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The Flag of Distress

A Story of the South Sea

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Published: 1876
Language: English
Wordcount: 125,653 / 373 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.8
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,166
Added to site: 2008.04.26
mnybks.net#: 20677
Origin: gutenberg.org
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s crew will be quite sufficient. As to any hostility from those on board the stranger, that's absurd. We could blow her out of the water with a single broadside."

"Who's to command the boat, sir?"

The captain reflects, with a look cast inquiringly around. His eye falls upon the third lieutenant, who stands near, seemingly courting the glance.

It is short and decisive. The captain knows his third officer to be a thorough seaman; though young, capable of any duty, however delicate or dangerous. Without further hesitation he assigns him to the command of the cutter.

The young officer enters upon the service with alacrity--as if moved by something more than the mere obedience due to discipline. He hastens to the ship's side to superintend the lowering of the boat. Nor does he stand at rest, but is seen to help and hurry it, with a look of restless impatience in his eye, and the shadow still observable on his brow.

While thus occupied, he is accosted by another officer, one yet y

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