A sailor named Campbell, on board a Guinea-man*, on the Congo, a river in Africa, was bathing in that river. When he had swam some distance from the vessel, some persons on board discovered an alligator making towards him. His escape was considered impossible; two shots were fired at the formidable creature, but without effect.
The report of the piece, and the noise on board, made Campbell acquainted with his danger. He saw the creature advancing towards him, and with all the strength and skill he possessed made for the shore, and approaching within a very short distance of some canes and shrubs that covered the bank, while closely pursued by the alligator, a ferocious tiger sprang towards him, at the instant the jaws of his first enemy were expanded to devour him.
At this awful moment Campbell was preserved.
The eager tiger, by overleaping him, encountered the grip of the amphibious monster. A conflict ensued between them; the water was coloured with the blood of the tiger, whose efforts to tear the scaly covering of the alligator were unavailing, while the latter had also the advantage of keeping his adversary under water, by which the victory was presently obtained, for the tigers death was now effected. They both sank to the bottom and the alligator was seen no more. Campbell was recovered and instantly conveyed on board. His danger had sobered him, and the moment he leaped on deck he fell on his knees and returned thanks to God for preserving him; and from that time he became a sober and moral man.
Contributed by, ‘Bagleys Family Biblical Instructor’
*A Guinea-man was a trading ship that sailed to and from the New Guinea Islands.
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