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Twenty Years Before the Mast.
urday. We ran a pole through the ox from end to end, and then placed the ends of this pole upon two forked tree-trunks which had been securely planted in the earth. A trench was dug under him in which a fire was built, and a windlass arranged with which to turn him at inter-
CELEBRATION OF THE FOURTH OF JULY.
vals, while a committee detailed from the crew dredged him with flour and basted him every hour.At ten o’clock all hands were called to "splice the mainbrace." Not a man being sick, all indulged. After this the commodore ordered the starboard watch on the right and the larboard on the left, and then he produced a foot-ball, gave it a tremendous kick which sent it high