2 edition of Captain of the Polestar and Other Tales found in the catalog.
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|Pagination||xvi, 90 p. :|
|Number of Pages||74|
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His former unpopularity was forgotten, and the old harpooner whom I have already mentioned for his superstition, led off three cheers, which were heartily joined in by all hands. "I don't think that would go very far in a court of law," said Dick; "but come, I have finished my cigar. While Mahomet himself was still alive, there was a schism among his followers, and the smaller party moved away from Arabia, and eventually crossed Africa.
I pounce upon a characteristic feature as a botanist does on a flower, and bear it away with me to analyse at my leisure, and classify and label it in my little anthropological museum. Apart from this absurd outbreak of superstition, things are looking rather more cheerful.
I was an apt pupil.
How glad we shall be to see the green banks of the Tagus, and leave this unlucky ship for ever! How was I to have them for my very own? These little rooms were arranged on each side of the passage which led from the main-deck to the saloon. The wind blows off the land. Leaving half-a-dozen men with the canoes, the rest of the negroes set off through the sand-hills, leading me with them, but treating me very gently and respectfully.
I have to set an example to the men and look cheery and unconcerned; but God knows, my heart is very heavy at times. You find your tympanum straining to catch some little murmur, and dwelling eagerly upon every accidental sound within the vessel. Septimius Goring, a half-caste gentleman, from New Orleans.
—Made a good run all day. In the meantime we wish to treat you well, so if there are any of your possessions which you would like to take with you, you are at liberty to get them.
The four ruffians were standing up now at the other side of the deck. Many will doubtless wonder why I have not proclaimed myself before, and why I have suffered so many conjectures and surmises to pass unchallenged.
This run of ill-luck seems to be depressing Harton, for he has lost his usual good spirits and joviality.
From this point I am able to quote from the journal which I kept in order to vary the monotony of the long sea-voyage.
Several bladder-nosed seals were seen swimming in the water, and one was shot, an immense creature more than eleven feet long.
That very night the storm which had been brewing so long burst over us, and I came to learn whither all those little incidents were tending which I had recorded so aimlessly.
I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that Goring is a maniac or something very near one.
It was a large and weighty circlet, made, not of gold, but of a rarer and heavier metal brought from the mines of Mount Harbal.