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XXXviii PE1RSONAL NARRATIVE,
women and children-offering to take my chance
with the last on deck. While making the suggestion
as quietly as I could, a woman, indignant, I
suppose, at my apparent coolness, said, "Ah! you
have taken good care of yourself !"--pointing to my
swimming-belt, which, in such a night, would have
been of very little avail. I told her that, if it were
of service at all, it would perhaps enable me, being
a swimmer, to save the lives of others. With
the aid of the emigrants and their rifles, I succeeded
in clearing and securing the boats. All this time,
the master of the steamer, a young man bedizened
with rings and chains, seemed unable to do or to
advise anything. We then set about. ascertaining
the real extent of our danger, and found that the
burning portion of the pile of wood was near the
centre, and fortunately unexposed to the action of
the wind. By covering the heap with wet blankets,
and' deluging the ignited part with water, the fire
was subdued, and we arrived in safety at the desired
landing-place-whence a few miles of railroad
brought me to the gay, polished, and spirited city of
New Orl eans, where business and amusement preside
over three-fourths of the year, and lassitude and disease
tvrannize over the remainder.
I sailed from New Orleans to Galveston in Texas
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/38/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .