Today we heard of the launch
having been detained by an accident when trying to force a way up the rapids.
On would come the launch, whistling, and on we would go, drifting.
Then that launch would give one final shriek of a whistle that would nearly burst the boiler, and she would reverse her engines, and blow off steam, and swing round and get aground; everyone on board of it would rush to the bow and yell at us, and the people on the bank would stand and shout to us, and all the other passing boats would stop and join in, till the whole river for miles up and down was in a state of frantic commotion.
Upon which we would get nervous and confused, and not know how to get the boat out of the way, and the people in the launch would crowd round and instruct us:
But not until Johnny and the launch
crew arrived breathless from their run, did he learn.
Such information did he gather, over many bottles of beer, that the next afternoon, hiring a small launch
at a cost of ten shillings, he journeyed up the harbour to Jackson Bay, where lay the lofty- poled, sweet-lined, three-topmast American schooner, the Mary Turner.
But scarce had we built our fire and prepared the meat for cooking than Snider, whose eyes had been constantly roving about the landscape from the moment that we left the launch, touched me on the arm and pointed to a clump of bushes which grew a couple of hundred yards away.
A moment later, he was followed by another and another, and it is needless to state that we beat a hasty retreat to the launch.
I knew that he looked with disapproval upon my plan to visit England, and I did not know but what at his first opportunity, he might desert us, taking the launch with him, and attempt to return to Pan-America.
It was him that roused him up yesternight, and, what's more, my man knew he was comin', for he had steam up in the launch.
Smith, for I wanted a steam launch, and I have heard good reports of the--Let me see, what is her name?
I hurried down to the steps, and leaped into the launch