Shortly after the incident of the Warhoon eggs we halted to rest the animals, and it was during this halt that the second
Whale was seized and sold, and his Grace the Duke of Wellington received the money. Thinking that viewed in some particular lights, the case might by a bare possibility in some small degree be deemed, under the circumstances, a rather hard one, an honest clergy man of the town addressed a note to his Grace, begging him to take the case of those unfortunate mariners into full consideration. He could not use his short-sword to advantage because I was too close to him, nor could he draw his pistol, which he attempted to do in direct opposition to Martian custom which says that you may not fight a fellow warrior in private combat with any other than the weapon with which you are attacked.
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