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CHAPTER SEVEN - THE SPANISH GALLEYS

more at sea, sir, and damn your eyes for your impertinence in presenting yourself for examination in your present state of ignorance." Black Charlie won't ever forget that I lost his pet poodle overside from the cutter in Port-o'-Spain when he was first of the Pegasus. Good-bye, gentlemen. Give my regards to the examining board.'
With that he was gone, and they saw him explaining himself to the officer of the watch and hailing a shore boat to take him back to his ship. `One fewer of us, at least,' said the clerkly officer. `What is it, my man?'
`The board's compliments, sir,' said the marine messenger, `an' will the first young gentleman please to come along?'
There was a momentary hesitation; no one was anxious to be the first victim.
`The one nearest the door,' said an elderly master's mate. `Will you volunteer, sir?'
`I'll be the Daniel,' said the erstwhile lookout desperately. `Remember me in your prayers.'
He pulled his coat smooth, twitched at his neckcloth, and was gone, the remainder waiting in gloomy silence, relieved only by the glug-glug of the bottle as the bibulous midshipman took another swig. A full ten minutes passed before the candidate for promotion returned, making a brave effort to smile.
`Six months more at sea?' asked someone.
`No,' was the unexpected answer. `Three! ... I was told to send the next man. It had better be you.'
`But what did they ask you?'
`They began by asking me to define a rhumb line. ... But don't keep them waiting, I advise you.' Some thirty officers had their textbooks open on the instant to reread about rhumb lines.
`You were there ten minutes,' said the clerkly officer, looking at his watch. `Forty of us, ten minutes each - why, it'll be midnight before they reach the last of us. They'll never do it.'
`They'll be hungry,' said someone.

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