Stock, Ralph The Cruise of the Dream Ship

ISBN 13: 9780217708364

The Cruise of the Dream Ship

9780217708364: The Cruise of the Dream Ship

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1921. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX The real South Seas--Big-game shooting extraordinary --A case of thwarted ambition We Of the dream ship were "watering," or rather transferring, three hundred gallons of a doubtfullooking fluid from the beach reservoir of Cristobal to the ship's tanks by means of kerosene tins, a rickety landing-stage swarming with sand flies, and an equally rickety dinghy. We were, in fact, enjoying a spell, to the accompaniment of vast quantities of cocoanut milk, before setting sail for the Marquesas, three thousand miles distant, and were in no mood for an interruption, which is probably why it came. A pigmy figure on the landing was apparently dancing a hornpipe and emitting strange cries. "Who is it, and what the does he want?" I queried with customary amiability. "It's the comisario," said Steve, with binocular upheld in one hand and a brimming cocoanut shell in the other, "and he's probably found that we need a bill of health or clearance or something." I believe I sighed. I have a notion that Steve swore, and I am quite sure that we rowed ashore and interviewed the comisario, the handsome youth whose silk socks and passionate tie contrasted strangely with his surroundings. He still danced. "He says that it is necessary that he should accompany us," Steve translated. "To the Marquesas?" ,"To anywhere." " Really? And where does the necessity come in? " After still further variations of the hornpipe and a prodigious outflow of Ecuadorean Spanish, the following was evolved: They were after him--a trifling indiscretion in the matter of issuing grog licenses to the peons. The Ecuadorean Government was to blame. They expected an official to live on twenty dollars a month and nothing else! How was it possible ? Moreover, the President himself, elected on a wage basis...

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