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illustrated.1853 Excerpt: ... they disowned the act, were faithful
to their agreement, but not sufficiently powerful to attack
Pangcran Usop; as, however, the offence was committed against the
English, they requested the admiral would give his assistance, to
punish their refractory subject, who was guilty alike towards them,
and towards the English. This was agreed to. Pangeran Usop was
quiet, but in a state of preparation, and it required judgment and
coolness to coerce him, in the midst of a large city, without doing
damage to the other inhabitants. Fortunately his house was rather
detached, and stood at the foot of a hill which commanded the whole
town. About ten o'clock of the night preceding the attack, the
rajah told me Usop was seen loading his guns, and that we must be
on our guard to prevent the mischief which might accrue from a
night attack. This information I conveyed to the Admiral, and every
precaution was taken, not only aboard the " Vixen," but the other
two steamers. Aboard the " Vixen " there were between four and five
hundred men, marines and blue jackets, from the various ships, and
in the course of the night, one of those extraordinary panics
occurred, which deprive men of their senses for the time being, and
it would appear, affect the best disciplined and steadiest of
troops. At dead of night, a marine officer, suffering from
nightmare, screamed out, and seized the next sleeper, who seized
the next, and so on, the clamour spread. Some one sung out, "We are
boarded by Malays " and the panic became general. The men, unarmed,
rushed aft, knocking each other down in the scuffle, each man
taking his neighbour for an enemy, each expecting a kris to be at
his throat, and each pummelling, struggling, and punishing every
body and every thing within reach. This confused mas...
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