MANY CARGOES I
It wan .1 quarter to six in the morn
ing as the inato of the sailing barge
Osprcy came on deck and looked round
for the master, -who "had been sleeping
ashoro and was somewhat overdue. Ten
mmutca passed beforo he appeared on
tho wharf, and tho mate saw with aur
prjsc that Jio was leaning on the arm
of a pretty girl of 20, as ho hobbled
painfully down to tho barge.
"Hero you arc then," said the mate,
lus face clearing. "I began to think
you weren't coming."
"I'm not," said the skipper. "I've
got the gout crool bad. My darter here
is going to take my plncc, an' I'm going
to take it ensy in bed for a bit."
- "I'll go and' make it for you." said
"I mean my bed at home," said the
skippor sharply. "I want good nurs
ing an 'attention."
Tho mate looked puzzled.
"But you don't really mean to say
this young lady is coming nbroard in
stead of you?" he said.
"That's just what 'I do mean," said
the skipper. "She knowB as much
about it as I do. She lived aboard with
mo until she was quite a big girl. You'll
take your orders from her. What arc
yon whistling about? Can't I do as I
like about my own ship?"
" 0' course you can," said the mate
drily; "an' 1 s'posc I can whistle if I
liku I never heard no order against
"Gimme a kiss. Meg, nn' it
aboard," said the skipper, leaning on
his stick and turning his cheek to his
daughter, who obediently gave him a
perfunctory kiss on the left eyebrow,
. and sprang lightly aboard the barge.
"Cast off," said she, in a business
like manner, as she seized a boat hook
and pushed off from the jetty. "Ta-ta,
Dad, and go straight home, mind; the
"Ay, ay, my dear," said the proud
father, hia eye moistening with pater
nal pride aa his daughter, throwing oft
licr jacket, ran and assisted the mate
with tho sail. "Lord, what a fine boy
she would have made!"
He watched the bargo until she was
well under way, and then, waving his
hand to his daughter, crawled slowly
back to tho cab; and, being to a certain
extent a believer in homeopathy, treat
ed his complaint with a glass of rum.
"I am sorry 3'our father's so- bad,
miss," said the mate, who was still
somewhat dazed by the . recent proceed
ings, as the girl came up and look the
wheel from him. "lie was complain
ing a good bit all tho way up."
"A willful man must have his way,"
Baid Miss Cringle, with a shake of her
head. "It's no good me saying any
thing, because directly my back's
turned ho has his own way again."
Tho mate shook his head despondently-
"You'd Letter get your bedding up
and make your arrangements forward,"
said tho new skipper presently. There
wus a look of indulgent admiration in
tho mate's eye, and she thought it nec
essary to check it.
"All right." Baid tho other, "plenty
of time for that; tho river's a little bit
thick just now."
"What do mean?" inquired the girl
"Some o' these things are not so care
ful as they might be," said the mate,
noting tho ominous sparkle of her eye.
"an' they might scrapo tho paint oft."
"Look here, my lad," said tho new
skipper, grimly, "if you think you can
steer better than me, you'd better keep
it to yourself, that's all. Now sup
pose you sco about your bedding, as I
" Tho mate went, albeit ho was rather
surprised at himself for doing so, aud
hid his annoyance and confusion be
neath the mattress which ho brought
up on his head, llis job completed, lie
came aft again., and sitting on the
hatches lit his pipo.
"This is jnst the weather for a pleas
ant cruise," ho said amiably, after a
few puffs. "You've choso a nico time
"I don't mind the wcathor," said
tho girl, who fancied that there was
a little latent sarcasm somewhere. "I
think you'd better wash tho decks
"Washed 'om last night," said the
mate, without moving.
"Ah. after dark, perhaps," said the
girl. "Well, I think I'll havo them
Tho mate Bat pondering robelliously
for a few minutes, thon ho removed hia
jacket, put on in konor of tho new
skipper, and, fetching the bucket and
mop. silently obeyed orders.
"You seem to be very fond of sit
ting down"" remarked tho girl after ho
had finished. "Can't you find some
thing else to do?"
"I don't know." replied the mate
slowly. "I thought you were looking
The girl bit her lip and was looking j
carefully round her, when thoy woro j
both disturbed by tho nnsccraly beha
vior of the master of a passing craft.
".Tack!" ho yelled in a tono of strong
"Halloa!" criod tho mate.
"Why didn't you tell us?" yelled
tlic otlmr reproachfully.
"TiiJ I you -tvhntT" roiiroil tlm juj-ntl-
The Skipper of the "Osprey"
, The master of the other craft, hold-
l-nK jn . - Ul 8t:i3 with 0110 nnn,
jerked hiB thumb expressively toward
Miss Cringle and waited.
