Ship Franklin in the ____ Sea. July 21st 1871. 9 days day from (Ilo-ilo?). Latitude 5.30 degrees North. Long. 122.4 East.
Well Deck Bucket, What’s the reason you have not been writing since you left?
Well you Pil, I came away from port and left my Gold pen in Russell & Sturgis’ office. A pen I had had for years and I can’t seem to write much without it (however I’ll try). We are now nine days out, and all well. Since I wrote my last chronicle, so much has been going on I hardly know where to begin. I left off with my dinner at the British Consul’s. We came out of Ilo ilo on the afternoon of the 12th with a fine fair wind, but came very near having a serious accident. The American consul was on board with Mr. Gardiner of Russell and Sturgis. Capt Ohlsen, of the Norwegian Bark, Ojer. Capt. White of the Bark Penang of Bath and Capt. Morgan of the English ship “Clymere”,…
…each Captain had a boats crew, which was a great assistance, as we ____ in our ____ ‘till we had enough left ____ to hold the ship and were making sail. The ship began to drag. The “Clymere” was right astern of us and a strong breeze driving us into her. But fortunately the second anchor was all ready and we let it go and it brought us up just in time. The ____ a hard leave to get the anchor up. At last the first one came up the stock entirely gone. The worms had eaten it up. That was the reason we dragged. At last we got started and our friends left giving us many adieus. We had to passage out with a stone’s throw of the beautiful Island of Guinereras. The channel is only a half a mile wide, but it seems as though good fortune favored us, for ____ in the strength of the SW Monsoon which is dead ahead. The wind performed an amazing feat of coming round fresh and fair for us, it would have been hard…
Dangerous work to have had to beat out, but as it was we went out with a fine chance as could be had
The “Sonora” Capt. Pain was here a few months ago in the NE Monsoon and should have had a fair wind out, but when he got ready for sea- the wind suddenly changed and flew directly in, and he undertook to beat out and got his ship on shore. Well, all night long they were with a fine fair and in the morning Ilo-ilo and the Isle o____ on which it situated, was a long way astern, so we coasted along way past Negros Isle on which is Zebu, another small Spanish port, when ships go for Hemp. In Zebu it is the tomb of the great Magallaens, at which- at which he ____ was murdered by the natives on his voyage round the world. The first which was ever made. Next, we sighted the noble Island of Mindanao, the southern’s of the Philipinnes. One of the finest in climate and soil in the world. Here we ___our day at ____, at dinner his Brigham Youngs and his ____…
…should by pleased, for nobody would molest them and they would make it bloom like a rose. Between this and the next Island; Basilan , in the famous Straits of Basilan, the gateway from the Sulu to the Alibos Sea. We was nearly two days getting through being beset by strong head currents, heavy squalls with rain, and a night as dark as pitch. There is no anchorage, and ships have to stand and take it. We saw the small Spanish town of “Samboangan” at the foot of the mountains, with its fort, church and barracks. It was a pretty sight in the setting sun, a perfect “Voyager’s dream of Land”. After we got through the straits, we had a very nasty night in the Alibos Sea and we blessed our stars we had sea room. So Providence is everkind. Now we are passed the Islands of the Sulu Archipelago, where the Pirate king lives, and have reached our greatest Eastern Longitude-210 degrees east of Boston, and are steering away for the Moroccan Straits
Six years ago, Pilgarlic, you was cruising over the same ground on your first voyage in command, homeward bound from Manila. You had a clipper ship and passengers and everything that was nice, and was only three months getting to Boston. Yes, Deck Bucket, everything was bright and beautiful then. I have learned, as the niggers say, “heaps of things since then” the passengers are gone, the beautiful “Fearless” is an old ship now, and well, it’s the old story, “The world Moves”. But we are growing old, Deck Bucket. Now let us go back to Ilo-ilo and tell about it. We undertook to live onshore at the American Consul but oftentimes we got caught in a storm on board ship and had to stay. It seemed more like home after all. Up to the time of our arrival all sugar was exported free of duty. But on 1st of July a duty of 1(Pral?)(121/2 cents per Picile (137-1/2 pounds ) was to be levied, so there was great scratching to see how much could be put on board the different ships before that time.
Things flew on board the Franklin, all the Schooners, and lighten, that could be had, were employed carrying off the sugar, and for two days the little steamer, the “Caviteno” ran thrice a day to the ship. Sailor’s and coolies all worked night and day. The sugar is all weighed on shore, and I had two young men from the ship checking the weights as they passed over the scales. They took their breakfast before daylight, took their dinner with them and came in the market boat, that’s sent from the ship at six every morning, stayed all day long, and the boat was sent for at six again.
It was great business for Deck Bucket, going off and on in the Steam, overseeing the weighing, etc. and kept him fretting as usual, about all the time. Meantime, the Ship St. Albans of Boston from Anjer came in. Capt. Pike of Newburyport in command. Has his wife with him. One son for mate, the other son sec. mate So it seems it is a family ship. Capt. Gain of the Bark George Treat…
…and I went on board evening. We found the ship had brought a cargo of ice from Boston in November to Rio Janiero, and then came to Anjer for orders. It was amusing to hear Capt. Pike tell about it. When he got his orders for Ilo-ilo nobody could tell him where it was. It was on no charts he could get, and what to do, he did not know. He telegraphed to Batavia, but all in vain. At last he found an old chart with it on, and started and after many weeks and nearly losing his ship, he arrived. He is one of those old Sea Dogs that fairly roars when he talks. We found Mrs. P. a real intelligent pleasant old lady. She told us quietly they had been married 39 years and that she was 57 years old. She always liked going to sea she said, and was never a bit frightened. She thought the scenery about the Philippine Isles was splendid. He was very anxious to hear about the politics, etc. at home.
We have had some very pleasant intercourse with the Capt. and officers of the H.B.M. surveying Steamer, Nassau, which I have already mentioned. Capt. Chimmo, an Irish gentleman is in command and a very intelligent person. He called on me and we exchanged specimens of curious shells, etc. The ward room officers all came to breakfast one morning- and I was on board and then on to dinner. We compared charts- chronometers, which was of great value to me, and I was able to give them some new reports of shoals which they had not heard of. The artist on board was a young English Nobleman, The Hon. Mr. Verica. A real nice fellow, the first blooded gent, I have ever acquainted with. His drawings and water colors are very fine. They are engaged in surveying these seas, taking deep sea soundings, and making microscopic drawings of all that the lead brings up from the bottom of the sea. Also, making collections of everything that comes their way, in the natural history, etc. –live- I was able to give them some ferns which they very much prized. Good luck to the “Nassau”, I say.
