History of the Pirates who Infested the China Sea from 1807-1810

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Oriental Translation Fund, 1831 - 128페이지
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111 페이지 - The boats continued passing and repassing from the junks to the shore, in quick succession, laden with booty, and the men besmeared with blood ! Two hundred and fifty women and several children, were made prisoners, and sent on board different vessels. They were unable to escape with the men, owing to that abominable practice of cramping their feet : several of them were not able to move without assistance, in fact, they might all be said to totter, rather than walk. Twenty of these poor women were...
103 페이지 - ... country. I told him to say we were Englishmen in distress, having been four days at sea without provisions. This he would not credit, but said we were bad men, and that he would put us all to death ; and then ordered some men to put the interpreter to the torture until he confessed the truth. Upon this occasion, a Ladrone, who had been once to England and spoke a few words of English, came to the chief, and told him we were really Englishmen, and that we had plenty of money, adding that the buttons...
6 페이지 - People living in the same state of society, have usually the same customs and manners. It is said of the celebrated Buccaneers, that they laid aside their surnames, and assumed nicknames, or martial names. Many, however, on their marrying, took care to have their real surnames inserted in the marriage contract ; and this practice gave occasion to a proverb still current in the French Antilles, a man is not to be known till he takes a wife. See the Voyages and Adventures of William Dampier, and History...
110 페이지 - The Ladrones now prepared to attack a town with a formidable force, collected in row-boats from the different vessels. They sent a messenger to the town, demanding a tribute of ten thousand dollars annually, saying, if these terms were not complied with, they would land, destroy the town, and murder all the inhabitants : which they would certainly have done, had the town laid in a more ad* The Hoo-mun, or Bocca Tigris.
103 페이지 - He appeared to be about diirty years of age, a stout commanding-looking man. He took me by the coat, and drew me close to him; then questioned the interpreter very strictly, asking who we were, and what was our business in that part of the country. I told him to say we were Englishmen in distress, having been four days at sea without provisions. This he would not credit, but said we were bad men, and that he would put...
106 페이지 - ... day. In the evening I was summoned with the interpreter before the chief. He questioned us in a much milder tone, saying, he now believed we were Englishmen, a people he wished to be friendly with ; and that if our captain would lend him seventy thousand dollars till he returned from his cruise up the river, he would repay him, and send us all to Macao. I assured him it was useless writing on those terms, and unless our ransom was speedily settled, the English fleet would sail, and render our...
65 페이지 - I am harassed by the government's officers outside in the sea ; lips and teeth must help one another, if the lips are cut away the teeth will feel cold. How shall I alone be able to fight the government forces ? You should therefore come at the head of your crew, to attack the government squadron 1809.
26 페이지 - Then ensued a battle ; they attacked 'each other with guns and stones, and many people were killed and wounded. The fighting ceased towards the evening, and began again next morning. The pirates- and the men-of-war were very close to each other, and they boasted mutually about their strength and valour. It was a very hard fight ; the sound of cannon, and the cries of the combatants, were heard some le* distant. The traders remained at some distance ; they saw the pirates mixing gunpowder in their...
109 페이지 - The chop-house (custom-house)^ and a few cottages were immediately plundered, and burnt down ; most of the inhabitants, however, escaped to the camp. The Ladrones now prepared to attack the town with a formidable force, collected in row-boats from the dif* The Hoo mun, or Bocca Tigris. t We know by the " History of the Chinese Pirates," that these " wasps of the ocean," to speak with Yuen tsze yung liin, were originally divided into six squadrons.
102 페이지 - who were stowed at the bottom of the boat, leaped on board us. They were armed with a short sword in either hand, one of which they layed upon our necks, and pointed the other to our breasts, keeping their eyes fixed on their officer, waiting his signal to cut or desist. Seeing we were incapable of making any resistance, the officer sheathed his sword, and the others immediately followed his example.

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