« 上一頁繼續 »
possible measures for ascertaining my whereabouts, if still living, and effecting my rescue from exile.
In pursuance of this design, he caused an advertisement to be inserted in the New Bedford shipping list, which circulates among whalers in every part of the worl], in which he besought shipmasters bound to, or cruising in the Okotsk Sea, and Shanter Bay, to use al possible means to ascertain my fate, or assir: me to return home, if I had not already perished of hunger and cold.
He also wrote to the United States Secretary of State, to the American Consuls at the Sandwich Islands, and many other places, and all from whom he could hope to gain the slightest possible information in regard to my prolable fate. In short, he labored in the most indefatigable manner to effect the rescue of his lost son; and his zeal in my behalf excited the admiration of his friends and the community in
which he lived, so much, that hundreds of com· parative strangers came forward, and exprossed
their willingness to aid him to the extent of their ability in his labor of love.
In due time he received replies to his letters to the Secretary of State, and the United States consuls, in which the writers pledged themselves to use whatever influence they possessed in my behalf; promising to forward any intelligence they might obtain, at the earliest possible moment. at the village of Oudskoi,-a penal settlement under the jurisdiction of the Russian Government, situated upon the bank of the river, at a distance of eighty miles from the mouth, for the purpose of learning what disposal they should make of their new proteges.
Soon after his interview with Captain Whiteside and the mate of the Condor, he caused the former to be arrested, upon suspicion of having maltreated and abused me on shipboard; for although he possessed, as yet, no positive proof that such had been the case, he had already sufficient grounds of complaint against him to justify a legal investigation.
The news of this event spread far and wide in a most incredibly short time; and as soon as the cause of the captain's arrest became known in the community, many people came daily to my father's residence and his place of business, to hear from his own lips the story of my misfortunes, and the fate to which I had been abandoned. Men, women, and my former associates, came to sympathize with him and mingle their tears with his as they listened to the story of my wrongs; and even strangers manifested as much heartfelt sympathy as if the victim of injustice had been united to them by the ties of kindred.
As my father had not, at this time, sufficient evidence to satisfy his lawyer, it was decided to delay the trial until the return of some of the Condor's crew,
until more conclusive evidence could, in some manner; be obtained; and the captain, after giving satisfactory bail, was set at liberty.
He soon afterwards went to sea in the ship C. W. Morgan, his attorney having agreed to appear for him at the time of trial. In due time the case was submitted to legal investigation, the result of which will be made known to the reader in the concluding chapter of this work.
...n answer was promptly returned, directing that we should be sent to the village of Oudekoi; and, accordingly, as soon as preparations had been made for the journey, we took our departure for that place accompanied by an escort of four natives.
As the journey was too long to be made in a single day, we travelled only about half of the distance on the first day, and then encamped for the night on the bank of the river.
We constructed a rude shelter, similar to the one beneath which we had spent our first night in the wilderness, after leaving our companions upon the coast. Having then prepared a sleeping place, we built a fire, and proceeded to refresh ourselves, after the fatigues of the day, with food and rest.
The provisions which we had brought with us, consisted of dried fish, large pieces of raw horse flesh, and small round cakes of rye meal,
, baked very hard, and somewhat resembling