From the Clouds to the Mountains; Comprising Narratives of Strange Adventures by Air, Land, and Water

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1874. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A winter among the ice.fields. z. the black flag. nphe priest of the old church in Dunkirk rose at five on the 12th of May, 18--, to say, as was his wont, the first low mass, attended by a few pious fishers only. Clad in his sacerdotal robes, he was on his way to the altar, when a man entered the sacristy, looking happy and yet bashful. He was a sailor of sixty years, still strong and robust, with a good honest face. "Mr. Priest," he cried, "stop, if you please." "What ails j-ou so early in the morning, Jean Combutte?" replied the priest. "What ails me? A strong desire to hug you." "Well, after the mass, at which j-ou are to assist." "The mass?" replied the old sailor, laughing. "Do you think you're going to say mass now, and that I'm going to let you do it?" "And why should I not say my mass?" asked the priest. "Explain yourself. The third bell has rung." "Let it ring!" said Jean Cornbutte. "It shall ring many more times to-day, Mr. Priest; for you promised me to bless the marriage of my son Louis and my niece Marie with your own hands." "He has come then!" cried the priest joyfully. "He's almost here," replied Cornbutte, rubbing his hands. "The man on the lookout signalled at daydawn our brig, which you yourself baptized by the fine name of ' The Young Adventurer.'" "I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart, old friend," said the priest, pulling off his stole and chasuble. "I remember our agreement. The curate shall take my place, and I will hold myself at your disposal until your dear son's arrival." "And I promise you that he'll not keep you fasting long," replied the sailor. "You have already proclaimed the banns, and you will only have to absolve the sins which may have been committed betwixt sea and sky in the North Sea. I...