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mouth, nearly smashing his jaw. He tried to bully an English quarter-master in a similar manner, but the captain touched him on the shoulder, and showed him that he would not tolerate it. Seeing the quartermaster smile, the colonel chased him along the deck, and near the cook's galley he fell, besmirching his white uniform. The soldiers were horror-stricken to see their officer in this plight, but the sailors were enjoying the fun. It ended in the captain holding an inquiry. Before it commenced he told the quartermaster that he must not laugh, but look very penitent. He then read some rules from large blue papers which had not the remotest relevance to the matter in the presence of the colonel and his officers, not one of whom could understand English, banging the table with his fists, and giving the quartermaster a mock dressing down. It was with the utmost difficulty that the Englishmen present kept grave. It closed with the colonel rising from his seat, crossing his arms on his breast and making very low salaams. Thus honour was satisfied, but the officers and crew of the ship made merry over it for many a long day. Nevertheless the affair might have had a grim conclusion, for the colonel wanted to hang one of his men. " Not on my ship!" said the captain. The officers' wives used to sit on the upper deck to watch the men's bath drill ! What an awful lot they must have been. At 8 p.m. the Theseus and Tantalus saluted one another by Morse signals.
Tuesday, October 1.a" The beaters are on strike else I'd take you out pheasant shooting !" was the wayTuesday, October 1.a " The beaters are on strike else I'd take you out pheasant shooting !" was the way