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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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pretty well; but afterwards it proved foggy,
and we could not then judge which way
we went.
•On the fifth day it blew a storm, and
about noon, when the gale was at its height,
and our little boat in the utmost jeopardy,
it was proposed to throw overboard the
two black boys who set the ship on fii'e,
in order to lighten the boat, which 1 op-
posed strongly; but, at the same time,
thought it expedient to cast lots and give
all an equal chance, which the captain
would not consent to. lloweVer, we con-
tinued to talk of these measures till the
evening, when John Horn, who had been
delirious with terror from ihe time we en-
tered the boat, and one of the negro boys,
both died, and then, the boat being light-
ened and the wind abating, we had no
further occasion to consider the subject.
The next day, in the afternoon, three more
died raving, and caUing out incessantly for
water, as was the case with all who died
afterwards; and it was no small fatigue to
us to restrain the poor wretches from jump-
ing overboard to cool and refresh themselves
in the sea. Our thirst now became intoler-
able. Every one but the captain, surgeon,
and myself, drank sea-water, which, by a
false taste, they thought to be quite fresh.
We washed our mouths with it, but swal-
lowed none. The sail was frequently lower-
ed and drained of every drop of moisture
we could wring from it; then we sucked it
all over, as we did every one his neighbour's
clothes when wet with fogs or rain. Twice
we saved some water, to the quantity, on
the whole, of about threequarters of a pint
a-piece; but these sparing and irregular
supplies availed but little to alleviate the
torments of thirst under which we lan-
guished.
'The sensation of hunger was not so ur-
gent, but we all saw the necessity of re-
cruiting our bodies with some more sub-
stantial nourishment, and it was at this
time we found ourselves impelled to adopt
the horrible expedient of eating part of the
bodies of our dead companions, and drink-
ing their blood. Our surgeon, Mr. Scrim-
sour, a man of the utmost humanity, first
suggested the idea, and, resolute to set us
an example, ate the first morsel himself;
but, at the second mouthful, turned his
face away from as many as he could and
wept. With great reluctance we brought
ourselves to try different parts of the bo-
dies of six, but could relish only the hearts,
of which we ate three. We drank the
blood of four. By cutting the throat a
little while after death, we collected a little
more than a pint from each body. Here I
cannot but mention the particular respect
shown by the men to the officers, for the
men who were employed in the melancholy
business of collecting the blood in a pewter
basin that was in the boat, and the rest
of the people, would never touch a drop
till the captain, surgeon, and myself had
taken as much as we thought proper. And
I can truly affirm, we were so affected by
this strong instance of their regard that
we always left them a larger share than of
right belonged to them. This expedient,
so shocking in relation, and so distressing
to us in the use, was undoubtedly the
means of preserving those who survived,
as we constantly found ourselves refreshed
and invigorated by this nourishment, how-
ever unnatural.
'We often saw birds flying over oui-
heads, and fish playing round the boat's
stern, which we strove to catch with our
hat-bands knotted together, and a pin for
a hook, baited with a piece of the dead
men's bodies; but with all our contrivance
could not catch either fish or bird.
•^On the seventh day our number was
reduced to twelve. At night the wind
came up moderately at S.S.E., as we jud-
ged, and increased till it blew a storm,
which continued with very thick weather
till about four the next morning, when it
cleared up and we found the wind to be
about N.N.E., still blowing hard, and the
sea breaking, in a tremendous manner, all
around us; but it pleased kind Providence
that no very heavy seas struck the boat,
which must have occasioned instant destruc-
tion, though we shipped as much water as
we could manage to bale out. During the
gale we were obhged to scud before the
wind, which carried us much out of our
way, and greatly diminished our expectation
of reaching land. Our only hope was to
be seen and taken up by some vessel, if
the weather should be clear, which, indeed.
was seldom the case. When foggy, and
in the night, we frequently made as loud
a noise as we could, that we might be
heard by any passing vessel. In the day-
time, our deluded fancies often represented
to us the forms of ships so plain and near
us that wo called to them a long time be-
fore we were undeceived; and in the night,
by the same delusion, — the effect, pro-
bably, of fever — we heard bells ring,
dogs bark, cocks crow, and men talk, on
board of ships close to us; and blamed
these phantoms for their cruelty in not at-
tending to our distress.
'On the 5th and 6th of July, three more