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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 3. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Anti-Slavery Poems (search)
enjamin constant, in the French chamber of Deputies, June 17, 1820. In the midst of their dreadful fears lest the solitary individual. whose sight remained unaffected, should also be seized with the malady, a sail was discovered. It was the Spanish slaver, Leon. The same disease had been there; and, horrible to tell, all the crew had become blind! Unable to assist each other, the vessels parted. The Spanish ship has never since been heard of. The Rodeur reached Guadaloupe on the 21st of June; the only man who had escaped the disease, and had thus been enabled to steer the slaver into port, caught it in three days after its arrival. Bibliotheque Ophthalmologique for November, 1819. ‘all ready?’ cried the captain; ‘Ay, ay!’ the seamen said; “Heave up the worthless lubbers,— The dying and the dead.” Up from the slave-ship's prison Fierce, bearded heads were thrust: “Now let the sharks look to it,— Toss up the dead ones first!” Corpse after corpse came up,—