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disary occurrence in The Royal Ga- distant from this place; in that time zette; it may possibly lead to some never saw a white face or human ha. important discovery. With great bitation; had enjoyed perfect health. respect, I remain,

When he was asked, why he had Gentlemen, abandoned society? he shrugged his Your obedient servant, shoulders, and lifted up his bands,

W. W. as if in the act of adoration. When Greenwich Park,

a cordial was given to him, he was St. Ann, Jan. 22.

cautioned not to drink much, as ex

cess would kill him ; he replied, “A few days ago, it was men- death to me is welcome.' He was tioned to me, in the shape of a clothed, fed, and encouraged, and complaint, that there was a wild the writer of this retired to reconiwbite man resident in the woods of mend him as a fit object for the this property, who had interrupted bospital. In a minute afterwards, the negroes in working their provi- he was told the wild man had ession-grounds, &c. Upon inquiry, I caped. It seems he had watched found his residence in the woods had for an opportunity of being unobpot been a secret; but some late out- served, when he seized his victuals, rages which he committed, prompted and ran with amazing celerity tothe sufferer to complain. It ap- wards the woods. The dogs were peared that he occasionally molested alarmed, and pursued him; as they the women, but always ran from the approached, be threw down pieces men. Upon this information, I sent of meat to stay them.—When he out a party, with a guide, who knew found his efforts to escape unavailhis baunts. The party divided, with ing, he stopped suddenly, and ran a view to surround bis hut; and, in to his pursuers. When he was exthe deepest recesses of the woods, postulated with on his want of conthey saw him sitting on the point of fidence, after the kind treatment he a. rock; he fled, but, after a short had met with, he shook his bead, pursuit, was overtaken, and brought sighed deeply, and said, 'man is hither. He was naked, save the my enemy; I am afraid ? His inscanty remains of a doublet; his tellects appear to be sound, although beard had attained the utmost point he speaks with great reluctance; he of its growth; his feet and hands is well made, has blue eyes, is in were callous as leather: bis skip was stature about 5 feet 8 inches. His discoloured with filtb; and, alto- but is fashioned much like an Indian gether, he exhibited the most hu- wigwam, and he has contrived a miliating object that monkish de- subterraneous kitchen, with great basement could furnish. When first ingenuity; bis habitation was surtaken, he affected dumbness, but rounded with springes to catch birds, afterwards I obtained from him the one of which he had prepared for following particulars:--His name is his breakfast. He had displayed Charles Martin, is an Italian, born talents in fabricating divers sorts of at Florence, thinks he has been two baskets; and, what is strange, no or three years in the woods; he en- iron, not even a knife, was found in tered them at Port Maria, 30 miles his possession."

From From the same.

be felt himself happy, because he Gentlemen,

was safe. The writer of this arPerhaps the following additional count asked him, were he permited particulars of Charles Martin, the his liberty, whether he would abide wild white man, mentioned in your in the court of the hospital! He paper of the 1st instant, máy be in- said he would nake vo promie teresting to some of your readers: When he was questioned wire le

When retaken as stated in the had deserted the comforts of society, former communication, he was sent to submit to the privations of a sato the bospital, where he occupied vage and solitary life? he eagerly a room, was kindly treated, and in- replieil, that the very sight of waadulged with an extra allowance of kind gave him pain. He persists food; but his babits are so incorri- that his name is Charles Martis; gibly savage, that what civilized that he was born at Nice, in Pierlo man considers comfort, is to him mont (not at Florence, as before intolerable insipidity. On the night stated); that he was educated at of the 2d inst. he made his escape Caen, in Normandy; that of the through a small aperture in the wall fornier place his father is a wineof the room in which he was con- merchant; and that himself kept a fined; he left not a vestige by which store at Port-au-Prince, in St. Doto trace his flight. A fortnight af- mingo, some years ago. He writes terwards, he was found by accident, a legible hand, and speaks Norman in the centre of a cane-piece, about French with great fluency. His unhalf a mile from the hospital, sur- derstanding on general subjects is rounded with cane trash, the refuse unimpaired; but he is possessed of a of bis subsistence; lie had divested notion that he is reserved for some himself of the incumbrance of dress, ignominous death; and neither the and had, for fourteen days, been encouragement nor the kipiness he exposed to the inclemency of the has received, has been able to eraweather, which is here peculiarly se. dicate this impression, which seems vere at this season of the year; his to be indelible. appearance was squalid and ex- I understand the former account tenuated; and although a nudity, of this miserable self devoted outhe appeared before numbers of cast, was treated by some as fabupeople unabashed, and with an un- lous; if there be still sceptics, they blushing composure of countenance, may bave their doubts reinoved, by which evinces that the sense of shame application to, in bim is entirely abolished. He

Gentlemen, was reconducted to bis old quarters,

Your humble servant, and asked in what manber he lived ?

