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as i hey approached, they adraneed to “My paffion scarcely knew at wards them with an air of submission, bounds, and feveral neighbours wa and each laying her right hand upon faw us, having approached towards me the head of her husband, kissed it, after my matter, appeared to be under great having prostrated herfelf before him. Ancabinets, as he was afraid obar i sosid When this ceremony was finished, they mention the quantity of the effets such began to satisfy their curiosity with re-, he had received from me. gard to us, and soon after to load us “Addretting himself to his wife with abuse; but they did not stop here, ' I forbil you, faid he, * 10 requie they even spat in our faces, and peited from him tlie least förvice that may be us with ston, $. The children tou, co painful to him, and I defire that wko pying their example, pinched us, pulled inou deeft, he may not abev thee.? our hair, and Icratched us with their Froin that momeni this favourite ca. nails, whilft their cruel mothers or- ceived an implacable hatred agaiak dered them to attack Sometimes onę, me. and fometimes another, and took plea 4 The end of Auguit was now spsure in causing them to torment us. proaching, and I did not fee the finallet Exhausted with fatigue, hunger and preparations made fur our journey. ! thirft, we bad impaciently wided for had already asked Sid Mahammet wbie the moment of our arrival, bør little he was waiting for, in order to conduct did we foresee the neix torments that me to Senegal. His antiver was, that were referved for us.
he was looking for krong vigorous ca“ Afer our masters had made a die wels, which might be capable of íupe vision of their faves, the principal fa- porțing the fatigues of such a jourcev, vourite of the Talbe came and ordered and that he would set out as soon as de Mr. Devoile, Mr. Baudre and myself, had procured them. I was the more who had fallen to the Mare of her hus- earnelt in intreating him not to delas, band, to unload the camels, to cleau a as the nights now began to be very ia. kind of ketile which she had, and to commodious, the dew often wetting go and pull up some roots to make a us behind thefe bufhes, which ferved fire. While she was employed in fig. us as a kind of Helter. In this der, nifying her will to us, her husband however, we found a resource, face, was quietly enjoying found seep on by collecting it with our hands frem the knces of one of his concubines. our bodies, it ferved to quench ont
" The hope of foon obtaining my thirst, the burning heat of whien aké liberty, inspired me with fufficient cou coolness of the night did not allan rage to support the severities to which and we preferred this liquor to our own this diabolical woman exposed me. I urine, which we were oftea obliged to set out, therefore, to colleå some wood; use. Having spoken to my matter a but what was my surprise when, on my second time, he made me such a reply return, I beheld iwo of my companions as convinced me that he was fincera dreadfully beaten, extended upon the · Doft thou think,' said he, har du find. They had been treated in this ring the present exceffive heat ir wodid manner because their itrength being be poffible to travel without provisions entirely exhautted, they had not been and above all without water? Wefhould able to perform the task assigned them. find great diffculty to approach SessI awaked my nailer by my repeated gal, as the river has inundated all the cries, and though I as yet spoke the neighbouring plains, and we should hare language very imperfectly, I endea- much to fear from the Arabs of the bę voured to address him in the follow- of Trargea, who are our enemies.. I tell ing terms : : Have you then conducted thee the truth, added he, we mat us hither to cause us to be butchered wait till the month of October.' by a cruel woman? Think of the pro Mr. de Briffon describes the state of niile you made me. Conduct ine with the Arabs when nearly destitute of proout delay either to Senegal, or to Mo- vision. “ As we were Christians," laus rocco; ivf you do not, syill cause all, he, “the dogs fared better than tis; the eficets I gave you be taken from and it was in the bafons destined for you.
their use, that we received our alloste
ance." The Talbe's wife continued a prey to the attacks of a 'monstrous to persecute our author by every fpecies ferpent. Some famished crows by theis of cruelty she could devise; and in which cries frightened away the venomous she was secretly encouraged by her hus- animal, and alighting on the body of band, although he artfully pretended to the dying man, were tearing him to discountenance her openly: one day, pieces, while four favage inontters, ftile in return for foine ill utage, he proinised crueller than the furious reptile, beheld de Brislop an additional share of milk; this scene, without offering him the but the Moorefs soatched it from his least affiftance. I attempted to run tohands, and gave half of it to her dog." wards him, and to save his life if poft
The Arabs having removed their ha- ble, but the barbarians ftopped me, and bitations for the thirtieth time since the after insulting me, faid, “This Chrishipwreck, the Christian prisoners were tian will soon become a prey to the in hopes that they were approaching flames' Finding my efforts vain, I' fomewhat nearer a place of liberty: hastened from this scene of horror; and but, instead of which, M. Brisson had not knowing whíther I should direct the mortification to see his master throw my steps, I followed my Meep and my alide the mask of diffimulation, and to camels. When I arrived at the tents, exercise himself the most wanton acts my mafter, ftruck with my absent and of cruelty. The object in view was, distracted looks, having isked me what 10 effe&t a change in his religion ; but was the matter with me, Go," replied to this he would not fubmit, althongh' 1, 'go a few steps hence, and behold his food now. confifted of raw fnails, what your cruelty, and that of your and herbs and plants trodden under wife, are capable of producing You foot by the multitude.
