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Purchase this article - DOI No access? Try this: Visit this page using campus wifi or a campus computer. Search for the article through your library website or visit the journal's indexing page to see alternative hosting platforms that you may have access to. These hurricanes, wliicli till the year were constant in this month, have since that time entirely ceased ; but the inhabitants have not a sufDcient dependence on this circumstance as to be wholly unprepared for them, in case they should return and renew their former ravages.
We heard it ripple night and day : Sounding o'er our heads it knocked ; And I have felt the winter's spray Wash through the bars when winds were high And wanton in the happy sky ; And then the very rock hath rock'd, And 1 have felt it shako, unshock'd, Because I could have smiled to see The death that would have set me free. Over and above a Bloody-Flux, which one had been tor- mented with above a year, he had likewise a lingering Con- sumption.
Fifteen days after, the Tyrant who sported with us just as a Cat does with a INIouse, order'd him to the Ptock again, whatever the Surgeon could say to the contrary ; and made me be carry'd along with him, without suffering me to see or speak with him. Altho' I was pretty well recover'd, I was soon overtaken with my Bloody-Flux, and whatever Instances I could make to come a-shoar again were rejected.
This Busiris- would needs Murther us with a slow Fire, not daring to do it all at once. This experiment was also about to be tried on Hercules, but the hero slew the tyrant. Ovid fre- quently alludes to him, and, considering Leguat's aversion to Latin verses, this classical quotation would seem to belong to Misson. Qui falsum lento torruit igne bovem. He wrote Letter upon Letter, offered to part with all he had in tlie World ; and in fine, consented to be laid up in the Stomhs in Prison if ho might but have this Favour, but all to no purpose.
But before we enter upon that melancholy Adventure, and to interrupt a little so disagreeable a relation, I thought it not improper to insert here a few Particulars of the Place of our Exile, and of divers Matters that happeu'd there to us. We could go to these Islands at low Water in the full and new of the Moon, so that it was not very difficult for us to get those Leaves. If so, the name " plantane" was applied by Leguat to the PatidauHa screw- jjine as well as to the Lalaiikr i alm. The name Vaquoas I. It seems that there were more trees on these islets in those days than there are now.
The Inhabitants of tlie Island also were so well pleas'd with our Work that they sent us fresh Trovisions, unknown to Diodati, in exchange for some of it. These Eefreshments were a great Comfort to us, and we got some sometimes from those that brought us our Salt-Edibles. As we had always been very desirous to take some Eish to relieve our Necessities, and Avere frequently refus'd even the very pieces of our Netts to fish with, we thought of an Inven- tion to serve us instead of them.
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There, at certain distances, you find Pitts of three or four Poot deep, where the Sea ever leaves some Fish when it retires. It was in these Pitts or Pools that we darted the Fish we speak of. We made Provi- sion of them for eight or ten days, and had a way to keep them Sweet. We one day darted one, or rather knock'd him o' th' Head, that was like to have cost us our Lives. Tike, American Consul at Mauritius in , relates, in his Suhtropical Ramhhs, how he caught a monster cave eel on the reef in Mapou Bay, some twenty miles from where Leguat had been imprisoned : "This monster eel measured twelve feet three inches in length, and round the largest part of the head fourteen and a half inches.
In a word, this IMonster had a Serpent or Crocodiles Head, and a Mouth full of hook'd, long and sharp Teeth, not unlike those of the liattle-Snake so well known in America, but much larger. This is a strange Eel quoth we, what Teeth he has! But have not Sharks, Pikes, and a thousand other Fish Teeth too? No matter. Teeth or not, we must tast of him. George when he kill'd the Dragon. We found his filthy Flesh very tough, and of a bad Tast ; so that as good luck would have it, we swallow'd none- of it, it being in truth Poyson, We were all over-taken with a strange Weakness, we sweated exceedingly, we vomited even head of this species termiuates in a blunt point, the two small eyes not more than an inch from the end.