I was amused of Mr. Olibar the Chief officer on __1__. He had met the Misses Adams, sisters of Capt. Adams, who were with him, at Manila. And was crazy ever, with one of them, the youngest- they had been on board the Nassau in great state and left their photographs there. They were making the voyage around the world on the Golden Fleece-which Capt. Adams commands.
The arrival of the St. Albans, a large ship of 1300 tons and a N.S. ship, the Matadore, made so much more tonnage in the port than there ever was before, that the old Captain of the port got frightened for the safety of the place, if the sailors got on shore, so he issued a run order, forbidding men to be on shore after 8 at night. “Noble Spain” The merchants of the peace, pay an old ____ drum at the beach- to report any ships that may be seen coming to them. So one day we were thrown into a fever of excitement by Gardiner’s rushing into the saloon while we were at…
…breakfast, and stating that they reported a large ship coming in. Now we were expecting the “galatea” one of the black horse ships and by her letters, papers, etc. from Hong Kong, so we got quite excited over it. Gardiner hurried up his carriage and got his skyglass and we started for the old fort down on the beach. Away ____, and sure enough there was a large vessel coming but bow on so we could not tell whether it was a black or a ship- but we would have bet any money it was the G. I began to think about giving up my room to Capt. Gardiner, who commanders her, etc. but directly as she turned the port lo! A Norwegian Bark. What a come down! Next day another Bark reported coming in- we guessed right this time. It was the Penang- my old friend White from Hong Kong, going off to the ship that afternoon. I got the Captain of the Steamer to go down to her. It was dark when we got there, and the Captain was asleep, but we soon had him…
…under weigh and turned him right up the river, and moored in front of the Consul’s house. I had charge of the expedition. I find I am getting to be a great Pilgarlic here. Next day was St. John’s day- 24th June. A day that everyone name is John gets letters of congratulation. Nobody knew Deck Buckets name was John, so he was spared that trouble, but a number of us had planned a trip to St. Anna to look for coral fossils, shells, etc. as it was a holiday and no work to be done, but Lo! In the morning the boat was gone and with two sailors, Seth Linnus, an Englishman, and Steven Power, an Englishman who deserted from one of the Majesty’s regiments at Rangoon, and stowed himself away in the Franklin. It seems the mate had been on the Bark the Penang the night before and returning late, did not hoist the boat up to the ____ as usual. It was these men’s watch from 12 AM in the night and they took this opportunity to stark- taking all the clothes they could get a hold of that was good for anything, a box of ____…
…tobacco, sails, awnings, etc. and sailed away. There was no help for it. All we could do was offer a reward for their capture and wait. We had got a big Launch- or long boat, and arranged to have a party go for fresh water- The Sec. mate and 4 men with water casks, buckets, etc. started for Guimasas (the opposite Island) and Capt. White and myself attached ourselves to the exhibition. We took the Penang’s boat and four men and started after them- had a nice lunch put-up when we got to the opposite shore, we hunted round ‘till we came to a spring- leaving the men getting water. Capt. W. took his gun and we started over the hills on a trip of discovery. It was hard work. The brush was so thick. Soon we saw monkeys as large as a dog grinning at us, but White wouldn’t shoot. Soon we came into a pretty valley- we went up to a native hut and saw a woman and her child. We called for water (agua), and got a drink, and asked W. for a cigar, which pleased her much.
In this valley we found a better place for water and dispatched a native with a note to the sec. mate to bring the boat round. We found quite a number of ____ shells. Trees with cocoa nuts were plenty and we soon had a delicious drink from one shook down by a boy. After a bit we found a deserted hut and ordered up our lunch basket where we finished its contents in short order. In the morning before leaving ______, the mail had arrived bringing me a letter from home and there in the wilds I lay, reading it over and over. It put me in the mind of the first one I this voyage. I was away in the interior of Java, in something such a scene as this, little thought then that I should be reading my last. Eight months after, among chattering monkeys and screeching _____ in the wilds of the Philippine’s, but “such is life” to me. After this, we started
…for the nearest town or settlement procuring a guide, and a good stout stick. We climbed the first hill or mountain. It almost tired White out descending the next side steeply, we were in a lovely little valley which met an arm of the sea. Here was a little port where the natives were building small vessels. There were small grocery and fruit shops with liquor for sale. Looking up was a beautiful view, a romantic road led up to a quite a town with its white church. So off we started, crossing a stream and a submerged bridge of logs (we had to wade over). I took off my stockings and laid them aside to see if they would be there when we came back. Our guide was very garrulous and I learned more Spanish today than I have before for ____ . He showed us _______ /____ . White had got tired of his_____ and left it behind. The kids looked to me something like Black ______.
Here we were, two Don Quixote’s without our Sancho Puoza(?)- and no Rose. What is it? The steel(?) The bushes lining the road looked more like our Alder bushes at home, and every little while, a brook ran across the road with a rustic bridge and down in the water were some little fish we used to call “Minnows”, and over its surface glided the ____ skaters we used to watch so well in our boyhood. Soon, we got nearly up the hill. They made the church bell as a separate wooden tower was calling to some sort of worship. White declared he would go no further but Pil was bound to go to the top of the hill. The houses were scattered ‘round promiscuously something as they are in ___________- and the faces at the windows were as numerous as they were on a memorable time 31 years ago, in the _____ have that lived the ___ I went to Palermo or when I was 6 years old, yet how well I remember the this ride-
My guide said this was St. ______’s church and the town called Bona Vista, so I squat down on the topmost knoll and had a grand view. I could see my ship so plain and it did not look bigger than a cockle shell. How delicious the cool breeze played around my head- and how it sighed and soughed through the trees. A thousand memories came trooping back to me. I was in the ___ and ___ of my own native land again laying under the apple trees looking at the river- hating my school and longing for the time when I should be a sailor. First thing I knew Pil was saying out that it was time to go and White was waiting a little way down the hill- Says D. Bucket don’t you wish this was Bowdoinham ridge and this old Catholic church was Congregationalist hey? Yes. I do! But Pil was thirsty and so we picked out the most consequential house there was and walked modestly in- White says “you be spokesperson.”
