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Identifier: travelsincentral01mouh
Title: Travels in the central parts of Indo-China (Siam), Cambodia, and Laos : during the years 1858, 1859, and 1860
Year: 1864 (1860s)
Authors: Mouhot, Henri, 1826-1861 Mouhot, Charles
Subjects: Mouhot, Henri, 1826-1861
Publisher: London : John Murray
Contributing Library: University of Connecticut Libraries
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e of the Catholicpriests at Bangkok, knew French well enough to bevery useful to me as an interpreter. The boat wasinconveniently small, and we were far from comfortable;for, besides myself and servant, there were on board twomen, and two children about thirteen. I was muchpleased with the picturesque aspect of all the littleislands in the gulf; but our voyage was far longer thanwe expected, three days being its usual duration, whileowing to a strong head-wind it occupied us for eight.We met with an accident which was fatal to one of ourparty, and might have been so to all of us. On thenight of the 31st December our boat was making rapidway under the influence of a violent wind. I was seatedon the little roof of leaves and interlaced bamboos whichformed a sort of protection to me against the rain andcold night-air, bidding adieu to the departing year andwelcoming in the new one; praying that it might be afortunate one for me, and, above all, that it might be * See the obituary notice.

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PORT OF CHANTABOUN, Chap. III. A FATAL ACCIDENT. 137 full of blessings for all those dear to me. The night wasdark; we were but two miles from land, and the moun-tains loomed black in the distance. The sea alone wasbrilliant with that phosphoric light so famihar to allvoyagers on the deep. For a couple of hom-s we hadbeen followed by two sharks, who left behind them aluminous and waving track. All was silent in our boat;nothing was to be heard but the wind whistling amongthe rigging and the rushing of the waves; and I felt atthat midnight hour—alone, and far from all I loved—asadness which I vainly tried to shake off, and a dis-quietude which I could not account for. Suddenly wefelt a violent shock, immediately followed by a second,and then the vessel remained stationary. Every onecried out in alarm; the sailors rushed forward; in amoment the sail was furled and torches lighted, but, sadto say, one of our number did not answer to his name.One of the young boys, who had been asleep

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Date: 2014-07-30 04:30:09
bookid:travelsincentral01mouh bookyear:1864 bookdecade:1860 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Mouhot__Henri__1826_1861 bookauthor:Mouhot__Charles booksubject:Mouhot__Henri__1826_1861 bookpublisher:London___John_Murray bookcontributor:University_of_Connecticut_Libraries booksponsor:Boston_Library_Consortium_Member_Libraries bookleafnumber:152 bookcollection:uconn_libraries bookcollection:blc bookcollection:americana

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