WM. WESTON. He answered, that he had never St. Ann's Bay, moved more than a few yards from

Feb. 26, 1806. the spot he first occupied; that he eat two canes daily; that he -bad P.S. On re-examining the but, slept well (although unsheltered, his former habitation in the woods, and nightly exposed to “ the pelt- around it were growing 13 Alicada ings of the pitiless storm;") and that pear plants; from the size of the “ Sir,


largest it was inferred, that his resi- there was no appearance of any reef dence there must have exceeded two or breaker; but as the water subyears: he appears to bave forgotten sided, the shoal began to shew itself the lapse of time.

with a number of small black rocks. The ship had been striking very hard,

and began to sue forward. At three Loss of the Sydney.

A. M. there were six feet water in

the hold, and increasing rapidly; at (From the Asiatic Mirror.)

five o'clock the ship was setting aft,

her top-sides parting from the HoorIn one of our late papers, we no- beads. ticed the loss of the ship Sydney. The Upon consultation with my offiparticulars of the event, and of the cers, it was the unanimous opinion, subsequent preservation of the great that the ship was irrecoverably gone, est part of the ship's company, are

and that no exertions could avail for communicated in the following letter her satety. We therefore employed from captain Forrest to the editor of all bands in getting the boats ready The Mirror:

to receive the crew, one hundreil and

eight in number. Eight bags of rice, Calcutta, Oct. 14, 1806. six casks of water, and a small quan

tity of salied beef and pork, were “ The Sydney left Port Jackson on put in the long boat, as provisions the 12th of April, 1806, bound to for the whole. We were prevented Bengal. Jotending to proceed thro' taking a large stock, as from the Dampier's Strails, lier course was di- number of people, the ihree boats recled as vearly as possible in the were barely sufhcient to receive the track of captain Hogan, of the Com- whole with safety. wallis, which, as laid down in the “ We remained with the Sydney charts, appears a clear safe passage. till five P. M. on the 21st of May, On the 20th of May, at one A. M. when there were three feet water on in lat. 3. 20. S. long. 146. 50. E. the orlop-deck; we now thought we ran upon a most dangerous rock it full time to leave the ship to her or shoal; and as this reef is not no- fate, and to seek our safety in the ticed in any map or chart, it appears boats. Accordingly I embarked in that we were its unfortunate disco- the long-boat, with Mr. Trounce, verers.

second officer, and seventy-four Las. “ On Sunday, over the taisrail, we cars : Mr. Robson, first otficer, and found twenty-five fathoms water; Stalkart, third, with sixteen Lascars, over the larboard gangway, six fa- were in the cutter; and the jollythoms; on the starboard side only boat was allotted to tifteen Dutch nine feet; and over the bows, twelve Malays and one Sepoy. feet. One of the boats was inime- “ Being desirous to ascertain the diately got out, with a bower an- position of the reef, by making the chor; bui, on sounding ten fathoms Admiralty Islands, shaped our course distance from the ship, found no accordingly, steering N. by E. balf ground at sixty fathoms.

E.-During the night it blew fresh, “ It inust have been high water and the long-boat making much wawhen we struck; for, at that time ter, we were obliged to lightea her,


by throwing overboard a great deal cepting their colour, which was of a of lumber, and two casks of water. light copper, they had the form and The three boats kept close in com- features of the natives of Europe: pany, the long-boat having the jolly- they were entirely naked. We saw boat in tow. Finding, at day-liglit, a number of women, who were wellthat the cutter sailed considerably formed, with mild pleasing features. better, I directed Mr. Robson to “ We were received on the beach take the jolly-boat in tow. The wind by about twenty or thirty of the naincreased as the morning advanced, tives, who immediately supplied each and a heavy swell rising, at 10 A. M. of us with a cocoa-nut. We tben the jolly-boat sunk, while in tow by succeeded in making them underthe cutter, and all on board, to the stand that we wanted water, npon number of sixteen, unfortunately pe- which they made signs for us to acrislied. It was lamentable to witness company them towards the interior the fate of these unhappy men, and of the island:-we did so; but after the more so, as it was not in our walking about a mile, they conducted power to render them the smallest us info a thick jungle; and as their assistance.