All right! Buenos Dios Senior tu’ve usta de agua? Several Dignified _______ answered, “Si Senor” Mio Americano- este Americano- ____ Captain le frigate Grande le Barka Americano. Si Senor. Buenos dias. And they started off for some water for us- so I ransacked my memory for all the Spanish I could muster- “Mucho Calor” Si senor (very warm). Mio no ables mucha Spaniole. Mio suabe Englise. _____ suabe Englise? Mio suabe senor. We were in the building occupied by the captain le pueblo (captain of the town)- something like a justice of the piece- mayor of a city etc.- all put together ___ was when he held court. And _____ spears, knives, cullains(?) __ set of poisoned arrows- captured from robbers etc.- were hanging around the walls of the casa (house) I examined them all- They were much pleased at my inquisitiveness- and gave me a little walking stick, to which I returned, ‘Muchos gracias senor” – and White _____…
…relieved enough from his fatigue to resume his journey. We started down the hill. Whe we came back to our little sea port, we found everybody and at work, mostly shipbuilding. White took an _____ from one fellow and showed him how they done it down at boathouse Navy yard at which the _____ Carpentero slapped his shoulders and said” quien suabe”. I did not find my stockings. We determined this time to go around the _______ between us and the boat before we came over. White said he would set down and die first before he would go over that mountain again, so the guide told us by wading we could get ‘round. We took off our shoes and rolled up our pants- and went in for it. It was awful for the feet. No smooth beach, but sharp stones- there was no help for it and we got some shells by the way. At last we came to a cave- more wonderful than any in the ‘Arabian Nights” and it was low water we walked in. It was a long subterraneous cavern- with its mouth closed up at high tide. It was like the cave Victor…
…Hugo tells of in his “Sailors of the Sea” when the sailor was attacked by the “Devil Fish” and I looked around every minute -expected to see one of the hideous monsters approaching. We soon got to our boats and found it was low water and to keep them afloat the sailors had waded along way of with them- so we set down and rested and discussed how we should get off to the boats- there was no help for it, we must wade. The boats could not be got _____ or __________ -out of the sharp pointed rocks. I took off my pants and sent them to the boat by a boy, and waded out, keeping everything else on- hauling up my upper garments as I deepened the water. But the going was awful- the bottom was sharp pointed coral rocks. I cut my feet and legs badly- and it seemed sometimes as though I should faint. White was no better off. He had a ____ of drawers and stripped off everything….
… and sending them off- undertook to swim but he very soon brought up against a rock bump which made him yell. However, we finally got into the small boat, bleeding at every pore. It was impossible to get the big boat (she was now loaded with fresh water)- outside of the reef and it would be some hours before she could come out, so I told the Sec. Mate to wait until high water at 11 at night when there would not be too much currents, and as no _______ to start before- and we made sail and started. There was just as much wind as we could carry too- and White declared he would have nothing to do with the boat and made me work her. The masts and booms ____ and cracked- but held on. And in a short while we were alongside “ Le Grande Fragate Americanna Franklin” -as the Spaniards call her, and glad ever we were. Bad weather was coming on and I did not sleep that night much. I set on deck with my night glasses looking for the ______. I was worried that the Sea would steer her on the rocks- but at midnight, she came just as the storm broke over the ship.
It came in very handy to have the _______/_______ near the house. I could go aboard early in the morning. Rouse the Captain out and get my cup of coffee. No one, not a sailor, can tell how much he thinks of his cup of coffee early in the morning. How wise it was to learn, when I was mate, after a hard night’s storm, with my eyes full of salt spray. After we had the ship sailing long before daylight, to hear the steward’s coffee sak- sailors _______allowed it ____ if there was a good boy at the wheel, it done me lots of good to give him ______. I give it to all hands every morning at 4:30. One morning while I was ____ the ______ a friend on shore hailed and said he wanted me to ride out to Harrow with him. It was a market day and ____/ _____ /_____/ ______. ____ _____. (Water Damage next few pages…)
… a few moments we were in his nice ____ carriage wheeling away for the principle on the island, for Ilo-ilo is only a seaport town the two larger ones of Moro and Haro four miles inland. A well-built road takes you to Haro, then from there to Moro and back to Pleido(?) bt another is a fine ride and the only ones which the inhabitants have- a pretty little river runs along between the two roads, and rice fields, and sugar cane line the way, with many beautiful trees. The Mango, is the finest I think and yields an abundance of the finest fruit I know of, except our own apples. At Moro is the Archbishop of the whole territory. He is said to be a bigoted Catholic. He is building a ____ new cathedral. I saw him showing some naval officers through it. Its walls of solid stone and six feet ______. (Rest of this page is illegible)
…Palace. He was accompanied by a large retinue of priests and a band of music which is always the case. Thank God holidays of such nonsense are _______. We rode out toady because it is market day which only comes once a week on Thursday. This is the best time to see the country people- buyers and sellers. It was a queer sight and I suppose it is the old Spanish custom- a large field, some acres in extent, was the market grounds. Dry goods dealers had their goods hung up on lines, as our folks do clothes to dry. The embrioderys were very pretty, that was all in that line worth seeing. Dealers in ____ forward a larger …(again- water damage-illegible)
______. Their magnificent black hair falling in masses over their shoulder’s ______. They have fine eyes but generally pug noses and horrible teeth, and wear no shoes. Men wear no coats, but a highly ornamented shirt worn outside- a nice hat, and that’s all. A better natured, well-behaved looking multitude, I never saw. It puts one in mind of being at a cattle show and fair. There were plenty of booths, where confectionary and pastry was sold. They seem to be infinitely fond of sweet things. They reverence their priests and do pretty much what they are told by them. I was thinking what a scattering there would be if a good rain should come up. These people are easily governed and there is little for magistrates and other officials to do. And whether the Roman church is the best for them, or not, is a question. I should not think their condition could be bettered much. So after all this, we _____ up our_______ and started…
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_______, is the principle place for the manufacture of the beautiful_____/______ fabric known as pina(?), or as it is called here hoosy(?) I had intended to order one made, as you can have any design you want for a pattern, but I was beat by a lady. I told Gardiner that I should like to ride out with him and have Mrs. Gardiner go and help me select a dress. The next day, he sent me a pattern and said if I liked it, the price would be $9.00, and as it was pretty, I of course kept it, but I could not afford another. I oftentimes heard she had four friends in the business who looked to her for help, but I could not help think this was rather a _____ way of dis______ of her______
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…of them into clubs and have nice boats to row in and go out on the pretty ____ for a row. Others are famous for walking. A majority of the business men are Scotch. They are great walkers, and walk out ten miles, “after office” as they call it. The next thing is a bath, then “Shery and fritters”, then ____ at about______. This occupies most of the evening. Perhaps they have a quiet game of whist or two. People walking or dining out think nothing of calling on their neighbors just before dinner. A calls on B, dinner is announced, B says “Will you have a plate of ______?” A says no and is off. Invitations to dinner are generally given sometime beforehand. Breakfast is served at ____ and only on Sundays, when there is nothing to do.
