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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription THE VIRGINIA HUNTER.
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apt to be rather pleasing to the women. At all events, the
stranger found favor in the sight of the girl of Pamplico,
and she invited him to her cabin�but without Blackbeard's
Knowledge.
The stranger did not hesitate to accept the invitation ; but he
took care to visit the woman only when he knew that the pirate-
chief was present. The girl was a little dashed when he sud-
denly pushed open the door of the dwelling, and stood in his
forest-costume before the parties. With an oath, Blackbeard
demanded for what he came. The stranger had his answer
ready. He had peltry for sale�several packs� and he wished
to barter it for powder and ball. Regarding the pirate only in
his shore character, as a fair trader, there was nothing in the
visit to occasion surprise.
Blackbeard regarded the stranger with eyes of curious
admiration. He observed with delight the magnificent propor-
tions of the hunter.
You are a big fellow,' said lie � ' strong as a horse, no
doubt, and as active as a wild cat.'
A match,' was the reply, ' for any man of my inches.'
We'll see that !' exclaimed the pirate, suddenly rising and
grappling with the stranger in a friendly wrestle. The muscu-
lar and bulky forms of the two rocked to and fro, breast to
breast for awhile, until, by an extra exertion of strength, the
hunter laid the outlaw on his back. The latter was nowise
raffled.
You don't look the man to do it,' said he, ' but it was well
done. You're a - man, every inch of you. Have you ever been
upon the sea ? That's the field for such a man as you. Come !
what say you to a v'yage with me? Good pay, good liquor,
and fine girls.'
Here the pirate winked at his wife, and pointed her out to
the stranger. The latter seemed disposed to entertain the
project. Blackbeard became earnest. He was anxious to in-
crease the number of his marines, and he held out liberal prom-
ises and prospects to our bunter---but without suffering him to
suppose that his vocation at sea was anything but honest. In
those days, the fair traders required something of a warlike
armament for defence, and usually had it to a certain extent.