A Lady's Captivity Among Chinese Pirates [NOOK Book]


Published in London in 1858. This is a true account written by Fanny Loviot, a young French woman of her travels to America, her further travels to China, her ordeal of being captured in the China Sea by Chinese pirates, her rescue and subsequent return to France. It has been translated into English by Amelia B. Edwards. Very interesting and descriptive narrative.

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Published in London in 1858. This is a true account written by Fanny Loviot, a young French woman of her travels to America, her further travels to China, her ordeal of being captured in the China Sea by Chinese pirates, her rescue and subsequent return to France. It has been translated into English by Amelia B. Edwards. Very interesting and descriptive narrative.

The Publisher has copy-edited this book to improve the formatting, style and accuracy of the text to make it readable. This did not involve changing the substance of the text.


Chapter I.
Departure from Havre ---- Regrets ---- A Barrier of Bocks ---- Rio Janeiro ---- Departure from Rio ---- Six Weeks at Sea ---- Cape Horn ---- Storms ---- Death of a Sailor ---- Catching a Shark ---- Land! Land! ---- The Gold Country

Chapter II.
The Bay of San Francisco ---- Deserted Ships ---- The Mission Dolores ---- Manners of the Chinese Emigrants ---- The Black Race ---- The Loungers of Jackson Street ---- Gaming Houses ---- The Black Band ---- The Committee of Vigilance ---- On Hanging

Chapter III.
Sacramento ---- Fort Sutter ---- Nomadic Indians ---- Marysville ---- Shasta City ---- Adventure with a Bear ---- Weaverville ---- The Miners ---- The Rocky Mountains ---- Yreka ---- Return to San Francisco

Chapter IV.
Fire ---- Departure for China ---- The "Arcturus" ---- An Invalid on Board ---- Chinese Sorcerers ---- Death ---- The Chinese Seas ---- A Watery Journey ---- Arrival at Hong-Kong ---- Visit to the Consul ---- Journey to Canton ---- Chinese Insurrection

Chapter V.
Captain Rooney ---- Than-Sing ---- A Storm ---- The Typhoon ---- Fall of the Mizzen-mast ---- Effects of the Tempest ---- Disasters of the " Caldera" ---- Chinese Pirates ---- Scene between Decks ---- A Crew in Fetters ---- Examination ---- I am threatened with Death ---- Plunder

Chapter VI.
Unlading ---- The Good Chinese ---- A Ray of Hope ---- A Second Flotilla ---- Disguise ---- Hunger ---- The Father of a Family ---- Proposed Escape ---- Refusal of the Crew ---- Rage of Captain Rooney ---- Hopes and Disappointments

Chapter VII.
Efforts at Escape ---- Attempted Flight ---- Return to the "Caldera" ---- Capture ---- Cruelties of the Pirates ---- Portrait of a Pirate Chief ---- Chinese Prayer ---- Death of a Pirate ---- Seizure of a Merchant Junk ---- Fresh Plunder ---- Fortune of the Vanquished

Chapter VIII.
Despair ---- I write the Date of my Captivity ---- Benevolence of the Pirates ---- A Happy Meal ---- A Steamer in Sight ---- Flight of the Pirates ---- Gratitude ---- Hurrah! Hurrah! ---- I am Saved!

Chapter IX.
Captain Rooney's Story ---- Expedition along the Coast ---- The Pirate's Mother ---- Death of a Chinese ---- The "Lady Mary Wood" ---- Return to Hong-Kong ---- Protection of the Consul ---- Visit of Than-Sing ---- Good-bye to Captain Rooney

Chapter X.
Departure from China ---- The "Malta" ---- Singapore ---- Penang ---- The Island of Ceylon ---- The "Bentinck" ---- Aden ---- In the Red Sea ---- The Isthmus of Suez ---- Cairo ----The Nile ---- The Pyramids ---- Boulac ---- Alexandria ---- The "Valetta" ---- Malta ---- Marseilles ---- End of a Journey Round the World

Corroborative Extracts From The French Press


.......The pirates who had us in charge then lifted a kind of trap, about two feet square, and pushed us down into a narrow dark hole below deck, where we had no room to stand upright, and could with difficulty lie at full length. When we sat, our heads touched the flooring above. The trap being left open, we could at least breathe the fresh air, and look up to the sky; but, once shut in, our only light proceeded from a tiny port-hole of some eight inches square, which looked out beside the moving helm, and was not made to open. We had not lain more than half an hour in this dreary place, when a heavy blow echoed above our heads, followed by many others in rapid succession. Our eyes met, and each read the same dark suspicion in the other's face. Was it possible that they were nailing down the trap above our heads? Was this hole destined to be our coffin and our tomb? Had we been separated from our companions only to die slowly of hunger, thirst, and suffocation? A cold chill ran over all my body— I struggled to my knees—I strove, weak as I was, to force the lid up with my feeble hands. Oh, it was despair and anguish unspeakable!

......."It is thus” I thought, "that they suffer who are buried alive!"

.......This idea was too much for my reason. My brain burned—I lost all self-control—I strove to dash my head against the wall, and put an end to my miseries. In the midst of my delirium, I felt two hands..........
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012375681
  • Publisher: Digital Text Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/31/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 166
  • File size: 84 KB

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