have fuäered my companion to the regulamenti A young female Moor, whose flocks and because his bad ftate of health fed with those of M. Briffon, unde- would not permit him to labour, you ceived him as to the hopes he had en- refused him che'milk neceflary for his tertained of liberty from the promiles fübfiftence." of Sidy Mahammet, his mafter ; infor=" “Whilt I was speaking these words, mation which made this Jabours Atill I conice:led my tears, as they would more irksome and insupportable. ' have excited only the laughter of these
* I now no longer met in the fields brutal monsters, who ordered me to go my companions in misfortune ; but it and bring some of the bloody clothes above all regretted the lots of the cape of the unhappy victim of their barbataip.. His coinpany liad often contoled rity. I was fired with indignation at one in my distresses, and I found a kind so indecent a proposal. My agitation, of alleviation in discourfing with him and the fern which I had eat to aliay on our sufferings, and the hopes which my hunger, brought on me a painful we had of being restored to our coun- vomiting, followeit by an alınost total try. One evening, when the coolness loss of strength. I was, however, able of the weather had invited my camels to retire behind a buih, where I found to itrav farther than usual, I was obliged another wretched object, who desired to to follow theor po a' neighbouring ham- know the reafon of my tears, and if I let, where I beheld a spectable lorrible hadi feen Baudrè, 'He is not far off," indeed. The unfortunatecaptain scarce- replied I. This was all I could, or ly distinguishable, but by the colour of wished to fay; but inv master's fifter, his body, lay stretched out lifeless upon who came to bring us fome milk, cried the land. In his mouth he held one of out, “The crows nou devour the en.' his bands, which his great weakness trails of Baudiè; your fate will fuon be had no doubt prevented him from de. the fime; you are good for nothing else." vouring. He was fo changed by hund " My herith, which hitherto had ger, that his body exhibited the most been beter than I could have experted, difguiting appearance. All his fea- now declined apače. My whole skin tures were abfolutely effaced.
har buen twice renewed, and a third “ A few days after, the second cap time my hudy began to be covered, if tain, having fafien down through weak. I may use the expression, with icales acfo, below an old gum-tree, became like shore of the Arabs: a change
which was attended with great pain. of Death. Adieu, my friend, the tears The thorns over which I walked, had which you ftrive to hide from me, are a tom my feet to the quick; I could new proof of your attachment. Write Scarcely' ftand upright, and the large to my brother; tell him that I rememdogs, which were continually let loole bered bim in my last moments, and the upon me, and from which I could never I die with the sentiments of a trk disengage myself, without receiving Christian. Adicu, my last moirent is dreadful wounds, rendered mealtogether nearer than I expected ; I expire"incapable of guarding the camels. To He spoke no more ; that moment add to my misfortunes, the excessive deed was his last. beats about the end of February and “ Though I had known Mr. Deroit March, had dried up all the water in only fiace our departure from France, I that
of the country, and a single was sensibly affected at loting him. I drop of rain had not fallen to moisten went into the fields to seek for the ealy the fields which I had fown.. Our cate companion whom I had now remaining tle, no longer finding pasture, were on and on our return we were ordered to the eve of perishing, when at length the carry away the body of our friend, and two tribes of the Labdesseba, and the to dig a very deep pit, in order, as the Quadelims, after having each delibe- Arabs said, to conceal that Chritian rated on their present ftuation, resolved from the light of their children. We to go in search of some fpot occupied performed our laft dury to him wick by more industrious hands.