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…A tinny cup of strong black coffee as they call it is served with cigars after the clothes removed. The morning report is called “deziuno” and is not laid on the table, but is put before you on a little china tea___ and consists of ___/___ coffee and toast. Eggs and fruit and is usually brought in directly after the morning bath. These baths are grand affairs. You stand before an _______/______ jar full of rainwater and with a vessel of two or six quarts, send the water all over you. ____/____/____. I was out to breakfast with most of the merchants, and always had a good time. It is the old ______ custom. Mrs.Stowe _______ it very well in her Sunday .
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…few_____/__/____ to go so early- but not at 8. The church was thoroughly natty with females however. They always went dressed as on the market only richer. But it did look queer to see them picking their way through the mud on a rainy day. They only wear sandals and it is hard work to keep them on, and gives them a peculiar gait. The service is performed by a full _____ as there is no ______ and was always chosen without any regard to the day- it was mostly opera. ______was a great _______ and when the heart is elevated, they always play the Spanish march
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…says I, something is up- so we all went out on the balcony to look. Soon the ___ were in sight. _____ of ______. Next I discerned a kind of car, very highly ornamented and gilded with a canopy. It’s some kind of a theatrical procession says I. “so says Mr. Kerr Hats the _____! Dear me said I, how queer and so it was. A lot of boys were drawing it with ropes and when it was hard, more would go and give it a shove. A few _______ pretty women were walking behind. Immediately it entered the square, the church bell began to toll quick. They told me it was a call for the priest
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…_______ in full dress with flowers ___ a queer helmet shaped hat was on its head. How pitiful it’s _____ pinched features looked with ______ hands curled on its heart. It looked ghastly. The few women mourners were mostly ________ and laughing and looked up at us as much to say, “Don’t this look well.” It was a rainy day and one Indian walked behind carrying the coffin lid over his head to keep the rain off. I was informed they had probably______/_____/______ copper on this show and went three rounds of the square to show it off another _______. I heard a low wailing and going to the balcony, I saw another funeral. The coffin was carried by young _______ and dressed impeccably and carried long staffs __________ with crosses. ______ were chanting a….
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The house is so constructed that the people live on the second story, the lower is used for store rooms, offices, etc. as many of them live and do business all under one roof. Each one has a balcony on this side of the street, where the inmates(?) resort to see what is passing on the street. The campo-______ is about a mile out of town. I walked out there one evening. The Spanish burying ground is conventional and no heretic can buried there. _____ six _____ years ago, where , Ilo-Ilo was made a port of entry. A Mr. Lovey, an Englishman, came here in search of fortune, and established the first foreign commercial house here. By _____/_______ and _____ he rose to the top of his profession and ____ a great…
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but the ____ relatives loved but because he had ever been their friend. Not two years ago, he died, lamented by all the province. A last concern followed him to the grave, of course he could not be with _____ Santo, but just outside stands his grave. A ___ Captain read the service for there was no clergyman to attend. A magnificent tomb has been erected by subscription, the epitaph is in English, Spanish, and ______. Near it was a little lovely grave. I went to the headboard and read that a ________ boy, 19 years of age, had come way out here to die. Once, a good many years ago, I went to the small Dutch seaport of _______, on the coast of Sumatra. One day I went ashore to gather skills, and I suddenly came across a lone grave. It was of a sailor boy buried…
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…Opposite the house of Lovey & Co. lives the Captain of the port, or “Capitaine del Puerto”. He is a super educated old Spaniard, and has charge of all the shipping that comes here. His family consists of a wife, and four daughters, her sister, and her three daughters. All the daughters are near of an age, and some very pretty. They are the ladies of the house. They are always looking out of the window, which forever seems to be the custom here, or rather to be on the balcony- Poor things, there is hardly any society for them. Every evening they take long walks, generally down to the old_____. It’s a pretty sight to see, seven of them with their mothers, who hardly look older than they do. ( name here) dares to marry me of them, for the old captain is poor, and he who would take one would soon be saddled with the whole. I thought they dressed with great taste _____ ____ certainly nicely behaved young ladies.
Next door lives the Alcalde and his family. He is the justice of the peace, etc. Next to him lives Banard and his new English wife, and who do you say? Barnard? Why! Who has not heard of Banard? Most every place has a Banard. Where first I met Banard in Manilla six years ago, he was the manager of a one man circus, rambling around the provinces. A well read, well educated, fine looking fellow. Stock well built and smart as lightning. Before that he had been a traveling photographer. Next voyage at Manilla he had set up as a ship chandler. He told _____ that he was an American from Eastport. But I knew better than that all the time. ________ said he was a hand ticket(?) and to beware of him. When he first came to Manilla, he got a position in Messers Smith, Bill & Co. as book keeper, and told them he would show them how to keep books.
