|Chapter Title||THE SCHOONER RAJAH AND HER CREW.|
|Newspaper Title||The Bendigo Independent (Vic. : 1891 - 1918)|
|Trove Title||The Captain of the Rajah|
THE CAPTAIN. OF THE RAJAH.
CHAPTER I. (continued). THE SCHOONER RAJA AND HER CREW.
Shortly after I received a visit from the cook. He sealed himself on one of the looker lids, and pointing to its neighbor opposite, SAid:
“ Sit down, - yo’ boy.'; don’ stan’up on ’count o’ me; wha’s yb’ name?’’ : I told him. ; . . ' _ “ Lbok-hyar, boy Horry, ,yb’ bin ter sea ’fore?* :/U. • «Yes/ I replied; ; - • V “ Den yo’ know ’f yo’ like ‘ manavalins ?’ *’ 5 X confessed to a weakness for tho scour-, ings of the tableland theh .the cook and I ;ent|red;intq a-soleinn. arid-bindirig contract, whereby I agreed to chop his ; kindling -wood and help him in - tho galley during my Watch below* and- for reward was to receive the sundry bits of pie, cake and ether providence tempting sea obncoc tidns which were cboked-spccially for the officer’s mess*. . r ; / : ’ 3jhe/men were stiH on 'deck whbni I turned in, and the last I remember of my i first night dn board the Rajah, was the sound of a concertina on some vessel near ua, breathing softly, AnmeLaurie. - CHAPTER II. . WAITING 'FOE TUB . TIDE. At half past four the next morning a fundus pounding, at the forecastle door, with'-.a cry of “ All hands/ brought us quickly out of our bunks. ’I went to the galley* and got our allowance of black coffee and sea biscuit. ’ A few minutes later; we were turned to straightening the decks, stowing fenders below,, and break ing open andjpassing to the cook a lot, of, ship’s; stores that had been piled up ;ih : boxes!and barrels amidships.. ' , After the decks had been cleared the pumps* were worked, then the vessel was washed down fore arid aft. This occupied ( us until' breakfast. After it had; been dis posed df the men gob. the small :boat off the forward house, lowered if into the water, and let it drop astern- by the painter,. 7 " '' I had just about whipped things into shape in, the forecastle when -the athletic figure of the-mate darkened the doorway. As I looked up At him he greeted me with a kindly -smile. r “ Getting along all right, my boy ?” I answered in the affirmative, and while be questioned me. about my last ship, and tho.progtete I had made'- in 'ray hiautipnl studies, ! had an opportunity for a study 0 t his face. Ifc'was frank arid open in ex press! on,’hut the well drawn lines about tho mouth iwere clearly, indicative of stur dihess of purpose and unusual determina tion. He. was almost as tall as Winter, but he lacked' tire latter’s massive build and brawn-; yet - lie was finely moulded, arid probably- in an emergency, could easily have held his own' against, meii of mote ponderous -physique. He was evi dently about, five and twenty years of age with bright grey eyes, a straight, well flbaped nose, a dark moustache, and a wealth hair'’showing a ten dency to curl. His skin was browned and hardened from exposure, to- the; tropical sups and tho gales of wind that" ho had looked inte, and to my boyish fancy ho seemed the’ Ideal of all that was noble and manly.; -,V ? .. .^ -Hr.' me mto the boat iIh»C-l[a®rh0^n r '1byoif<*d and bale it out, for haying ...been-lying' on the house exposed W the sun for some time, ,, the seams had opened sufficiently to permit leakings After performing my task I re gained the, deck by going up band over hand on the painter. I , found the men engaged in-bending the griff topsails, arid making-everything secure for sea. When 1 reported to the mate' he told me where to find the oars and rudder belonging to the boat and ordered me to pass them into her. - r . ri v Just at this time Captain-Herring came on deck. In the one glance T stole at him T saw that his eyes were bloodshot and bulging as the • evidence of excessive drinking. As! passed hira-with the oars on my shoulder, he -stopped' me, and his voice would have insured close competition wi th a_iog horn. , “Cajn .you pull an oar ‘?” >/* “ sir/, I replied. . / “ Then haril the boat