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by Morgan Robertson
- Author: Morgan Robertson
- ISBN: 9780217049931 (0217049931)
- Publisher: General Books
- Release date: January 11, 2012
- Language: english
- Format: paperback, 120 pages
About The Book
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Not illustrated. Excerpt: … “That is, you’ll torture him.” “We’ll amuse ourselves.” Another protesting cry in Sinful’s voice came up the hatch. “Mr. Peck,” called the captain, “how are you situated? Can you stand it where you are?” “They’ve tied me hand and foot, capt’n,” wailed Sinful, “and made me fast to the ring-bolt in the port. Four o’ them have their hooks into me now. I could stand it if they will let me alone, sir.” XXIV CAPTAIN JACKSON’S face was troubled as he straightened erect. And the news brought by the two mates and the steward, who now appeared before him, did nothing to clear away the trouble. The keys could not be found. Another call to Sinful brought no light on their whereabouts. He had been careful to hang the keys in a safe place, he said, in view of this very exigency. The captain headed another search, of the whole forward part of the cabin, of the booby-hatch, boatswain’s-locker, and the deck itself. The men forward were questioned, but none had seen the keys, and, summoning the carpenter, with files and steel saws, they marched aft to the poop. “As a matter of fact,” explained the captain to Mr. Becker on the way, “I would welcome any reasonable excuse to release those men and get them to work. There’s weather coming, as you can see — perhaps a typhoon. And what can we do with half the crew in irons and the other half incompetent? And then, too, Mr. Peck once saved my life, and I can’t condemn him to such punishment.” Which may, or may not, have been the real reason of Captain Jackson’s complaisance. But the pedigree of his prisoners given by Sinful was extremely improbable, to say the least. Chips tried a few strokes of file and saw on the leg-irons of Moccassey Gill, and gave up the task. “No use, sir. They’re hardened jus’ so they can’t be filed. Wrist-irons a…
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