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THE AUSUP, THURSDAY. MARCH 26. lGSa
8To?;:$ or preceding chapters.
CHAPTER I Amy Hirer . the
ward c( Theodore Shelf, a hjpocrite,
S cntrnjed o Hamilton Fairfax.
II bbolf proposes a piratical scheme
to Pa'.riric Cambel, Saelf being under
tbo mnlijn ioiluence of Mrs. Shelf.
Ill, IV. V ami VI The scheme is to
hip go'd New Orlcins, overinsur
iu it end wrecking it. Shelf and
Canine! employ CapUia Owen Kettle
to command the steamer, the Port
Y.Ac, and to carry out the plan.
Cambel sail. in the" steamer.
I;. ir . 1 i i :l.u i veiling when Patrick
f .i; '. 1 i.ti iii louml !..iu-ilf cn tete-a-tete
v i.ii : i: 1. r. There tiad Ixen people
In i '.iLi-.-M ti.o I iiu.-o In Park lane,
. . j l leal, t.nti Mrs. Shelf nnd
i. ..,- ' ijcwul t.'.ui tparticst--le-
.Mr.-, .-unit hid wUheU to carry
" 1 nixi ia hit ti&iu, but that person
i 'iiir.u t y a request which be could
ry vtll r..'-.. "You will favor mo
ir.i cii Ly runiaiii'nn hero fur tbo rct
" .'mi,,.'. Mr. '.ii.ili"l," Shelf luid
ir 1 poiiiunu f. I Lavo mat ten
;. ft -t u.i.niiii& I r.Uli to discuss
1 ,i V
"I I. .i'y knew l.'.w to begin," Shelf
c f i i .-i t i;rp.i.;'y r.i.i .1 t!.cy were nlciiu.
' I : n i. U !., ,L; n suzzrsllon." (aid
f t .
'. Vi.ii n l..i..:!i. Coins tr tbo
i.. ( .. v. I. .:;; i . j the plot v.illinut
..,ri.ai...i-j i :,2;.:.t. Vou V6 told
'iwi ,.it .i .- ;;(:! m hand for turn
wv i:.-. ii. i i y iiituci r.-eiu-y, ami you've
'- inin! u's -i il.ny m me. The. only
. "f i H bow ilirty. '' iianks to pressure
.''';",iiii:.i'. , I'm nut an ovirpartlcu
jir .i.i. j:i.t ,;) point I'm very
;.n.,.li. r.r. i i rih-r words, I tlraw tho
? l--if. I'm very vastly
ii. ;i..r T'litn will involvn one lu
n :.:.a Lt::..ory, milch is thins alt
t-iv .1 ' t:-.rn i v.ml i: r.r.--,illo. Now, In
jy ).;,.-;. r,v. 1 f.mcir'l tl.o And might ho
I,..- ; i ac. o-ji, vinous clluibius dutvn
"O'i," fnl.l y.-nC eagerly, '-thnn you
hud n "nruie in your bead bufurs you came
'I in- 'i!i,cr blirucd h'.i shoulden and
' .Ii: ; n dim outline nothing more.
Yr,i -; 1.10 interior cf t!io Kvcrclailf Is
lit "vulL-ly i:n:iiiic !ird I y tho vvbltu man's
viapoi.s. It vriii vaguely supposed to bo
vb?5 ImLp, with cuts of limo and
iiiinrnve-.. The InLo wan rrnortcd a too
rliuWuw for tuitj ami abounding with
fptirs. naucsand mosquitci'S. Coniqurnt
1." It :.'fi;.iinril unexplored, nnd on tbo -nd
nf lUn Horltl.t penlnsul.n today no white
inuii. L.iiriiii; myself nndonour twooth
rr. In: j ever Re.t farther than five or ciht
liillei ia from tho coast.
