The Pathfinder; the Inland Sea
State University of New York Press, 2013 - Počet stran: 164
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...himself to be about midway between the two shores. The height and length of the seas aided this impression; and it must be added that Cap by this time began to feel a respect for fresh water which twenty-four hours earlier he would have derided as impossible. Just as the nigh. turned, the fury of the wind became so great that he four d it impossible to bear up against it, the water falling on the deck of the little craft in such masses as to cause it to poake to the centre, and, though a vessel of singularly liv.V qualities, to threaten to bury it beneath its weight. Thh people of the Scud averred that never before had they beev out in such a tempest, which was true; for, possessing a perfect knowledge of all the rivers and headlands and nans, Jasper would have carried the cutter in shore long er-. this, and placed her in safety in some secure anchorage. But Cap still disdained to consult the young master, who below, determining to act like a mariner of the broad ocean. It was one in the morning when the storm-staysail was again got on the Scud, the head of the mainsail lowered, and the cutter put before the wind. Although the canvas now exposed was merely a rag in surface, the little craft nobly justified the use of the name she bore. For eight hours did she scud in truth; and it was almost with the velocity of the gulls that wheeled wildly over her in the tempest, apparently afraid to alight in the boiling caldron of the lake. The dawn of day brought little change; for no other horizon became visible than the little circle of drizzling sky and water already described, in which it seemed as if the elements were rioting in a sort of chaotic confusion. During this time the crew and passengers of the cutter were of necessity passive. Jasper...