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The Rose of Paradise Being a detailed account of certain adventures that happenedto captain John Mackra   By: (1853-1911)

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[Illustration: "BOAT AHOY!" I CRIED OUT, AND THEN LEVELLED MY PISTOL AND FIRED.]

THE ROSE OF PARADISE

Being a detailed account of certain adventures that happened to Captain John Mackra, in connection with the famous pirate, Edward England, in the year 1720, off the Island of Juanna in the Mozambique Channel; writ by himself, and now for the first time published

BY HOWARD PYLE

AUTHOR OF "PEPPER AND SALT" "THE WONDER CLOCK" ETC.

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK HARPER & BROTHERS, FRANKLIN SQUARE 1888

Copyright, 1887, by Harper & Brothers.

All rights reserved.

TO

LEWIS C. VANDEGRIFT

This Book is Dedicated

BY HIS FRIEND

THE AUTHOR

ILLUSTRATIONS.

"Boat ahoy!" I cried out, and then levelled my pistol and fired Frontispiece

Mr. Longways looked up under his brown eyes at me with a very curious leer faces 20

"Captain Mackra," said he, coldly, "you were pleased to put upon me last night a gross and uncalled for insult" " 62

So soon as they saw me they fell to screaming, and clung to one another " 100

"I am Captain John Mackra" said I, and I sat down upon the gunwale of the boat " 132

I rose slowly from my chair, and stood with my hand leaning upon the table " 172

The three fellows were brought aft to the quarter deck, where Captain Croker stood, just below the rail of the deck above " 186

There, in the corner, I beheld the famous pirate, Captain Edward England " 212

THE ROSE OF PARADISE.

I.

Although the account of the serious engagement betwixt the Cassandra and the two pirate vessels in the Mozambique Channel hath already been set to print, the publick have yet to know many lesser and more detailed circumstances concerning the matter;[A] and as the above mentioned account hath caused much remark and comment, I shall take it upon me to give many incidents not yet known, seeking to render them neither in refined rhetorick nor with romantick circumstances such as are sometimes used by novel and story writers to catch the popular attention, but telling this history as directly, and with as little verbosity and circumlocution, as possible.

[A] A brief narration of the naval engagement between Captain Mackra and the two pirate vessels was given in the Captain's official report made at Bombay. It appears in the life of the pirate England in Johnson's book: "A Genuine Account of the Voyages and Plunders of the Most Notorious Pyrates, &c." London, 1742.

For the conveniency of the reader, I shall render this true and veracious account under sundry headings, marked I., II., III., &c., as seen above, which may assist him in separating the less from the more notable portions of the narrative.

According to my log a diary or journal of circumstances appertaining to shipboard it was the nineteenth day of April, 1720, when, I being in command of the East India Company's ship Cassandra , billed for Bombay and waiting for orders to sail, comes Mr. Evans, the Company's agent, aboard with certain sealed and important orders which he desired to deliver to me at the last minute.

After we had come to my cabin and were set down, Mr. Evans hands me two pacquets, one addressed to myself, the other superscribed to one Benjamin Longways.

He then proceeded to inform me that the Company had a matter of exceeding import and delicacy which they had no mind to intrust to any one but such, he was pleased to say, as was a tried and worthy servant, and that they had fixed upon me as the fitting one to undertake the commission, which was of such a nature as would involve the transfer of many thousand pounds... Continue reading book >>




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