I SEE MUCH OF THE WORLD
 IT was easy to find a ship to my liking; for all kinds of
trading vessels go out from London to every country that
One day I met an old sea captain who had been often to the
coast of Africa. He was pleased with my talk.
"If you want to see the world," he said, "you must sail with
me." And then he told me that he was going again to Africa,
to trade with the black people there. He would carry out a
load of cheap trinkets to exchange for gold dust and
feathers and other rare and curious things.
I was very glad to go with him. I would see strange lands
and savage people. I would have many a stirring adventure.
Before ten days had passed, we were out on the great ocean.
Our ship was headed toward the south.
The captain was very kind to me. He taught
 me much that every sailor ought to know. He showed me how to
steer and manage the vessel. He told me about the tides and
the compass and how to reckon the ship's course.
The voyage was a pleasant one, and I saw more wonderful
things than I can name.
When, at last, we sailed back to London, we had gold enough
to make a poor man rich.
I had nearly six pounds of the yellow dust for my own share.
I had learned to be a trader as well as a sailor.
It would take too long to tell you of all my voyages. Some
of them were happy and successful; but the most were
unpleasant and full of disappointment.
Sometimes I went to Africa, sometimes to the new land of
South America. But wherever I sailed I found the life of a
sailor by no means easy.
I did not care so much now to see strange sights and visit
I cared more for the money or goods that I would get by
At last a sudden end was put to all my sailing. And it is of
this that I will now tell you.