"What happened to him?" asked the owner
, with an air of considerable resignation.
And the cities, bright with lights, were as shops on these long streets--shops where business was transacted, where bunkers were replenished, cargoes taken or shifted, and orders received from the owners
in London town to go elsewhere and beyond, ever along the long sea- lanes, seeking new cargoes here, carrying new cargoes there, running freights wherever shillings and pence beckoned and underwriters did not forbid.
The last owner
who lived here was Edgar Caswall, grandfather of the man who is coming here--and he was the only one who stayed even a short time.
This was so, however, not because my owners
were especially cruel, for they were not, as compared with many others.
That the owner
of this voice was a high god, Michael knew from the first sound of it.
Almost each morning a letter from my owners
would arrive, directing me to go to the charterers and clamour for the ship's cargo; to threaten them with the heaviest penalties of demurrage; to demand that this assortment of varied merchandise, set fast in a landscape of ice and windmills somewhere up-country, should be put on rail instantly, and fed up to the ship in regular quantities every day.
They had several children, and lived unmolested until the original owner
died, when his heir attempted to regain them; but the magistrate before whom they were brought, decided that he had no jurisdiction in the case.
Gift, in one case, makes it as really the new owner
's, as labor made it the first owner
's: in the other case, of patrimony, the law makes an ownership which will be valid in each man's view according to the estimate which he sets on the public tranquillity.
Alexander Smollett, master; David Livesey, ship's doctor; Abraham Gray, carpenter's mate; John Trelawney, owner
; John Hunter and Richard Joyce, owner
's servants, landsmen--being all that is left faithful of the ship's company--with stores for ten days at short rations, came ashore this day and flew British colours on the log-house in Treasure Island.
"It shall be so," said he of the Rueful Countenance, "and I am very glad that thou art willing to rely on my courage, which will never fail thee, even though the soul in thy body fail thee; so come on now behind me slowly as well as thou canst, and make lanterns of thine eyes; let us make the circuit of this ridge; perhaps we shall light upon this man that we saw, who no doubt is no other than the owner
of what we found."
WHILE the Owner
of a Silver Mine was on his way to attend a convention of his species he was accosted by a Jackass, who said:
Besides, suppose your worship should never see the lady, nor give it her--and, though your worship looks and talks very much like a gentleman, yet I have only your worship's bare word; and, certainly, if the right owner
ben't to be found, it all belongs to the first finder.