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THE WEST INDIES. CHAPTER III. THE WEST INDIES. Land! land on the
starboard-bow!" was shouted from the foretop-mast cross-trees,
where several of our men had been, in spite of a pretty hot
scorching sun, since dawn, on the look-out for it. " Who saw it
first ?" asked the captain, who was always more anxious when
nearing the coast than at any other time. " Tom Tillson," was the
answer from aloft. " A glass of grog for you, Tom,, if it proves to
be the land, and you have kept your eyes open to good purpose !"
said the captain, preparing himself to go to the mast-head, where
the mates followed him. They were satisfied that Tom had fairly won
his glass of grog, I suppose; for, after some time, when I went
aloft, I saw a high blue-pointed mountain rising out of the
sparkling sea, with ranges of lower hills beneath it. As we drew in
with the shore, we could distinguish the fields of sugar cane,
surrounded by lime-trees, and the white houses of the planters, and
the huts of the negroes; and I thought that I should very much like
to take a run among the lofty palmetto and the wild cotton-trees
and the fig-trees, and to chase the frolick- some monkeys I had
heard speak of among theirSt. Christopher's. 65 branches. A light
silvery mist hung over the whole scene, and made it look doubly
beautiful . I asked Peter what land it was, for I thought that we
had arrived at America itself. He laughed, and said that it was
only a little island called St. Christopher's; and that he'd heard
say that it was first discovered by the great admiral who had found
out America, aad that he had called it after his own name. Peter,
though he could not read, had a great store of information, which
he had picked up from various people. He was not always quite
correct; and that was from...
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