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Iamwritingthisunderanappreciablementalstrain, sincebytonightIshallbenomore. Penniless, andattheendofmysupplyofthedrug whichalone,makeslifeendurable, Icanbearthetorturenolonger; andshallcastmyselffromthisgarretwindow intothesqualidstreetbelow. Donotthinkfrommyslaverytomorphine thatIamaweaklingoradegenerate. Whenyouhavereadthesehastilyscrawledpagesyoumayguess, thoughneverfullyrealise, whyitisthatImusthaveforgetfulnessordeath.  

Itwasinoneofthemostopen andleastfrequentedpartsofthebroadPacific thatthepacketofwhichIwassupercargo fellavictimtotheGermansea-raider. Thegreatwarwasthenatitsverybeginning, andtheoceanforcesoftheHun hadnotcompletelysunktotheirlaterdegradation; sothatourvesselwasmadealegitimateprize, whilstweofhercrewweretreatedwithallthefairnessandconsideration dueusasnavalprisoners. Soliberal,indeed,wasthedisciplineofourcaptors, thatfivedaysafterweweretaken Imanagedtoescapealone inasmallboatwithwaterandprovisionsforagoodlengthoftime.  

WhenIfinallyfoundmyselfadriftandfree, Ihadbutlittleideaofmysurroundings. Neveracompetentnavigator, Icouldonlyguessvaguelybythesunandstars thatIwassomewhatsouthoftheequator. OfthelongitudeIknewnothing, andnoislandorcoastlinewasinsight. Theweatherkeptfair, andforuncounteddaysIdriftedaimlesslybeneaththescorchingsun; waitingeitherforsomepassingship, ortobecastontheshoresofsomehabitableland. Butneithershipnorlandappeared, andIbegantodespairinmysolitude upontheheavingvastnessofunbrokenblue.  

ThechangehappenedwhilstIslept. ItsdetailsIshallneverknow; formyslumber, thoughtroubledanddream-infested, wascontinuous. 

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