The Story of the Filibusters

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T. F. Unwin, 1891 - Central America - 373 pages

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Page xviii - The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected. I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor and that of his country. VICTORY OR DEATH.
Page xviii - I have sustained a continual Bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat.
Page 292 - I had overcome about half the space which separated it from me, when I saw the combatants come to the ground, and, after a short struggle, I saw the uppermost one (for I could not see the other) make a heavy plunge with both his thumbs, and at the same instant I heard a cry in the accent of keenest torture, "Enough! My eye's out!
Page 293 - I went to the ground from which he had risen, and there were the prints of his two thumbs, plunged up to the balls in the mellow earth, about the distance of a man's eyes apart ; and the ground around was broken up as if two stags had been engaged upon it.
Page 284 - Well, I started off to the Cross Roads dressed in my hunting shirt, and my rifle on my shoulder. Many of our constituents had assembled there to get a taste of the quality of the candidates at orating.
Page 322 - But toom cam' the saddle, all bluidy to see, And hame cam' the steed, but hame never cam
Page 292 - Oh, wake snakes, and walk your chalks! Brimstone and— fire! Don't hold me, Nick Stoval! The fight's made up, and let's go at it— My soul if I don't jump down his throat, and gallop every chitterling out of him before you can say 'quit'!
Page 292 - Oh, yes ; I'll see you a fair fight, blast my old shoes if I don't." " That's sufficient, as Tom Haynes said when he saw the elephant. Now let him come.
Page 185 - But if anybody complains that I have had it looked over, I can only say to him, her, or them — as the case may be — that while critics were learning grammar, and learning to spell, I, and " Doctor Jackson, LLD" were fighting in the wars ; and if our books, and messages, and proclamations, and cabinet writings, and so forth, and so on, should need a little looking over, and a little correcting of the spelling and grammar to make them fit for use, it's just nobody's business.
Page 239 - I come to the channel, where I crossed that on a high log. I then took water again, having my gun and all my hunting• tools along, and waded till I came to a deep slough, that was wider than the river itself. I had crossed it often on a log ; but behold, when I got there, no log was to be seen. I...

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