Ella J. Sheldon


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my teeth chatter. I saw so much I could not absorb it all so went back to the ship early to let it soak in by degrees.

Mrs. Dunlap selected a sampan for me, the cleanest one and one where the captain was a strong looking man and whose crew only consisted of a wife and three children, on watch doubtless the baby and several others were below. “You savvy steamer Belgic?” “Yes” Take lady steamer Belgic, man on steamer pay you. You savey [savvy]” Yes, he savey [savvy], and repeated after the gentleman. “[Now],” said my friend, “do not pay him but call the steward ore [or] someone on the boat to do so for you” and


with this parting instruction I embarked with the pirates, who handed up a sail and laid the boat on her side until the water ran in on me and I remonstrated, I did not propose to have my only decent garments ruined with salt water, nor to take a bath at that unseasonable time; he righted her up enough to keep the water out and we proceeded. The man’s wife one first mate took an oar forward, the capt [captain] tended the sail, a girl about 9 years old took an oar midship and one 7 acted as quartermaster and steered the craft.

When we were within about

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