It was all one; they crowded after us, and endeavoured to come under our stern, so as to board us on our quarter; upon which, seeing they were resolute for mischief, and depended upon the strength that followed them, I ordered to bring the ship to, so that they lay upon our broadside; when immediately we fired five guns at them, one of which had been levelled so true as to carry away the stern of the hindermost
boat, and we then forced them to take down their sail, and to run all to the head of the boat, to keep her from sinking; so she lay by, and had enough of it; but seeing the foremost boat crowd on after us, we made ready to fire at her in particular.
"It's head for tall timber, and the Greeks take the hindermost
," adjudged the cheerful sailor, while Ole was stuttering over what would happen when we came to the end of the river.
One of the most courageous of the party followed Tom, and, the way being thus made, the whole party began pushing up the rock,--the hindermost
pushing the front ones faster than they would have gone of themselves.