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	            About Himself.
the dolphin-striker, where he was dipped some
fifteen feet under water until rescued by the
French sailors, who lowered lanterns, to ascertain
if their ship had sustained damage.          He and
his comrades were set to work pumping almost
immediately, and on arriving at a Mexican
port at once incarcerated in prison, Santa
Anna�s star being under a cloud.   While thus
a Mexican of position and wealth, took a fancy
to the boy Ledger, got him bailed out and recei-
ved him into his family, where he was made
so much of that on Santa Anna�s fortunes ef-
fecting the release of his uncle and comrades, he
didn�t want to return to England.            �I had long
curly hair� he says, �was a devilish deal better
looking than I�ve ever been since and the girls
were precious fond of me.�       Too much so in
fact, for his Mexican benefactor caught him
in flagrante delicto with one of his daughters,
hence he had to fly.       After other adventures,
rambling hither and thither, enlistment and
desertion in and from the Mexican army, an
English consul sent him home, per force to his
relatives.        From thence he accompanied his
uncle in a voyage up the Mediteranean.
  Here, for the present, I must end his perso-
nal reminiscences, expecting to extract more anon.               
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