as I'vo told you, I was lucky
rnui:;.-o ij hi; upon u tine deep shirt cban
tiel cu.tia iu us far m tho center line, aud
ld -ii t kr.ov.- how .'.irti blndlnnlUo. There
In ko ...I, fcrt;;2 eour.try, a healthy climate
nn't t.io 1 ct prune prefervson this earth,
J i rt . firt. comrrs tliat Interior will bo
:y l.i, i4 tr.:n. First sell the
croon c.I tlin hporf. Some men will plvo
nn;ti:..i.r for fi.uci.intf, and In this case
ti.erawul oimi to llm glamour of being
pior.i. ,.. l.ai ii ona will start determined
to v. :'. o a 1 nui. i t hU opinions onddnlngi
ii." t;t.i Ij.ici;. lly cbnrtertnga steam
troiiU treating lli'm well on board they
wouia I "..) 'orting tlo litre. Unoouiiht
toi:iii;ii..' inn and twenty ckrps at OUO
'i'hi i k ivi t'.ie first crop. For the sec.
rnd l. 'V 1. 1 mi ennrraoiis tract rf tbe
l.mj, vi..'. ii r:u to f-oi for half notblna
s ir. nv!s mi acreboom It and
rev il i; in l.n.u:i.lu,Tgir.ieA. They'll f.-njy
ti.ev 1 fr -.v ranm, a nil EuclMhmva
ili v. ,,. i'-y I- lui ill. ii. turbaps tiicy may
tvw t ii. wl.ii knows If they keep uff
r,ii r in..! hi wiri. But that won't
l' t: " :iiii!m,r concern. They don't
ilvi'i.--; tiiitt tho land will prcduco
mem Vn y ouly c larsnteo that it
v.. ,ii I n : vuniTeu a chance, and that's
.I ri-.. t.
"I'linri,! tl.i l ruiitfh on the Jur
tin -. i .ii t ioy rroird tho llritlnh ia
lni.! in ilrote. a'ld cro always nn tbe
lixil-'.iit. for otiu ti:ii tr klirar tbem, I
It.n . vrli mi K.vrrclailin roninany
ni i t ,jr i i.rir 0 mil as well as any-
bout t'.-e. They're inintly waster and
Wouliiu i tin anr pno.l nnywhetv, and It's
a p.. r, ,.,! u. -.1 to curt them over our
loiim ,irt ii.ct nw.i fr.im local mischief.
Ilffi .Ii". rret if ti e Yiornt colors to the
we rt. r. ul ih nrinp Industry of Florida
Stiil re, iv, t , mr.ke headway, the would
M firmer ne'ilii't :nrre. Xor need they
eteu ii i iiiin; tney II pnihahly hate more.
ar..l t l.r.i m ri. There a always sweet
fn .,1, -m:il tnuil-t and tobacco to bo got.
acil. r tli.it. il!is tlorvi'l riot, a man can
hive l: ii.,r fur in k Ii ry- little rzrrtlon.
i'. i i n. iv. 'I'n.it t bi pemnf iean of
ti r'--D. V. I.at do :) think. of It?
"M ii c. ;..:! wmild ho necdi'd."
C'r.i: i l ln i.gired bis nhnulders. "otnv,
HT.ir.il!, it t slioniiln'iliavceoinctoyou.
If I I fi.ni r::v w.it to pouchlns all the
Til ii nn. - siim'e hind .!. you may bet your
ltt:Ii !.'.. Mr T'.reUece Mielf, I shouldn't
have I'lvit.'il yen Into partnenihln."
!! t..r. tc. TAoitl.l h very slow.
".Nci r.etr.i i.'y. l'loas tho company
rnd th-n turn it over t j aaotber company
lor rii itnirn.
'.joier.Tf r. when the er the young
men Jim spot" about found that tbe or
np rvtt lii.t nei prcdnce at once in
yiain ni.mtii.rw. they would write home.
and tbnr parenu woulj denounce me In
the t-af.rrs as a swin Jle.-.
"o, not you, tbe other company the
fnt you sold it to. liut then opologUta
woum arie to saow that tbe Jcacis;
den t thy at the word, nr were lazy and
I B no ran U and alo that they absorbed tbe
com whisky of the country in ezoessive
quantities. And then that company could
smile smugly and poae as a misunderstood
benefactor. So its profits wouldn't be
smin-Btu. in the least. Urasn that?'