, ""When was it?" he screamed anx
iously, as he realized that his craft was
rapidly carrying him out of earshot.
flic mate smiled feebly and glanced
uneasily at the girl, who, with a fine
color and an air of unconcern, was look
ing straight in front of her; and it
was a Tchcf to both of them when they
found themselves hesitating and dodg
ing u front of a schooner which was
"Do you want all the river?" de
manded the exasperated master of the
latter vessel, running to the side as they
passed. "Why don't you drop anchor
if you want to spoon 7"
"Torhaps you'd belter let me tako
the wheel a bit," said the mate, not
without a little malice in his voice.
'No. You can go an' keep a look
out in the bows," said the girl serenely.
It 11 prevent misunderstanding, too.
Better take tho potatoes with yon and
peel them for dinner."
The mate complied, and the voyage
proceeded in silcncot tho steering being
rendered a little nicer than usual by
various nautical sparks bringing their
boats closer than was necessary in or
der to obtain a good View of the fair
After dinnor, the tide having turned
and a stiff head windd blowing, they
brought up off Shcppcy. It began to
rain hard, and the crew of the Osprcy,
having made all snug above, retired to
the cabin to resume their quarrel.
"Don't mind me," said Miss Cringle
scathingly, as tho mate lit his pipe.
"Well. I didn't think you minded,"
replied tho mate. "The old man "
"Who?" interrupted Miss Cringle, in
a tone of polito inquiry.
"Captain Crinqle," said the mate,
correcting himself, "smokes a great
deal, and I've hcaid him say that you
liked the smell of it."
"There's pipes and pipes," said Miss
The mate flung his on the floor and
crunched it beneath his heel. Then he
thrust his hands in his pockets and,
leaning back, scowled darkly up at the
rnin. as it crackled on tho skylight.
"If you are going to show off your
nasty temper," said the girl sovercly,
"you'd better go forward. It's not
quite the thing, after all, for you to bo
down here; not that I study appear
"I shouldn't think you did," retorted
tho mate, whose temper was rapidlv
getting the better of him. "I canrt
think what your father was thinking
of to let a pert to let a girl liko you
come away like this."
"If yon were going to say pretty
girl," said Miss Cringle, witli calm self
abnegation, "don't mind mo, say it.
The captain knows what Iic'b about. He
told mo you were a milksop. Die said
you wero a good young man and a tee
totaller." The mate, allowing tho truth of
tho captain's statement as to his ab
stinence, holly denied tho charge of
goodness. "I can understand your fa
ther's hurry to get rid of you for a
spell," ho concludcdl being goaded be
yond all consideration of politeness.
''His gout 'ud never get well while you
woro with him. More than that, I
shouldn't wonder if 3'ou were the cause
With this parting shot ho departed,
before tho girl could think of a suitable
reply, and wont and sulked in the dingy
litllo fo'c'slc. '
In the evening, the weather having
moderated somewhat, aud tho tide be
ing on tho ebb, they got -under way
again, tho girl coming on deck fully
attired in an oilskin coat and sou -wester,
to resumo the command. Tho
rain fell steadily as they ploughed along
their way. guided by the bright cyo
of the "Moubc," as it shone across the
darkening waters. The mate, soaked to
the skin, was at tho wheel.
"Why don't you go below and put
your oilskins on?" inquired tho girl,
when this fact dawned upon her.
"Don't want 'era," said tho mate.
"I suppose you know best," Baid the
girl, and said no more until 9 oclock,
when sho paused at tho companion to
give her last orders for the night,
"I'm going to turn in," said bIio;
"call mo at 2 o'clock. Good night."
"Good night," said tho other, and
the girl vanished.
Left to himself, the mato, who began
to feel chilly, felt in hia pockots for
a pipe, and was in all tho stress of
getting a light, when kq heard a thin,
almost mild, voice behind him, and,
looking round, saw the faco of the girl
at the compauiou.
"I say, arc these 3'our oilskins I've
been wearing?" she domandod awk- j
"You're quito welcome," said the
"Why didn't you tell mcf" said the
girl indifrnnntly. "I wouldn't havo
-worn them for nnyiliivR f I had Jcnawn,
" WoII, thoy 'vron't poison yon,,", uaiu I
Mia macii roiunUaUy. ""Xour Xnthar l
left liis at Ipswich to Jhavc 'em cobbled
up a bit."
