Naval Oratory





WHEN Admiral Cornwallis commanded the Canada, a mutiny broke out in the

ship, on account of some accidental delay in paying the crew. The men

signed a round robin, wherein they declared that they would not fire a

gun till they were paid. Captain Cornwallis, on receiving this

declaration, caused all hands to be called on deck, and thus addressed

them: My lads, the money cannot be paid till we return to port, and as

to your not fighting, that is mere nonsense:--I'll clap you alongside

the first large ship of the enemy I see, and I know that the Devil

himself will not be able to keep you from it. The men all returned to

their duty, better satisfied than if they had been paid the money ten

times over.





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