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"Wrecker said he didn't feel
strong enough to walk unless he
knew she were with Trim to look
after him if he were taken sud
" 'Donohqe's such a cold
hearted brute he said.
"And the girl said that of
course she'd go alopg with him
if he felt that way about it. and
afjter that 1 spent nqst of my
time at the station house, playing
solitaire with shells.
"One night about four weeks
after the gif-l shot Wrecker, i iiad
strplled off from the house1
a-ways and lain down behinda
p'aim tfee and fallen asleep. I
was awakened by voices. Twas
Hi the g(rl and Wrecker.
'Did you really come for the
pearls that day ?r ask the girl.
"'That's what I came ashore
fqr says Wrecker.
"'But,' says the gj, speakin'
low and slow like, 'would you
hve taken them after after you
came into the house?
" 'I don't know,' says Wrecker.
- 'Donobue was ragging me, arid I
" 'They're in the cupboard by
the reast window' in the first
room says the girl.
'''I'd have my right arm cut
ofj" rather than touch then! riow
says Wrecker, his voice hajsh
and heavy. '
' " 'Why?' asks the girl
" 'Because because I'm only
i thievin' scoundrel of a pedrl
poachip' robber of the high seas,
biityou know why, Kitty Bellair
says Wrecker, his voiceiiigh and
" 'I do not says the girl. "
"'Because Llove you, Kitty
Bellair says ne, and after that
there was a movpmept like two
people drawing together, and no
more talk. ' I judged neither of
thqrh was in a position to talk,
dnd crept away, and they never
The one-legged nfan fell silent,
and gazed into the bottom of his
glass, sd that I summoned the
"4nd then what?" I asked.
"Didn't I tell you that Wrecker
Mbrton gave up his wickedness
tfor the sake of. two bonny eyes
.and a rope of golden hair?" ask'ed
'They were married "by the
chaplain of ihe inquisitive British
cruiser that sailed info the lagoon
the next day, and Wrecker set-
tied dovta -and gave up the sea
arid bpcame respectable and jiap
pjr and p. father."
"By the way," l4skef, as I set
tled with the bartender, "what
has that to do with "Seven men
from all the wqrfd rollihg down
the Badcliffe road?"
-"Oh, that'-said Wooden-leg.
That's the only song Wrecker
Morton knew, and on the voyage
Jiortie when trie girl Said she liked
the kanakas' singing but wished
they sang in English, he taught,
it to the kanakas with a belay
ing pin and I've never been able
to get it out of my head since."
r o o '
Lots of fellows are sending
their shirt bosoms to the laundry
when they ought tQ send their
.vg-gi -y a-j
" A Jbs i.