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The intercourse of Malay prows is also surprising, hundreds of them going ont and in daily, exchanging their produce for European manufactures. This settlement is a most valuable acquisition to the English; for which they are indebted to the discernment and energetic plans of Sir T. S. Raffles, who is well acquainted with the British interests in that part of the globe. The - situation excels all others, in point of commanding the immense trade of the · whole of the numerous and fruitful islands in those seas, as well as of the eastern coast of Sumatra; and will eventually turn the tide of commerce from the Dutch in that island, where they have hitherto pursued a most · lucrative traffic in gold dust, of which the island is productive. The Dutch evidently feel the effects of the new settlement already; and it is understood, that, from the falling off of the trade in Sumatra, they are about to abandon their establishment at Malaca. From this interesting island, Captain Lockerby returned through the Straits of Malaca, and called at Pulo-Penang. Here he received on board a quantity of piece goods, opium, and specie, and sailed for the west coast of the island of Sumatra. He traded along thật coast, from Atchen-head, at the northern extremity of the island, to Bencoolen, a distance of about 700 miles: calling at not fewer than fifty native ports for spices, with which he loaded his vessel in bulk. Capt. Lockerby's crew consisted of only fifteen men, and he went on shore often with but half that number, but on no occasion did he receive any insult, or experience any hostility, from the natives, whom he found to be honest and friendly in their dealings. Had they been otherwise, they might have taken possession of his ship at any time, as he had frequently upwards of 100 of them on board at a time, all arıned with their creeses *, or poisoned knives. Capt. L. also called at the Dutch settlement of Pedang, on that coast; but here he was not received in so friendly a manner as he expected; the settlers not being inclined to traffic with him. At different native ports he found several · American vessels, all of them nearly loaded with pepper, and destined, as he understood, for European markets. The navigation of that coast is extremely dangerous : Captain L. was obliged to tow his long-boat all day; and, at night, sent her ahead of the ship, with lights, to pilot her through the reefs. It was generally inclining to calm through the day, with a favourable land breeze at night. In the native port of Analaboo, the Lindsays met with an accident by which she was in great danger of being wrecked, and her crew left destitute among the Malays. A tremendous gale of wind, accompanied with a heavy sea, set in; the ship pitching, forecastle under water. Captain L. had one of the recently invented patent chain-cables out. The pauls of the windlass upset, and the cable ran out to the end, which was, fortunately, clenched round the mast. This, with the stopper on deck, and the sheet anchor being let go, brought the ship up when within a few yards of the breakers. This was the only time Captain L. had occasion to sity common to all strangers, he visited the tomb of Buonaparte, and also the new house which had been fitted up for his reception. The spot where the tomb stands is only accessible by ticket. The grave had been dug under a large willow-tree, which (probably from being undermined at the roots) was in a complete state of decay. The tomb was covered with slab-stones (apparently from England) which had been taken up from the kitchen floor of the new house. It was railed round with green paling; and a sentinel walked round it, night and day, to prevent approach within the railing. There was no inscription upon the tomb. The ground sựrrounding it, it was understood, was to be laid out as gardens, for the accommodation of those who came to visit the grave of the departed Emperor. While captain Lockerby was ruminating on the narrow spot, that contained all that remained of him who had awed a world, he observed some ladies, who, on their way from India to England in the Moira, had landed, and were urged by similar curiosity to visit the tomb. They had brought refreshments with them, and sat on the grass. One of them approached the well (which it is well kuown was a favourite with Buonaparte) and drew some water, which they drank. Whether the water tasted uncommonly sweet after that to which they had been so long accustomed on shipboard, or that they conceived the Emperor had, in his rocky prison, relinquished the garb and“ high imaginings” of the monarch, and assumed the manners and frugality of the anchorite, Capt. L. is unable to decide; but, on drinking a draught, one of these ladies seriously observed, “ How happy Buonaparte must have been to have such delicious water to drink!” Captain L. could not help smiling at the philosophy of the female, who could find in a glass of pure water an antidote for the loss of health, liberty, power, domestic affection. The ladies filled their empty bottles at the well, observing, that they would carry some of the crystal beverage to England. Captain L. followed their example, and brought a bottle of it to Liverpool. Most of the principal inbabitants of St. Helena had procured a little of the hair of Buonaparte; and captain L. got from a respectable merchant there (Mr. O'Connor) a few of these relics. The emperor had but little hair on his head at the time of his death; so that this was regarded, even in the island, as a very valuable present. Mr. O'Connor reported to captain L. a conversation he had had with madame Bertrand.
rope cable during the whole voyage, having always found the chain sufficient. At Bencoolen, Sir T. S. Raffles put on board a few boxes of spices to fill up, and the Lindsays sailed for Europe. Capt. L. called at the Isle of France, and at St. Helena : he relates a circumstance which occurred at the latter place, which cannot fail to be interesting. Urged by a curio
* Captain L. states that the preparation of these fatal weapons is generally supposed, by foreigners, to be a secret, and that they are prepared only in one part of the island. This is a mistake: the instrument is merely a piece of sharpened iron or steel, generally double-edged, and sometimes waved in the edges, in a serpentine form, rubbed over with the juice of the lime, and dried in the sun. The wound is fatal, unless the flesh be immediately cut out.
That lady stated that soon before the death of Buonaparte, she asked him, in the course of an interview, “ Under whose protection he wished to leave his son ?"_" I will leave my son under the protection of the French arıy*," was the reply. Captain L. had visited St. Helena twice during the imprisoument of Buonaparte; first in the Triton of Liverpool, with despatches for the governor; and, secondly, in the Christopher of that port also, and likewise with despatches. On the first occasion he was pernitted to see Buonaparte walking in his gardlen: on the second, he declined seeing strangers. The whole of the servants attached to the household had left the island. Captain L. remarks, that previous to the restrictions on shipping, in consequence of the imprisonment of Buonaparte, the native inhabitants subsisted chiefly by the raising of stock and vegetables, for the supply of the ships on their way to India. They were rendered very destitute for some time after the restriction, but eventually supplied the troops, and the household of Buonaparte. In this way they again became comfortable; and at Buonaparte's death a deep regret was visible arnongst those people. Captain L. also called at the island of Ascension, to procure some turtle, but found none, it not being the proper season. He found there a garrison of a lieute
* May not this have some affinity to the last words of the emperor, “ Mon fils— qux urmées," &c.
nant and twenty-five men, a sloop-of-war's ship's company. The place was garrisoned as a precautionary measure, during the detention of Buonaparte, lest it should afford a harbour for vessels of other nations, that might seek to attack St. Helena. In consequence of the death of Buonaparte, these islanders were extremely anxious to be relieved; and should measures for their release not already have been taken, we hope this will meet the eye
of the proper authority. Captain L. is of opinion that should government continue to maintain a garrison at Ascension (which is otherwise uninhabited) it might be serviceable as a place to refit or repair the government African cruizers, the anchorage being good (little inferior to that of St. Helena), and the island being as attainable from the African coast. Captain L. proceeded to Gibraltar, and having there discharged the whole of his cargo, returned to England in ballast. He arrived at Liverpool on the 16th of November, after a successful voyage of twenty-two months. Throughout this long period, the Lindsays lost not a man; and the same officers and crew returned to Gibraltar in good health. While at Singapore, it is worthy of remark, that the crew procured some fish (much resembling the sword fish, and about eighteen inches long), every man who ate of which was immediately seized with violent vomiting for several hours. They all, however, recovered in about twelve hours afterwards, with no other effects than weakness. Captain L. is of opinion that this species of fish is poisonous, and ought to be guarded against.
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