"Bless my soul--you don't say so! But of course I've no acquaintance
whatever with American ships, not I so I couldn't go against your
knowledge. It's horrible enough for me. . . . But the queerest part is
that those fellows seemed to have some idea the man was hidden aboard
here. They had really. Did you ever hear of such a thing?"
We were walking to and fro athwart the quarter-deck. No one of the crew
forward could be seen (the day was Sunday), and the mate pursued:
"There was some little dispute about it. Our chaps took offense. 'As
if we would harbor a thing like that,' they said. 'Wouldn't you like to
look for him in our coal-hole?' Quite a tiff. But they made it up in the
end. I suppose he did drown himself. Don't you, sir?"
"I don't suppose anything."
"You have no doubt in the matter, sir?"