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native ones. I took the opportunity of going ashore ; turning to the right along the main road, I approached the European quarters on the one side and the bungalows on the other; but all was forlorn and forsaken, a sad contrast to the gay scene of eighteen months ago.
The scene was depressing in the extreme, and carried my thoughts back to the many old friends who had recently gone to their account. I was only too glad to get on board again ; and my thoughts, as I sat there on deck, were not of a rosy hue.
The events of the past two years seemed as a dream ; perpetually on the move by land and water, exposed to all manner of dangers ; once a prisoner, deprived alike of luxuries and necessariesaall this was enough to make one recoil. But the rope which bound me to the country was a strong one, and the only way I could see of cutting it would have been a leap from the frying-pan into the fire.
Moreover, I was infinitely poorer than when I first came to the country. With the exception of a scanty wardrobe, everything I possessed a house, furniture, books, plateahad been ruthlessly swept away in the Mutiny; and there were souvenirs of the past which no money could replace.
Nothing of moment occurred till we were nearing the end of our journey; when the aforementioned plot to run the vessel ashore at a very dangerous spot came to the knowledge of the captain, who immediately took the helm himself, after the steersman proper had been duly placed in irons. He afterwards confessed, and was handed over to the civil authorities.
If anything was wanting to complete the prevalent gloom, it was furnished by the death of a passenger shortly before reaching Calcutta. In the very earlyIf anything was wanting to complete the prevalent gloom, it was furnished by the death of a passenger shortly before reaching Calcutta. In the very early