Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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storms and secrets. Our captain then told the following anec-
dote of his own experience : �
You remember the fate of the Pulaski ? Well, when she
arrived from Savannah, full of passengers, and took in almost as
great a number in the port of Charleston, the packet-ship Sutton,
which I then commanded, was up for New York also. The
Pulaski was all the rage, as she had announced that she was to
be only one night at sea. My ship had a large list of her own
passengers, some of whom were prudent enough to prefer our
ancient slow and easy sailer. But two of them were now anxious
to leave me, and take the Pulaski. Of course, I had no objections
to their doing so ; I simply objected to giving them back their
money. They were not so anxious to get on as to make them
incur double expense of passage, so they remained with me,
growling and looking sulky all the way. Of course, my reso-
lution saved their lives, but I do not remember that they ever
thanked me for having done so, or apologized for their sulks
upon the way. But, curious enough, before they left the port,
and while they were clamoring for their discharge, there came
a gentleman from the interior, who had taken passage in the Pu-
laski, and paid his money to that vessel. He implored a place in
my ship, giving as his reason that he was afraid to go in the
steamer. He was troubled with a presentiment of danger, and
preferred to forfeit his money, rather than lose his life. His
earnestness to get on board the Sutton, and to escape the Pu-
laski, was in amusing contrast with that of my two passengers
who wished to escape from me. I had no berth for the stran-
ger, but he insisted. He could sleep anywhere�any how
and desired conveyance only. He was accommodated, and was,
of course, one of those who escaped the danger.
It so happened that we had on board the Sutton several
members of one of the most distinguished of the South Carolina
families. A portion of this family, in spite of the wishes of the
rest, had gone in the Pulaski. The steamer, of course, soon
showed us her heels, and the Sutton went forward as slowly as
the most philosophical patience could desire. We had light
and baffling winds nothing to help us forward�but no bad
weather. The long-sided coast of North Carolina stretched
away, never ending in length, for days upon our quarter. At