Scraps from My Sabretache, Personal Adventures

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 1 февр. 2012 г. - Всего страниц: 212
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. CHINSURAH. Havino passed through the usual incidents, consequent upon a long voyage, we safely arrived at Calcutta, and the next day were transhipped to a flat, which conveyed us to Chinsurah, a place some twenty odd miles above Calcutta. Here were splendid barracks, into which we were duly installed, staring at, and admiring everything, totally unsuspicious of the fate that awaited us. Night came, and with it our enemies, for we had no sooner retired to our cots, and were congratulating ourselves on the prospect of a delightful sleep, after having been cramped up in hammocks for so long, when we were startled by a most appalling scream, that seemed to proceed from a woman almost in the very room we were in. Such a frightful sound I had never before heard in my life, it was one prolonged shriek of agony, dying away into a faint wailr as if nature could endure no more, and sank exhausted under some horrible torture. Every man jumped off his cot in a moment, anticipating some dreadful scene, but the sound had not yet ceased when it was taken up on all sides?above, below, everywhere. The air seemed peopled with countless invisible forms, who filled it with screams in every tone of voice?in every phase of agony! We were horror-struck?the very blood curdled in our veins, and if our hair had a tendency to pointing upwards through being cut short, that tendency became considerably intensified. One old soldier, however, soon allayed our fears with the naive remark, Them's jackals! After this and other satisfactory explanations, we again turned in and slept peaceably till morning, when we had to answer our names at roll call. I must say, on seeing the men fall in, that I was struck with their disreputable appearance. One would fancy instead of having been...

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