Algerine Captain





Louis XIV., who had once bombarded Algiers, ordered the
Marquess du Quesne to bombard it a second time, in order to punish the

treachery and insolence of the Moors. The despair in which the Corsairs

found themselves at not being able to beat the fleet off their coasts,

caused them to bring all the French slaves, and fasten them to the mouths

of their cannon, where they were blown to pieces, the different limbs of

their bodies falling even among the French ships. An Algerine captain, who

had been taken on a cruize, and well treated by the French while he had

been their prisoner, one day perceived, among those unfortunate Frenchmen

who were doomed to the cruel fate just mentioned, an officer named

Choiseul, from whom he had received the most signal acts of kindness. The

Algerine immediately begged, entreated, and solicited in the most pressing

manner, to save the life of the generous Frenchman; but all in vain. At

last, when they were going to fire the cannon to which Choiseul was fixed,

the captain threw himself on the body of his friend, and closely embracing

him in his arms, said to the cannonier, "Fire! since I cannot serve my

benefactor, I shall at least have the consolation of dying with him." The

Dey, in whose presence this scene passed, was so affected with it, that he

commanded the French officer to be set free.





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