THE CASE OF JUAN DE LA CRUZ
the safety valve was missing from its seat, and was delayed till another could be procured.
No explanations of the loss of this piece could be got, and the Laguitnanoc proceeded with the resident engineer to Canacao and made fast to the jetty.
A crisis was now reached. The abstraction of the safety-valve could not be overlooked, and some one would have to go. An inquiry was to be made, but on Tuesday morning the patron walked up the jetty, and reported to Mr. Gustav Brown, who was the foreman of the works, that the engine-driver and stoker were absent. He stated that they had gone ashore in the night, and had not returned. Nothing could be learned about them ; nobody had seen them ; their kits were still on board. As the day wore on they did not come nor send any message ; so a report of their disappearance was sent to the judge at Cavite.
An engine-fitter from the works was sent on board to take charge of the engine, and another stoker was engaged ; the launch resuming her running. The work of the Varadero proceeded as usual ; divers were preparing the foundations to receive the immense gridiron which was shortly to be launched and sunk in place. It was a busy scene of organised labour under a skilful resident engineer ; every difficulty foreseen and provided for, materials delivered in good time, notwithstanding obstructions ; not an unnecessary auger-hole bored, not a stroke of an adze thrown away.
From the Sleepy Hollow of the naval arsenal opposite jealous eyes watched the work proceed. Every art of vexation and obstruction that bitter envy could devise had for years been employed to prevent the building of this slip, and onerous and unfair conditions had been inserted in the concession. But Anglo-American persistence and industry had succeeded so far, and in the hands of Messrs. Peel, Hubbell e Co. and their advisers, the work was now well advanced.
The obsolete corvette Dona Maria Molina was moored off the coaling-wharf adjoining the Varadero, and when one of her boats was going on shore the sailors noticed two dead bodies floating in the water, and reported this to the officer of the watch, who ordered them to tow the bodies to the shore towards Punta Sangley, and drag them up on the sand above high-water mark. The bodies were lashed together with a piece of new rope having a blue strand in
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