Bad harvests were followed by money difficulties, and, weighed down with all his cares, William Burns died.
This he did, and the book was such a success that instead of going to Jamaica as an unknown exile Burns went to Edinburgh to be entertained, feted, and flattered by the greatest men of the day.
But in spite of all the flattery, Burns, though pleased and glad, remained as simple as before.
After spending a brilliant winter in Edinburgh, Burns set off on several tours through his native land, visiting many of the places famous in Scottish history.
But farming and song-making did not seem to go together, and on his new farm Burns succeeded little better than on any that he had tried before.
The day of the heroic couplet is done; with Burns we come back to nature.
Burns that photograph explained why the unloaded ship had kept sweltering at anchor for three weeks in a pestilential hot harbour with- out air.
Burns that he had made up his mind to take the ship to Hong-Kong and dry- dock her there.
Burns, dismayed and enraged, stuck her at it, and kept her at it, blowing away sails, straining the spars, exhausting the crew-- nearly maddened by the absolute conviction that the attempt was impossible and was bound to end in some catastrophe.
Burns, losing all restraint, put his face close to his captain's and fairly yelled: "You, sir, are going out of the world.
Burns looked like a man who had escaped great danger.
Burns gave me the first glimpse of the real chief mate's soul which dwelt uneasily in his body.