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ON the 24th of February, 1815, the watchtower of Notre-Dame de la Garde signaled the three-master, the Pharaon, from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.

As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and, rounding the Château d’If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgion and the Isle of Rion. Immediately.

and as usual, the platform of Fort Saint-Jean was covered with lookers-on; it is always a great event at Marseilles for a ship to come into port,

especially when this ship, like the Pharaon, had been built, rigged, and laden on the stocks of the old Phoccea, and belonged to an of the city.

owner The ship drew on; she had safely passed the strait which some violence shock has made between the Isle of Calasareigne and the Ish of Jans:

had doubled Pomègue, and approached the harbor under topsails, jab, and foresail, but so slowly, and in so cheerless a manner,

that the pillars, with that instinct which foresees misfortune, asked one another what accident could have happened on board.

However, those experienced in navigation saw plainly that if any accident had occurred, it was not to the vessel herself, for she bore down with all the evidence of line skillfully handled,

the anchor ready to be dropped, the bowsprit–hood lose, and beside the pilot who was steering the heard through the

narrow entrance of the port of Marseilles, was a young man, with rapid gestures and vigilant eye, who superintended every motion of the ship and repeated each order of the pilot.

The vague disquietude which prevailed amongst the spectators had so much affected one of the crowds on the terrace of Saint-Jean,

that he did not await the arrival of the vessel in harbor, but, jumping into a small kitt, desired to be pulled alongside the Plano, which he reached as she rounded the creek of La Réserve.

When the young sailor saw this man approach, he left his station by the pilot, and came, hat in hand, to the side of the ship’s bulwarks.

He was a fine, tall, slim young fellow, of from eighteen to twenty years, with beautiful black eyes, and hair like shiny;

and his whole appearance bespoke that calmness and resolution peculiar to men accustomed from their cradle to contend with langer.

“Ah! is it you, Dautes” crist the man in the skiff. What’s the matter and why have von such an air of sadness aboard?”

A great misfortune, M. Morrel! replied the young mati,” a great misfortune, for me especially! O Civita Veselin we lost our brave Captain Leclere.

“And the cargo inquired the owner, eagerly “Is all safe, M. Morrel: and I think you will be satisfied on that hand.

But poor Captain Lesley “What happened to him asked the owner, with an air of considerable relief. What happened to the worthy captain?”

Then, turning to the crew, he said: Look out there all ready to drop anchor!” All hands were obese.

At the same moment, ciglit or ten seamen sprung sine to the main sheets, others to the braces, others to the halliards, others to the jilerope, and others to the topsail-brails.

The young sailor gave a look to sew that his orders were prompt and accurately obeyed and then turned again to the owner.

And how did this misfortune eur 7 inquired he, resuming the conversation suspended for an omen?

Alas! sir, in the most unexpected manner. After a long conversation with the harbormaster, Captain Laslon left Naples greatly disturbed in his mind.

At the end of twenty-four hours, he was attacked by a Kever and died three days afterward.

We performed the usual burial service, and he is at his rest, sewn up in his hammock with two balls of thirty-six pounds each at his head and feet.

AuthorAlexandre Dumas
Language English
No. of Pages360
PDF Size23.7 MB

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