--United States' Navy.--Cannibals.--Kamschatka.--Polynesia.--The Sandwich Islands.--Captain Cook.--Contest.--Adventure of Kapiolani.--A Delightful Anecdote.--Spanish Missionaries.--Philippine Islands.--The Pelew Islands.--Birds of Paradise.--The Friendly Islands.--Otaheite.--The Society Islanders.--Pitcairn's Islands.
It was corporately embodied when Greece attempted a solitary adventure against Turkey and was quickly crushed.
* * * * * ~Adventure in the Desert, and Murder of a Sheikh.~ I was awakened for a few minutes, as early as three o'clock on the following morning, by the sound of many voices in loud and earnest conversation, amongst which I recognised that of Sheikh Suleiman; but as noisy conversations at such early hours are by no means uncommon with these restless spirits of the wilderness, I gave no heed to it, and composed myself for sleep again, intending to rise by about half after four, in order to get a dip in the Red Sea, before resuming the march; and this intention I fulfilled; but just while throwing on the few clothes I had taken with me, I heard suddenly a loud strife of many tongues bursting forth, not in our encampment, but in a small copse or grove of palm trees, about two hundred yards distant.
"I've had an adventure--" "I know," interrupted Howard, with a sigh. "
Wesley thus describes the finish of this remarkable adventure:-- "A little before ten o'clock God brought me safe to Wednesbury, having lost only one flap of my waistcoat, and a little skin from one of my hands.
A Bear Hunt.--Patsey explains.--A Promise.--Continuation of Hal's Story.-- Warm Blood.--A Feast of Mule Meat.--The Mountain Cave.--A Punishment.-- Despair.--The Crack of a Rifle.--Liberty.--The Smoke Signal.--The Spy.-- The Two Eyes.--A Horrible Situation.--Relief at last.--A Dissertation on Apaches.--Their Manners and Customs.--A Surprise.--A Desperate Adventure.--Arrival at Apache Pass.--"Sooap.
Yet they never adventured beyond the Red Sea; neither was the greatest of their famous victories comparable to those battles which have been fought by our men in India; in which, most invincible prince, the great prosperity of your father and you is well known.
But after a little he knew it was not Helma's little forest house that was to go swinging away into space and adventure,--it was himself.
I therefore take my leave, at this juncture, of good Father Carberry and St. Inigoes, and also of my companion in this adventure,--pausing but a moment to say, that the Superior of St. Inigoes has, some time since, gone to his account, and that I am not willing to part with him in my narrative without a grateful recognition of the esteem I have for his memory, in which I share with all who were acquainted with him,--an esteem won by the simple, unostentatious merit of his character, his liberal religious sentiment, and his frank and cordial hospitality, which had the best flavor of the good old housekeeping of St. Mary's,--a commendation which every one conversant with that section of Maryland will understand to imply what the Irish schoolmaster, in one of Carleton's tales, calls "the hoighth of good living."
Interview with the Governor of Mogador, on the Address of the Anti-Slavery Society.--Day and night side of the Mission Adventure.--Phillips' application to be allowed to stand with his "shoes on" before the Shereefian presence.--Case of the French Israelite, Darmon, who was killed by the Government.--Order of the Government against Europeans smoking in the streets.--Character of Haj Mousa, Governor of Mazagran.--Talmudical of a Sousee Jew.--False weights amongst the Mogador Merchants.--Rumours of war from the North, and levy of troops.--Bragadocio of the Governor.--Mr.
Unfortunately, however, the word adventurer was written all over him, and, as a considerable section of the world's population have good reason to know, he was as little likely to fail to take advantage of his opportunities as he was to forget the man who had robbed him, or who had done him an ill turn.
You shall crawl through life a divorcee, made an honest woman through the generosity of an American adventurer!--67, Mayfair, I said."
He relaxed not, however, an instant in his literary labours, continued the preparation of his Dictionary, and contributed a few lively and vigorous papers to the "Adventurer"--a paper, edited by Dr Hawkesworth, a writer of some talent, who did his best to tower up to the measure and stature of the "Rambler."
The government of Turin held aloof from the expedition out of regard to foreign Powers, who were indignant that the peace of Europe should be disturbed by a military adventurer,--in their eyes, half-bandit and half-sailor.