alongside and stay in it.” ?" ' ' ? ? . ? - Unbending . tho painter from the ring bolt on the quarter* I carried it around bn the starboard side, and hauled the boat up just abaft the- main channels, A moment later the second mate dropped tho steps over-the, side;. After Captain Herring had taken his place in the stern sheets, the painter was cast off; I got out my oafs,-and the captain headed the boat for the Jersey side., X took , care to pull an even stroke, and .feather ray blades, arid after watching me for a few rqmutes the skipper actually, condescended it. “ Where did you learn to row?’ he growled. : . ‘ ‘ “’On my last shipair/ I answered. “Pity yer hadn’t .stayed there/ I was favoredpwith, and in- tho lighh of. subse quent events; I had. occasion tb' heartily, ; ' - . • That was. tbe last Temark; lip .made until we reached, the landing, when; he again sainted me. ' / . • “Look round and,sob if yori can. find this place, again? Sharp now; .. Well, dorn yer, why, don’t yer stupid swab ?*’ ho cried, as! paused just a moment to got my bearings. / . I-losfc no timo in 1 answering him that I could, ' . • . ’ “ Get back aboard now, and cpm'e<ashore for me.At two o’clock, and if yer keep mo waiting 3711 twig yer ear, understand ?*’ - A peculiarity . of. the captain’s : was that his pronunciation and. grammar- were as versatile as this. passions. Ho .would be gin a jseftterico, with some apparent regard for th® Erighsh language, bub-u before, .ho had words thersound of his own. voice would seem to awalion tbo-sbur nete that, was,'a ,di3tirictivb -charactbrwtio of his fiaturef, and'th'bd articulritibn would be attofidM by ra rhetorical display in finitely morriforcible than beautiful. I thrcwtbo painter .to the. second mate whbnjt got alongside, and' after securing mjloars IcUmbcd on boards >.?*; Hr. Dbylo, the seoond officor, qr.“diokie/ as the. brew always refer to that person age between 'themselves;'wee AU; old iman f shbttOnd dumpy, with a bald crown, sur r roundod by a few straggling gray havrsj watery blueoyesj a Idrge iiose, with-a huge wart 'decorating itaq>brfc s1dof a - furrowed', weritheriboatoj) face, arid ri rpll jpf ish wbhikote;ririder jnsjhhih, which' Ibpked ari if thoy brid osbri from beneath; the* cbUttr of/his fiannel shirt 1 and had' beeri canghtr hPlpIcssly'iw the atternpt, Bqt brie needod td see in Ibbbmbtibh to moke - tho picture Ho Was painfully bowlogged, and. ns ho waddled along thc dook hisf lowor dimbs -suggested an animated ho-was a kindly oldman awd a thoTough Aeaman, I learncdafterward ihab he .was-entitled to the distinction of -being the only officer .who had over flailed a aecond voyage with lf?aritein v Hbrnng. - <. ;??? .cf-lound eribuglr to keep.-mo. bafly until
three bells wore - struck, when I reported to the mate, dropped into the boat, and pulled ashore to the landings! had made in the morning, arriving there considerably ahead of the time appointed. I was re solved'that at any rate the captain should have no real cause for finding fault with me.;, iThere was jno. ono- there, hpwever, and I had ample leisure for -indulging’ in speculation over the coming voyage. It’ was very deserted all about mo where I had made the boat fast alongside the dock, with nothing to break the silence but.the liqnid tinkling of the water as it rippled against the spiles, and the drowsy buzzing of. a swarm of flies congregated about a number of old sugar, hogsheads overhead. Slowly these sounds, became fainter, and ceased. Suddenly I was. at sea, and the schooner was rolling and pitching in a storm. Captain Herring shouted something incomprehensible at mo, then seized mo by the shoulders while ho shrieked, “ Overboard , with you!” I olutohed his clothes to save myself, and— awoke to find that I -was standing in the boat holding tenaciously to a fat, good-- natured looking man rigged in a blue cloth suit, who was laughing while ho disen gaged my hands from his coat.