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A violent difpute enfued, and after that a battle, when night overtook us, ftill faft upon the rock. The Rais and Yafme, however, calmed the riot, when I begged the paf- feno-ers would hear me. I told them, "You all know, or ihould know, that the boat is mine, as I bought it with my money, for the fafety and accommodation of myfelf and fer- vants ; you know, likewife, that I and my men are all well armed, while you are naked ; therefore do not imagine that we will fuffer any of you to enter that boat, and fave your lives at the expence of ours. On this veffel of 'the Rais is your dependence, in it you are to be faved or to perifh; therefore all hands to work, and get the veffel off, while it is calm ; if me had been materially damaged, flie had been funk before now." They all feemed on this to take cou- rage, and faid, they hoped I would not leave them. I told them, if they would be men, I would not leave them while there was a bit of the veffel together.
The boat was immediately launched, and one of my fervants, the Rais, and two failors, were put on board. They were foon upon the bank, where the two failors got out, who cut their feet at firft upon the white coral, but after- wards got firmer footing. They attempted to pufh the fhip backwards, but Ihe would not move. Poles and handfpikes were tried in order to ftir her, but thefe were not long enough. In a word, there was no appearance of getting her off before morning, when we knew the wind would rife, and it was to be feared me would then be dallied to pieces.. Mahomet Gibberti, and Yafme, had been reading the Koran aloud ever fmce the veffel ftruck. I faid to them in pafiing, "Sirs, would it not be as wife for you to leave your books till you get a-ihore, and lend a hand to the