‘Wonderful Escape of a Sailor’

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.

What are some of your thoughts about the whole story, and also in regards to the tiger ‘just happening’ to overshoot Campbell?

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About William Moore

I am a Christian, saved and living by God's grace. I am doing this blog on a book called, "The World of Religious Anecdote," or, as I like to call it, "Christian Anecdotes." The reason why I am doing this blog, on a book, instead of about myself, is because there are so many unedifying things in the world, so that we, as Christians, need to take the world and subdue it for our Lord. I believe and hope that is what I am doing here, in this blog. I try to do my posts twice a week, in order to keep the flow going. I hope you enjoy reading, learning, and sharing this book, "Christian Anecdotes."
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1 Response to ‘Wonderful Escape of a Sailor’

  1. Deborah says:

    A beautiful recounting of one of the billions of time that God has shown His loving kindness through His Sovereign power. A wave cannot go a millimeter beyond what God allows, and a tiger (which looked like the worst thing possible) can be used for our deliverance. Isn’t God gloriously amazing? What an eternity we’ll enjoy, learning more and more of him.
    Thanks for posting these!

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