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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
        SKETCH OR BIOGRAPHY OF MY LIFE.             285

it very rough with the natives, but, strange to say, we called
at an island, which was named "Captain Cadell Island," as he
was the first to land there.  He walked straight up to the
natives, who were standing in great groups, and not one of
them attempted to harm him. Here we got fresh water and
curiosities from the natives, in return for which they were well
tlreated, received beads, dolls, looking-glasses, knives, etc.
They also gave us turtles.
  After leaving this island a day or two, we were running at a
high rate of speed for the purpose of getting under shelter be-
fore dark, and, having the steam tender "Firefly" in tow, we
suddenly struck a reef. Although the "Eagle" was not much
damaged, the sudden stop brought the "Firefly" with suco force
against the ship that the tender sank within 20 minutes, just
allowing her crew to get on board the ship in all possible haste.
Now we were alone, with only 5 small boats to depend on;
but, with a skilled captain and the blessing of God, we pulled
through safely. At some point in the Gulf of Carpentaria, all
the horses were landed, and a few days after, we started for
what was called the second part of the expedition.
  At this place (the name I do not remember), there were some
settlers, for here a white man joined us and remained with us
during the rest of the expedition. His name was Captain
Edwards.  Picking up the provisions which we had left at dif-
ferent places,we proceeded on our way, stopping at some islands
for shelter from rough weather, or for food and fresh water;
and spending a great deal of time in taking soundings and
bearings. After calling at Liverpool river for the sheep we
had left on an island, we steered away westward, calling at
Victoria river, where we arrived safely about 4 days after.
We then started for the island of Timor.  On our way to Timor,
we ran short of fuel, and had to contend with continued calm
and then unfavorable winds; but, thanks be to Providence, we
arrived at Koepang, on the island of Timor, in about 5 days,
after burning all our spare spars, etc.
  After many months, we again saw a little of civilization.
Timor is an island belonging to the Dutch; it is in the archi-
pelago. The natives are Malays, who brought plenty of fruits.
I went on shore here, had a walk all over the town (which is
quite small), and a Malay girl presented me with cocoanuts,
others fruits and a monkey.  The Malay is a kind of a copper-
color, and very clean in habits. The women are good-looking,
though very scantily dressed.  We stayed here a week, during
which time all my fresh provisions and the coal (which had
been sent there to await us by the government) had been taken
on board.  We began to get ready for our return to Sydney,
Australia. As the anchor was being hoisted and our large gov-
ernment flag being dipped, the fort bade us farewell, by firing
a few large guns.  We started for Sydney, calling at Cape
York on our way, with fair winds, plenty of coal, fruits and
fresh provisions, and the men having got extra grog. In fact,




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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