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…that rather astonished them. It was all balanced on one side. Next time I went to Manilla, he was in company with four others, as hotel keepers. Ship chandlers, ship wrights, machinists, etc. and old were Tecul Davis of the Bunkers Hill, christened them the “Forty Thieves”, which name they have held ever since. Next time I went there, he was Banard, Mitchell & Co. ship owners and commission merchants, etc. he had taken all the profits from his forty thieves and kicked the ______ to pieces. Well he goes to Hong Kong, gets acquainted with Capt. John Purchase’s family, marries the daughter and his new brother-in-law sends him to Ilo-Ilo as agent of the Hong Kong ______/_______ as agent, with a fixed salary, etc. …
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… were a _______, and everything was as cozy as could be. He told me how he had spent his former life, he had been mate of a ship, had been to every place I had been, and in fact was “All things to All men.”, forgetting he had once told me his birth place. He said he was from Manchester England, showed me his fathers and mothers pictures and said his brothers were in school in London.
It was amusing to hear the good people ILo-Ilo discussing about whether it was best to receive him or not into society. His bad reputation had followed him. Some would not speak to him, others would for his poor wife’s sake, and so on. She tell a good story of him as a ship Chandler. He got a big bill against some Captain of a ship who refused to pay it, said it was extortion, etc. so, he got him down to his back yard and asked him quietly if he would pay. Captain said NO! He knocked him flat. After a while, the poor fellow got up. Will you pay? ________ the Terrible Banard NO! Down he went and so on ‘till he was…
…_______ of Messers Lovey & Co. of ______I knew made by invitation few, will be long _______ by me for his kindness and hospitality to me while in Ilo-Ilo. He is a Dutchman, and at the head of the above mentioned commercial house, the oldest merchant of the province. He is about six feet tall or more, a rough looking and spoken man. He is agent for Lloyd’s celebrated Insurance Co. and calling on me to survey a vessel for him. I became acquainted him when he came to the East many years ago and settled in Java. Misfortune followed him. His wife died, and after many wanderings, he settled in the Philippines. After some years he came to Ilo-Ilo. Not generally a sociable man. He is a great study, thinker, reader, and ______.
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…and goes in for the _______/_______ of religious opinions- I had many conversations with him on history. I found him far beyond any I had conversed with before. I believe he accepts the Bible as Jewish history, but not as ______ and does not believe Christ the incarnate son of God at all.
Hallou, to his very arduous ______ labors, he is writing a native Indian dictionary, the first ever attempted, and it will make him a real benefactor to the inhabitants. His wife, on dying, left him seven daughters. They were all in Scotland being educated, but he expected the two eldest out very soon. He said he should set tem to work as there was no society. He wanted them to collect and classify the ferns of the Philippines, etc.
He gave me some most perfect specimens of shells, and I in turn was able to give him the seed of some most rare plants from India. Mr. Robert Lovey, the other partners, and other to the one who died is a fine specimen of the English….
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Negros. The adjoining island, where they ran a _______ steamer, He gave me a pressing invitation to come over and spend a few days, but I could not find time. It is pleasant to see how all rivalry and distinction between English and Americans disappearing in these out of the way places. No one would ever know the difference.
About a fortnight, after the runaways had left, a letter came in the ______ one morning. Hallou says’ Here’s all about the sailors”, a letter from the priest at a small village about thirty miles, north, to the Captain of the port, stated that five _____ had arrived there in an open boat in a _________ condition. They said they were Englishmen. One the captain…
The Captain of the port wrote him immediately who they were and to send them back by the first conveyance. So in a few days, they were marched into Ilo-Ilo by a fife of native soldiers, and imprisoned in the old fort to await my pleasure, which was, that they should remain there and ____ the end of bitter fancy, till we were ready for sea. The boat was also returned though in a bad condition. In a few days, I thought it my duty, as their rightful “Lord and master” to go down to the fort, which, stands on a point making out into the water the extreme end of town. Tis fort was built two or three hundred years ago, and is now ______ in ruins. I believe it only merits two guns. It is now used as a prison and has a guard of soldiers with a Captain. I had _____/_____/_____ before I could get in as I approached the gate, two soldiers______…
…and commanded me to halt. “Buenos Dios, says I. Del Captaine commandante Del Cota Akie?” “No Senor.” “Mio Del Captaine por la Fragata American Franklin. Doce Marineros por me fragata akie?” Si Senor. “ Mios possible palabres- marineros? Mio me suabe mucha Spaniole”
It seems the commander was gone but after satisfying themselves I was Captain of the Franklin, They let me in. They let me to a desolate looking cell in which my two Keros(?) were pacing up and down handcuffed. Hallou says I, what are you doing here? At first they wouldn’t answer. Are you going to do your duty onboard the ship? No says they, “we are deserters from the British army and we demand to see the British consul. You are _______ slipped on board the American ship Franklin. British consul has nothing to do….
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American consul, so I went, and reported to the Consul- so a day or two afterward we walked down there. They were of the same mind – would see the British consul. But that was no use. They wrote him a letter, but I knew better than to notice it. They are very careful when they meddle with American ships now. So we get an order from the governor to deliver them up. And next day, I sent a boat and second mate with a pair of handcuffs, and they were carried on board in disgrace. They soon gave up and begged to be allowed to go to work. They were almost starved and had lost everything. So, after we got to sea, I let them out of irons, thinking to myself…
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…_____/______/_____/ has a great _____/_______/_____ cook. He is a darkey. ______/____/____/____ to be stewardess. Cuffy is jealous as any white man of his darky spouse. ______ White said the moment she came in the cabin. Santos heard me peering in at the cabin door, asking what she was doing ____ what made her belong, etc. Finally she was taken sick, asked her berth. Being next to the galley and from the heat of the stove in ___ climate was slow death to anybody, much less a colored lady. So White told the steward she could have a berth in the cabin. Sah! Growled Cuffy, “Trust my wife in the cabin? No Sah! White’s blood boiled but he cooled down and told him he could take her on shore to a home, where a ______ that could talk English….
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What now, and let me tell you if you stay here. _____ cooking ____/______/_____/_____/______ to, and the cabin ____ ____ order which you have agreed to do and isn’t done yet. Or by the holy, I will make you and your wife see stars. Poor old darkie was taken all aback. So off he marched to the American consul and demanded protection as an American citizen. Used the fourteenth(?) amendment and said his life was in danger. Where then the consul asked me what I thought about it. I told him Capt. White was an honest man and would not kill anybody without cause, but no doubt was ______ frustrated and said more than he meant. Mr. Cuffy went and found a _____ for his wife and next morning he was seen ______ shore with his lovely bride _____ _______, refusing assistance from anybody…
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…had got on his white silk stockings and fancy _____ shoes. Blue silk breeches with fancy jacket, a fan in one hand and an umbrella in the other! When he got on shore he let these poor china cooks there know he was ______. He spoke in a different tone of voice, and I expect, astonished them with an account of his voyages and travels. He had ____ cakes and cooked quantities of “_______ beans” to send ____ _____ before, so he was a prince of cooks among them.