- • “ Been dreaming, youngster?” he slid. I drew my hands across my eyes in a confused sort of way as if trying to get my bearings, when he said: “ I’m the pilot,* and am ter-meet - Cap’n Herring here. I hailed yer but yer didn’t answer, so X climbed down inter the boat and spoke to yer, and up yer jumped, and I grabbed yer agd sung put to ho careful or you’d go overboard; thou yer come up into the wind,” amk the old fellow’s stout sides shook once more". I asked him . the time. Hauling out a moderate sized town clock he said that lie made it half-past three, and that the cap tain had need to hurry, if ho wanted the benefit of the tide. Ho-noxt filled and lit a pipe as ungainly in girth as himself. After sovefal loud smacks he started a miniature Vesuvius, then settled himself comfortably in the after part of the boat, facing me. Presently ho spoke;’ “ How long yer (puff) bin. ter sea (puff), youngster?” I told him it was my second voyage. Um (puff) known Cap’n HerHhg be fore?” I answered in-the negative. “ Um (puff-puff) thought so/’ Here there was silence for a few minutes and the pilot pulled ahead at .his pipe with increased energy; then he slowed down and continued: “ Boy!” “I’m listening to you, sir,” I answered. “Boy, there be cur’us critters in this world.” - After this revelation lie indulged in a number of quick smacks,.and proceeded ; “ Thero-ho men what ho so domed cross grained that you’d thl-ik.they’d bin slidin' down a hemlock plank again the run of the wood ever sence they was horn.” Another silence. “Boy!” “ Yes, sir ?” . “ Yer may run afoul of this kind of a critter some day, and if yer do, jest re comemhor that the good will of a (log is bettor’n his bite, and do yer level best ter gib along even if it bo domed tough some times, and no matter what yer told ter do jump quick, and if yer get a hit o’ tongue sass once nor while, think of it as spilled wind what can’t do no harm.” The old fellow was quite exhausted when he had finished, and_yrhile,.he .was- regain ing breath;' his pipe went out. A fter a vain search through his pockets for a match, he enquired if I had one, and I may have been unjust, hut I imagined that he betrayed no evidences of disappointment when I answered to the contrary—there j was a saloon at the head of the dock and | the weather was warm. “ Never mind, youngster,” he said as he climbed up the side of the pier; “ I'll take a turn up the street, and buy some, and' maybe I’ll see the cap'n, hut if ho fetches here ahead of mo, jest wait a hit, for I won’t he longer than it will take yo tor box the compass.” ; - It was evident from the manner in which the pilot had spoken that he had the Ha jab’s captain in mind when he suggested to me a plan of action in the event of meeting with “ cur’us critters.” An. hour passed, then the captain and pilot dame down the dock together. That bho former had been drinking deeply was apparent from his thick speech and un steady gait. I was mighty glad that the' pilot was there to help the skipper into the boat while I held it in steady against the spiles. I pushed off from the dock, and having the tide in ray favor was soon -alongside the Rajah. There was not a breath of air stirring when I hoard the pilot advise the captain to lay at anchor for the night and got un derway early the next morning so as to benefit by the first of the ebb tide. ! - To this tho captain hiccoughed some un intelligible reply—ho was muddled with | drink, and I doubt if ho took in tho sense of the pilot’s remarks. Coming off in the boat the captain had kept continually dropping the clearance ! papers which ho.carried, until the pilot’ had taken them in charge. As tho skipper itiimbled- r dbwn;\''thd ! ‘cahih ; stairs, the pilot went up to the mate.