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Harper's Round Table, June 4, 1895

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1895
Language: English
Wordcount: 27,283 / 84 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.4
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 504
Added to site: 2010.06.28
mnybks.net#: 28322
Genre: Periodical
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atives take up sleeping quarters on a lot of mats thrown on top of the cargo in the hold.

"As ill luck would have it, the poor second mate, who had made several voyages to the pig-tail country, and could talk pigeon-English so as to be understood by the moon-eyed sailors, went out of his head with the fever, and jumped overboard in his delirium the second night after leaving port. This left me to deal with a crowd of men who could not comprehend a single order I gave them. However, as the place to which we were bound was only about two days' sail away, and as the wind was favorable, I kept the ship on her course.

"Of all the exasperating times I have ever had, that was the worst. When I wanted the crew to man a certain rope, I was obliged to cast it off the pin, put it in their hands, and make signs to them what they were to do with it; but half the time they would slack away when I wanted them to haul, so that between my anxiety and ill-humor and their surliness we speedily got on very bad term

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