辉投国际We came to the place about eleven oclock at night, and found thatthe people had not the least suspicion of danger attending theiridol. The night was cloudy: yet the moon gave us light enough tosee that the idol stood just in the same posture and place that itdid before. The people seemed to be all at their rest; only thatin the great hut, where we saw the three priests, we saw a light,and going up close to the door, we heard people talking as if therewere five or six of them; we concluded, therefore, that if we setwildfire to the idol, those men would come out immediately, and runup to the place to rescue it from destruction; and what to do withthem we knew not. Once we thought of carrying it away, and settingfire to it at a distance; but when we came to handle it, we foundit too bulky for our carriage, so we were at a loss again. Thesecond Scotsman was for setting fire to the hut, and knocking thecreatures that were there on the head when they came out; but Icould not join with that; I was against killing them, if it werepossible to avoid it. "Well, then," said the Scots merchant, "Iwill tell you what we will do: we will try to make them prisoners,tie their hands, and make them stand and see their idol destroyed."辉投国际辉投国际
辉投国际As it happened, we had twine or packthread enough about us, whichwe used to tie our firelocks together with; so we resolved toattack these people first, and with as little noise as we could.The first thing we did, we knocked at the door, when one of thepriests coming to it, we immediately seized upon him, stopped hismouth, and tied his hands behind him, and led him to the idol,where we gagged him that he might not make a noise, tied his feetalso together, and left him on the ground.辉投国际辉投国际辉投国际Two of us then waited at the door, expecting that another wouldcome out to see what the matter was; but we waited so long till thethird man came back to us; and then nobody coming out, we knockedagain gently, and immediately out came two more, and we served themjust in the same manner, but were obliged to go all with them, andlay them down by the idol some distance from one another; when,going back, we found two more were come out of the door, and athird stood behind them within the door. We seized the two, andimmediately tied them, when the third, stepping back and cryingout, my Scots merchant went in after them, and taking out acomposition we had made that would only smoke and stink, he setfire to it, and threw it in among them. By that time the otherScotsman and my man, taking charge of the two men already bound,and tied together also by the arm, led them away to the idol, andleft them there, to see if their idol would relieve them, makinghaste back to us.辉投国际辉投国际When the fuze we had thrown in had filled the hut with so muchsmoke that they were almost suffocated, we threw in a small leatherbag of another kind, which flamed like a candle, and, following itin, we found there were but four people, who, as we supposed, hadbeen about some of their diabolical sacrifices. They appeared, inshort, frightened to death, at least so as to sit trembling andstupid, and not able to speak either, for the smoke.
辉投国际辉投国际We quickly took them from the hut, where the smoke soon drove usout, bound them as we had done the other, and all without anynoise. Then we carried them all together to the idol; when we camethere, we fell to work with him. First, we daubed him all over,and his robes also, with tar, and tallow mixed with brimstone; thenwe stopped his eyes and ears and mouth full of gunpowder, andwrapped up a great piece of wildfire in his bonnet; then stickingall the combustibles we had brought with us upon him, we lookedabout to see if we could find anything else to help to burn him;when my Scotsman remembered that by the hut, where the men were,there lay a heap of dry forage; away he and the other Scotsman ranand fetched their arms full of that. When we had done this, wetook all our prisoners, and brought them, having untied their feetand ungagged their mouths, and made them stand up, and set thembefore their monstrous idol, and then set fire to the whole.辉投国际I cannot help committing this to writing, as perhaps it may beuseful to those into whose hands it may fall, for guidingthemselves in the extravagances of their passions; for if an excessof joy can carry men out to such a length beyond the reach of theirreason, what will not the extravagances of anger, rage, and aprovoked mind carry us to? And, indeed, here I saw reason forkeeping an exceeding watch over our passions of every kind, as wellthose of joy and satisfaction as those of sorrow and anger.详情