Astor, in respect to the admission of Indians on board of the ship, had been neglected for some time past, and the officer of the watch, perceiving those in the canoe to be without weapons, and having received no orders to the contrary, readily permitted them to mount the deck. Another canoe soon succeeded, the crew of which was likewise admitted.
By the time they came on deck, it was thronged with Indians.
"Cooky, by the time you've finished pots and pans you'll be wanted on deck
. Stand ready for a call."
Instantly five of them threw up their hands and fell prostrate upon the deck
. One had already been slain by a bolt, so that there were but four upon their feet.
I had to serve at the meals, which the captain took at regular hours, sitting down with the officer who was off duty; all the day through I would be running with a dram to one or other of my three masters; and at night I slept on a blanket thrown on the deck
boards at the aftermost end of the round-house, and right in the draught of the two doors.
They were assembled on the quarter- deck
for the purpose.
"Let 'em have it!" commanded the tug-captain, and instantly revolvers and rifles poured bullets upon the deck
of the submersible.
He wriggled more determinedly, and Van Horn set him down on the deck
. He sprang to the rail with more quickness than was to be expected of an awkward puppy of six months, and not the quick attempt of Van Horn to cheek him would have succeeded.
Inextricably entangled in the mess to which he was clinging were numerous other landing hooks such as he had attached to the warrior's harness, and with one of these he sought to secure himself until the storm should abate sufficiently to permit him to climb to the deck
, but even as he reached for one that swung near him the ship was caught in a renewed burst of the storm's fury, the thrashing cordage whipped and snapped to the lunging of the great craft and one of the heavy metal hooks, lashing through the air, struck the Jed of Gathol fair between the eyes.
With a prayer of gratitude upon my lips I scrambled upward toward the boat's deck
. I could not see Thurid and Matai Shang now, but I heard the sounds of conflict and thus knew that they still fought--the thern for his life and the black for the increased buoyancy that relief from the weight of even a single body would give the craft.
This time I succeeded in raising my eyes to the level of the deck
, where I could take a careful survey of the conditions immediately confronting me.
Almost he fell forward on his face, part recovered himself with a violent effort, stumbled over Michael who was in for another bite, tottered wildly around, and sat down on the deck
With these I came on deck
, put down my own stock behind the rudder head and well out of the coxswain's reach, went forward to the water-breaker, and had a good deep drink of water, and then, and not till then, gave Hands the brandy.
Then, without even a glance toward Rokoff and his companion, he continued his stroll along the deck
Fifty-odd boys signed on and were billeted in the main-hold, with the freedom of the deck
, of course.