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The master hesitated.
“That’s all right, Doctor, but how do I know it’s all right? Maybe by morning you’ll change your mind.”
“That cannot be. My plans are all—-”
“It’s the usual thing to pay something—-”
“Ach, but yes. I haf forgot. Darrow told me. I will make you a check. Let us go to the table of which you spoke.”
They moved away, still talking. I did not dare follow them into the light, for I feared that the Doctor would recognise me. I’d have given my eye teeth, though, to have gathered the name of the schooner, or that of her master. As it was, I hung around until the two had emerged from the corner saloon. They paused outside, still talking earnestly. I ventured a hasty interview with the bar-keeper.
“Did you notice the two men who were sitting at the middle table?” I asked cheap nike air max him.
“Sure!” said he, shoving me my glass of beer.
“Know them?” I inquired.
“Never laid eyes on ’em before. Old chap looked like a sort of corn doctor or corner spell-binder. Other was probably one of these longshore abalone men.”
“Thanks,” I muttered, and dodged out again, leaving the beer untouched.
I cursed myself for a blunderer. When I got to the street the two men had disappeared. I should have shadowed the captain to his vessel.
The affair interested me greatly. Apparently Dr. Schermerhorn was about to go on a long voyage. I prided myself on being fairly up to date in regard to the plans of those who interested the public; and the publi cheap nike air max c at that time was vastly interested in Dr. Schermerhorn. I, in common with the rest of the world, had imagined him anchored safely in Philadelphia, immersed in chemical research. nike air max 90 sale Here he bobbed up at the other end of the continent, making shady bargains with obscure shipping captains, and paying a big premium for absolute secrecy. It looked good.
Accordingly I was out early the next morning. I had not much to go by; schooners are as plenty as tadpoles in San Francisco harbour. However, I was sure I could easily recognise that falsett nike air max 90 o voice; and I knew where the supplies were to be purchased. Adams & Marsh are a large firm, and cautious. I knew better than to make direct inquiries, or to appear in the salesroom. But by hanging around the door of the shipping room I soon had track of the large orders to be sent that day. In this manner I had no great difficulty in following a truck to Pier 10, nor to identify a consignment to Captain Ezra Selover as probably that of which I was in search.
The mate was in charge of the stowage, so I could not be quite sure. Here, however, was a schooner–of about a hundred and fifty tons burden. I looked her over.
You’re all acquainted with the _Laughing Lass_ and the perfection of her lines. You have not known her under Captain Ezra Selover. She was the cleanest ship I ever saw. Don’t know how he accomplished it, with a crew of four and the cook; but he did. The deck looked as though it had been holystoned every morning by a crew of jackies; the stays were whipped and tarred, the mast new-slushed, and every foot of running gear coiled down shipshape and Bristol nike canada store fashion. There was a good deal of brass about her; it shone like gold, and I don’t believe she owned an inch of paint that wasn’t either fresh or new-scrubbed.
I gazed for some time at this marvel. It’s unusual enough anywhere, but aboard a California hooker it is little short of miraculous. The crew had all turned up, apparently, and a swarm of stevedores were hustling every sort of provisions, supplies, stock, spars, lines and canvas down into the hold. It was a rush job, and that mate nike air max was having his hands full. I didn’t wonder at his language nor at his looks, both of which were somewhat mussed up. Then almost at my elbow I heard that shrill falsetto squeal, and turned just in time to see the captain ascend the after gangplank.
He was probably the most dishevelled and untidy man I ever laid my eyes on. His hair and beard were not only long, but tangled and unkempt, and grew so far toward each other as barely to expose a strip of dirty brown skin. His shoulders were bowed and enormous. His arms hung like a gorilla’s, palms turned slightly outwards. On his head was jammed a linen boating hat that had once been white; gaping away from his hairy chest was a faded dingy checked cotton shirt that had once been brown and white; his blue trousers were spotted and splashed with dusty stains; he was chewing tobacco. A figure more in contrast to the exquisitely neat vessel it would be hard to imagine.
The captain mounted the gangplank with a steadiness that disprove nike air max 95 d my first suspicion of his having been on a drunk. He glanced aloft, cast a speculative eye on the stevedores trooping across the waist of the ship, and ascended to the quarter-deck where the mate stood leaning over the rail and uttering directed curses from between sweat-beaded lips. There the big man roamed aimlessly on what seemed to be a tour of casual inspection. Once he stopped to breathe on the brass binnacle and to rub it bright with the dirtiest red bandana handkerchief I ever want to see.
