At the Sign of the Red Swan

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byAmbrose Elwell

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...put into the port to receive medical assistance when stricken with scurvy. He claims that he deserted the ship at night by slipping Qverboard and swimming ashore and this was proved to be true by Hawtry, the ship's captain! The young man is a finely built well appearing American and his story, which seems entirely beyond belief, is that only a few months ago he was lost in an open boat off the American Coast and was picked up at sea by a British ship and taken to Liverpool." At these words Hazel clasped her hands and her great blue eyes glistened in the moonlight. The Chaplain went on: " The lad is only about 18 years old. He drifted around Liverpool and was found one night drunk in a tavern where, he claims, the owners of the establishment harbored him for a few days and then set him out on his journey, assisting him to find a berth as a sailor before the mast on the Sea Fox, bound for Hong Kong. From there the convict says he expected to ship as a sailor on some other vessel across the Pacific to San Francisco and thence across the American continent, thus finding his way back to one of the states on the Atlantic Coast of New England." By this time Mr. Weathersby and Mrs. Weathersby had drawn their chairs closer to the Chaplain's and the mother had put her arm around Hazel and drawn her to her. The Chaplain continued: " We don't know what his name is, because when he deserted the ship and swam ashore he states that for fear of being apprehended as a deserter, he changed his name. At any rate it is a most remarkable story though not beyond the realms of probability, and the evidence against him is not very conclusive, but mostly circumstantial. So in spite of my sympathy for the law I feel that justice may have miscarried. To show you an answer...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...put into the port to receive medical assistance when stricken with scurvy. He claims that he deserted the ship at night...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217177603

ISBN - 13:9780217177603

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