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THE

SECRET OF THE SANDS;

OR,

THE “WATER-LILY” AND HER CREW.

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GRIFFITH AND FARRAN,
CORNER OF ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD, LONDON.

1879.

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THE SECRET OF THE SANDS.

CHAPTER I.

THE WRECK OF THE COPERNICUS.

At eight o'clock next morning, nothing having occurred during the night worthy of record, we went about and stood away about north-east on the starboard tack. The wind continued fresh, but steady, and we averaged quite thirteen knots during the whole of the next twenty-four hours.

Having carried out our plan for eluding the brig, and being by this time well to windward of the spot where we parted company with her, I considered we might now with safety bear away upon our course, which we accordingly did directly after breakfast, setting our balloon gaff

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