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The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 34. Promoted The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 34. Promoted

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 34. Promoted
CHAPTER THIRTY FOUR. PROMOTED. The frigate and the brig which had the honour of conveying the three midshipmen between them, with the south-west monsoon blowing gently aft, proceeded northward among the numberless islands which stud the China seas, looking for the admiral and the rest of the fleet. They were surprised, as they sailed along the mainland, to observe the great number of towns and villages on the shores and vast tracts of country under cultivation. Several times they fell in with small squadrons of large government war-junks, with heavy guns, gaudy flags, flaunting vainly like peacocks' tails, and... Long Stories - Post by : Aragon2005 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 2041

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 31. On Board The Junk The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 31. On Board The Junk

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 31. On Board The Junk
CHAPTER THIRTY ONE. ON BOARD THE JUNK While the French lady and her daughter, with Mr Hudson, the American mate, one seaman, and Hoddidoddi were carried off by one junk, the two midshipmen, Captain Willock, and Jos, with the remaining seamen, found themselves stowed away on board another. "I say, Alick, we must try and help those poor ladies somehow or other," observed Jack; "I hope the pirates will not hurt them." "I hope not, though I am afraid they will frighten the poor mamma out of her wits," said Murray. "But without being selfish, we must first consider how... Long Stories - Post by : Aragon2005 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 1168

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 30. An Attempt At Escape The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 30. An Attempt At Escape

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 30. An Attempt At Escape
CHAPTER THIRTY. AN ATTEMPT AT ESCAPE Rogers and Murray, and their companions, watched with considerable anxiety the approach of the fresh horde of pirates. From the number of lights they showed, and the noise they made, it was very evident that their fleet was much more powerful than the one which had captured the brig. "If we were on shore now, I should little care if the result of the fight was like that of the two Kilkenny cats Adair tells a story about, who fought so desperately that at the end of the battle only their tails were to... Long Stories - Post by : Aragon2005 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 1416

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 29. The Night Battle The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 29. The Night Battle

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 29. The Night Battle
CHAPTER TWENTY NINE. THE NIGHT BATTLE The Chinese pirates were so busily employed in the agreeable occupation of plundering the American brig, that they did not observe the two midshipmen leaping in among them. Jack and Alick had on, it must be remembered, turbans and Chinese jackets and trousers like the rest, so in the confusion they easily passed unnoticed. "I really think that we might drive the scoundrels out of the brig and retake her," observed Jack as he sprang on. "No, no, sare, one ting at a time, if oo please," answered Jos the Malay, who heard his... Long Stories - Post by : Aragon2005 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 2144

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 28. The Midshipmen In Prison The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 28. The Midshipmen In Prison

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 28. The Midshipmen In Prison
CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHT. THE MIDSHIPMEN IN PRISON Who would have ventured to believe that the fate of the brave, true-hearted Jack Rogers, and the gallant, high-minded Alick Murray, was to be cruelly murdered by a set of ill-conditioned, barbarous Chinese pirates? Yet such has been unhappily the lot of many of the finest fellows in the British navy and army. When Jack, supporting Murray with one arm, looked up and saw half a dozen hideous Chinese faces, with flat noses, grinning mouths, and queer twisted eyes lighted up by the flames of the burning fire-ships, gazing maliciously down on... Long Stories - Post by : Aragon2005 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 2980

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 27. Chasing The Pirate Fleet The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 27. Chasing The Pirate Fleet

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 27. Chasing The Pirate Fleet
CHAPTER TWENTY SEVEN. CHASING THE PIRATE FLEET Adair had just come on deck when Jack jumped overboard to save Murray, and he was on the point of jumping in after him, when his arm was seized, and he found himself held back by Captain Grant. "You would uselessly risk your life, Adair!" exclaimed the captain. "Lower that gig; be sharp about it: you may go in her." Several men with Adair had instantly flown to the boat nearest them, and, under the direction of the captain, were lowering her, when the after-fall gave way, and up she hung by the bows,... Long Stories - Post by : Aragon2005 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 2031

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 26. Another Fierce Conflict The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 26. Another Fierce Conflict

