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A Roving Commission by G. A. Henty

A ROVING COMMISSION

[Illustration: "I HAVE HEARD A GREAT DEAL OF YOU, MR. GLOVER," THE ADMIRAL SAID.]

A ROVING COMMISSION

OR

_THROUGH THE BLACK INSURRECTION AT HAYTI_

BY

G. A. HENTY

Author of "With Frederick the Great," "The Dash for Khartoum" "Both Sides the Border," etc.

_WITH TWELVE ILLUSTRATIONS BY WILLIAM RAINEY, R.I._

NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 1904

_Copyright_, 1899, BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS.

PREFACE

Horrible as were the atrocities of which the monsters of the French Revolution were guilty, they paled before the fiendish outrages committed by their black imitators in Hayti. Indeed, for some six years the island presented a saturnalia of massacre, attended with indescribable tortures. It may be admitted that the retaliation inflicted by the maddened whites after the first massacre was as full of horrors as were the outrages perpetrated by the blacks, and both were rivalled by the mulattoes when they joined in the general madness for blood. The result was ruin to all concerned. France lost one of her fairest possessions, and a wealthy race of cultivators, many belonging to the best blood of France, were annihilated or driven into poverty among strangers. The mulattoes, many of whom were also wealthy, soon found that the passions they had done so much to foment were too powerful for them; their position under the blacks was far worse and more precarious, than it had been under the whites. The negroes gained a nominal liberty. Nowhere were the slaves so well treated as by the French colonists, and they soon discovered that, so far from profiting by the massacre of their masters and families, they were infinitely worse off than before. They were still obliged to work to some extent to save themselves from starvation; they had none to look to for aid in the time of sickness and old age; hardships and fevers had swept them away wholesale; the trade of the island dwindled almost to nothing; and at last the condition of the negroes in Hayti has fallen to the level of that of the savage African tribes. Unless some strong white power should occupy the island and enforce law and order, sternly repress crime, and demand a certain amount of labour from all able-bodied men, there seems no hope that any amelioration can take place in the present situation.

G. A. HENTY.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. A FIGHT WITH A BLOODHOUND 1

II. REJOINED 21

III. A SLAVE DEPOT 38

IV. A SHARP FIGHT 58


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