The Silken East ^
spectacle that meets my eye. And long after the sun has set, the steamer throbs on, favoured by the radiant clouds and the white splendour of the
Towards midnight new lights appear on the northern horizon, and gradually grow into the transports Freebooter and Rob Roy, with flats in tow, and three
- ------ hundred men with
racked muskets on board. The placid calm of the moonlit night is rudely broken by these new-comers. A 11 moves as in a play. The panting steamers race past me down the river, till they find an open space at which to touch; theninaflash they swing to, and slowly move up into place. The river, lashed into fury by the paddles, plunges in great waves and breaks vehemently a master-builder at pakoku against the shore.