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    Lyons McLeod
Excerpt from book: 44 RUST WATER. which it contained. It became so bad that it was impossible to drink without filtering it through blotting paper, an interesting occupation, which engaged the gentlemen's attention for some hours per diem. Here was another instance of neglect, the water-tanks having been filled without being cleaned. The officers of the ship said that they had never heard of white-washing the tanks inside with lime, to keep the water pure, and that the rust was always left in the tanks to purify their contents. I thought, after this, that a man might learn something new every day. Our usual amusements began to tire us, and the increasing discomforts made us all long for the Cape of Good Hope, for we were becoming very discontented with the vessel, and began to give our feelings expression : when one day, while at lunch, where every one looked as if a little change of scene would do him good, there was a sudden cry of "Fire!—the ship's on fire I" " Oh, where ?—where ?" For a moment there was a scene of confusion, easier to imagine than to describe— " Then shrieked the timid, and stood still the brave." The Captain was at his post immediately: and it was soon discovered that the head of the mainmast was on fire. The ship was at the time under steam, and all the sails were furled, it being a dead calm. The funnel was too close to the main-mast: and, as the vessel steamed ahead, there not being a breath of air, of course the smoke and heat from the funnel struck the main-mast and set it on fire. The energetic exertions and cool example of the commander were not lost upon his subordinates, who ably seconded him. The chief officer greatly distinguished himself: as, indeed, did all the officers. The spars and burning rigging falling on some hay placed on the main ha...  
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