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
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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the general agitation. There was no way
of conveying it through the bars ofthe win-
dows, but by the aid of the hats or caps
of the sufferers, and this mode was render-
ed ineffectual by the eager struggling of
the wretched prisoners, who at the sight of
the liquid, raved into fits of delirium, and
fought to desperation to obtain it. In con-
sequence of these violent contentions, the
far greater portion of the precious bever-
age was spilt and wasted long before it
reached the poor sufferers, who were so
anxious to obtain it. To those who did
gain the wished-for prize, it proved but an
aggravation of their misery, for, instead of
allaying their thirst, it made them anxious
for more, and greatly increased the general
agitation. The confusion became general,
and the exclamations of the sufferers horri-
fying; all was struggling and clamour; those
who were at a distance endeavoured to force
a passage to the window, and in the con-
test, the weak were thrown to the ground
never to rise again. The inhuman mis-
creants who stood guard over them, de-
rived entertainment from the scene; they
supplied more water from time to time that
they might enjoy the inhuman pleasure of j
seeing them fight for the baneful indul- |
gence. Mr. Holwell seeing all his most
intimate friends and associates lying dead
around him, and trampled upon by the liv-
ing, finding himself wedged up so close as
to be deprived of all motion, begged, as
the last instance of their regard, that they
would allow him to remove to a distance
from the window to a spot where he might
die in quiet. Even under circumstances so
appalling, which it might reasonably have
been supposed would have levelled all dis-
tinctions af rank, the poor half dehrious
wretches shewed respect for their officer,
they exerted themselves to make a pas-
sage, through which he forced his way into
the centre of the prison, which, in conse-
quence of the number who had found a
termination of their sufferings in the ob-
livion of death, was not so much crowded.
About one-third of the number, which ori-
ginally entered the dungeon, now quietly
occupied a very small portion of the floor;
the survivors still crowded to the windows.
Mr. HolweU retired to a platform at the
further end ofthe room, and stretching him-
self along the bodies of some of his dead
friends, and recommending his soul to his
Creator, he resigned himself quietly to fol-
low those gone before him on their long
journey. His thirst, however, became in-
supportable, his difficulty of breathing in-
creased, and he was seized with strong pal-
pitations. These violent symptoms he found
unbearable, and he arose and once more
forced his way back to the window, and
cried aloud, 'Water, for God's sake.* His
miserable companions had already mourned
him as dead, but finding him still alive,
they exhibited an extraordinary proof of
tenderness and regard to him. 'Give him
water,' they cried; nor would any one of
them attempt to touch it until he had drunk.
He now breathed more freely, and the pal-
pitation left him; but, finding that drink
did but make him more thirsty, he abstain-
ed from water, and moistened his mouth
from time to time by sucking the perspir-
ation from his shirt sleeves. These miser-
able victims of tyranny now began to drop
rapidly on all sides, and a steam arose from
the living and the dead as pungent and vo-
latile as spirit of hartshorn, so that all who
could not approach the window were suffo-
cated. Mr. Holwell, wholly weary of life,
retired once more to the platform, and
stretching himself by the side of the Rev.
Mr. Jervis Bellamy, who, with his son, a
heutenant, lay dead in each others embrace,
once more resigned himself to death. In
this situation he soon became insensible of
all around him, and lay to all appearance
dead tifl daybreak, when is body was dis-
covered and removed by his surviving friends
to one of the windows, where the fresh air
revived him, and he was restored to his
sight and senses. The suba, at last, on be-
ing informed that the greater number of
the prisoners were suffocated, enquired if
the chief were still alive; and, being an-
swered in the affirmative, sent an order for
their immediate release, when it was found
that of 146 human beings, who entered the
place ahve, and in health, on the preced-
ing evening, no more than 23 survived the
torments af that horrid night.
445. CORAL.
One of the most beautiful of natural pro-
ductions is coral. It is not a production of
the earth, for it grows beneath the sea,
and is the result of animal life. When we
look at a piece of common coral, it looks
more like a piece of stone shell than any-
thing else, only that its soft face is cover-
ed with a lot of little pores; when we exam-
ine further, however, we fmd that through-
out the coral a number of little worm-like
animals once resided, and that the coral
was manufactured by them in the same way
as the snail makes its shell, and for the