"Yes. yes. 1 dare aav von ha iiM
It alt out to younclf and thought out the
detai!4j to many times that tbe whole
scoema seems entirely plausible. But,
" om me view ol a bnslni
man. i cannot, say that It appears to be aa
Vtternrise l iiouid car to. ttabai
I on see.it is so very much "tlTond tno
scope of my general operations tvbat I er
hesitate -cr you understand I hesi
tate" Yes," said Patrick Carabel qnleUy,
"yon hesitate bocaase you've got some
thing ten times more profitable up your
Shelf started and shivered slightly. '
' Yon may as well be candid and o-aen
with mer1' Cam be 1 continued, "and tell
me what you are driving at. If it salts
me, I'll say so, and if it doesn't I'lif let
you know with surprising promptaeaa.
And, again, if we don't trade, you rat y re
ly on me not to gossip about what, you
suggest. I'm not tbo stone throwing va
riety of animal, lou see, I live In :s sort
of semigreenbouse myself."
There was a minute a pause, cjnsng
hich Theodore Shelf shifted abn as
though his chair was uneven rock beneath
him. Then he jerked out his tale atmcence
by sentence, squiut-ng sideways at his
companion between each period. I
You know, I'm a shipowner lna large
way of business?"
"Ships ii ro occasionally lost at sea-
steamers, even new steamers, straight oS
tbo builders' slip and welt fount. In every
particular." - 4
'.So I ve read In tbe newspoTXrs."
'And every shipowner insucts his ves
sels to the full of their value." i
'Except when be has a fore'aodlng that
they will come to grief on a voyage. Then,
so rumor says, no usually mis tno lore
thought to ovarinsure." i
Mr. Theodore Shelf passed a handker
chief over his forehead and started jkbt
was apparently a now topic: ,'Tbcro Is a
silver cruisou just now lu tbe taaltcd
States, and by tfcin morning's papor the
tVsIlar Is down at AO cents. American gold
Is not to lie had. Knglish gold In always
worth its face value. What more nnturxl
financial operation could there bo than to
ship out sovereigns and proCt by the dis
crepancy?" "Tbe new and valuablo steamer which.
though overinsurcd. Is likoly to ha report
ed luet is evidently to hnvo n consignment
of spocio on board. I'lvo hundred thou
sand pounds I fancy you mentioned as the
tiguro In tho billiard room this -r.ornina
vteii, it nc i gotnir in for robjory or
piracy, I supposo it would turn out to be
in this Instance there's nothing like a
largo coup. It your nigcler who usually
fails and gets laid by tho heels. Drive on,
and be a littlo more explicit."
"Couldn t the steamer be lost somehow
In tho gulf of Mexico nnd a boat contain
ing the boxes of specie find its way throuzh
this channel of yours into tho interior of
Mr. Shi'lf mopped his forehead again.
"Don't steamors," he asked, "don't they
sometimes have and accidents which
which cause them to blow up!"'
"buch things have been known. But
It's rather rough on the crew, don't you
"Oh, poor fellows, yes. But a sailor's
life is always hazardous, . Indeed, what can
ho expect with wages at their present
ruinous rate? Shipowners mnst live."
"Oh, you beauty!" said Patrick Cambel.
'I must ask you to refrain from these
comments, sir. But, tell mo, before I go
any further In this confidence, am I to
count upon your assistance?"
"That depends upon many things. To
begin with, there'll have to be modiflca
tions before I dabble. I'm not obtrusively
squeamish about human life my own or
other people s. On occasion I bagged my
man because bo had twice shot at me.
Still piracy, complicated with what prac
tically amounts to murder. Is an art which
I haven't trafficked In ni yet, and, curious
to relate, I don't Intend to begin. Your
scheme Is delicious in its cold bloodcdncss.
but It would look better if it were toned
down a trille. By the way, better help
younolf to a drink. Your nerves ore in
snob a jogglo that I fnney you'll faint If
)ou uon t. I notice thero s no blue ribbon
on your evening dress. Humph! That's
a second mate's nip four lingers if it's a
ilrtip. Apparently you ro used to this. By
tbo way, what honomrlum do you proposo
1 sliouu tako for engineering this piece of
rascality in your favor?"