much difficulty , for being 100 weak so “ I was in this dismal situation, when carry him, we were obliged to drag I accidentally met with an Arab, who him by the feet for three quarters of had in his train a Christian lave, whom league, and the earth at the brink of I found had been baker to our Brip. the pit which I had dug, giving way This Arab disposed of him to my mal- under me, I tumbled in first, and was ter, at a moderate price; and he was very near expiring under the weight of affigned to perform my ordinary labour. the body. I had now leisure to recruit my strength “ A few days after we quitted tbis a little; but the unhappy baker. paid place to search for another more ferole; dearly for the knowledge which he had and encamped in the neighbourhood of in the art of preparing food. After several other tribes, where I found one eating all the snails which we could find of our sailors, named Denoux, who was in the neighbourhood, we fed upon the a llave like myself. Having aked him flesh of the Meep that had died, either what was become of his companions, of hunger or disease; and this suggeited • Six of thein,' faid he, were carried to us the idea of frangling a few kids away by the emperor's fon foon after in the night-time, perfuaded that our our Thipwreck, and have fince gone to alters would throw them away, 'as France. Mr. Tatfaro, the furgeon jheir law does not permit them to eat major, died of the blows he received a the Aeth of any animal, unless it has the head with a large fick; Mr. Ra died by the knife; but suspicion falling boin, second-lieutenant, expired allo in on us at length, we were caught in the dreadful torture, Others, to avoid the fact, and narrowly escaped having our horrors of famine, have renounced their throats cus.
religion. As for me, Sir, I shall not “ As I ivas preparing one morning be long in following thofe whom dessa to set out to cut wood, poor Devoise, has now freed from their miseries. Be addresling me in a faint and languishing hold in what condition I am ; there is voice, faii, · The illusion is now at an no kind of bad treatment to which I
1 end: hitherto I flattered myself with am not daily exposed."" the hopes of again seeing my native At the information that fome ei country, but I perceive my strength the crew had returned to France, cu forsake me. This night, yes, my dear author conceived new hopes; thinking friend, for this title justly belongs to the marine minister would fend posar you, after all your care, you will find orders to reclain the sett; and fuck my body here arrested by the cold hand commands were actually iflued, but the
rice-consol at Morocco, paid no atten- could carry off most cattle, in order ion to their execution : " I was re- that they might kill them and dry the Recting upon the causes of this total felh. Water was still scarcer, for there neglect, when, on retiring behind my is little to be found in the defart, exbuth, I was much attonithed to see my cept towards the fea, and even then it nafter's camels returning without a is black, putrid, and brackish. This guide. Being called to receive my por- bad beverage, added to the want of tion of milk, when it was pretty late, pastures, keeps the Arabs always at a and not seeing the poor baker, I took distance from the coafts. Deftitute of the liberty of asking what was become every kind of provisions, no one atof him; but the Arabs gave me a very tempted to pursue his journey; and it cool answer, and drove me from their was in these circumstances that I bepresence. Next morning early, a young held to what extremity men may be Arah, employed in keeping the flocks, reduced through want. The Arabs who Informed me that Sidy Mahammet, fuf. had the Jeait miik, quenched their pe&ting that the baker privately milked thirst from the bowels of the camels his camels, watched him, and having which they killed. They presset a caught him in the fact, had seized him greenill kind of water from the filth by the throat and strangled him. found in the stomachs of thele animals,
" I now remained the only flave in which they preserved with great care, the hamlet, and I had no longer any and often boiled their flesh in it. That companion to whom I could commu- which they procured from the bodies of nicate my misfortunes. My situation their goats had the taste and smell of became every day more and more deplo. sweet fennel. Broth made of it never rable; but I formed a resolution of not appeared to me disagreeable ; but that Luffering myself to be affected by it. procured from the camel was not fo
“ This refolution, and the conduct I pleasing to the taste. What greatly had observed towards those who wished astonished me was, that these animals, to humble me, had procured me some which never drink above twice or thrice consideration among the favages, so in a year, and which eat only dried chat from time to time I was suffered plants, should have such a prodigious to lodge in the back of their tents: I quantity of water in their stomachs; even sometimes drank out of their ves- and particularly the camel." tels. My matter, too, suffered me to With a view to effect his liberty, Mr. remain at eale, and I was no longer re- de Brisson contrived to get the treasure quired to guard his camels. It is true, he had given the Arab, again into his zhat he never spoke to me concerning possession, that it mighe enable him to my liberty ; but, even if he had, I traverte the defart, and bribe the Arabs Tould have paid very little attention to to conduct him to Morocco. But Sidy his words, for I was so well acquainted Mahammet missing it