A Noble Enemy





When the _Laura_ and _Andromeda_ frigates were wrecked in a
violent hurricane in the West Indies, on the coast of the Martinique,

thirty-five men were thrown ashore alive. The Marquess de Bouille, on

hearing of the circumstance, took them to his house, where he treated them

most hospitably. After he had cured them of their bruises and sickness, and

had clothed them from head to foot, he sent them with a flag of truce to

the commanding officer of St. Lucia, with a letter, stating that these men

having experienced the horrors of shipwreck, he would not add those of war,

and had therefore set them free, and at liberty again to serve their

country.





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