49.Thus spake Diodotus.After these two opinions were delivered, the one most opposite to the other, the Athenians were at contention which they should decree;and at the holding up of hands they were both sides almost equal, but yet the sentence of Diodotus prevailed.
Whereupon they presently in haste sent away another galley, lest not arriving before the former they should find the city already destroyed.The first galley set forth before the second a day and a night.
But the Mytilenaean ambassadors having furnished this latter with wine and barley cakes and promised them great rewards if they overtook the other galley, they rowed diligently, at one and the same time both plying their oars and taking their refection of the said barley cakes steeped in wine and oil;and by turns part of them slept, and the other part rowed.
It happened also that there blew no wind against them;and the former galley making no great haste, as going on so sad an errand, whereas the former proceeded in the manner before mentioned, arrived indeed first, but only so much as Paches had read the sentence and prepared to execute what they had decreed.But presently after came in the other galley and saved the city from being destroyed.So near were the Mytilenaeans to the danger.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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