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Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas by Macaulay

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KATHAY: A CRUISE IN THE CHINA SEAS.

BY W. HASTINGS MACAULAY.

"Coelum, non animum, mutant, Qui trans mare currunt."

NEW-YORK: G. P. PUTNAM & CO., 10 PARK PLACE. M.DCCC.LII.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852, by G. P. PUTNAM & COMPANY, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New-York.

JOHN F. TROW, PRINTER, 49 Ann-Street.

Dedication TO MRS. JANE G. SPROSTON, BALTIMORE.

ESTEEMED AND RESPECTED MADAM:

I have presumed to address this work to you, more to prove the truth of its motto, than from any hope that it may be intrinsically worthy of your acceptance.

Connected with a noble profession by ties at once sad and dear, I have considered that a narration of events seen in its service--however unworthily set down, might not be uninteresting to you; and feeling assured that your prayers and kind wishes have followed us through "changing skies," as we have sped across "distant seas,"--upon our safe return, I am truly happy in being able to imitate the custom of mariners of more sunny climes, and to place this offering of affection upon the altar of Gratitude.

THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

CHAPTER I.

Set Sail--Sea-sickness--Get a good offing--Sail ho!--Islets of St. Paul--Shipwreck there--Sufferings--Crossing the Line--Fernando Noronha--Fire--Remarkable peak--Arrival at Rio--Disappointment--Beauties of the harbor--Ashore at last--Village of San Domingo--Flying trip to city--Yellow fever--All hands up anchor--Sugarloaf Mountain--Off for the Cape 9

CHAPTER II.

Telling Tales out of School--Double the Cape--The Flying Dutchman--Albatross and Cape pigeons--Catching the albatross--The man who ate the albatross--Superstition of sailors--Man overboard--Lying to--Accident--Death-- The sailor's grave 20

CHAPTER III.

Island of St. Paul--Steering for Java Head--Land ho!-- Christmas Island--Straits of Sunda--A Beautiful Scene-- Sentimental Simile--Come to anchor--Anger Point--Village of Anger--On shore in Java--Perfume of the East--Banyan tree--The governor and Dutch hotel keeper--Welcome at an inn--Attack on Anger Fort--Dutch officers' prowess, and French!--The Javanese--Chinaman--Mosque--Mahomet-- Bazaar--Watering place 26


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