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trouble the reader with an account of each day's run," but hasten to the less known parts of the world." The hungry buccaneers made Guahan on the 20th May. It was well for Captain Swan that we got sight of it before our Provisions was spent, of which we had but enough for three days more, for, as I was afterwards informed, the Men had contrived, first to kill Captain Swan and eat him when the Victuals was gone, and after him all of us who were accessary in promoting the undertak- ing this Voyage." Captain Swan made a season- able jape on the occasion of his hearing this. " Ah, Dampier," he said, "you would have made them but a poor Meal," for " I " (explains Dampier) " was as lean as the Captain was lusty and fleshy."
At Guahan the pirates received a present of six Hogs, " most excellent Meat," the best that Dam- pier "ever eat." Having eaten them, they salted some fifty more, and "steered away" for Min- danao, where they anchored on i8th July 1686.
When they arrived at Mindanao, most of the seamen had had enough of roving. They "were almost tired, and began to desire a quietus est^"" for they had had a long cruise, and Captain Swan by