白金网 We were all this while in the Chinese dominions, and therefore theTartars were not so bold as afterwards; but in about five days weentered a vast wild desert, which held us three days' and nights'march; and we were obliged to carry our water with us in greatleathern bottles, and to encamp all night, just as I have heardthey do in the desert of Arabia. I asked our guides whose dominionthis was in, and they told me this was a kind of border that mightbe called no man's land, being a part of Great Karakathy, or GrandTartary: that, however, it was all reckoned as belonging to China,but that there was no care taken here to preserve it from theinroads of thieves, and therefore it was reckoned the worst desertin the whole march, though we were to go over some much larger.
白金网As soon as the fire begun to blaze, the poor frightened creaturesbegan to rush out to save their lives, but met with their fate inthe attempt; and especially at the door, where they drove themback, the boatswain himself killing one or two with his poleaxe.The house being large, and many in it, he did not care to go in,but called for a hand grenado, and threw it among them, which atfirst frightened them, but, when it burst, made such havoc amongthem that they cried out in a hideous manner. In short, most ofthe Indians who were in the open part of the house were killed orhurt with the grenado, except two or three more who pressed to thedoor, which the boatswain and two more kept, with their bayonets onthe muzzles of their pieces, and despatched all that came in theirway; but there was another apartment in the house, where the princeor king, or whatever he was, and several others were; and thesewere kept in till the house, which was by this time all in a lightflame, fell in upon them, and they were smothered together.白金网白金网
白金网All this while they fired not a gun, because they would not wakenthe people faster than they could master them; but the fire beganto waken them fast enough, and our fellows were glad to keep alittle together in bodies; for the fire grew so raging, all thehouses being made of light combustible stuff, that they couldhardly bear the street between them. Their business was to followthe fire, for the surer execution: as fast as the fire eitherforced the people out of those houses which were burning, orfrightened them out of others, our people were ready at their doorsto knock them on the head, still calling and hallooing one toanother to remember Tom Jeffry.白金网白金网白金网While this was doing, I must confess I was very uneasy, andespecially when I saw the flames of the town, which, it beingnight, seemed to be close by me. My nephew, the captain, who wasroused by his men seeing such a fire, was very uneasy, not knowingwhat the matter was, or what danger I was in, especially hearingthe guns too, for by this time they began to use their firearms; athousand thoughts oppressed his mind concerning me and thesupercargo, what would become of us; and at last, though he couldill spare any more men, yet not knowing what exigence we might bein, he took another boat, and with thirteen men and himself cameashore to me.白金网白金网He was surprised to see me and the supercargo in the boat with nomore than two men; and though he was glad that we were well, yet hewas in the same impatience with us to know what was doing; for thenoise continued, and the flame increased; in short, it was next toan impossibility for any men in the world to restrain theircuriosity to know what had happened, or their concern for thesafety of the men: in a word, the captain told me he would go andhelp his men, let what would come. I argued with him, as I didbefore with the men, the safety of the ship, the danger of thevoyage, the interests of the owners and merchants, &c., and toldhim I and the two men would go, and only see if we could at adistance learn what was likely to be the event, and come back andtell him. It was in vain to talk to my nephew, as it was to talkto the rest before; he would go, he said; and he only wished he hadleft but ten men in the ship, for he could not think of having hismen lost for want of help: he had rather lose the ship, thevoyage, and his life, and all; and away he went.
白金网白金网I was no more able to stay behind now than I was to persuade themnot to go; so the captain ordered two men to row back the pinnace,and fetch twelve men more, leaving the long-boat at an anchor; andthat, when they came back, six men should keep the two boats, andsix more come after us; so that he left only sixteen men in theship: for the whole ship's company consisted of sixty-five men,whereof two were lost in the late quarrel which brought thismischief on.白金网详情