The Iron Trail
"She loosened three plates on her port quarter and she's filling fast."
"How long will she last?" snapped Brennan.
"Not long, sir. Half an hour, perhaps."
The captain rang for full speed, and the decks began to strain as the engine increased its labor. "Get your passengers out and stand by the boats," lie ordered. "Take it easy and don't alarm the women. Have them dress warmly, and don't allow any crowding by the men. Mr. Tomlinson, you hold the steerage gang in check. Take your revolver with you." He turned to his silent friend, in whose presence he seemed to feel a cheering sympathy, "I knew it would come sooner or later, Murray," he said. "But--magnificent mummies! To touch on a clear night with the sea like glass!" He sighed dolefully. "It'll be tough on my missus."
O'Neil laid a hand upon his shoulder. "It wasn't your fault, and there will be room in the last boa