Little Trouble, Determined Not To Walk Down, - A Distance Of Three
Miles - We Procured Two, At Four Reals Apiece, With An Indian Boy
To Run On Behind And Bring Them Back.
Determined to have "the go"
out of the horses, for our trouble, we went down at full speed,
and were on the beach in fifteen minutes.
Wishing to make our
liberty last as long as possible, we rode up and down among the
hide-houses, amusing ourselves with seeing the men, as they came
down, (it was now dusk,) some on horseback and others on foot.
The Sandwich Islanders rode down, and were in "high snuff."
We inquired for our shipmates, and were told that two of them
had started on horseback and had been thrown or had fallen off,
and were seen heading for the beach, but steering pretty wild,
and by the looks of things, would not be down much before midnight.
The Indian boys having arrived, we gave them our horses, and
having seen them safely off, hailed for a boat and went aboard.
Thus ended our first liberty-day on shore. We were well tired,
but had had a good time, and were more willing to go back to our
old duties. About midnight, we were waked up by our two watchmates,
who had come aboard in high dispute. It seems they had started to
come down on the same horse, double-backed; and each was accusing
the other of being the cause of his fall.
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