number was quickly increasing, I At noon on the 22d we saw the judged it imprudent to proceed furAdmiralty Islands, bearing N. N. E. ther, and returned to the beach, distant three or four leagues; and as where I was alarmed to find the nawe had run about fifty-eight miles in tives had assembled to the pumber the boats, upon a N. by E. half E. of one hundred and fifty, or upwards, course, the situation of the shoal on armed with spears, eight or ten feet which the Sydney struck was accu- long. One of them, an old man, rately ascertained, and will be found of venerable appearance, and who as above laid down.

seemed to be their chief, approached, From the Admiralty Islands we and threw his spear at my feet, excontinued standing to the westward; pressive, as I understood, that we and on the 25th made a small island: should part with our clubs in like we stood towards it, and from its ap- manner. Perceiving at this time a pearance I was induced to land, in the crowd of women to have got hold hope of obtaining a supply of water. of the sternfast of the cutter, and enMr. Robson, myself, and twenty of deavouring to haul her on shore from the best of our hands, armed with the grapnel with which we had comeheavy clubs, brought from New Ca- to, we hastily endeavoured to gain ledonia, our fire-arms being rendered the boat; the natives followed us useless from exposure to heavy rains, closely, some of them pointed their approached in the cutter, and landed, spears at us, as we retreated to the through a heavy surf, to the utmost boat, and some were thrown, though astonishment of the inhabitants, who, bappily without effect; and to us as far as we could judge from ap- they appeared to be very inexpert in pearance, bad certainly never before the management of their weapons. seen people of our complexion. The On my getting into the water, three men were tall and well made, wear- or four of the natives followed me, ing their hair plaited and raised above threatening to throw their spears; and the head—they had no appearance when I was in reach of the boat, one of Malays, nor Caffrees; and, ex- of them made a thrust, which was


prevented taking effect by the inter- posed the cutter to have landed her ference of Mr. Robson, who warded people, off the weapon. When we bad got into “ Our number in the long-boat the boat, and were putting off, they was now reduced to seventeen, viz. threw at least two hundred spears, myself, Mr. Trounce, Mr. Stalkart, none of wbich took effect, excepting fourteen Lascars and others. Our one, which gave a severe wound stock of provisions consisted of two to my cook, entering immediately bags of rice, and one gang cask of above the jaw, and passing through water; with this stock we conceived the mouth.

we might hold out till we reached “ Having thus escaped from this Bencoolen, for which port we deterperilous adventure, we pursued our mined to make the best of our way. course, and got as far as Dampier's We fixed the allowance of provision Straits, as favourably as our situation to each man, at one tea-cup full of could well admit. Being now within rice, and a pint of water per diem; reach of land, the Lascars became but we soon found it necessary to impatient to be put on shore. It was make a considerable deduction in in vain that I endeavoured to per- this allowance. suade them to persevere; they would “ We proceeded on through the pot listen to argument, and expressed Streights of Bantam, meeting, in our their wish, rather to meet with in- course, several Malay prows, yone of mediate death on shore, than to be which took notice of us, excepting starved to death in the boats. Yield- one, which gave chace for a day, and ing to their importunity, I at length would have come up with us, bad determined to land them on the we not got off under cover of a very N.W. extremity of the island of Ce- dark night. Continuing our course, ram, from whence they might travel passed through the Streight of Sayto Amboyna in two or three days. pay, where we caught a large shark. On the oth of June, being off that Our spirits were much elated by this part of the island, Mr. Robson vo- valuable prize, which we lost no time lunteered to land a part of the peo- in getting on board, and, having ple in the cutter, to return to the kindled a fire in the bottom of the long-boat, and the cutter to be then boat, he was roasted with all expedigiven to such farther part of the tion; and such was the keenness and crew as chose to join the party first extent of our appetite, that, although landed. Mr. Robson accordingly the stark must have weighed 150 or went in shore with the cutter; but, 160lbs. not a vestige of it remained to my great mortification, after wait- at the close of the day. We suffered ing two days, there was no appear- most severely from our indulgence ; ance of his return or the cutter. on the following day we were all

“ We concluded that the people afflicted with the most violent comhad been detained either by the plaint of the stomach and bowels, Dutch or the natives ; yet as the re- which reduced us exceedingly, and maining part of the Lascars were left us spiritless and languid, insodesirous to be landed, we stood in much that we now seriously despaired with the long-boat, and put them on of our safety. shore near the point where we sup- “ On the 2d of July, I lost an old


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