American consul one day, indicated to me, it would be a ______ for him and the English consul to breakfast with me on board some morning. So I sent the invitation to Her British Majestys, etc. I had dined with him before, so I was somewhat acquainted. His name is Higgins from Birmingham…
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…man of the age. I found he enjoyed his breakfast exceptional. He was much pleased with the ship an ______ in looking over my curios. Afterward he sent out and had a veritable “flying Dragon” caught for me, a very rare specimen of lizard with wings. He has a nephew with him, a youngster of 20 or so- A perfect English snob who wears his hair down over his forehead and puts on his eye glass to look at you and says ”Aw…I am my unks newphew, Aw…” and all that sort of thing, Aw..” I heard some of the fellows here say they would that eye glass down his throat before long. One day I went on board the Penong and found them ____ _____ ______ a strange kind of ______ had flown on board and _____ ____ and caught it. It was some strange kind of locust. I Had…
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…our marketing for the day, and to he bought ______ to a point of land near the ship where the boat was to go for it in the morning. One morning I was with the boys waiting for the beef when I noticed a pretty …
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…next up from Ilo-Ilo . “And ________ sunk with bubbling groan, Un—–, Un——, and Unknown”.
Such is life, or rather death, the world over.
One morning while I was on travel, I saw a small ______ of sugar coming off the ship. And it came up over the side. I noticed every___ was D. hallou! “What does the “D” stand for, says Pilgarlic?” “Deck Bucket of course! It is his first shipment of his own cargo.”, said I. He is going into the grocery _______ I guess says Pil. I hope he’ll make you some money out of it. Old Capt. Hoyt ____ ____ was mate with….
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The day before the Penang came into the harbor from Hong Kong, a Norwegian Bark, the Ogir, Capt. Ohalson. She headed into the river and moored at Neems, Russel, & Sturgis’ place, where our sugar was embarked. I soon got well acquainted with the Captain and found him a fine fellow, a perfect specimen of a Norseman, a sort of a Viking brought up at sea from his babyhood. He had his wife, a fair young lady with flaxen hair who seemed to be as much part and parcel of the vessel as himself. He professed to be fond of Americans, and he was certainly very polite to me. His two little boys were ___ years old and born on board, and new great _____ while they were at Ilo-Ilo. White chicken was rare here. It is the custom in North Country ships to have coffee in the afternoon at ______. So, I generally was invited to partake…
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…was too. An awning was spread on the quarter deck. A table, etc. and Mrs. O to the side, with the baby kicking and crowing, tied into his chair, made quite a home scene. They talked in four different languages with ease, and quite put me into a total blush, who could only speak a few sentences of any other language but my own. She told me they obliged to learn to read and write English at school, and how hard it was. She had often cried over it. She said she took charge of the cabin because they had such a poor steward he could not do anything. But I suspect she liked it. The coffee was good at any rate. She has been with her husband ever since their marriage. But she longed for home, to show her children. They told me of one affair that is worth repeating here, and it was told with so much modesty and kindness that it was doubly interesting to me. So I will ________…
Captain Ohalson’s Story
While we were in Liverpool before coming out last time, we became acquainted with a Danish Captain. He was a fine ______ fellow. He sailed the same day we did for the same port. After we had crossed the Equator and was steering past South America, we spied one day two ships- one of which proved to be an old friend of the Dane. After a while, he lowered his boat and came on board. He said that the other ship was an “American” that the captain had his wife and at his request, he had been on board to see the lady who was in a sad state of health, and her husband was much alarmed. He now came to seek Mrs. Ohalson is she would go with her husband and see what she could do for the poor woman, and promised to bring them back. It was hard to _____ so she left her little babe, six months old, and ________ _______…
…prepared for the trip. His was the ____ of the day. They got safely on board the American ship ____ ____ _____ new one from ________ bound for San Francisco, but Lilly(?) did not remember the Ship’s or the Captain’s name. The Captain was in great agony about his wife, and begged of them to stay as long as they could, so it was nearly dark before they left. On their way to their own ship, a squall came up with rain, and to their horror saw their ship square yards and sail away from them, and they were in an open boat, a dark rainy night coming in. “Oh, my poor babe”,________ the mother. But the two Captains kept up stout hearts.
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Captain’s _____ and with nearly all _______ just ______ drunk and had determined to have command of a ship for once in his life _____ running for the nearest _______. Capt. O waited for no more. He gave him such a whaling as he never got over. They never saw the American any more, and the captain can never know the anguish of poor Mrs. Ohalson, alone in the nights perilous passage.
I could but admire the courage that led her to make the passage to help her suffering American sister.
Next day I Take his _____ ______ and carried to ______ for her taking. He was grateful enough. The little boy is 2 ½ years old now and becoming a little fellow. His name is Anton . I have his picture. He was looking over the rail at night as the ____ of the port daughters was walking by. Oh! What a pretty boy says one. Oh!
Bonita muchaha says another, and they had a great time. So next day, his mother rigged him up and hid father rigged himself up and took little Anton and marched up to the residence of the ladies and called. They were delighted and kissed the little fellow over and over, but though the Captain looked prettiest, they never kissed him and he was forced to come away singing;
I wish I was a baby,
A cunning little Flower,
That the gals would hay and kiss me
As they did in childhood’s hour.
Success to Capt. Ohalson and his ______ wife, may success attend the young ________.
(Hand drawing of Capt. Ohalson By Capt. John Drew)
I believe I wrote in a former part of this chronicle about being called to a survey. But I did not expect another, for they are too good to last. But the British ship, Assyriane, Capt. Finister is trying to beat out of PLi-Ilo got onshore and had to come back to see if she shows damaged any. So a very pretty note from Messers Lovey reached me saying they wished I would repair on that ship immediately, have her pushed out, seal the _______, and survey the vessel carefully. As there was nothing the matter with her, I done it in ten visits of about ten minutes each, for I had to go next day, check the seal and have her pumped out to see if she was leaking.