- ' ? “ You’d better take carp o’ those doco raonts, mate, and I think it best tor lay whore yer ho for the night; for there hint 'a catspaw o’ breeze, and the tide’ill turn shortly/’ ' *" “ Right you are, pilbb,” answered the mate; “there’s, no good of heaving up anchor for tho sake of dropping it again. You’ll stay aboard ? ” ~ “ You dpn’t.think I’ll go ashore for the prev-a-lege of bhying my meals when I can live op your owners for nothin’, do ye?” ami he .squinted at the mate and : chuckled good Hiimbrcdly as ho filled his pipe. - ? * ,' , Another useless hunt through is poc kets—finally he got a light from tho galley ?fire.. , . -.. v,- . . . I wanted to ask him about tho of matches he had consumed an hour’s time :in purchasing, but refrained, i .The boat.was hoisted in and lashed. Shortly after this four bells wore struck, j and, when wo knocked off for supper, tho [ Rajah was ready foisca. I:' OHAFtBR III. li' DOWN TO TJJtH SEA. j Stars were 8t5ll;8luniqgwh6n / tUo sotfpnd Amato’s hoarse.voice rosonnddd through tho tfbreeafetlc calling, “Do you hoar the news? r All 1 hands up anchor! ” ; • : Away-in 'the eastward there wore a few [faint streaks, the- herald ,of the coming mbrii,an& hy thp time 'that wo had hove ; isbort on the chain; and oast the sail loose for -hoisting, they 'had broadened and deepened’into a crimson glow all along: the’horizon. 1?ho tiM had just turned' ebb, while a fresh breeze’was blowing, from tho, carding! .point-’whore : the sim ?Was rising, and tho Rajah' quartered to her anchor with hot hoad/iip stream. 1 The Captain' was not to bo scon, abd the mate gob tho vessel undorway. TIo stood at tho wheel calling out his orders, and tho second officer in charge of the men; saw that they wore executed, ; Wo gob tho foresail and inainsail up easy-enough by aid of ? the mastwinohcs, but tho spanker made a big show of canvas
requiring all our “ beef” to straighten it OUt. ' “Hold a good 1 turn,* Harry,”, said Mr. Doyle to jhe, '“and now my bullies, swig, off on her and lift tho boom,” i With three good men added to Winder’s groat strength and -bulk, something had to come, and a. few minutes later the-throat and peak were sweated as flat as the jigs could make them. After- casting off the gaskets of tho head sails, and seeing the downhauls clear for hoisting, wo manned: the weighing capstan under the topgallant forecastle deck. The schooner had .such: a great rise forward that'the headroom under this deck was sufficient for even Winter to stand erect, and afforded an op portunity for raising the anchor by the capstan, in navy, style, instead of weighing by windlass. i “Do you know ‘Old Stormy?’” asked Winter of mo'as I laid hold of the bar hoxt.tp him. “ Yos,” I answered. “ Then let’s have it, lad, and we’ll splice into the chorus/’ So I broke out in a shrill treble and reeled Off the words of that old Western ocean song f as we circled around tho capstan: , , “Old Stormy, ho is dead and gone. Storm along, boys,,Stormy; I dug his grave, it was eight feet long Storm along, boys, Stormy!” At the conclusion of each verse the crew joined in the chorus with hurricane notes, and the second mate took occasion, when tho pauls ceased to clink, to exhort us to “ heave, and raise the dead.” We hove away quickly for a minute-so as to lift the anchor well clear of tho bot tom, then ran up the jibs, flattening the shoots down to starboard, while the mate put tho helm up, eased off the spanker sheet, and the Rajah’s head paid off in shore. “ Gather in the spanker sheet, a couple of hands,” called out Mr. Sinclair, as the vessel came around to jibe. When tho booms had gone over, wo started all sheets, then catted the'anchor. Sot your topsails, ” was the next order. After they had been loosed, and tho sheets hooked on, wo sheeted them homo, then mastheaded them, while tho hand in the crosstrees hove the tack lino down on deok;tb windward. With this ' plain canvas on her tho Rajah laid down easy to her work', run ning through the smooth water with sur prising quickness, and leaving a crackling wake astern. The. Rajah was one of the largest schoo ners overbuilt at this time, measuring over six hundred tons. She was very lofty, and though, finished plainly about the docks, everything denoted great strength. She was clipper built, the black gloss with which her sides wove coated exhibiting her lines in all their perfection. A narrow yellow ribbon was painted in the groove on tjie outside of tho covering