Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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ons, my friend ; the very show of them may provoke him to
The poor young man was compelled to submit, yet, in put-
ting his weapons out of sight, he felt as if his treasure was
already gone.
Is there really so much danger, Louis ?' asked the trem-
bling woman of her husband. He could only shake his head
mournfully in reply. Then she kissed the cross which she had
in her hand, and hid it away in her bosom, and followed her
young lord upon the deck of the vessel.
At that moment, the cannon belched forth its fires from the
pursuing pirate ; the iron missiles shot through the rigging of the
Frenchman, and with a groan he ordered sail to be taken in ;
and prepared for submission to the enemy from whom there was
no escape.
VERY soon the pirate vessel came alongside of the peaceful
trader. Iler wild and savage crew were ranged along the bul-
warks, each armed with cutlass and half a score of pistols con-
spicuous in belt and bosom. Very terrible was the exhibition
which they made of wild beard and brutal aspect. With a tor-
rent of oaths, Blackbeard himself hailed the Frenchman, who
put on all his politeness in responding to the insolent demands
of his assailant. The vessels were lashed together by grap-
plings, the pirates streamed on board, and a general search was
begun. Meanwhile, the young creole bride of Louis Chastaign
kept at her prayers below. Here she was found, and dragged
up to the deck at the command of tire pirate-chief. The pas-
sengers, all, and crew, were made to gather on the deck, under
the pistols of a score of the marauders, while the rest ransacked
the hold and cabin.
The examination lasted not long. Blackbeard soon discov-
ered that the cargo was one for which he should have to find a
market. Its treasures were not readily portable, nor easily con-
verted into money. The gold and silver, jewels, and precious
stones, found in the trunks of the young French merchant,
though of considerable value, bore no proportion to the value of
the cargo, the bulk of which rendered it necessary that the ves-