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The Middy and the Moors

an Algerine Tale of Piracy and Slavery

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Published: 1888
Language: English
Wordcount: 59,946 / 174 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.6
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,827
Added to site: 2007.06.08
mnybks.net#: 17256
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an air of good-humoured sang froid which was peculiar to him, Foster said--

"Captain, don't you think I've had these bits of rope-yarn on my wrists long enough? I'm not used, you see, to walking the deck without the use of my hands; and a heavy lurch, as like as not, would send me slap into the lee scuppers--sailor though I be. Besides, I won't jump overboard without leave, you may rely upon that. Neither will I attempt, single-handed, to fight your whole crew, so you needn't be afraid."

The stern Moor evidently understood part of this speech, and he was so tickled with the last remark that his habitual gravity gave place to the faintest flicker of a smile, while a twinkle gleamed for a moment in his eye. Only for a moment, however. Pointing over the side, he bade his prisoner "look."

Foster looked, and beheld in the far distance a three-masted vessel that seemed to bear a strong resemblance to a British man-of-war.

"You promise," said the captain, "not shout or ro-ar."

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