and I believe the auld papist fule has taken the wee bit lassie with him, and thinks he can get to Ponape, where there's Katolikos in plenty. And Ponape is sax hundred miles awa'.'
'Well, come aboard and get some breakfast.'
'Man, I'm going after the old fule! He's got no sail and canna be twenty mile awa'. I'll pick him up before he gets to Mili Lagoon, which is only saxty miles from here.'
Packenham swore. 'You infernal ass! Are you going to sea in a breeze like this by yourself? Where's your crew?'
'The deevils wadna' come wi' me to look for a papist. And I'm not going to let the auld fule perish.'
'Then come alongside and. take a couple of our Savage Island boys. I can spare them.'
'No, no, captain. I'm not going tae delay ye when ye're bound to the eastward and I'm going the ither way. Ye'll find me here safe enough when ye come back in anither month. And I'll pick up the auld deevil and the wee bit lassie before midday.'
And then, with his red beard spre