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TRAFFICS AND DISCOVERIES
o' comin' out of an 'ammick when it's cut down. Antonio came out t'other way — slidin' 'andsome to his feet. That showed me two things. First, 'e had been in an 'ammick before, an next, he hadn't been asleep. Then I reproached 'im for goin' to bed where 'e'd been told to go, instead o' standin' by till some one gave him entirely contradictory orders. Which is the essence o' naval discipline.
In the middle o' this argument the Gunner
protrudes his ram-bow from 'is cabin, an' brings it all to an 'urried conclusion with some remarks suitable to 'is piebald warrant-rank. Navigatin' thence under easy steam, an' leavin' Antonio to re-sling his little foreign self, my large flat foot comes in detonatin' contact with a small objec' on the deck. Not 'altin' for the obstacle, nor changin' step, I shuffles it along under the ball of the big toe to the foot o' the hatchway, when, lightly stoopin', I catch it in my right hand and continue my evolutions in rapid time till I eventuates under 'Op's lee. • It was a small moroccer-bound pocket-book, full of indelible pencil writin' — in French, for I could plainly discern the doodeladays, which is about as far as my education runs. ' 'Op fists it open and peruses. 'E'd known an 'arf-caste Frenchwoman pretty intricate before he was married ; when he was trained man in a stinkin' gunboat up the Saigon River. He understood a lot o' French — domestic brands chiefly — the kind that isn't in print. ' " Pye," he says to me, " you're a tattician o'