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 26. Another Fierce Conflict
CHAPTER TWENTY SIX. ANOTHER FIERCE CONFLICT A ship on shore is, at all times, a melancholy spectacle; but very sad it makes the hearts of those feel who see their own vessel lying among rocks in strange seas, far away from any friendly ports, and surrounded by enemies. Mr Cherry and his companions pulled away with all their might to ascertain the worst. The frigate, during this time, occasionally fired one of her bow guns. As they drew nearer, they perceived that she was doing so at a fleet of war-junks clustering in the distance, but who prudently... Long Stories - Post by : Aragon2005 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 609

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 25. In Desperate Condition The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 25. In Desperate Condition

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 25. In Desperate Condition
CHAPTER TWENTY FIVE. IN DESPERATE CONDITION The Malay pirates surrounded the fort, uttering the loudest shrieks and cries, in the hope of terrifying the defenders, but they did not know what British seamen were made of; and in spite of the fierce and terrific looks of the enemy, Jack and his little band stood fast, prepared to receive the onslaught. Poor Harry Bevan had sunk to the ground, not through fear, but weakness; and Jack had placed himself over his body, determined to defend him as long as he himself had life or strength. He felt and looked not... Long Stories - Post by : Satish - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 2961

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 24. Hot Fighting The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 24. Hot Fighting

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 24. Hot Fighting
CHAPTER TWENTY FOUR. HOT FIGHTING With Jack Rogers had come little Harry Bevan; Jack, not believing that there would be any fighting, had got leave to bring his young charge with him. As the shot were flying thickly about, how gladly would he have shielded the young lad with his own body. He wished that he could have ventured to stow him down at the bottom of the boat, out of harm's way; but he knew well enough that Harry would not have remained there a minute had he done so. Not a thought that he himself might... Long Stories - Post by : Satish - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 1999

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 21. Desperate Fighting The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 21. Desperate Fighting

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 21. Desperate Fighting
CHAPTER TWENTY ONE. DESPERATE FIGHTING On flew the felucca, urged by sails and oars. The _Ranger's boat dashed after her. "Give way, my lads, give way," cried Hemming; not that his crew required the slightest inducement to pull as hard as they could lay their backs to the oars. The felucca had got considerably the start, and was going through the water somewhat faster than the man-of-war's boat; the more also she drew off the land the stronger she got the breeze. "There's no use longer attempting concealment," cried Hemming, "the chances are she has made us out already.... Long Stories - Post by : Satish - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 558

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 20. Slave-Hunting The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 20. Slave-Hunting

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 20. Slave-Hunting
CHAPTER TWENTY. SLAVE-HUNTING The big schooner and the _Venus were soon hove-to, and while the two vessels were bowing and bobbing away at each other, a boat was lowered from the quarter of the former, which came dashing over the seas urged by four stout hands towards them. Jack Rogers sat in the stern-sheets. He sprang on board and grasped Alick's and Terence's hands. For nearly a minute he could not speak. He looked at one and then at the other. "My dear fellows, you do look terribly pulled down," he exclaimed at length. "Still I am... Long Stories - Post by : Satish - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 2099

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 19. In Perilous Condition The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 19. In Perilous Condition

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 19. In Perilous Condition
CHAPTER NINETEEN. IN PERILOUS CONDITION The little half-sinking schooner dashed on amid the raging seas, now lifted up to the summit of one surrounded by hissing foam, now sinking down into the gloomy hollow between others which seemed as if they were about instantly to engulf her. Again another sea struck her; and had not every one held on tight to the rigging or bulwarks, her deck would have been cleared, as it made a clean wash fore and aft. "We must not run this risk again!" exclaimed Murray. "All hands go below; one on deck is enough.... Long Stories - Post by : Satish - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 1075

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 18. An Adventurous Voyage The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 18. An Adventurous Voyage

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 18. An Adventurous Voyage
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN. AN ADVENTUROUS VOYAGE Who would not rather command a gunboat, or even a despatch vessel or fire-ship, than be a junior lieutenant, mate, or midshipman on board a line-of-battle ship or the smartest frigate afloat? Such were Murray's feelings as he and Adair paced the deck of the somewhat unseaworthy little schooner of which he had been placed in charge by Captain Grant. While he stood away towards Sierra Leone, the _Ranger continued her course to the southward. "I can't say much for your accommodation," observed Terence, after they had stood watching the fast-receding frigate, and Murray had... Long Stories - Post by : Satish - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 3291

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 17. Aboard The Prize The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 17. Aboard The Prize