'I will give you A'500."
ow, wotiiii you realljf ot even
"Mr. Cambel, I'll mtike It a tbonsand.
"Mr. Theodore shelf, when a monkey
wants a cat to pull chestnuts for him out
of tbe lire, he first has to bo stronger than
the cat. Vou don't occupy that, t-nviabln
position. In fact, I have tbo whiphand of
you in every way. We need not particu
larize but you can sum tho items for
yourself. Now, I'll make you an offer
naif of all the plunder and entire control
"My tiod, do you want to ruin me?
'I don't care In the least if I do. Yonr
welfare doesn't Interest me. My services
are on the market with a prix Cio. You
can tako 'em or leave 'em. That's final."
Shelf burst into a torrent of expostnla
tlons, exciting himself more and more as
m went on, till at last he stood before the
other, with gripped fins and the veins
ridged down his neck, inarticulate with
Cambel heard him out with a contemp
tous smile, hut when the man had stormed
hlniaolf into silence then he spoke.
"When one trades In life and death, the
brokerage is leavy. You have heard my
offer. If you don't like It, say so without
further palaver, and I'll leave you now
with your conscience, if you have a rag of
such a commodity left.
"You may sit where you are," replied
"Well and good. That means to say 1117
terms are accepted. I'll pin you to them
later. Bat for the present let me observe
to yon something else, so that there may
be no mlsnni'erstandirjg between ns. I've
been rambling up and down the world
half my life, and I'vo met blackguards of
most deseri it Ions In every iniquitous
place from t'allao to Port Said forger,
thieves, murderers of nearly every grade
of proficiency but theyay that the
prime of everything gets to London, and I
verily believe now that It docs, for, by
Jove, you are tbe most pernicious scoun
drel. of.aU tho collection." .
PU," thundered Shelf, "am I to listen
to these font Insults in my own house?" :
Oh, I qnito understand the obligations
of bread and salt, but you are beyond the
pale of that. You are a noxious beast who
ought to be stamped out. But you can
be useful to me, so I shall hire myself
out to be useful to you. But I have
brought these unpleasant facts under your
notice to let you thoroughly understand
that I have summed yon up from borns to
hoofs, and to point ont to you that I
wouldn't give a piastre for your most sa
cred word of honor. We shall be bound to
one another in this precious scheme by
community of interests alone, and if you
can swindle me you may. Only look out
for the consequences If you do try it on.
I never yet left a score unpaid."
"We're Arcades ambo, rascals both, only
we're different varieties of rascal. I know
yon pretty thoroughly, and if you don'
know me as welt possibly you wilt before
we've done with one another.
"And now, if it please you, we'll go Into
the minuter details of this niece of villainy
and sketch out definitely how we are to
steal this half a million in specie and this
valuable steamer without committing
more murder than is absolutely essential
THE TEMPTTXG OP CAPTAIN OWEN KETTLE.
"If ono might judge from tbe lacquered
majesty of y -ur office appointments," said
Patrick Cambel, taking one of the big
chairs in Shell's innersanctum, "your firm
Is doing a roaring fine business. "
Mr. Theodora Shelf seated himself before
his desk and began sorting out some pa
pers. "Tho turnover," ho said evasively,
"la enormous. Our operations aro most
"Extensive and peculiar," commented
"Bnt I rcgTct to say that Onring the
last lb months tho firm's profits havo seri
ously decreased and tho scope of its opera
tions been much hampered. I tr.ke credit
to myself that this diminution could havo
been prevented by no action on my part It
Is entirely the outeomo of tho times tho
laxy greed cf tho working classes, foment
ed by tho I'rothings of paid agitators. The
series of strikes which wo havo hod to con
tend opainst is unprecedented."
"Is it? Veil, I don't knov. There have
been Ir.bor bother nil down through his
tory, and I fancy they'll continue to tho
end rf time. If you'll recollect, there was
a certain Kyptian king who once bad
troubles with bis bricklayers, and I fancy
there hnvo been f imiliir difficulties trotting
through tbo centuries in pretty quick suc
cession over cincc. Of course each man
thinks bis own employees tho most un
reasonable end grasping that hnvo ever
utterej opinion since tho record began.