His actions amused me. The discrepancy between his personal habits and his particularity in the matter of his surroundings was exceedingly interesting. I have often noticed that such discrepancies seem to indicate exceptional characters. As I watched him, his whole frame stiffened. The long gorilla arms contracted, the hairy head sunk forward in the tenseness of a serpent ready to strike. He uttered a shrill falsetto shriek that brought to a standstill every stevedore on the job; and sprang forward to seize his mate by, the shoulder.
Evidently the grasp hurt. I can believe it might, from those huge hands. The man wrenched himself abo nike canada online ut with an oath of inquiry and pain. I could hear one side of what followed. The captain’s high-pitched tones carried clearly; but the grumble and growl of the mate were indistinguishable at that distance.
“How far is it to the side of the ship, you hound of hell?” shrieked the captain.
Mumble–surprised–for an answer.
“Well, I’ll tell you, you _swab_! It’s just two fathom from where you stand. Just two fathom! How long would it take you to walk there? How long? Just about six seconds! There and back! You–” I won’t bother with all the epithets, although by now I know Captain Selover’s vocabulary fairly well. “And y nike air max 1 ou couldn’t take six seconds off to spit over the side! Couldn’t walk two fathom! Had to spit on my quarter-deck, did you!”
Rumble from the mate.
“No, by God, you won’t call up any of the crew. You’ll get a swab and do it yourself. You’ll get a _hand_ swab and get down on your knees, damn you! I’ll teach you to be lazy!”
The mate said something again.
“It don’t matter if we ain’t under way. That has nothing to d nike air max sale o with it. The quarter-deck is clean, if the waist ain’t, and nobody but a damn misbegotten son-of-a-sea-lawyer would spit on deck anyhow!” From this Captain Selover went on into a good old-fashioned deep-sea “cussing out,” to the great joy of the stevedores.
The mate stood it pretty well, but there comes a time when further talk is useless even in regard to a most heinous offense. And, of course, as you know, the mate could hardly consider himself very seriously at fault. Why, the ship was not yet at sea, and in all the clutter of charging. He began to answer back. In a moment it was a quarrel. Abruptly it was a fight. The mate marked Selover beneath the left eye. The captain with beautiful simplicity crushed his antagonist in his gorilla-like squeeze, carried him to the side of the vessel, and dropped him limp and beate nike canada n to the pier. And the mate was a good stout specimen of a sea-farer, too.
Then the captain rushed below, emerging after an instant with a chest which he flung after his subordinate. It was followed a moment later by a stream of small stuff,–mingled with language–projected through an open port-hole. This in turn ceased. The captain reappeared with a pail and brush, scrubbed feverishly at the offending spot, mopped it dry with that same old red bandana handkerchief, glared about him,–and abruptly became as serene and placid as a noon calm. He took up the direction of the stevedores. It was all most astounding.
Nobody paid any attention to the mate. He looked toward the ship once or twice, thought better of it, and began to pick up his effects, muttering savagely. In a moment or so he threw his chest aboard an outgoing t http://canada.nikeonline.ca/ ruck and departed.
It was now nearly noon and I was just in the way of going for something to eat, when I caught sight of another dray laden with boxes and crated affairs which I recognised as scientific apparatus. It was followed in quick succession by three others. Ignorant as I was of the requirements of a scientist, my common sense told me this could be no exploring outfit. I revised my first intention of going to the club, and bought a sandwich or two at the corner coffee house. I don’t know why, but even then the affair seemed big with mystery, with the portent of tragedy. Perhaps the smell of tar was in my nostrils and the sea called. It has always possessed for me an extraordinary allurement—-
A little after two o’clock a cab drove to the after gangplank and stopped. From it alighted a young man of whom I shall nike air max classic later have occasion to tell you more, followed by Dr. Schermerhorn. The young man carried only a light leather “serviette,” such as students use abroad; while the doctor fairly staggered under the weight of a square, brass-bound chest without handles. The singularity of this unequal division of labour struck me at once.
It struck also one of the dock men, who ran forward, eager for a tip.
“Kin I carry th’ box for you, boss?” he asked, at the same time reaching for it.
The doctor’s thin figure seemed fairly to shrink at the idea.
“No, no!” he cried. “It iss not for you to carry!”
He hastened up the gangplank, clutching the chest close. At the top Captain Selover met him.
“Hello, doctor,” he squeaked. “Here in good time. We’re busy, you see. Let me carry your chest for you.”
“No, no!” Dr. Schermerhorn fairly glared. ③
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