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'Yes, there it was; and now if we could outsail the pirate, we lived; if not, we died.

8. 'The wind had been freshening fast all the while, and was now a sharp gale. I had never in my life, perhaps, had so much canvas on in so heavy a blow, but we must spread more.

"Set more sail."

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'You should have seen the men fly to obey. They obeyed the order in about the time it took me to say it.

9. "More sail yet." It was done almost as soon as said.

'I now waited to see if we were going fast enough; but soon perceived, only too plainly, that the pirate still gained upon us, though slowly at last. I looked up to the masts, they were bending like coach whips-that they did not go overboard seemed a miracle-and yet we must carry more sail.

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10. "Get on the studding-sails," I said; "we must trust to make the ship bear it."

'At any other time, had I ordered the seamen aloft, when the masts were each moment threatening to give way, they would have refused duty; now they sprang up like cats.

Studding-sail after studding-sail was set; then

1 Canvas, the material of which sails are made. 'To spread more canvas' means to set more sails, and thus to catch more wind and be hurried along faster.

2 Studding-sails, narrow sails set at the outer edges of the square sails when the wind is light.

we got out the boat's sails, and spread them wherever they would catch a capful of wind. And still not a spar nor a yarn parted.1 It seemed to me that they were held only by the mighty power of Him who rules the winds and waves.

II. 'There were a few moments of deep suspense. I stood turning my eyes now aloft at the bending, groaning masts, then astern at our fierce pursuers.

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gains."

Courage, boys!" I cried. "She no longer

'What a hurrah! But next moment they were still as death again, for it did not seem possible that our masts and our sails could hold out, and the snapping of one spar or rope would have doomed us.

12. 'And so for an hour, that seemed a year, the ship flew; but the moments lagged-how they lagged! Still the wind increased. I could see that the pirate was ploughing terribly into the sea, and that if the wind went on increasing she must soon take in sail. Presently there was a puff of smoke at her bow, and a cannon-ball plunged into the sea, a quarter of a mile astern. The men

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quailed a little, but I said, "Good! Boys, they begin to see that they cannot catch us." She kept firing for half an hour. Some of the balls would have struck, had they been well enough

1 Spar nor a yarn parted, neither a rod nor a rope of the sails broke.

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aimed; but the firing hindered her speed, and she lost ground considerably.

13. 'It was now nine o'clock. By this time the gale was too much for her, and her great square sail was taken in. She fell behind rapidly. At one o'clock her hull could no longer be seen, and she gave up the chase. I now had some of the sails taken in, and ordered dinner, for as yet no man had taken food. We soon left her out of sight, and at length reached our port in safety. So ends my story.'

OWEN GLENDOWER'S OAK.

I. OWEN GLENDOWER'S oak is situated at Shelton, distant about a mile from Shrewsbury. It has its name from a tradition of Owen Glendower having mounted the tree to gain a view of the battle of Shrewsbury. This battle was fought on July 20, 1403, between the forces of Henry IV., then King of England, and those of Sir Henry Percy, commonly called Hotspur, eldest son of the Earl of Northumberland.

2. Henry IV. had not been long on the throne before he found that he had many enemies, among the most formidable of whom were the Earl of Northumberland and Owen Glendower, who was descended from the ancient sovereigns of Wales. These two persons became discontented with Henry's government, and formed a scheme for

uniting together to dethrone him. The Earl's eldest son, Hotspur, was to march with a large army from the north of England, and Glendower was to meet him with such forces as he could collect in Wales.

3. As soon as the king was aware of these movements, he marched in all haste, to come up with Hotspur before he was joined by Glendower. The royal army entered Shrewsbury only a few hours before Hotspur arrived at the gates. This was on July 19, and the king was anxious to give battle without delay. Hotspur, however, did not feel himself strong enough for this, having not above 14,000 men in his army, whereas the king had nearly double that number. On the following morning the king's forces marched out of the town, and succeeded in forcing Hotspur to an engagement.

4. The fight began by furious and repeated volleys of arrows from Hotspur's archers, whose ground greatly favoured that kind of warfare; and they did great execution on the royal army. The king's bowmen were not wanting in return, and the battle raged with violence. Hotspur, bent on the king's destruction, rushed through the hostile arrows, and pierced his way to the spot on which he stood. Henry was thrice unhorsed, and would have been taken or slain, had he not been defended and rescued by his own men: and the fortune of the day would have been forthwith decided, if the king's friends had not withdrawn him from the danger;

for the royal standard-bearer was slain, his banner beaten down, and many of the chosen band appointed to guard it were killed. The young Prince of Wales was also wounded in the face by an

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5. It thus seemed that, notwithstanding all the exertions of the royalists, victory would remain with the rebel army, who fought with renewed ardour, from an opinion, naturally derived from the overthrow of his standard, that the king himself had fallen. They animated each other to the combat with cheering and redoubled shouts of 'Henry Percy, king!' 'Henry Percy, king!'

6. At this critical moment, the gallant Percy, raging through the ranks of the enemy, fell by an unknown hand, alone, and hemmed in by foes. The king lost no time in availing himself of this event. Straining his voice to the utmost, he shouted, Henry Percy is dead!' and the battle soon ended in the king gaining a complete victory. The place where the fight was thickest is about three miles from Shrewsbury, and is still called Battle-field. King Henry built a handsome church there, which is still used as a parish church, though great part of it is in ruins.

7. In the meanwhile, Owen Glendower had marched with a large body of Welshmen to within a mile of Shrewsbury; and if the king had not been so rapid in his movements, Glendower and Hotspur would probably have joined their forces. It was necessary, however, that the Welsh army

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