That's only natural, but I might point
out to you that in definite n.-uits you
aren't in tho v.orst box yet. Your chnriot
hasn't been upset in tho Ked sea so far,
and it may be that a certain operation in
tho Mexican gulf will piece up the wheels
nnd set it running on triumphantly.
Grumblo if you like, Mr. Shelf, but don't
mako yourself out to be tho worst used
man in history. Pharaoh hadn't half your
"Yes yes," said Shelf, who didn't relish
this kind of conversation, "but we will
come to business, if you please."
"Iiight you aro. Let's Quish floating the
"Mr. Cambel," exclaimed the other pas
sionately, .vi 11 you never learn to mod
erate your language? There aro a hundred
clerks within a hundred feet of you
through that door, nnd somotimes even
walls can listen nnd repeat. Besides I ob
ject altogether to your phraseology. We
engage in no such things as swindles in
the city. Our operations are all commer
cial enterprise "
"Very well," said -Cambel, shrugging
his shoulders, "don't let's squabble over
It. You call yonr spado what you like,
only I reservo a right to slap on a plainer
brand. Wo re built differently, Mr. Shelf.
I prefer to bo honest in my dishonesty.
And now, ns I've said, let's get to busi
ness. You say the charter of this stcimer
of yours, tho Port Edes, has expired and
she's back on your hands. She's 2,000
tons, built under Lloyds' survey and
classed 100 A 1. Sho's well engined and
lias just been drydocked. She'll insure
for every sixpence of her value without
comment, and there's nothing more nat
ural than to send out your specie in such a
sound bottom. Remains to pick a suitable
"I've got a master waiting here now by
appointment, ills name's Kettle. I have
him to a certain extent under my thumb,
and I fancy bo'll provo a reliable man.
He was oneo in our lirm's employment"
"Owen Kcttlo, by any chanco?"
Mr. Shelf referred to a paper on his
Captain Owen Kettle yes. Ha was
the man who lost tho Doge of Venice, and
sinco then he's never had another ship."
"Poor wretch yes, I know. ThntDogo
of Venice enso was an awful . scandal.
Owners filled up tho board of trade sur
veyor to the teeth with champagne, or
sho'd never have been passed to sea. As
it was, sho'd such an unholy reputation
that two crews ran from her before they
could get her manned. She was as rotten
as rust and tumbled rivets could make her.
and she was sent to sea as a coffin ship to
corn her dividends out of Lloyd?. Kettlo
had been out of a job for some timo. Ho
was a desperate man, with a family de
pending on lilni, and he went as skipper
fully conscious of what was expected of
him. He did it like a man. He let the
Doge of Venice founder in a North Eea
gale, and by a marvelous chanco managed
to save bis ship s company. At tho in
quiry, cf course, he was made scapegoat,
nnd ho didn't contrive to save bis ticket.
They suspended his master's certificate for
a year. On tho strength of that he applied
to owners fo- maintenance, putting it on
tho reasonable claims of services rendered.
Owners, being upright mrchnnts and sen
sible men. naturally repudiated all knowl
edge or lialit' ty; said ho was a blackmail
ing scoundrel as well ns an unskillful sea
man and threatened him with an action
for libel. Kettle, not having a solitary
proof to show, did tho only thing left for
Dim to do, and that was cat dirt or sub
side. But the Incident nnd the subsequent
starvation haven't tended to sweeten his
j temper, uinrnj cos oeen serving as
mate on a Pacific ship, and he was just a
holy terror with his men. He simply kept
alive by carrying his fist on a revolver
bntt. There vtjasn't a roan who's served
with Red Kettle three weeks that wouldn't
have cheerfully swung for tho enjoyment
of murdering him.
1 "You appear to know a good deal about
i "When it suits my purpose," returned
Cambel dryly, "I mostly contrive to know
something about anybody. However, it's
no use discussing the poor beggar any
longer. What's amiss with having him in
Shelf touched one of tbe electric buttons
which studded the edge of bis table, and a
clerk Appeared, who went away again and
anortiyVcturnndi " With him was a thr-w-
eled up little man, of about 40, with t ;
bead and a peaked red beard, who made a
stiff, nervous salaam to Mr. Theodore
Shelf and then turned to stare at Cambel
with puckered amazement.
