointed out to us were two of the heads of the