Adventures In Western Africa

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CHAPTER III. LAND AT LAST. days have passed away since we left Ernie in the cruel grasp of the West African fever. The Cape Town brig Joseph, on board of which he was lying, had lost the whole of her little crew from the same ...
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CHAPTER III. LAND AT LAST. days have passed away since we left Ernie in the cruel grasp of the West African fever. The Cape Town brig Joseph, on board of which he was lying, had lost the whole of her little crew from the same cause. For purposes of trade they had called at the mouths of several West Coast rivers, and there the fever had seized upon them. Ernie had been among the first to suffer; but Roger, who had been specially engaged as servant to the boys, had successfully nursed him through the attack. Then for a fewdays both the brothers kept well, while every member of the crew was prostrated. After that, George and Ernie were seized about the same time; and the faithful black determined now to carry matters his own way. Taking advantage of one of the light, variable breezes peculiar to that coast, he had contrived to put the vessel before the wind, and ran out to sea a considerable distance. Without a single hand to help him, this was a difficult matter, and as full of danger as of difficulty; but by using only the lighter sails, he accomplished it. He was well repaid in seeing the fever leave the boys immediately, and in a day or two they were convalescent. Then the ship was put about once more. But the men never recovered; great exposure and carelessness in the earlier stages of their disease, together with insufficient nursing and unsuitable food, had so weakened them that they became a,n easy prey to the fever's ravages; and, one afteranother, the negro had been compelled to throw their dead bodies overboard. Such a terrible experience had naturally cast a heavy gloom over the minds of the boys; and in the exhausted physical condition of the younger, it seemed likely to offer him a victim to the pestilence. When for the third time he was at...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781459027954
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/5/2009
  • Pages: 18
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.04 (d)

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