it to the eager, waiting men.
"Men," I said, stepping forward to the handrail and looking down into
their upturned, bronzed faces, "you are anxiously awaiting information
as to the ship's position. It has been determined at latitude fifty
degrees seven minutes north, longitude twenty degrees sixteen minutes
I paused and a buzz of animated comment ran through the massed men
beneath me. "Beyond thirty. But there will be no change in commanding
officers, in routine or in discipline, until after we have docked again
in New York."
As I ceased speaking and stepped back from the rail there was a roar of
applause from the deck such as I never before had heard aboard a ship
of peace. It recalled to my mind tales that I had read of the good old
days when naval vessels were built to fight, when ships of peace had
been man-of-war, and guns had flashed in other than futile target
practice, and decks had run red with blood.
With the subsistence of the sea, we were able to go to work upon the
damaged engines to some effect, and I also set men to examining the
gravitation-screen generators with a view to putting them in working
order should it prove not beyond our resources.
For two weeks we labored at the engines, which indisputably showed
evidence of having been tampered with. I appointed a board to
investigate and report upon the disaster. But it accomplished nothing
other than to convince me that there were several officers upon it who
were in full sympathy with Johnson, for, though no charges had been
preferred against him, the board went out of its way specifically to
exonerate him in its findings.
All this time we were drifting almost due east. The work upon the
engines had progressed to such an extent that within a few hours we
might expect to be able to proceed under our own power westward in the
direction of Pan-American waters.
To relieve the monotony I had taken to fishing, and early that morning
I had departed from the Coldwater in one of the boats on such an
excursion. A gentle west wind was blowing. The sea shimmered in the
sunlight. A cloudless sky canopied the west for our sport, as I had
made it a point never voluntarily to make an inch toward the east that
I could avoid. At least, they should not be able to charge me with a
willful violation of the dead lines regulation.
I had with me only the boat's ordinary
"Pray for me, and leave me one cigarette to smoke when I get back," and, grinning, he left the room.Page 12
Suppose I was drivin' a milk-wagon, gettin' up at t'ree o'clock in the mornin' and workin' like hell--how much would I get out of dat? Expectin' every minute some one was goin' tuh fire me.Page 16
It was not until the next day that Jimmy had sufficiently reestablished his self-confidence to permit him to seek out the party who wished a mail-order manager, and while in this instance he met with very pleasant and gentlemanly treatment, his application was no less definitely turned down.Page 17
"Good day," he said, and walked out.Page 28
And he was very nice about it.Page 31
"You been against it, bo, haven't you?" he asked.Page 42
"You will oblige me," she said, "by leaving our table.Page 54
"No," Jimmy admitted, "of course, I didn't know who.Page 58
a moment.Page 64
" "All right," said Mr.Page 68
"I shouldn't," said Bince.Page 78
"I am afraid," she said, "that I do not understand very much about the nature or the purpose of your work, but I presume the idea is to make the concern with which you are connected more prosperous--more successful?" "Yes," said her father, "that is the idea, and even in the short time he has been with us Mr.Page 79
"Very well," she replied; "I shall tell father when he returns to this room just what I know of you.Page 81
Entering a telephone-booth he called a certain number and a moment later had his connection.Page 90
Jimmy discovered during those periods a new side to her character, a mothering tenderness that filled him with a feeling of content and happiness the moment that she entered the room, and which doubtless aided materially in his rapid convalescence, for until she had been permitted to see him Jimmy had suffered as much from mental depression as from any other of the symptoms of his disease.Page 98
" "I have been trying to think out how I might," said Jimmy, "but the more I think about it the more damning the circumstantial evidence against me appears.Page 100
"I suppose," she thought, "that they expect to open up a fund of new clues through me," but she was disturbed nevertheless, because she realized that it was going to make difficult a thing that she had been trying to find some means to accomplish ever.Page 105
He saw the effect of the strain of the long trial on Edith Hudson.Page 109
If I had I wouldn't have had nothin' to do with it.