boards, the former decorated with an arrow head where it begun under the hows, and finished off with feather points where it ended on tho quarter, and bows on the vessel was a picture calculated to warm tho cockles of a sailor’s heart, with her. polished taper ing spars, and the gilded figurehead of ; a Hindoo prince reaching out under the bowsprit. . : ! Mr. Sinclair now called Winter to take the wheel, and gave tho vessel, into the pilot’s charge. " ; , By the.time .that. Port Lafayette' wis ' abeam, ilio cook' told the* 'mate ho was ready for us. ? “Got breakfast, a couple of .you, aud then relievo the others,” ordered the mate. , When I next went on dock wo were run ning out through the Swash;OHannel. Off seaward it'was hazy, and there was more weight in tho wind but the. Rajah still showed all her canvas, eating I a wind ward over the long ground swells that the royal figure under tho bows was making obeisance to. , Just as wo ran out of the channel, Cap tain Herring made his .appearance. As he met tha pilot’s oyo he “asked in a surly way : “Havarb you been able to find a sand bank to stick her on j'et?” “She’d picked out one for herself if you’d been on dock., tor ‘ Jonah’ her,” an swered the pilot. Then he chuckled -over the thought"of liis repartee, and I saw, the man at. tho wheel direct a quick glance at tho skipper to assure himself that ho was nob observed, then kinder hug himself with delight. “ How’s the wind, Mr. Sinclair?*’ asked the captain. “ East by north, sir.” “ Keep her full'and by.” “ Aye, ave, sir ’; wheel there!” “Sir?”* “ Full and by.” “ Full and by, sir.” A few spokes of tho wheel and the vessel was on her course heading out into tho A-tlanticon her long voyage. We now fished the port anchor, leaving tho .star board one hanging at tho cat head until wo should he off soundings. Shortly after Mils a pilot boat that bad been in sight for some time coming down on us from windward, rounded to on our weather bow. Wo came up into the wind, tho pilot boat’s j’awl; ran alongside, and the pilot dropped into her, expressing tho stereotyped—** wish you a pleasant voyage and good freights.” , ' , The Rajah’s wheel was Mien put over, and she filled away on the port tack and bhcb mofe%M brought to her course. Wo now fished 'blip starboard anchor and secured it for sea. At oightbolls in tho evening the watches were chosen. ' Winter and Burns wore taken into the starboard watch, tho two Olsen’s and myself in. the.port watch'—tho •starboard, or captain's, watch remaining on deck, while tho port watch went be low. . . It continued to grow thicker, and shortly after leaving the dock tho dismal toot of fclio fog horn was hoard from the topgallant forecastle. ' The night shut in leaving the Rajah struggling against, a heavy son, with the scud flying past her in clouds, and.I ho two successive blasts of tho fog horn lending an accompaniment to tho waves which continually broke under tho bows, washing noiselessly along ,hor sides, until they blended with, the tumbling wake astern. ' ' TUB B APT A IN SHOWS iris' HAND. " i Fbr two days the same ? Svoathor cbii-i tinned, but oii the morning of the thirds day out, just, as wo struck inshore j [ border of tho Gulf Stream, fclio wind died shorbly after came bub from', the soulb-wcsbj the sky. cleared, and woj entered on’our run across tho wonderful] ocean river, with sheets well off, heading east-south-east on tho starboard tack. r •'It appeared that-if the true instincts of* the captain's nature had lain dormant- un-; til warmed into life by, the dear atmos phere arid 'brilliant sunshine. ] : Finding that Icould'stoor a good trick/ Mr. Sinclair had,given mb tho wheel, and; started '-bhojDutohmGn ' making a now set; of mast coats—at which work they wore' very clover. •• 4 _ . • Shortly,oftor t.wo -bolls Captain Herr ing oarab bh dook/from dinnor,and took a
