The Adventure

The pleasures and amusements which I enjoyed after my voyages had not sufficient charms to divert me from another. My passion for trade, and my love of novelty, again prevailed. I therefore settled my affairs, and having provided a stock of goods fit for the traffic I designed to engage in, I set out on my journey.                                                                                                                    
    Before my inconceivable odyssey, I resided in the port city of Nagasaki as a poor porter named Nagoya. I inherited from my father considerable property, the greater part of which I squandered in my youth in dissipation; but I perceived my error, and reflected that riches were perishable, and quickly consumed by such ill managers as myself. I then entered into contract with some merchants, who traded by sea. I took the advice of such as I thought most capable of assisting me: and resolving to improve what money I had, I embarked with several merchants on board a ship we had jointly fitted out. One day, being out in the main ocean, we were overtaken by a perilous tempest, which drove us from our course. The tempest continued until it brought us to the port of an island, which the captain was very reluctant to enter; but we were obliged to cast anchor. When we had furled our sails, the captain told us, that this, and some other adjacent islands, were inhabited by hairy savages, who would speedily attack us; and though they were but dwarfs, yet our misfortune was such, that we must make no resistance, for they were more in number than the locusts; and if happened to slay one of them, they would fall upon us and destroy us.
              This account of the captain put the whole company into great consternation and we soon found that what he told us was true; an innumerable multitude of frightful savages, about 2 feet high, covered all over with red hair, came swimming towards us, and encompassed our ship. They spoke to us as they came...