very Ahortly, he with his perfidy, that I had not the prevailed on his prisoner, by a variety least confidence in him. It was, how- of powerful arguments, to restore ir ever, neceffary for me to continue to once more. The principal inducement make faggots, which I had done for was, a promise of being sent to Mofome time pait, in order to barter their gador, and in the mean time to be ala for milk; for thirst often drove me in- lowed a proper quantity of milk, botla to the most inconceivable fits of made in the morning and evening. nefs. I saw the Arabs themselves in “ Chance," continues our anthor, the greatest distress on this account; “at length conducted Sidy Mouharebeveral of them died of thirst and hun- met, theriff of the tribe of Trargea, to ger, and the fealou did not admit of the place which I was watering with any relief. This was the fourth time my tears; and having fun me, he asked that their crops had been deliroyed by who I was. The Arabs told him my drought. This dilinal situation had lo hittory, and they boatted above all of initated the minds of the inhabitants the great riches in powder and fufees, of the different tribes, that they made which I was said to polless at Senegal, war upon one another; milk had en- The Meriff immediately recollected me; tirely failed them, and each zried who be afised me what lituation I bad been
in at the inand of St. Louis, and I re- by what miracle he had been brought torned a fatisfactory anliver to all his to life again., "Alas!' replied be, questions. Having looked at me nearer, do not know how I efcaped death; S. he exclaimed, What! art thou Brif dy Mahammet furprised me ose day fon!' On my replying in the affirma. milking his camels; tie ian ap to me, tive, he appeared greatly astonished, and gave me feveral blows, and force! addressing hinitelf to the Arabs, 'You my throat fo closely, that I fett amat do not know this Christian; every lifeless at his feet. When I recoveret thing at Senegal belongs to him. This my senses, I was astonished to find ot. man imagined that all the stores in the left alone. My neck was corered with king's magazines, which he had seen blood : you may yet see the marks of me deliver, were my property; and my his nails. I crawled in the best mar. master's brother-in-law, encouraged by ner I could into the cavern of a rock, this flattering account of my riches, did the echo of which several times repeated not then helitate to purchase me, giving the voice of my barbarous master, who five camels in exchange.
returned to search for me, or at leatt to “ I did not know that this bargain see in what fituation I was. I had rewas concluded, when I was uoluspecto folyed either to ftarve myself to death, edly filled both with furprise and joy. or to make for the sea coast, in hopes of Having returned with my master from meeting with fome vefsel. I indeed a watering our camels, for the third time rived there after a journey of ten dars, during three months, I was command having had no food during that time ed by my mistrels to carry a leather but snails, and nothing else to drink bucket, which she had borrowed, to a but my own urine. I had scarcely neighbouring teni, where I found Sidy advanced a few steps among the rocks, Sellein, who called me, and bid me pre- in order to hail a small floop which lar pare to set out with him next morning at anchor near the land, with which the for Mogador. I had been fattered with sea was bordered, when I was feized by this hope, and so often deceived, that I two young Arabs, who took the greatcould (carcely persuade myself that he est care of me, and fonce that time! spoke in earneft. However, fome ap- have been their fave. They appeared pearance of preparation for the pros to be much milder in their difpobrion posed journey, convinced me that his than the Arabs who live in the inland information was true. The old man parts of the country, and they are much himself renewed his proteftations, up. more industrious. About a fortnight on which I was so transported, that I ago, they informed me that they were threw myself at his feet, wept, fighed, going to conduct me to the fulto, and and laughed; in short, I did not know i am inclined to believe that the reason what I was doing. One must have of their bringing me bither was,' thu known the value of liberty to feel or to they had agreed upon this place of reforin an idea of what I experienced, dezvous with your master, after having when I learned that niy chains i f fere informed him that they had goe mc is vitude were about to be broken. their poffeffion.
• My former master then called me, “Sidy Mahammet's behaviour, an and soli me, ihat I no longer belonged he took his leave of me, was very af. 1 to him. I have discharged my pro. festing. • Adieu, my dear Briffes, mife,' added he, ‘ you are going to be said he, ' you are going to undertakes seftored to your country' On huar- very long and laborious journey. You ing there words, I forgot all my refent. will soon perceive how great reatoa I ment, and gave myself up entirely to had to be afraid of it. i with no dese joy, which appeared to be doubled, ger may befal you, and that your pasa when informed that I was to have a fage by sea may be more fortunate than companion on my journey. We are the last. Adieu, forget not to feed going to join hiin,' taid he, a few my wife the scarlet clorh. Charge ir və paces hence. I was far from suspect the account of Sidy Seller: once more ing that he meant the unfortunate ba. adiell, my dear Brisson! The teart ker. When I law him, I asked hiin which accompanied the last words,