The Swiss "adventurer"--one of the most enlightened men of his age, and full of genius--became colonel of this regiment; and Peter, not thinking he knew anything about true military tactics, and wishing to learn,--and not too proud to learn, being born with disdain of conventionalities and precedents,--entered the regiment as drummer, in sight of his own subjects, who perhaps looked upon the act as a royal freak,--even as Nero practised fiddling, and Commodus archery, before the Roman people.
He made sport of the legislature ruled by the commune, and made up not of men of experience, but of adventurers, stock-jobbers, directors of assignats, trustees for the sale of church-lands, who "took a constitution in hand as savages would a looking-glass,"--a body made up of those courtiers who wished to cut off the head of their king, of those priests who voted religion a nuisance, of those lawyers who called the laws a dead letter, of those philosophers who admitted no argument but the guillotine, of those sentimentalists who chanted the necessity of more blood, of butchers and bakers and brewers who would exterminate the very people who bought from them.
It was due to Sandys not only that the first permanent English settlement in the Western World was planted at Jamestown in 1607, but that a later group of "adventurers"--for such they called themselves--destined to be more famous, were driven by chance of wind and wave to land on the coast of Massachusetts.
It represents one of the general's perilous adventures in the Peninsular War, and is a vigorous addition to these admirable productions of the French school.
Ferragut's wandering life as a pilot abounded in dramatic adventures,--a few always standing out clearly from his many confused recollections of exotic lands and interminable seas.
Baths had been rare in Eric's life, and when they did happen were unhappy adventures,--cold water in a hand basin in the kitchen sink, a scratchy sponge, and a towel too small.
His bedroom for the night is the "tapestried chamber," where he sees the apparition of "the lady in the sacque," and next morning relates his adventure.--Sir W. Scott, The Tapestried Chamber (time, George III.).
Vergil at once felt the compelling force of this adventuresome experiment.
He felt a longing for the extraordinary, for the original, for the adventuresomeness of artistic youth; and political master of a county, heir of a feudal dominion virtually, he nevertheless would read the name of any writer or painter whatsoever with the superstitious respect of a rustic churl. "
An adventuress of the "fishing-fleet" in very truth!)
The pioneer romancieres were commonly adventuresses in life as in letters, needy widows like Mrs. Behn, Mme de Gomez, and Mrs. Mary Davys, or cast mistresses like Mme de Villedieu, Mile de La Force, and Mrs. Manley, who cultivated Minerva when Venus proved unpropitious.
And to Ferragut the queerest thing about the warning was that this counselor had the voice of the one who had always egged him on to foolish adventures,--the one that had hurled him into danger for the mere pleasure of discounting it, the one that had made him follow Freya even after knowing her vile profession.
"I may be back or I may not"--said Roswell, just then remembering Mary, and wondering if she would continue to keep him any longer in suspense, should he return successful from his present adventure--"That will depend on others more than on myself.
The Return to Camp.--The Boys Missing.--A Search.--Treed.--The Wild Mexican Hogs.--An Adventure.-The Combat.--The Release.--A Cry of Distress.--An Ugly Customer--The Panther.--A Terrible Struggle.-- Victory.--Old Jerry wounded.--Camp at last.
We are the real traitors:--I, who entangled you in the fatal adventure,--they, who pushed me toward you, in order to take advantage of your services."
It is pleasant to fall upon the course of one of these currents of adventure,--to follow a solitary rivulet of tradition, such as by chance we now and then find modestly flowing along through the obscure coverts of time, and to be able to trace its progress to the confluence of other streams,--and finally to see it grow, by the aid of these tributaries, to the proportions of an ample river, which waters the domain of authentic history and bears upon its bosom a clear testimony to the life and character of a people.
A Laughable Adventure.--We start at last.--The Pimo Indians.--Manners and Manufactures.--A Duck Hunt.--"How they hoont Ducks in the ould Counthry.
Who better than we should know that hush and wonder, that sense of enchanted intimacy, which belongs of all moments perhaps in the progress of a passion to that moment when two standing tiptoe on the brink of golden surrender, sit down to their first ambrosial meal together--delicious adventure!--with all the world to watch them, if it choose, and yet aloof in a magic loneliness, as of youthful divinities wrapped in a roseate cloud!