? position close behind' me whore he could '.watchthe compass card. What’s yor course?” he.-suddenly howled, as a big swell running under the Rajah hove hor head off. • “ East-south-east, sir, ” I answered. X “ Thqji why don’t yer. make it so ? Do yerthink Pm going ter sail this packet all oyer the Atlantic like' a down easter looking for whales? ” “The sea swung her 'off her- course, sir,” I replied.. . \ \ , “ What do yor mean by giving me back talk?”’ ho yelled with an oath, dashing his fist into my face with a force that sent me staggering against the barrel, of the wheel. A:-brilliant light flashed across my eyes followed by a sickening', sensation as I felt the'warm, salt blood pouring over |ray lips. I.choked down a bitter. sob, and drawing my sleeve, acrossrny .eyes to clear them,: I met the Rajah with a few spokes of the wheel, and held her to hor course. “ Don’t you never give me back wash or I’ll skin yor alive!” ho muttered. Then he crossed over and .sat on' the lee rail, where he amused himself by squirting jto baoco juice into the white foam that .wpnt whirling by.- He called for Mr Sinclair, and the mite came around the house from the foremast where he had been fitting a mast coat. , - . “-Mr. Sinclair, ” said the captain in a provoking voice, “ this is the first time you’ve sailed with me, and I don’t know what kind of vessels you’ve been used to, but T want you to understand that therp’ll be nb’ idle bread eaten aboard this packet.” “ Well, sir?” replied the mate quietly. “ AfWr this there’ll ho no watch below for tlie crew between the morning and dog watches.” “Captain Herring,” answered the mate, in a quick, fearless way, “ I don’t mean to.question your authority, sir, but do you stop to think that if your orders are car ried out the men will be on dock for six teen hours at a stretch, and will only get four hours sleep in twenty four?” Ho paused for arepty, and receiving none,con tinued: “Take the afternoon watch from them, if you will, sir, but not more. I’ve got to work these men, and.if proper work is to be got out of them.‘they must have some rest. I’ve found that it pays in the long runio give a crow their watch below.” The captain sprang to his feet, his face livid'with rage. “ Who’s captain of this ship, yon or me? ” A flush passed over the mate’s 'face, but he answered calmly, “You are sir.” “ Then sec that you remember it, or I’ll find a way to make yer! Turn the sogers out of that forecastle, and give ’em, some thing to do, or Til cut out work "for you and them- too! ” ‘’You. needn't find my work, or theirs either, I know my business! ” exclaimed the mate hotly. “Do what I tell you!” screamed the captain. The male slopped quickly to the fore castle door and ordered out Winter and Burns; next he sent the two Dutchman aft, and when (he crew had ranged them selves along the break of the poop, fie said; “Captain Herring’s .orders are that there is to be ho watch below between the morn ing'and dog watches. If you have any thing to complain of, there is the captain.” The two brothers spoke to one another in German, While Winter and Burns ex changed glances without speaking. . ' /“ Ifiyou haw n’t. anything to say, go for vKird and -”—commenced the mate, when .Burns interrupted with; “ Oi’d loike ta soy, Cap’ll Herring, there’s no complaining abont being short bonded for’ard, tho’ it’s yorself knows, sor, thot there should be another A, B. in thor fo’castle, but Oi’d loike ta ax ye, respectful loike, s>r, as how ye ixpect men to do their wourk without givin’ om ony sleeup otall ? ” The balance of the crew remained silent, but by tho approving nods which greeted him it was evident that the Irishman had given expression to tho sentiments of his messmates. As tho seaman concluded, tho captain snatched a belaying pin from the rail and strode toward tho men who fell back as he advanced. “ Get forward out of this, yer scow bunkersi jump if T have to per suade yer I’l I brain Avery mothers son of yb!” he roared, Tho two Dutchmen wont back to their work mechanically, while' Winter arid Burns lingered by the forecastle door talk ing in angry wlmpbrs fco 6ach other. Mr. Sinclair went forward to set them to work, then he came aft'and looked into the bin nacle. As ho raised