The large mouth is filled with long, sharp teeth, even the roof is covered with those formidable weapons. This eel is very dangerous, but not so common as reported.
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There are several species of this genus, but none so large as this'' p. Pike was also attacked on the reefs off Pointe aux Caves by an eel called Anguille Moiele : " He was about three feet long, and when I struck at liim he came directly towards me, biting at my boots.
I beat him off and speared him. It is a fierce, voracious creature, bolder than a snake, and in his rage be runs his head out of the water like one. The bite of this eel is venomous, I am told, but I have not heard of any accidents from it. The present writer saw Captain llay-IIiil, Consul at Reunion, severely bitten by an eel, when gatliering shells at Black River, in Relation dc I' tie llodrigue. Appendix B. Halliwell's Did.
When our Purveyors came, we related to them what had happen'd to us, and shew'd them the Eel's Head, but they only said they had never seen the like : These sort of People take but little notice of any thing. This peculiar fever is now endemic in the low parts of the island. In the Galleys, Dungeons, and such-likc-miserable Places that are like to stick by a jNIan,- it is a common thing to re- concile one's self, in some Measure, to one's Misery, and amuse one's self one way or other.
I have already told you, our Piock lay between two small Islands, which at low Water one might go to, but not without Difficulty. In one of these Islands, among other Trees, there were some Plantanc- Trees, but the other was wholly unprovided of any.
They lay their Eggs upon the Sand very near one another, and do not lay above one at a time ; If you take away one, they match him with a new one, and so will do three times together. These Birds, which we call'd Ferrets because we fancy 'd we heard them sound that word, have this in particular, that if you take away any of their young, the Cocks and Hens of the others 1 In orig.
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Baron Grant suggests, or " Qucrcta Gulls Lartt. In the anonymous Ihladon de I'ile Rodrirpic, certain Equcrctx are mentioned. Vide Appendix B. If you keep these young Birds alive, and expose thera to the sight of the old ones, tliey will fly about them 'tis true, but never bring them anything ; and altho' they hear them cry never so much f U- Hunger, they will give them nothing to eat.
As the former were very fat and look'd well, we roasted them, and found them to have somewhat of the tast of a Snipe, as they resembled that Bird in Colour ; but they did us a great deal of harm, and we were never tempted to eat of them afterwards. The old ones have yet a more disagreeable Tast, and no doubt are more unwholsom.
The next time we return'd to that Island, after we had taken away these young Birds I have l een speaking of, we found all the rest of the young ones abandon'd by the old ones, and whereof great numbers were dead, and many dying for Hunger. If the Flesh of this Bird is so crude and pernicious, their Eggs make you sufficient amends, nothing being more wholsom and delicious.
I counted that during our stay under this Confinement, we eat above twelve Thousand, and we were never incommoded in the least by them. These Eggs are spotted with Grey, and larger than those of Pigeons. It is, however, a circumstance to be lamented that, from the tempera- ture of the air, fresh meat cannot be kept longer than two days.
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Their Feet were like those of a Duck. These Birds remain six Months of the year at Sea, without being 1 In orig. Adorn'd with Sculptures by G if par Bout tats in two Volumes in octavo. Their cry is ahnost as loud as that of a Calf, and they always make the greatest noise at Night. A Days they are very quiet, and so exceeding tame, that you may take their Eggs from under them without their Stirring, They lay in tlie Holes of the Kocks, as far in as they can.
These Birds are excessive fat, very ill tasted, extreamly nasty, and very unwholsom. Although their Eggs were not a whit better than their Flesh, we did not fail to feed on them when necessity requir'd. They are white, and as large as those of two of our Pullets. When you have taken their Eggs from them, they go out of their Holes and fall a fighting with one another, till they fetch Blood.
It was very large and afforded us near Eggs. This was the only Creature of this kind we had seen all the while we had been there.