About an hour before we saw the pirates
I had taken an observation, and found we were in the latitude of 46 N.
I knew there were smugglers, but I thought that since the capture of Algiers, and the destruction of the regency, pirates existed only in the romances of Cooper and Captain Marryat.
Your excellency is mistaken; there are pirates, like the bandits who were believed to have been exterminated by Pope Leo XII.
As the pirates swooped closer toward the ground, thern soldiery poured from the temples into the gardens and courts.
At length, with a concerted rush, evidently in response to a signal of command, the pirates in our immediate vicinity dashed recklessly to the ground in the very midst of the thern soldiery.
It was apparent that the pirates had perceived the almost defenseless condition of the schooner.
The pirates were skimming rapidly across the smooth waters of the harbor, answering Sing's harmless shots with yells of derision and wild, savage war cries.
I had asked Sir Oliver Buttesthorn to do my humble board the honor to partake at it of the dainty upon which we take some little pride, but in sooth this alarm of pirates hath cast such a shadow on my wits that I am like one distrait.
The throng of pirates had cleared away from the great wooden catapult, leaving two of their number to discharge it.
Hadley, and the young oyster pirate, and the whiskered wharf-rat, all with glasses in their hands.
And the Queen began to make love to me, the latest recruit to the oyster pirate fleet, and no mere hand, but a master and owner.
I then ordered all our men to be called up, and told them there was a design to seize the ship, and take us for pirates
, and asked them if they would stand by us, and by one another; the men answered cheerfully, one and all, that they would live and die with us.
Our journey was long and tedious, but I bore it patiently, reflecting that at least I had not to fear tempests, nor pirates
, nor serpents, nor any of the other perils from which I had suffered before, and at length we reached Bagdad.
Here, according to Nicholas's description of the beds and the manner of raiding, it was possible for us to catch the pirates
in the act of stealing oysters, and at the same time to get them in our power.
When the pirates
saw all this, then at last they bade the helmsman to put the ship to land.