These, with the bearers they overpowered, and ere the bewildered
populace knew the meaning of the tumult, the princess was dragged from
her attendants and hurried to a boat waiting and ready to sail.
Immediately this glided swiftly toward the sea followed by many others
manned by ruffians who had lately mingled with the men on shore as
peaceful traders. They were followers of the Kandy Rover.
a very little while, the King, with the trusted priest of his
household, the prince and many picked men of the King's body-guard rode
furiously to the water-side. The face of the King was very stern, but
only in the flashings of his eyes could be seen the unrelenting
vengeance which moved him. Quietly he gave orders to man his ships of
war. Then it was found that every one of them had been damaged. Not
until the sailors made ready to sail were the hindrances observable,
and in no case was the evil great, or so that it could not be
presently repaired, for fearing discovery the doers of it sought only
to delay the sailing of the King's ships, as the ships of the Rover were