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e of the steamer 138 they were chasing, but from the full freight of cotton on board of the schooner, the deck 深圳按摩理疗养生网 load of which had been noted by some of the crew.

The schooner which had come so close aboard of the Bellevite was a mystery to

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all, from the captain down to the humblest seaman; but the American ensign over the Confederate flag had been observed by a few, and this settled her status. Not more than half of 深圳蒲友论坛报告 the seamen were aware that an expedition had left the ship at ten o’clock the evening before, and they had had no opportunity to notice the absence of the executive officer during the night; and even yet all hands had not been called, for the regular watch was enough to get the ship under way.

The commander conducted the executive officer to his own cabin, again reminding Mr. Ballard to keep a sharp lookout for the chase. Christy felt like himself again in his neat uniform, and his vigorous and well knit, as well as graceful 深圳按摩推油多少钱 form, did more to show off the dress than the dress did to adorn his person.

“I am very glad to see you again, Christy,” said Captain Breaker, seating himself and pointing to an arm-chair for the lieutenant, while he came down 139 from the stately dignity of the commander of a man-of-war to the familiarity 深圳夜生活图片 with which he treated his chief officer when they were alone. “I had no doubt that you would give a good account of yourself, as you always do. You were going on the enemy’s territory, and you were in peril all the time. Now you come off in a schooner, which appears to be loaded with cotton, and how or where you picked her up is a mystery to me;” and the commander indulged in a laugh at the oddity of the young officer’s reappearance. “Your messenger reported that the Trafalgar would sail at three o’clock in the morning, and I 深圳按摩前列腺体验 judge that she left at about that hour.”

“Within ten minutes of it, and probably made an arrangement with the commandant of the fort to that effect,” added Christy. “But they do not call her the Trafalgar now; though Weeks was not aware of the fact when I sent him on board. She is now the Tallahatchie, though I 深圳桑拿按摩论坛 noticed that some in the vicinity of the fort still called her by her old name.”

“Never mind the name; she will answer our purpose as well under one appellation as another. When I asked your messenger about you and the 深圳桑拿论坛那 140 other six men of your party, he was unable to give me any information in regard to your movements; and he could not tell me how you had ascertained the hour at which the steamer was to sail,” continued the captain.

“Graines and myself separated from the party as soon as we landed on the point; and we 深圳桑拿上门 had obtained our information before we joined them again on the shore of Mobile Bay, sir. At the same time we had learned all about the West Wind”—

“The what?” interposed the commander.

“I mean the schooner West Wind, the one from which we came on board of the Bellevite, which was to be towed out by the Tallahatchie, and which was towed out by her till we on board of her cast off the towline.”

“Perhaps you had better narrate the events of your expedition seriatim, for all you say in this disconnected manner only thickens 深圳按摩场 the mystery,” said the commander: and he knew that his officer had an excellent command of the English language, and could make a verbal report in a very

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attractive and telling style, though perhaps his fatherly interest in the young man had something to do with the matter.

141 Christy began his narrative 深圳桑拿发廊站街网 with the departure from the ship, passing lightly over the minor details till he came to the meeting with the deserters from the West Wind, bivouacking in the hollow. He described the drinking bout which followed, in which he and Graines had pretended to join, stating the information he had obtained from them. He rehearsed a portion of Captain Sullendine’s speech, adding that most of his auditors were the seamen from the