Primus in Indis: A Romance

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Harper & brothers, 1885 - Great Britain - 176 pages
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Page 158 - Then a general prayer to Heaven, to hasten the approach of the flames to the right and left of us, and put a period to our misery. But these failing, they whose strength and spirits were quite exhausted, laid themselves down and expired quietly upon their fellows...
Page 159 - He laid himself down to die ; and his death, I believe, was very sudden ; for he was a short, full, sanguine man. His strength was great ; and, I imagine, had he not retired with me, I should never have been able to have forced my way. I was at this time sensible of no pain, and little uneasiness...
Page 66 - Balmerino, and every one of you, return to the prison of the Tower, from whence you came ; from thence you must be drawn to the place of execution ; when you come there, you must be hanged by the neck, but not till you are dead ; for you must be cut down alive ; then your bowels must be taken out, and burnt before your faces ; then your heads must be severed from your bodies, and your bodies must be divided each into four quarters ; and these must be at the king's disposal. And God Almighty be merciful...
Page 159 - Cary, and who had behaved with much bravery during the siege (his wife, a fine woman though country born, would not quit him, but accompanied him into the prison, and was one who survived). This poor wretch had been long raving for water and air ; I told him I was determined to give up life, and recommended his gaining my station. On my quitting, he made a fruitless attempt to get my place ; but the Dutch Serjeant, who sat on my shoulder, supplanted him.
Page 159 - Mr. Jervas Bellamy, who lay dead, with his son, the lieutenant, hand in hand, near the southernmost wall of the prison.
Page 157 - Simpson, and several others, for whom I had a real esteem and affection, had for some time been dead at my feet ; and were now trampled upon by every corporal or common soldier...
Page 157 - Water ! water !" became the general cry. And the old jemidar before mentioned, taking pity on us, ordered the people to bring some skins of water. This was what I dreaded. I foresaw it would prove the ruin of the small chance left us, and essayed many times to speak to him privately to forbid its being brought ; but the clamour was so loud it became impossible. The water appeared. Words cannot paint to you the universal agitation and raving the sight of it threw us into.
Page 160 - I still had reflection enough to suffer some uneasiness in the thought, that I should be trampled upon, when dead, as I myself had done to others. With some difficulty I raised myself, and gained the platform a second time, where I presently lost all sensation : the last trace of sensibility that I have been able to recollect after my lying down, was my sash being uneasy about my waist, which I untied and threw from me. " Of what passed in this interval to the time of my resuruncon»ciou«ne(B. rectjon...
Page 159 - Christian soldier) bearing on my right ; all -which nothing could have enabled me long to support, but the props and pressure equally sustaining me all around. The two latter I frequently dislodged, by shifting my hold on the bars, and driving my knuckles into their ribs ; but my friend above stuck fast, and as he held by two bars, was immoveable.
Page 157 - From about nine to near eleven, I sustained this cruel scene and painful situation, still supplying them with water, though my legs were almost broke with the weight against them. By this time I myself was near pressed to death, and my two companions, with Mr.

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