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One day while talking to Barnard I happened to mention I had some silk and other things for sale. “Oh!” said he, “the Alcalde is soon going home and he and his wife would be glad to but from you!” What day could we come off and look at them? I told him any morning. So of course when I get to the house I told E.and L., my friends, that his high __________ the Alcalde was coming off to look at my stock of dry goods. “Oh!” said they. Why didn’t you tell us that you had such things for sale, we would be glad to buy. It isn’t too late now said I. Go off with me this afternoon, and see if there is anything you want. So they did. When I displayed my wares, their eyes sparkled. “Those are nice” said E. “Do you think so?” Said I. “ How much aught I to ask the “Alcalde” for such goods, 50 percent quoted E., in the mean time, he selected 5 dresses. “How much?” said he. “50 percent” said I. “You have set your price yourself.” “He’s got you now!” says L….
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…________ to make the voyage. I must say that I was a little glad for I dread the care of a large party, especially in this kind of a place. However a few gentlemen from the _______/_________ Captains came. Every ship in the port was decorated and it was a pretty sight. It was a great treat to show people to get off a float. The Consul was so disappointed about his ladies, he wouldn’t come. We had a good supper, and plenty of Babest(?) beans. Beer was the principle beverage drank. After the usual toasts, etc. we went on deck and ________ evening had tea, coffee, cake, _______, etc. and plenty of songs. Mr. Robertson, a young Scotchman of the firm of Kerr & Co., sang the ….
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…German “Morgen Rhodt” and several others. Old Mr. Kerr enjoyed it highly. White was up to all sorts of tricks, and if he had been on Bowdoinham Ridge, would not been more at home. Much was said about America and England, but all in the kindest spirit, and many good wishes were circulated for the future of both countries. Finally ten o’clock came and people began to talk of going home, so, the usual toasts, etc. were again given. Deck Bucket’s health was given in a kind _________ and Mrs. Bucket, and all the little buckets came in for a show of remembrance. And at last, all joined hands in a circle and sang “Auld lang sygne”, all shaking hands. I suppose this is the Scotch style. I _______ saw it before, it was good form at any rate, and so we parted. And six different boats pulled away into the darkness…
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Deck Buckets Speech-
“Fourth of July” at Ilo-ilo:
“gentlemen, Countrymen, friends. We have met this evening to do honor to the day that gave our nation birth. We have raised the old flag in a strange land, and it floats in peace with those of our friends here. And though thousands of miles of Ocean roll between us and the fair land we love, we cannot help going back to the hills our fathers trod. Let us hope that all is well with our country today, that not a jot(?)of the honor we were about in days of tore to give our fatherland, has abated.
Countrymen; we will not forget the merry feats of bells we have heard in this festive _____ _____ …..
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All that parade and fanfare we filled with patriotism, that has ________ into a power felt and known among the nations today.
How excited we get over the procession of the _________. How pretty our fair sisters looked, what hoards of money to be spent, and what high hopes for the future.
But I saw no hand at speechmaking. I love my country, and though she has many faults, I hope to see them all rectified. I do not make any presumptions. I only hope we shall do our best to make honored everywhere.
And you ______ from the land of our forefathers and brothers in the wide, wide world- We greet you tonight, we give you the hand of welcome. We will be found side by side with youin every good work, and if any of you want farms and homes in our broad land, ____ ______ will always be glad to see you, for there is land and work for all.
To our absent friends, sweethearts, and wives; God bless you…
The time was now drawing near for our departure. The ship was now loaded with sixteen hundred tons of sugar, (no small affair). We hurried and got our stock of fowls, pigs, eggs, vegetable etc. all on board. One ship after another was dropping off _______ some for the Franklin….
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I went in to RKS country(?) on o
ne morning and there was the Capt. of the bark Peter Rockland, that I was on the survey of. He was sputtering away at a great rate. “Scott for ever I saw” I never was pay that bill, it was not recht it wasn’t. _______ should pay forty two dollars. I should not pay it. Get for a damn…..
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Mr. S.S. “Sunda” Singapore 31st-/5/7
Capt. J.H. Drew,
I am regret to inform you that say to carry me to go to America, for which I cannot course and to meet you again to go along, because, I thought my master, Ah Wah want to charge any ship to Rangoon again, perhaps, I like to get any captain so kindly the same as you, I glad to do with my best compliments when I _____ again.-Please report me, on the next mail, where your ships for, I pay with my respectful to asked: are you well safely voyage.
I am yours faithfully,
Choo Ah Myr
______. Among the letters I received while in port was one from one of the chinamen, who went to Rangoon with me from Singapore. He was a well educated, nice young fellow, and I often asked him to go to America with me. He was fond of the _______, and often wished he could go. The letter I included here. His English grammar was not very good , but far better than any Englishman or American’s Chinese grammar.
Confound this pen. I might as well write with a Marlin spike. No more letters from home, Well! I ought to be thankful for what I have got. And so by no lack mail, I get this;
“By orders from home you, you will proceed with your ship to Boston”. Boston! Hurrah!Off to
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I haven’t got much more to write about in Ilo-ilo. On the whole, I have enjoyed myself pretty well and have seen something more of the world than when I came here. The resident doctor is a man I have not described yet. He is a Spaniard and was a surgeon in the Navy. He is a very pleasant cheery fellow, but his charges are horrible, about $10.00 for a prescription, then you have to send away to Harro, about three miles for the medicine and well _____ lucky if that doesn’t cost ten dollars more. The Apothecary is a German as most all the apothecaries in the East are, and they generally marry _______ women with ____ Spanish fathers and _____ a mixed mother. To marry a woman of this country, one has to renounce his religion, if he has any, and be baptized in the Roman Catholic Church. Husbands do it _______ to support the catholic faith, and as soon as they have got their woman, never think any more about it. The wife does though. She must have her priest and go to confession, and if children (have no mistake- there are plenty of them) must be educated as Catholic….
