east in the alley toward Lincoln
Street. Lasky returned to Robey Street. In Lincoln Street Billy walked
north to Kinzie. Here he entered the railroad yards. An hour later he
was bumping out of town toward the West on a fast freight. Three weeks
later he found himself in San Francisco. He had no money, but the
methods that had so often replenished his depleted exchequer at home he
felt would serve the same purpose here.
Being unfamiliar with San Francisco, Billy did not know where best to
work, but when by accident he stumbled upon a street where there were
many saloons whose patrons were obviously seafaring men Billy was
distinctly elated. What could be better for his purpose than a drunken
He entered one of the saloons and stood watching a game of cards,
or thus he seemed to be occupied. As a matter of fact his eyes were
constantly upon the alert, roving about the room to wherever a man was
in the act of paying for a round of drinks that a fat wallet might be
Presently one that filled him with longing rewarded his careful watch.
The man was sitting at a table a short distance from Billy. Two other
men were with him. As he paid the waiter from a well-filled pocketbook
he looked up to meet Billy's eyes upon him.
With a drunken smile he beckoned to the mucker to join them. Billy felt
that Fate was overkind to him, and he lost no time in heeding her call.
A moment later he was sitting at the table with the three sailors, and
had ordered a drop of red-eye.
The stranger was very lavish in his entertainment. He scarcely waited
for Billy to drain one glass before he ordered another, and once after
Billy had left the table for a moment he found a fresh drink awaiting
him when he returned--his host had already poured it for him.
It was this last drink that did the business.
CHAPTER II. SHANGHAIED
WHEN Billy opened his eyes again he could not recall, for the instant,
very much of his recent past. At last he remembered with painful regret
the drunken sailor it had been his intention to roll. He felt deeply
chagrined that his rightful prey should have escaped him. He couldn't
understand how it had happened.
"This Frisco booze must be something fierce," thought Billy.
His head ached frightfully and he was very sick. So sick that the room
in which he lay seemed to be rising and falling in a horribly realistic
manner. Every time it dropped it brought Billy's
Old Admiral Sanchez was wont to maintain that he could smell thirty, and the men of the first ship in which I sailed claimed that Coburn, the navigating officer, knew by name every wave along thirty from 60dN.Page 12
personally announced it to the eager, waiting men.Page 15
Could we return to Pan-America, I should be the first to insist that we face it.Page 21
"They have eaten up the inhabitants," murmured Snider, shuddering.Page 25
"Oh," he exclaimed, "you mean a camp! Yes, there are two great camps here, East Camp and West Camp.Page 31
But presently they resumed their search for me, and as they advanced I became suddenly aware of the unnecessary brutality with which the girl's guards were treating her.Page 38
They wore, in fact, every indication of a most primitive people--a race which had not yet risen to the heights of agriculture or even the possession of domestic animals.Page 41
My captors brought me neither food nor water.Page 42
You have come back, after all.Page 44
God save thee, king! Then the party rose, and dragging me to the crumbling arch, made me fast to a huge, corroded, copper ring which was dangling from an eyebolt imbedded in the masonry.Page 45
He lashed his tail against his sides now, instead of simply twitching its tip, and his low moan became a thunderous roar.Page 50
"Turn the knob!" I cried, seeing that she did not know how to open a door, but neither did she know what I meant by knob.Page 56
"I have been searching the bottom for you.Page 57
But then, of course, they have not been trained by stern necessity to cope with the emergencies and dangers of savage primeval life.Page 58
But even as I did so the animal leaped into the air, and simultaneously there was a sound of a shot from beyond the knoll.Page 62
Of course, it was nothing at all to me; yet, for some unaccountable reason, the sight of the two of them sitting there so close to one another and seeming to be enjoying each other's society to such a degree irritated me tremendously, and put me in such a bad humor that I took no pleasure whatsoever in the last few hours of the crossing.Page 65
I explained my theory to the others, and then Delcarte shattered it by a single movement of the hand.Page 67
We had shot a deer just before our halt, and, as Taylor and Delcarte were preparing it, I walked down to the water to fill our canteens.Page 69
I struggled for an instant, but finding my efforts of no avail, I ceased them, and turned my head to have a look at my assailants.Page 74
On the whole, it is apparent that the black race has thrived far better in the past two centuries under men of its own color than it had under the domination of whites during all previous history.