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CAPTAIN ENGLAND BY GOUVERNEUR MORRIS
Especially Illustrated for The Day Book by the Most
Famous of All American Pen and Ink Artists,
James Montgomery Flagg.
Copyright Charles Scribner's Sons.
You gentlemen of England,
That live at home at ease,
How little do you think upon ,
The danger of the seas!
When the stretch of waves between the white coast of Britain and the
oaken sides of the Hynd Horn had widened to an impossibility for the most
enduring swimmer, the two mariners with pistols in their sashes quitted the
presence of Mr. England, to which they had clung with pertinacity ever
since the elegantly buckled shoe of that gentleman had first touched the
dpck Air. England smiled with sweetness after the last disappearing hall
marks of his various misdemeanors,
and seated himself on the rail, where
he balanced with niceness and be
haved so alluringly that the ship's
cat leaped to his knee, purring.
"O, cat," said Mr. England, "in
the course of your nine lives, have
you ever been hanged?"
The cat yawned and elevated his
"And was it painful?" said Mr.
Mr. England sighed and looked
back on that fast-sinking shore
where he and his crimes and the law
had all met in the same ale-house.
"Feline," said Mr. England, "I am
to be judged where I was born,
hanged where I was bred, and buried
where four roads cross, with a stake
through my susceptible heart, and a
devil to make me dream."
Mr. England mused with half-shut
"Ah, Mr. England," said the cap-
road which is between
tain, coming up, "you are comfort'
able, I trust, in body and mind?"
"The sea does not make me sick
in body," said Mr. England, "neither
do my thoughts make me sick in
mind. But I am sick at heart, for I
have not yet been presented to Lady
Pelham, and on that straight, short
me and the
gallows there is no other petticoat in
"I deplore," said the captain, "that
duty which causes me to disoblige a
gentleman whom I frankly like and
to deprive a lady, whose loneliness I
myself can do little to alleviate, of hia