The girl passed them up on the deck,
and, closing the companion with a bang,
disappeared. It is possible that the fa
tigue of the day had been too much
for her, for when she awoke and con
sulted the little silver watch that hung
by her bunk it was past 5 o'clock, and
tho red glow of tho sun was flooding
the cabin as she arose and hastily
The deck was drying in white patches
as she went above, and the mate was
sitting yawning at tho wheel, his eye
lidB red for want of sleep.
''Didn5t I tell you to call me at 2
0 clock f she demanded, confronting
"It's all right," said the mate. "I
thought when you woke would be soon
enough. You looked tired."
"I think yon'd better go when wc
get to Ipswich," said the girl, lighten
ing her lips. "I'll ship somebody
who'll obey orders."
"I'll go when wc got back to Lon
don," said tho mate. "I'll hand this
barge over to the cap'n und nobody
"Well, we'll see." said the girl; as
she took the wheel. "I think you'll
go at Ipswich."
For the remainder of the voyage the
subject was not alluded to. The mate,
in a spirit of sulky pride, kept to the
fore part of tho boat, except when he
was steering, and, as far as practica
ble, the girl ignored his prescuce. In
this spirit of mutua.1 forbearance they
entered the Orwell, and ran swiftly up
It was late in the afternoon when
they arrived there, and the now skip
per, waiting only until they were made
fast, went ashore, leaving the mate in
charge. She had been gone about an
hour when a small telegraph boy ap-!
peared, and, after boarding the barge '
m the. unsafest manner possible, hand
ed him a telegram. The mate rend it
and his face 1 lushed. With oven more
than the curtness customary in language
at a halfpenny a word, it contained his
"I've bad a telegram from 3'our fa
ther sacking me," he said to the girl,
as sho returned soon after, laden with
"Yes, I wired him to." she replied
calmly. "I suppose you'll go now."
"I'd rather go back to London with
you," he said slowly.
"I daresay," said the girl. "As a
matter of fact, I wasn't really mean
ing for 3'ou to go, but when 3'ou said
3'ou wouldn't I thought we'd seo who
was master. I've shipped another mate,
so you sec I haven't lost much time."
"Who is he?" inquired the mate.
"Man named Charlie Lee," replied
the jirl. "The foremau hero told mo
"He'd no business to," said the mato
frowning. "Ho's a loose fish. Tako
my advice now and ship somebody else,
lie's not at all tho sort of chap I'd
choose for 3ou to sail with."
"You'd choose?" said the girl scorn
fully. "Dear mo, what a pity you didn't
tell mo beforo."
"He's a public bouso loafer," said
the mate, meeting her 030 angrily, "and
about as bad as tli oy mako 'era. But
1 suppose youH havo your own wa3'."
"Ho' won't frighten me," said the
girl. "I'm quite capable of taking care
of m3'sclf, thank yon. Good evening."
Tho mate stopped ashore with a Bmall
bundle, leaving the remainder of his
possessions to go back to London with
the barge. Tho girl watched his well
knit figure as ho strodo up tho quay
until he was out of sight, and then,
inwardlj' piqued because he had not
turned round for a parting glance, gave
a little sigh and wont below to tea.
The docile and respoctful behavior of
tho newcomer was a pleasant change
to the autocrat of the Osprcy, and car
goes were worked out and in without an
unpleasant word. They laid at tho quay
for two days, the new mato, whoso
homo was at Ipswich, sleeping ashore,
and on tho morning of the third ho
turned up punctually at 6 o'clock, and
thoy started on their return voj-age.
"Well, do you know how to handle
a craft," said Lee admiringly, .as thoy
passed down tho river. "Tho old boat
seems to know it's got a pretty young
lady in charge."
"Don't talk rubbish," said the girl
The now mato carefully adjusted bis
red nccktio and smiled indulgently.
"Well, you're tho prqtticst cap'n
I've ever sailed undcrT" ho said.
' ' What do thc3' call that red cap you 'vo
got on? Tam-o'-Shantor is it?"
"I don't know," said the girl short- j
"You mean yon won't tell mo," said
tho other, with a look of angor in hia
I soft dark oyes. .
"Just as yon like," said she, and
Loo, whistling softly, turned on his boel
and bogan to busy himself with souio
small xnnttor .forward. . .