(2) "Adventure" (M.H.G. "aventiure", from O.F. "aventure", Lat.
He has sent you a good, kind husband who adores you; who asks only to be a brother to your sisters and brothers, and son to Clementine; who has given you more than you ever possessed in your life--but because he did not come out of the bonne aventure--and who gets a husband out of the bonne aventure?--and would your brun have come to you in your misfortune?'
Zalacain el aventurero.
Ustedes se lo podran figurar mejor que yo pintarlo, solo con decirles que tornaba reclamando sus vendidos derechos, que si malo se fue, peor volvio, y si pobre y sin credito se encontraba antes de partir a la guerra, ya no podia contar con mas recursos que su despreocupacion, su lanza y una media docena de aventureros tan desalmados y perdidos como su jefe.
A charming picture of Manila street life, full of local color, is given in the very amusing Aventures d'un Gentilhomme Breton.
There is a famous tale of Thomas Aquinas, the angelical doctor, and of Bonadventure, the seraphical doctor, of whom Alexander Hales, our countryman, reports, that these great clerks were invited to dinner by the French King, on purpose to observe their humours, and being brought to the room where the table was laid, the first fell to eating of bread as hard as he could drive, at last, breaking out of a brown study, he cried out 'Conclusum est contra Manichaeos;' the other fell a gazing upon the Queen, and the King asking him how he liked her, he answered, 'Oh, sir, if an earthly Queen be so beautiful, what shall we think of the Queen of Heaven?'
That foul gap in the bottom shelf facing you, like a great eye-tooth knocked out--(you are now with me in my little back study in Bloomsbury, reader!)--with the huge Switzer-like tomes on each side (like the Guildhall giants, in their reformed posture, guardant of nothing) once held the tallest of my folios, Opera Bonaventurae, choice and massy divinity, to which its two supporters (school divinity also, but of a lesser calibre,--Bellarmine, and Holy Thomas), showed but as dwarfs,--itself an Ascapart!--that Comberbatch abstracted upon the faith of a theory he holds, which is more easy, I confess, for me to suffer by than to refute, namely, that "the title to property in a book (my Bonaventure, for instance), is in exact ratio to the claimant's powers of understanding and appreciating the same."
Juanita captured.--A Brutal Murder.--Once more on the Trail.--We lose it.--The Hide for Life.--Return to Camp.--The Messenger to the Fort.-- Terrible News.--The Dragoons in the Saddle.--Hal taken Prisoner.--Off for El Paso.--We start for the Silver Mines.--The Cave.--Adventure with a Bear.--The Mine.--What we saw.--We start for Fillmore.--Good News.
There is a whole literature of these romans d'aventure in the Anglo-Norman dialect of French.
Ce doit etre pour jouir d'aventures pareilles que les rois vont souvent incognito.
Letter XLIII.--Passage to Savannah.--Passengers in the Steamer.--Old Times in Connecticut.--Cape Hatteras.--Savannah.--Bonaventure.--Charleston.-- Augusta.
Letter XII.--Picolata.--Beauty of the Season.--The St. John's.--A Hammock.--Voyage from Charleston to Savannah.--City of Savannah.--Quoit Club.--A Negro Burial-Place.--Curious Epitaphs.--Bonaventure.--Majestic Avenues of Live-Oaks.--Alligators.--Black Creek.
Stephen's Won.--Vocal Difficulties.-- Leads a Double Life.--Pitt's Vulgar Attack.--Sheridan's Happy Retort-- Grattan's Quip.--Sheridan's Sallies.--The Trial of Warren Hastings.-- Wonderful Effect of Sheridan's Eloquence.--The Supreme Effort.--The Star Culminates.--Native Taste for Swindling.--A Shrewd but Graceless Oxonian.--Duns Outwitted.--The Lawyer Jockeyed.--Adventures with Bailiffs.--Sheridan's Powers of Persuasion.--House of Commons Greek.-- Curious Mimicry.--The Royal Boon Company.--Street Frolics at Night.-- An Old Tale.--'All's well that ends well.
II.--Adventures on the Road It may be wondered why Joseph made such extraordinary haste to get out of London, and why, instead of proceeding to the habitation of his father and mother, or to his beloved sister Pamela, he chose rather to set out full speed to Lady Booby's country seat, which he had left on his journey to town.