Cambel codded and laughed. "Been
carrying any more pilgrims from Port
Said to the Morocco coasi on iron decks?"
"I nevor did that," snapped Captain
"Ah, ce's memory fails at times. I
dare &iy also you forget a water famine
when tho condenser broke down, and a
trifling affray with knuckle dusters and
other toys, and a dash of cholera, and nine
dead bodies of Hadjis which went over
board? Perhaps, too, you don't remember
fudging a clean bill of health and black
sheeshing certain officials of his Shereefian
"No," said Captain Kettle sourly, "I
don't remember." -
. "I'm going to forget It also. If you'll
prove yourself a sensible man and deal
amicably with Mr. Shelf and myself. I'm
also going to forget that when you were
shipping rice for Calcutta in 18S3 you
rented mats you called your own to the
consignor and mado a tidy penny out cf
that, and I shall similarly let slip from
my memory a trilling squeeze cf $800
which you made out of a stevedore in Now
Orleans before vou let him touch your
ship in the fall of 1S87."
"You can't make anything ont of
those," said Kettle. "They're the ordi
nary customs of tbe trade."
"fchip masters' perquisites for which
owners pay. Exactly. I know skippers
consider these trilles to bo their lawful
Tight, but a court of law might be igno
rant enough to set them down as robbery. "
"I should like to know whero've you
got all these things from," Captain Kettle
demanded, facing Cambel with his lean,
scraggy neck thrust forth nearly a foot
from its stepping. "I should like to know,
too, how you're here? I'd a fancy you were
"Other people have labored under that
impression. But I've an awkward knack
of keeping nlive. You 'vo the same. Tbe
faculty may prove useful to ns both In the
course of the next month if you're not ass
enough to refuse 1:500."
"Ho! That's tho praio we've got about,
is it? What old wind jammer do you want
me to lose now?' '
"Sir!" thundered Shelf, lifting his voice
for tho first time. "This is pretty lan
guage. I would have you remember that
.bnt a short time ago you were in my em
"And a fat let of good it did me," re
torted tho sailor. " But, " ho added, with the
sudden rccpllecficn that it is never wise of
a master mnriner to irritate any shipown
er, "but, sir," I wasn't talking to you. I
fancied it was Mr. Cainbcl here who was
wanting 50 deal with inc."
"Then your fancy carried you astray,
captain," said Shelf. "Come, come, don't
let us get angry with ono another. As I
rcpcatciily impress on all who conic in
contact with me, there is never any good
born out of words voiced in anger. Mr.
Cambel has seen lit to mention a fow of
your shell I say eccentricities, just
show cr that wo understand one an
other." "To show he's got his knifo in me, Mr.
Shelf, and can wragglo it if I10 chooses."
'"What a fractious pepper box it is,"
said Cambol, with a laugh. "Man, dear,
if I've gtit to bo shipmates with you for a
solid month, d ye think I'd put your back
more up than's necessary? If you remem
ber mo nt oil, you must know I'm the
"Ho! Tltrifs the game, is ttV
deuce of a stickler for my own person?.l
comfort and convenience. You can bet I
haven't been talking at yon through gratu
itous cruelty. But Mr. Shelf nnd I havo
got n yarn to brin out directly, which is
a bit of a coarse, tough filiered yarn, and
we didn't wsnt you to give it a top dress
ing of vnrnish. So, by way cf safeguard, 1
pointed out to you that if wo show our
selves to be sinners you needn't sins tint
that you find yourseif in evil company for
tho first time."
