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The tragedy of the seas; or, Sorrow on the ocean, lake, and river, from shipwreck, plague, fire and famine (1848) (14576815650)

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The tragedy of the seas; or, Sorrow on the ocean, lake, and river, from shipwreck, plague, fire and famine (1848) (14576815650)

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Identifier: tragedyofseasors01ellm (find matches)
Title: The tragedy of the seas; or, Sorrow on the ocean, lake, and river, from shipwreck, plague, fire and famine
Year: 1848 (1840s)
Authors: Ellms, Charles
Subjects: Shipwrecks
Publisher: Philadelphia, W. A. Leary: Boston, W. J. Reynolds & co.
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress



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r answers, ordered eighteen men out of the boats, armed with muskets and fixed bayonets, and cutlasses, and then, having them in his power, peremptorily demanded the skulls; but as they were much frightened and produced none, it was thought probable their story was correct. They also stated that the natives of Aureed had left the island, having heard that the schooner was on the way to punish them for the murder they had committed; that all the white men had been murdered, and that some of the skulls had been sent to New Guinea. During this parley the Indians were shouting loudly for assistance from their friends, but the boats crews were too strong for them.After some time, finding that no satisfactory intelligence was obtained, room was made for them to pass; upon which they scampered off with great rapidity. Two of the sea-men very improperly fired their muskets over their heads; which, however, did not injure them, and served only to increase the rapidity of their flight. These islanders told
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ah-^WAWI-.BWiw.m ■ !.. in-*.i^.*LJU«m~umfrflyjmfi The terrible Trophy to which the Skulls were affixed. — Page 33. THE LONG-SEARCHED-FOR HEADS FOUND. 33 them that their principal food was cocoa-nuts and yams, and that they were frequently robbed of them by the Indians of other islands. On Mr. Lewiss wading across to the southernmost island,the Indians, who were there, escaped in their canoes, and steered towards the west-south-west. A strict search was made all over the island, but no remains of Europeans were found. The party then returned on board. The next day was occupied in searching amongst the islands. The anchor was dropped in the afternoon near an island about half a mile off; when a boat visited the shore,but found no trace of what they were in search of. A few deserted sheds, used probably when fishing, were the only marks of its ever being visited by the Indians. Several birds, viz., pigeons, quails, and rails, flushed; and an immense number of rats were seen. The trees were

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