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1. "This ain't no ord'nary tale wot your pa might pick up
an' read out 0' th' newspaper, not it, but a real out-an'-out yarn
wot is a yarn, one 0' adwenshur on th' high seas an' underneath,
too, fer that matter. It blowed up like this : They wus a gale
springin' up, an' Walrus sent me an' Bill t' take in th' top royal
when, bang! down comes a thunderbolt.
4. "We knowed our goose 'us cooked then fer sartin' fer it
•us nobody but ol' Davy Jones his'sef wot 'ad overhauled us. ' It
wus nice an' dry inside, but when he showed us where he kep'
bad seamen'wot he'd picked up, me an' Bill began t' hanker fer
salt-water, an' specially arter seem' Cap. Kidd cruisin' in a sea 0'
2. "I sighted it comin' jist in time t' sing Out t' Bill, an' we
both jumped and none too quick neither, fer it struck right where
we'd been standin' an' shivered th' mast t' splinters. Th' ship
was canted over s'far by the gale, when we let go, that we cleared
th' deck an' landed in th' sea on the lea-side, an' both went down
like a pare 0' plummets.
5. "When he took us into th' office, or cabin' an' begun t'
look up our record in a big log book, we concluded t' make a dash
fer th' surface, an' while.his back 'us turned we skooted fer th'
door an' by holdin' our breath an' pullin 1 fer dear life we finally
bobbed our heads out o' water.
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3. "Well, sir, we never stopped goin' 'til we struck bottom
an' fetched up 'ith a jolt right in front of a cave 'ith a light
shinin' out. Purty soon out comes- a seafarin' chap 'ith a glim,
- an' arter lookin* us over he invites us in sayin' as . how he 'us
runnin' a kind 0' submarine 'ospital fer jist sich cases as ourn.
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6. "Th' next thing I know 'us comin' too on th' deck o* th'
'Dancin' Sal', an' seem' ol' Walrus rollin' Bill over a barrel. Now, \
jist t' show how stubborn some men is, do you know, th' ol' man
never would believe that yarn, as he sed I'd been dreaming. Well,
we us there all th' same an' you can take my word fer it."
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