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CHAPTER TWO - THE CARGO OF RICE

headforemost, legs in the air, upon the hands on the second thwart. He cannoned onto their bodies, knocking the breath out of his own against their muscular shoulders, and finally struggled into an upright position.
`I'm sorry,' he gasped to the men who had broken his fall.
`Never you mind, sir,' said the nearest one, a real tarry sailor, tattooed and pigtailed. `You're only a featherweight.'
The lieutenant in command was looking at him from the sternsheets.
`Would you go to the brig, please, sir?' he asked, and the lieutenant bawled an order and the cutter swung round as Hornblower made his way aft.
It was a pleasant surprise not to be received with the broad grins of tolerantly concealed amusement. Boarding a small boat from a big frigate in even a moderate sea was no easy matter; probably every man on board had arrived headfirst at some time or other, and it was not in the tradition of the service, as understood in the Indefatigable, to laugh at a man who did his best without shirking.
`Are you taking charge of the brig?' asked the lieutenant.
`Yes, sir. The captain told me to take four of your men.'
`They had better be topmen, then,' said the lieutenant, casting his eyes aloft at the rigging of the brig. The foretopsail yard was hanging precariously, and the jib halliard had slacked off so that the sail was flapping thunderously in the wind. `Do you know these men, or shall I pick 'em for you?'
`I'd be obliged if you would, sir.'
The lieutenant shouted four names, and four men replied.
`Keep 'em away from drink and they'll be all right,' said the lieutenant. `Watch the French crew. They'll recapture the ship and have you in a French gaol before you can say "Jack Robinson" if you don't.'
`Aye aye, sir,' said Hornblower.
The cutter surged alongside the brig, white water creaming between the two vessels. The tattooed sailor hastily concluded a bargain with another man on his thwart and

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