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CHA P. VIII.
the Islands near it, in which several Mif
takes of Dampier are corrected. M N the 26th, we discovered land again, but 1967.
V not being able to make an observation, , October. we could ascertain our latitude and longitude Monday 26. only by our dead reckoning; the next day, how• Tuesday 27. ever, was more favourable, and I then found the effect of the current had been so great, that I was obliged to add to the log S. W. by S. no less than 64 miles for the last two days. We now knew that the land we had seen was the northeast part of the island of Mindanao : as I had many fick people on board, and was in the most · presfing need of refreshments, I determined to
try what could be procured in a bay 'which Dampier has described as lying on the southeast part of the island, and which, he says, fur. nished him with great plenty of deer from a favannah. I therefore coafted that fide of the island, and that I might be sure not to miss the bay, I fent out the lieutenant with the boat and a proper number of hands, to keep in shore ahead of the thip. No such bay however was to be found, but at the very fouthermoft extremity
1967. of the island they opened a little nook, at the botOctober.
u tom of which was a town, and a fort. As soon Tuesday 27. as our boat was discovered by the people on
shore, they fired a great gun, and sent off three boats or canoes full of people. As the lieutenant had not a sufficient force to oppose them, he immediately made towards the ship, and the canoes chaced him till they came within sight of her, and being then over-matched in their turn, they thought fit to go back. Being thus disappointed in my search of Dampier's Bay and Savannah, I would have anchored off this town, notwithstanding these hostile appearances, if it had not been necessary first to get up some guns from the hold, and make a few neceffary repairs
in the rigging; this however being the case, I nber. ran a little to the eastward, where, on the ad of Monday 2. November, I came to an anchor in a little bay,
having a bottom of soft mud, and seven fathom of water, at the distance of a cable's length from the shore; the westermost point of the bay bore W. S. W. distant about three miles; the eastermost point E. by S. diftant about one mile; a river, which empties itself into the bay, about N. W. and the peak of an island, called Hummock INand, S. 7° E. diftant about five leagues. Before it was dark the same day, our two boats went to the river, and brought off their loads of water: they saw no signs of inhabitants where they were on fore, but we observed a canoe
come round the westermost point of the bay,
November, which we supposed had been dispatched from www the town, to learn what we were, or at least to Monday, 2o see what we were doing. As soon as I disco. vered this canoe, I hoisted English colours, and was not without hope that she would come on board, bụt after viewing us some time, she returned. As we had seen no inhabitants, nor any signs of inhabitants where we got our water, I in. tended to procure a further supply the next day from the same place, and endeavour also to recruit our wood; but about nine o'clock at night, we were suddenly surprised by a loud noise on that part of the shore which was a-breast of the ship: it was made by a great number of human voices, and very much resembled the war.whoop of the American Savages, a hideous shout which they give at the moment of their attack, and in which all who have heard it, agree there is something inexpressibly terrifying and horrid.
As I was now farther convinced that it was necessary to dispose of our little force to the greatest advantage, we began the next day by Tuesday 3. getting the guns up from the hold, and making the necessary repairs to our rigging. At eleven o'clock, not having seen any thing of the people, who had endeavoured to terrify us by their yells in the night, I sent the long-boat on shore for more water; but, as I thought it probable that they might have concealed themselves
1767. in the woods, I kept the cutter manned and November.
armed, with the lieutenant on board, that immeTuesday 30 diate succour might be sent to the waterers, if
any danger should threaten them. It soon appeared that my conjectures were well founded, for our people had no fooner left their boat, than a number of armed men rufhed out of the woods, one of whom held up fomewhat whice, which I took to be a fignal of peace. Upon this occasion I was again sensible of the mortifying deficiency in the ship's equipment, which I had fo often experienced before. I had no white fag on board, and therefore, as the best expedient in my power, I ordered the lieute: nant, whom I sent on fhore in the cutter, to display one of my table cloths: as soon as the officer landed, the standard-bearer and another - came down to him unarmed, and received him with great appearance of friendship. One of them addressed him in Dutch, which none of our people understood; he then spoke a few words. in Spanish, in which one of the persons of the cutter was a considerable proficient: the Indian however spoke it so very imperfectly, that it was with great difficulty, and by the help of many signs, he made himself understood; porfibly if any of our people had spoken Dutch, he might have been found equally deficient in that language. He asked for the Captain however by the name of the skipper, and inquired whe
ther we were Hollanders; whether our ship
Novembet. intended for merchandise or for war; how many m guns and men fhe carried ; and whether the had Tuesday 3o heen, or was going to Batavia. When we had fatisfied him in all these particulars, he said that we should go to the town, and that he would introduce us to the Governor, whom he diftinguished by the ciele of Raja. The lieutenant then told him, that we intended to go to the town, but that we were in inimediate wảnt of water, and therefore dehred permisfion to fill fome casks; he also requested that the people who were armed with bows and arrows might be ordered to a greater distance. With both these requifitions the Indian, who seemed to be invested with considerable authority, complied, and as he seemed to take particular notice of a . filk handkerchief which the lieutenant had tiedt round his neck, it was immediately presented to him; in return for which he desired him to acdept a kind of cravat, made of coarse callico, which was tied round his own, his drefs being fomewhat after the Dutch fashion. After this interchange of cravats, he inquired of the officer whether the ship was furnished with any articles for trade; to which he answered thar fae was fufficiently furnished to trade for provisions but nothing more: the Chief replied, that whatever we wanted .we thould have. After this copy ference, which considered as an earnest of