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(without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... The Mutiny WHEN you have been shipwrecked, and, sole survivor
of the crew, have tramped through the African jungle seven days on
the food you can pick from the bushes; when your clothing is in
rags and ribbons, your feet blistered and bleeding, and your
stomach in a state of unstable equilibrium, you are likely, on
touching the coast again, to welcome the sight of a brig at anchor
in the bay, and to more than welcome the offer of a berth from a
man who sculls ashore at your hail, especially so when he imparts
the information that the nearest settlement is still two hundred
miles farther on. That is why I shipped with Captain Bruggles. He
was the largest man I had ever seen--almost seven feet tall. But,
unlike most tall men, his development was perfect. There was nearly
a thirtyinch stretch across his back from shoulder to shoulder; his
arm was as large as an ordinary leg; his leg could not have been
gartered by an average woman's belt; and his clinched fist would
hardly have gone into my hat, had I possessed one. Over this
massive framework of bone and muscle towered a leonine head with an
uncut shock of coarse, brown hair. His face was not displeasing,
but in repose it took on the grim dignity of a lion's; and this,
with his great size, gave him a personality rather oppressive,
especially when his steady, gray eyes were fixed upon you. He wore
no hat, and was clothed merely in sockless shoes, extremely dirty
trousers, and flannel shirt--the latter unbuttoned, exposing a
forest of hair on his chest. Down deep in this chest he seemed to
keep his voice, and it came forth in rumbling intonations. But his
words were well chosen--those of an educated man. "I'll give you a
passage," he said, when I had told him my trouble; "but you might
as well ship with me; you sail...
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