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 17. Aboard The Prize
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN. ABOARD THE PRIZE Don Diogo and his companions did not know what Englishmen were made of if they thought that they were going to win the day without a hard fight for it. Adair, wounded as he was, threw himself before Jack, and, aided by Needham and some of his best men, pistoled some of the Spaniards and cut down others, hurrahing so loudly, and charging so fiercely, that the rest, in spite of the little Don's exhortations, gave way before them. They pushed on till they reached the mainmast a resolute stand was made by the... Long Stories - Post by : Satish - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 2206

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 16. A Flight For Life The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 16. A Flight For Life

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 16. A Flight For Life
CHAPTER SIXTEEN. A FLIGHT FOR LIFE The time passed slowly by while the _Archer's boat, with Murray, Adair, and Dick Needham aboard, and the young African lad Wasser, lay hid under the bank of the river, waiting for the time when they might sally forth to the rescue of Jack Rogers. Everybody was eager for the moment, for all longed to have him safe among them. Wasser's deep gratitude to Hemming was very remarkable, after a separation of so many years, as was also his recollecting him. Murray felt sure that if any one could rescue Jack Rogers, Wasser... Long Stories - Post by : Satish - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 2681

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 15. In Search Of Jack The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 15. In Search Of Jack

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 15. In Search Of Jack
CHAPTER FIFTEEN. IN SEARCH OF JACK Three of the _Archer's boats were manned, and under the command of Lieutenant Hemming, Murray having charge of one and Adair of the other, were about to shove off and proceed up the river to search for their missing shipmates, when a sail was seen from the mast-head standing down toward them. She was quickly made out to be a large ship, and in a short time little doubt remained that she was an English frigate. Captain Grant, therefore, ordered the boats to delay their departure that a more powerful expedition might be forthwith... Long Stories - Post by : Satish - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 976

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 14. In The Negro Prison The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 14. In The Negro Prison

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 14. In The Negro Prison
CHAPTER FOURTEEN. IN THE NEGRO PRISON Jack Rogers stood near the gun at which he had been placed in the slavers' fort. He had plenty of time to consider how he should act; but, turn the matter over in his mind as much as he would, he could not arrive at a satisfactory decision. The alternatives left for his choice were to fire at his friends or to be shot himself. The slave-traders and their assistants, and the slavers' crews who stood around him, were fellows whose very ill-looking countenances showed that they would not scruple to execute... Long Stories - Post by : Satish - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 1639

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 11. Life On An African Cruiser The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 11. Life On An African Cruiser

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 11. Life On An African Cruiser
CHAPTER ELEVEN. LIFE ON AN AFRICAN CRUISER That naval officers do not idle away their time when at sea, on beds of roses, the adventures of my three old schoolfellows will, I think, convince all my readers. Who would have thought when we were together at dear old Eagle House, that they would, ere many years had gone over their heads, have actually crossed swords with real red-capped or turbaned Mahomedans, fought with true Greek romantic pirates, hunted down slavers, and explored African rivers with voracious sharks watching their mouths, hungry crocodiles basking in their slimy shallows, and veritable negroes... Long Stories - Post by : Satish - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 2108

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 10. Again United The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 10. Again United

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 10. Again United
CHAPTER TEN. AGAIN UNITED The lightning flashed brightly, the sea, roaring loudly and wildly, dashed over them, seeming angry at being disappointed of its prey, as the two midshipmen climbed along the mast, till, reaching the very cap of the topmast, they found that it rested on a small rock. Here all the English were collected, including the sick men, who had been helped along the mast by their messmates. They soon found, however, that the sea broke over the greater portion of the rock, and that even the highest part was wet and slippery with the spray.... Long Stories - Post by : Satish - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 1348

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 9. Wreck Of The San Fernando The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 9. Wreck Of The San Fernando

The Three Midshipmen - Chapter 9. Wreck Of The San Fernando
CHAPTER NINE. WRECK OF THE SAN FERNANDO The heart of the bravest man may well sink within him when he hears the cry uttered, in accents of despair, "The ship is sinking, the ship is sinking!" Rogers and Adair looked at each other, and thought that their last moments had really come. All the bright visions of the future which their young imaginations had conjured up, vanished in a moment. Well might they, for the ship lay hopelessly on her side, with more than half her deck under water. There arose from every side shrieks and cries of... Long Stories - Post by : Satish - Date : May 2012 - Author : William H. G. Kingston - Read : 1066