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and many other complaints of this kind, having designed in his mind to cheat them of as much as he could.
Morgan Takes French Leave.
At last Capt. Morgan finding himself obnoxious by many obloquies and detractions among his people, began to fear the consequences thereof and hereupon thinking it unsafe to remain any longer time at Chagre, he commanded the ordnance of the said castle to be carried on board his ship. Afterwards he caused the greatest part of the walls to be demolished, and the edifices to be burnt, and as many other things spoiled and ruined as could conveniently be done in a short while.
These orders being performed, he went secretly on board his own ship, without giving any notice of his departure to his companions, nor calling any council as he used to do. Thus he set sail and put out to sea, not
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bidding anybody adieu, being only followed by three four vessels of the whole fleet. These were such (as the French Pirates believed) as went shares with Capt. Morgan towards the best and greatest part of the spoil which had been concealed from them in the dividend.
The Frenchmen could very willingly have revenged this affront upon Capt. Morgan and those that followed him, had they found themselves with sufficient means encounter him at sea. But they were destitute of most things necessary thereto. Yea, they had much ado to find sufficient victuals and provisions for their voyage to all Jamaica, he having left them totally unprovided of things.
The Fall of Old Panama.
(Written by the late Mr. James Stanley Gilbert of Colon, and published by him in "Panama Patchwork." Reprinted through the kind permission given the publisher of this book, by the author, prior to his death.)
His Catholic Majesty, Philip of Spain,
Ruled o'er the West Coast, the Indies and Main;
His ships heavy laden with pesos and plate,
From Lima and Quito his galleys pulled forth
For Panama pearls and gold of the North;
And cargoes of treasure were sent overland
While his soldiers kept guard from the gulf to the strand.
On England's grand throne great Elizabeth reigned,
And on sea and on land her power maintained;
O er the hearts of her subjects, o'er the conquests they made,
And bravely and fiercely the struggle they waged,
The Drakes and the Gilberts, the Grenvils and Leighs,
At home they defeated the Armada's great fleet,
Alas, that such deeds should grow dim with the years!
A race of marauders and ruffians grew!
Four miles from where Ancon looks down on the New,
The bravest of followers Peru to obtain
Were the pride of the people whose opulence then
Where plantations and gardens and flowering trees
Once perfumed the tropical evening breeze----
From sacked Porto Bello redhanded they came,
San Lorenzo surrendered----ingloriously fell!
On, on, up to Cruces the buccaneers sped,
But to find it in ashes, its inhabitants fled.
Yet on and still on, with Morgan ahead,
They pressed down the road that to Panama led.