his head ho noticed the blood on ray- face and bands. “ HoW did you got that?” ho asked mo. I know the captain was listening to every word ns ho sat on tlio edge of the house a few feet away, so ,1 simply looked athim and madb no reply. The mate understood me for I saw him clinch his hands while a passionate gleam calho into bis grey eyes. “Go forward and wash your face and hands,” ho said; “I’ll keep tho wheel for you.” I glanced in tho direction of the captain without moving, but tho mate pushed mo I away from the wheel. Then I drew a bucket of water from over tho side, bathed my face in it,-and wont back to him. “ East-soath-castsaid ho ns T took the spokes in my hands. “ Eastrsoiith-oast, sir,” I answered. Shovtiv after r this Burns relieved mo, and when I wont forward, Mr, Sinclair set mo to work cutt ing “thrums ” for chaffing gear, and kept mo busy at odd jobs during the remainder of .the afternoon. ! • At four o’clock when Mr. Doyle was called; the mate explained to him in a few words' what'the captain’s orders were. The old man shook his head in a dis approving way, but said nothing. Tho.men worked right along until eight bolls, then my watob was privileged to go bolqw until six o’clock, at which time wo -relieved the starboard watch for two hours and'wore thbn off till midnight- The two dog watches from four to eight each day would reverse.’the sleeping hours.for.tho watches each night, but the number of hours be low would bo the same for, all. ’ Booking- back X see cleavlj that this was the beginning, of. the end ; tho dawn of the .oppression itfhich was to result in the wreck of tho Rajah, and tho loss of ! as good ai brow ffs over wont down to tho sea. CHAPTER V,: V DEATH OF OL8HN. Wo ran out of .the stream during tho night, and when morning broke it found us still .standing into tho oast-south-oast with the wind in-its old qua riser. The bpautifbl indigo blue of the Gulf, water had'given place to a bottle green-, or “off soundings” Color, and instead of tho con fused sea; of yesterday, wo had’.tho long, ovon swells of tho broad. Atlantic, . .. Tho day .passed, quietly, for tho captain liad not corao ou dock oven at meridian,; :ahd Mr* Sinclair had tat on a shot - s at,tho. Alin at that li rriofor t)io purpose of a so or-: taming tho.ship’s latitude. Mr, Doyloandj ho divided, thp- watches between thorn; asj formerly, tho change mndo for thoroou not: interfering with their regular. watch and! watch, so that at times I was under tho? charge of tho second mate after Mr. Sin-i j olaiv had • boon • relieved; bub M!r.. Doyle I was a slow going, gopd-haturoft. old ada ! dog, and easily to got along with.
Ifc was in the second dog watch. - The sun had gone down a. few . minutes -before leaving us a rosy twilight. One of the Olsens was at the wheel, while the other was setting the side lights in the forward rigging. I left tho forecastle with an arm ful of tin plates and pans that had been used at supper, and as I did so the cook emerged from the galley carrying a bucket of refuse. Just at this moment Captain Herring staggered on dock. He was very drunk. Ho stood on the deck abaft tho cabin house, his logs spread far apart, and his big body swaying to and fro as the vessel rolled. The cook reached tho rail and poised the bucket to empty it. Just then the schooner gave a deep roll to windward, the cook lost his balance, and tumbling back on deck the contents of tho pail wore spread about him. “Lay aft here, you black devil! I'll teach yor bettor’n tor empty ycr grease over my decks!" cried tho captain. The poor fellow gob on his feet, wild with fear and turned his face aft. “ Fo ? God, Cap'n,” he begged. “Ah couldn’t help it, indeed Ah couldn’t!” “ Come here when I tell ye, yor son of ebony ; lay aft, or I'll break every bone in yer body!” yelled the captain. The black eyes protruded until they looked an abnormal size as lie slowly moved toward the master, and we who wore forward could see his hands, as they hung by his side, shake as though h* were afflicted with ague. (to brooxtixubp.)