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…____are a dusky Westigo(?). They have got splendid eyes and hair, though they seldom do their hair up but just let it fall down its full length. Their eyes always coal black, but they chew beetle nut, which stains their teeth, and they have an ugly waddling gate. They are very fond of money (who isn’t!) and become great nuisance. Many of them themselves, carry on and own sugar estates and do their own buying and selling. Many of the Protestants _______ of them when they come here, wont marry. But they have difficulty in getting women who are all the same as ____ with ______ and just as faithful and _____. Yet it is hard for the children when they ______ …
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The steamer that was from Ilo-ilo to Manila is of American build, and it looks quite natural to see her come steaming up the river. She was built in New York to run at Shanghai, and was called the ”Fire Dart”. After a while she was sent to Hong Kong to run on the Canton route, and after several years of hard service then she found her way to Manila and was sold there. She is a fine Steamer, and now called the “ Visayas”- after one of the large ________ provinces in the Philipines. They think her a wonder here. So we see that American ideas and enterprises go everywhere. And so they will as they ought to do.
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During the latter part of the ball, D.B. got very tired and would gladly have cleared out. But the host would not excuse him, so he had to stick it out. The last dance was something like, our “Virginia Reel”, the set was forward clear around the room, and he was the only person _____ _____, so he threw himself in a settee in a half sitting posture, one leg up on the seat, not dreaming he was doing any harm, when a Mr. Lutguyer(?), a Swiss, came from the other side of the room and wanted to know if I wasn’t very tired, then ______ in a very haughty tone, said it was not the proper thing for a gentleman to sit in that style in the presence of the Spanish ladies. D.B. was in an awful rage. He called the fellow one side and ask what he ….
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…said his wife had noticed and spoke about. “Well” says D.B. “I am not a Spaniard, and do not pretend to know Spanish customs, but it would seem to offend a lady of any nation, it is never thought of in my country. But I will tell you Sir, since you have undertaken to teach me, that no gentleman would dare to put a cigar in a ladies face then as I have seen you do all the evening. And a little more- No such dance as I have seen danced here tonight (the Hoatimero) would be allowed in any decent society anywhere else. So the next time you wish to teach anybody manners, please select somebody else. Mean time if I have offended anybody here, it should be _________ and to him, I shall go immediately as the proper person to apologize to…..
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Latitude one degree fifty four minutes North
Longitude 120 degrees 30 minutes East – 15 days out
Here we are gooping(?) about- trying to get into the entrance of the straits of Maccassas(?). We have seen no sun for latitude for three days now- and if it was not for one thing it would be quite ________. This morning at 8 o’clock, the rain cleared up a little, and just showed me the north end of Celebs(?) forty miles away- that settled the matter- as well as though I had got the sun a dozen times. My poor eyes begin to feel this endless strain in them- like my fathers and grandfathers. They were wonderfully strong until middle age began to come on- then they give out- but my eyes have done a thousand times the work theirs ever did. I suppose I must get specs. I don’t think they will get any worse- I should be in a pretty fix if they did- Pilgarlic says I am getting old- and lots of folks have to use glasses before they _______…
…age. It’s awful monotonous just now dragging our weary way along about- 2o or so- miles a day- I do not read much- it is too hot to work- it rains every other moment- so it’s uncomfortable walking the deck. I left a gold pen in Ilo-ilo- and I hate to write with this thing- and “what’s a poor old nigger going to do?” When it gets dark and the cockroaches begin to fly into my room, I have some sport. They are about as large as hummingbirds and make something such a noise- I take a slipper and lay back and wait for them. First I kill one of them, then a half dozen light near him to see “what’s the matter”, then I light on the whole of them. As soon as I kill one, others will come and try to drag him off- and get as spiteful about it as can be- sometimes I hit one and he is not hurt much. He will lay down and make believe dead, and soon as my back is turned, will get up and run away. Then again, I will disable one, turn him on his back and then the ants will come for him in a very few moments. Myriads of them will be torturing him to death, till they come…
…off by piecemeal. It ________ me in mind of “Sinbad the sailor” tied down by the “Liliputians.” My plants are doing nicely and are a great comfort to me.
But the greatest event of the passage- was the night we passed through Bavilan(?) straits, one of the little mouse deer had a baby deer. And old ______ the cat was safely delivered of her third litter of kittens- she always has three to a time. The deer was a cunning little thing, ran round as soon as it could. It’s mother did not seem to care anything about it, so we feed it milk but it was no use, it died the third day of its life.
Saturday 29th, July-17 days out, we are fairly in the Maccassan straits now- just 50 miles north of the Equator. Hard work for it too, four days we had no observations, but we turned up just where we ought to be. The scenery is grand. It is awful solitary, not many ships ever come here- and we have it all to ourselves. “I am Monarch of all I survey.” We have Borneo on our right and Selebs(?) on our left…
There are cannibals on Selebes(?) and woe _______ the unlucky ship stranded on its coast. I have not much to take up my attention now- only to read what I can. I am reading Bancroft’s History of the United States now, and I can only ask, what our all we can call sufferings when compared with those of the early voyagers who settled our coasts! Vessels of very small size, leaking in ______ ______ on an unpiloted coast in ice and snow. But then one gets used to suffering. One time it would have been agony enough for me to be put down in the darkest of some of these __________, among shoals and sand-banks, and unknown currents and _______ squalls, with a valuable ship and plenty more valuable lives to save. But now I don’t mind it so much. So we go- my plants are doing splendid. My sacred plant is in bloom again-(I love that plant). My four o’clocks –though wandering things, do nicely- and I have an orange plant that I would give fifty dollars rather than not give it to my bride.
Obik Nancy’s daughter, Micha, died last year, aged six months, supposed in a fit. The principle mourner was Dawn, an old sailor…
The last day of July 1871, 19 days at sea.
We crossed the Equator today at 10 o’clock. Did not see anything of it- Bat. Cape Lemoil of Selebes(?)- we could see 20 miles off, this is slow progress- but it is good as I expected. This is the region of the “light airs and variables”- we last crossed the “Line” going from Batavia to Singapore, the fifteenth last November, and so we go. There is nothing for a poor old Pilgarlic to write about. Deck Bucket is _____ is papers and reading them us he can get a chance- I began to read “The Illiad of Homer”, translated by Bryant, yesterday. Rather late in life to read this, but it does not lose anything by it. I wish I had more such books-“it is no disgrace to be poor, but it is mighty inconvenient” as the fellow said. If I only had the money, what lots of books I would have. Some tiny little oranges are coming on my plant, and the Japonicas are budding. It ain’t all the rich folks that can have such_______.