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Old 08-12-2014, 09:10 PM   #341
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Arrow Long John Silver


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Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold".. First published as a book on 23 May 1883, it was originally serialized in the children's magazine Young Folks between 1881 and 1882 under the title Treasure Island or, the mutiny of the Hispaniola with Stevenson adopting the pseudonym Captain George North..The influence of Treasure Island on popular perceptions of pirates is enormous, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders...



An old sailor, calling himself "the captain" — real name "Billy" Bones — comes to lodge at the Admiral Benbow Inn on the west English coast during the mid-1700s, paying the innkeeper's son, Jim Hawkins, a few pennies to keep a lookout for a one-legged "seafaring man..Several weeks later, Trelawney sends for Jim and Livesey and introduces them to "Long John" Silver, a one-legged Bristol tavern-keeper whom he has hired as ship's cook. (Silver enhances his outre attributes — crutch, pirate argot, etc. — with a talking parrot.).. They also meet Captain Smollett, who tells them that he does not like the crew or the voyage, which it seems everyone in Bristol knows is a search for treasure..But after the ship is anchored, Silver and some of the others go ashore, and two men who refuse to join the mutiny are killed – one with so loud a scream that everyone realizes there can be no more pretense.. Jim has impulsively joined the shore party and covertly witnessed Silver committing one of the murders; now, in fleeing, he encounters a half-crazed Englishman, Ben Gunn, who tells him he was marooned here and can help against the mutineers in return for passage home and part of the treasure...

Meanwhile Smollett, Trelawney, and Livesey, along with Trelawney's 3 servants and one of the other hands, Abraham Gray, abandon the ship and come ashore to occupy a stockade..After a battle, the surviving mutineers retreat, having lost six men, but two more of the captain's group have been killed and Smollett himself is badly wounded.. When Livesey leaves in search of Gunn, Jim runs away without permission and finds Gunn's homemade coracle.. After dark, he goes out and cuts the ship adrift..Silver and the others argue about whether to kill Jim, and Silver talks them down. He tells Jim that, when everyone found the ship was gone, the captain's party agreed to a treaty whereby they gave up the stockade and the map.. In the morning the doctor arrives to treat the wounded and sick pirates, and tells Silver to look out for trouble when they find the site of the treasure. After he leaves, Silver and the others set out with the map, taking Jim along as hostage.. They encounter a skeleton, arms apparently oriented toward the treasure, which seriously unnerves the party...


January - City of Brussels ( UK): Struck by Kirby Hall ( United Kingdom) in the River Mersey and cut in two.. Sank with the loss of 10 lives/10 – A fire at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee kills 73 people\11- Jessie Shuttleworth ( UK): wrecked in a gale off Cape Tagmeriwelt, Morocco/16 Princesse Stephanie ( Belgium): Collided with Concha ( Spain) off Lisbon, Portugal...

February - Copernicus ( Belgium): Wrecked at Porto de Pedras, Brazil-13 – German composer Richard Wagner dies of a heart attack in Venice, Italy\March 2 – The Hong Kong Observatory is formed/April 5 – Oxygen is liquefied for the very first time...

May 24 – Brooklyn Bridge is opened to traffic after 13 years of construction\30 – In New York City, a rumour that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse causes a stampede which crushes 12 people..

JUne 30 – Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Black Arrow first appears as a serial in the British magazine Young Folks; A Boys' and Girls' Paper of Instructive and Entertaining Literature as by "Captain George North".. Stevenson completes writing it at the end of the summer in France...

JUly 2 -Ludwig ( Belgium) Last sighting passing Prawle Point, England bound for Montreal, Canada. No further trace, lost with all 32 passengers and 43 crew\3 – The SS Daphne disaster in Glasgow leaves 124 dead/22 - Clipper Marco Polo ( Norway) wrecked near Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada..

August -King William's College is opened on the Isle of Man-The first Carnegie library is opened in Andrew Carnegie's hometown, Dunfermline, Scotland\21 – An F5 tornado strikes Rochester, Minnesota, leading to the creation of the Mayo Clinic-It has been on the list of America's "100 Best Companies to Work For" published by Fortune magazine for 8 years in a row/26– 28 – Krakatoa or Krakatau volcano erupts at 10:02 AM (local time); 163 villages are destroyed, 36,380 killed..


The coracle is a small, lightweight boat of the sort traditionally used in Wales but also in parts of Western and South West England, Ireland (particularly the River Boyne), and Scotland (particularly the River Spey); the word is also used of similar boats found in India, Vietnam, Iraq and Tibet..The word oracle comes from the Latin verb ōrāre "to speak" and properly refers to the priest or priestess uttering the prediction. In extended use, oracle may also refer to the site of the oracle, and to the oracular utterances themselves, called khrēsmoi (χρησμοί) in Greek..Walter Burkert observes that "Frenzied women from whose lips the god speaks" are recorded in the Near East as in Mari in the second millennium BC and in Assyria in the first millennium BC.. In Egypt the goddess Wadjet (eye of the moon) was depicted as a snake-headed woman or a woman with two snake-heads.. Her oracle was in the renowned temple in Per-Wadjet (Greek name Buto). The oracle of Wadjet may have been the source for the oracular tradition which spread from Egypt to Greece.. Evans linked Wadjet with the Minoan snake goddess, a chthonic deity and one of the aspects of the Great Mother..In Greece the old oracles were devoted to the Mother Goddess. At the oracle of Dodona she will be called Diōnē (the feminine form of DiĆ³s, genitive of Zeus, PIE *Dyaeus; or of dīos, "godly", literally "heavenly"), who represents the earth-fertile soil, probably the chief female goddess of the PIE pantheon.. Python, daughter (or son) of Gaia was the earth dragon of Delphi represented as a serpent and became the chthonic deity, enemy of Apollo, who slew her and possessed the oracle...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_Island
http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...4&postcount=54The great and powerful Oracle.. We meet at last.. I suppose you've been expecting me, right?. The all-knowing Oracle is never surprised.. We are all here to do what we are all here to do... http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...5&postcount=84

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