Mr. Theodore Shelf had been shuffling
his feet uneasily for some time. Cainbcl's
method of speech jarred him to tho verge
of profanity. His own saintliness was a
garb which he never threw entirely away
iii. any momenr. ins voice hod always the
oily orone o the conventicle. His smug
hypocrisy wa.t a perennial source of prido
anu comiorr. to Mm, without which he
would have felt very lonely nnd abandoned
At this point ho drew the conversation
into his own hand?. It had liecn said of
him that he always addressed the house of
commons n3 t'jough it were tho conarctrn
tion of his cwn tin tabernacles, and he
prencnea out ms scheme of plunder, vio
lence nnd other moral unch nnness with
Biiiiiinr HTviT.i nnction. C am Del was
openly amused and once broke out into a
mocking langb. He was never at any pains
to conceal Us contempt for Mr. Theodore
Shelf, which was mere honest than judi
clous on his part. Kettle, on the other
hand, wore the puckered face of a puzzled
man. inc. combination of cant and crim
inality was not altogether new to ihm
Men of his own profession are very apt to
behave liko devils unbooted at sea nnd
then grovel in clamorous piety among the
pews of Kino obscure dissenting chapel
tne moment they get ashore. It is a pecul
lax trait, but the averace. sea captain be
lieves that he can lay up a stqcVof fire in
surance 01 tms sort which will comfort
ably sec him through future efforts. But
in Kettle's mind shipowners were a vast
ly different class of beings, and so it never
occurred to him that the same might ap
ply to tncm.
In this attitude Captain Kettle listened
to the sermon wr.ich was reeled out to him
and rather feathered that the project he
was exhorted to take part in was in some
obscure manner a missionary enterprise
promoted solely in the honor and glory of
.Mr Theodore s-beif s own particular nar
row little deity, and had Mr. Shelf made
any appreciable pause between his sono
rous periods Kettle would havo felt it his
respectful duty to slip in a bumble
"omen." But the dictator of the great
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This addition is located between Twentieth and Twenty-second streets and Tenth and Twelfth avenues.
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JH. HI. STURGEON, Mitchell tm?j ; building
shipping linn was too learrui ot interrup
tions from his partner to give any open
ing for a syllable of conim.Mt.
But if Captain Owen Kettle was un
versed in the finer niceties of tho art of
hypocrisy he was n man of angular com
mon sense, nnd by degrees it dawned upon
him that Mr. Shelf's project, when re
moved of its top dressing of religion, was
in its naked self something very different
from what he had at first been drawn to
believe. As this idea grew upon him the
devotional droop failed from tho corners
of his lips, and his mouth drew to a hard,
straight line scarcely to be distinguished
among tho curving bristles of hair which
surrounded it. But he made no Interrup
tion atid drank in every word till the
speaker had delivered t!:a whole of his say.
Then he uttered his decision.
"So. pentlen-.en, you are standing fn
partners over this precious business? And
becauso yen know me to be a poor, broke
man, with a wife and family, you naturally
think you can buy 1110 to work for you oil
tho straight. Weil, perhaps that's possi
ble, but there are two ways of doing it.
and of tho two I like Mr. Camber best.
When a man's a blackguard, it don't
mako him swallow any the sweeter for
setting up to be a little tin saint. And I
don't mind who I say that to."
"My good man," snarled Shelf, "do you
mean to threaten me?''
"No, I don't. I just gavo you my own
opinion, ns from man toman, just because
I respect myself. But I'm not gci.tg round
to your chapi I to shout it out to tiiera that
sit under you Sundays. They wouldn't
bclicvo mo if I did. not now nt any rate.
Besides it wouldn't do me any good, and
I couldn't afford it. I'm a needy man,
Mr. Shelf, as you have tniessid. and that's
why I'm s'na to accept your offer. But
don't let lis have any mif understanding
between ourselves as to what it foots up
"What I'm going to sign on for direct
ly, whin you hand mo tho papers, Is a
spell of piracy on tho high seas, neither
more nor less. And I'm going to have
money all paid down in advance before I
ring an engine bell on your blasted tramp
of a steamer. I guess that's fair enough.
My family'li want something to go on
with if I'm caught, and if ono's found out
at this game it's just a common ordinary
banging matter yes, sir, swing by the
neck till I'm dead r.s an ax, and may the
Lord havo mercy on your miscrablo tag of
a eouL That's what this tea party means.
ond for you- dirty 0CO you're buying a'
live Human man.
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