An Emigrant's Narrative, Or, A Voice from the Steerage: Being a Brief Account of the Sufferings of the Emigrants in the Ship "India," on Her Voyage from Liverpool to New-York, in the Winter of 1847-8, Together with a Statement of the Cruelties Practiced Upon the Emigrants in the Staten Island Hospital

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The author, 1850 - Steamboats - 34 pages
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Page 15 - ... strikes fiercely on the counter, in seeming anger at being foiled in its assault. "While staggering from the effect of this after-blow, a broken sea, like an ambush attacking in flank, dashes suddenly upon the weatherbeam. Instantly the top-masts seem nearly touching the water; the firmest hold of rope or bulwark can scarcely save you from sliding down the almost vertical deck; it seems impossible the ship can right. Volumes of water rushing over you confirm, the impression that the moment of...
Page 22 - To a Woman I never addressed myself in the language of decency and ' friendship, without receiving a decent and friendly answer. If I ' was hungry or thirsty, wet or sick, they did not hesitate, like Men,
Page 22 - I never addressed myself in the language of decency and friendship, without receiving a decent and friendly answer; with man it has often been otherwise.
Page 22 - Tis hers to soothe the ills below, And bid life's fairer views appear : To Woman's gentle kind we owe What comforts and delights us here ; They its gay hopes on youth bestow, And care they soothe, and age...
Page 8 - ... destroy the present joy For future hopes — and praise them ; Whilst flowers as sweet bloom at our feet, If we'd...
Page 23 - For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou earnest them away as with a flood ; they are as a sleep ; in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourished!, and groweth up ; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
Page 24 - I had been in this state two days, when I was seized with the ship-fever; at first I was so dizzy that I could not walk without danger of falling. I was suffering much from a violent pain in my head, my brains felt as if they were on fire, my tongue clove to the roof of my mouth and my lips were parched with excessive thirst. Cheerfully would I have given the world, had I possessed it, for one draught of water.
Page 7 - And cradled the Deep in his hand, If man may transgress his eternal command, And leap o'er the bounds of his birth, To ravage the uttermost earth, And violate nations and realms that should be Distinct as the billows, yet one as the sea ? There are, gloomy OCEAN ! a brotherless clan, Who traverse thy banishing waves The poor disinherited outcasts of man, Whom Avarice coins into slaves : From the homes of their kindred, their forefathers...
Page 22 - Whose swarthy sons in hlood delight, Who of their scorn to Europe boast, And paint their very demons white : There, while the sterner sex disdains To soothe the woes they cannot feel...
Page 13 - The day on which [the] storm commenced it rained so heavily the whole day we could not make a fire on deck to cook our victuals with. About three o'clock in the afternoon, the rain began to fall in torrents, the clouds were black, and moved rapidly, and the wind gradually increased in force till eight o'clock, when the roaring of the tempest was truly appalling. I heard the mate order the hatchways to be fastened down, (an order indispensably necessary to the safety of the ship.) The order was quickly...

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