Tho rest of tho day passed quiouy,
thoujrh thoro waa a froodom in the auw '
mato"n manner vrlilch ran Jo tho rcdoaht-j J
nbla, ntcippor- at, tbo. Omprtsjr rr3fmot ";
change of crew, and to treat him with H
more civility than her proud spirit quito HJ
approved of. There was but littlo wind,
and the baro merely crawled along
as the captain and mate, with surrcp- HI
titious glances, took each other's mcas- HJ
1 VT"3 -is ihc niccst trip I'vo ever H
nail said Lee, as ho came up from H
an unduly prolonged tea, with a strong HI
smelling cigar in his mouth. "I'vo
brought your jacket up." HJ
"A. don't want it, thank you," said HI
"Better have it," said Lec, holding H
it up for her. HJ
"When I want my jacket I'll put it H
on m3'selt," said the girl. HJ
"All right. No offense," said tho H
other, ainly. "What an obstinate littlo H
devil you arc." Il
"njlv,. vou fot nny- drink down IH
there?" inquired the girl, oycing him
"Just a little drop 0' whiskc3', my H
dear, for the Bpasms," said Lee, fa- HI
cctiously. "Will you have a drop?" H
"J won't have anv drinking hero,"
said she sharply. "If you want to HJ
drink, wait till 3'ou get ashore."
"You won't have any drinking," said HJ
tho olher, opening his C3-CS, and with fl
a quiet chuckle he dived below and IH
brought up a bottle and a glass. "Come, H
you'd better have a drop. It'll put a
little color in your checks."
"Put. it away now, there's a good '
fellow," said the captain, timidh, aa M
she looked anxiously at the nenrest sail, jR
some two miles distant. m
"It's the only friend I've got," Baid
Lee, spravling gracefully on the f
hatches and replenishing his glass.
"Look here. Are you on for a bar
gain?" "What do you mean?" inquired th
"Give mo a kiss, little spitfire, and 1 " ,
won't take another drop tonight," said t:
tho new mate tenderly. Come, I won't t
"You may drink yourself to death Ml
before I'll do that," said tho girl, striv- H
ing to speak calmly. "Don't talk thai H
nonsense to me again."
She stooped over as she spoke and
made a sudden grab at the bottle, but
the new mato was too quick for hert H
and, snatching it up jocringly, dared hci
to come for it.
"Come on, come and fight for it," fl
said he. "Hit me if you like, I don'i
mind. Your littlo fist won't hurt."
No answer being vouchsafed to thi
invitation," he applied himself to lii
only friend again, while the girl, now
thoroughly frightened, steered in si-
"Better got the sidelights out," said
she at length. VM
"Plcnt3' 0' time," said Lee.
"Take tho helm, then, while I do it," H
said the girl, biting her lips.
The fellow rose and came toward her,
and as she made way for him thTcw
his arm round her waist and tried to
detain her. Her heart beating quickly,
sho walked forward, and not without
a hesitating glance at the drunken fig
ure at tho wheel, descended into tho
fo'c'slc for tho lamps.
Tho next moment, with a gasping IH
little cry, sho sank down on a locker IH
as the dark figure of a man rose and HJ
stood before her.
"Don't bo frightened," it said quiot- HJ
"Jack!" said tho girl. H
"That's me," said the figure. "You HJ
didn't expect to sec me, did 3'ou? I HJ
thought porhaps you didn't know what 11
was good for you, so I stowed myself HJ
awav last night, and here I am." VM
"llave you heard what that fellow IH
has been sa3nng to mo?" demanded HJ
Miss Cringle, with a spice of tho old HJ
temper leavening her voice once more. HJ
1 1 Every word,7' said the mate cheer- HJ
"vi13' didn't you come up and stand
by mo?" inquired the girl hotly. HJ
The mato hung his head.
"Oh," said the girl, and her tonet HJ
were those of acute disappointment, HJ
"I'm not," said the mato scorn- HJ
Why didn't you come up. then, in- II
stead of skulking down here?" inquired H
the girl, , H
The mate scratched the back of ma H
neck and smiled, but weakly. "Well,
I I thought" ho began, and H
BtOppcd. " , , nr. H
"You thought" prompted Misa H
Cringle coldly. . H
"I thought a little f right would do
you good," said the mate, speaking
quickly, "and that it would make you
appreciate me a little more when I did
conic ' li
"Ahoy! Maggie! Maggie!" camo tho H
voico of tho gracelcsB varlet who was m
"I'll Maggio him," said the mate, H
grinding his tooth. "Why, what tho m
why you'ro crying." H
"I'm not," Bobbed Miss Cnnglo, H
scornfully. "I'm in a temper, that's H
"I'll knock his head off," said tha IH
mnto. "You stay down here.' H
"Mair-fflor' camo tho votco again.
"irng-OIulIol" , ., HI
" Wcro you cnHIiiff mo, my Ind 1" said h
tho luoto. with daiurcrons politont-as, jru
ho atoppod Aft. "Ain't you afraid o
OojtitlouoJ on pajt Bixtoaa. H
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