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CHAPTER NINE - NOAH'S ARK

At a sign from Duras, and under the urgings of the overseers, the slaves burst into activity, trotting up to the quayside and dropping their sacks into the lighter which lay there. The first dozen men were organized into a working party to distribute the cargo evenly into the bottom of the lighter, while the others trotted off, their bodies gleaming with sweat, to fetch fresh loads. At the same time a couple of swarthy herdsmen came out through the gate driving a small herd of cattle.
`Scrubby little creatures,' said Tapling, looking them over critically, `but that was allowed for in the price, too.'
`The gold,' said Duras.
In reply Tapling opened one of the bags at his feet, filled his hand with golden guineas, and let them cascade through his fingers into the bag again.
`Five hundred guineas there,' he said. `Fourteen bags, as you see. They will be yours when the lighters are loaded and unmoored.'
Duras wiped his face with a weary gesture. His knees seemed to be weak, and he leaned upon the patient donkey that stood behind him.
The cattle were being driven down a gangway into another lighter, and a second herd had now appeared and was waiting.
`Things move faster than you feared,' said Hornblower.
`See how they drive the poor wretches,' replied Tapling sententiously. `See! Things move fast when you have no concern for human flesh and blood.'
A coloured slave had fallen to the ground underr his burden. He lay there disregarding the blows rained on him by the sticks of the overseers. There was a small movement of his legs. Someone dragged him out of the way at last and the sacks continued to be carried to the lighter. The other lighter was filling fast with cattle, packed into a tight, bellowing mass in which no movement was possible.
`His Nibs is actually keeping his word,' marvelled Tapling. 'I'd 'a settled for the half, if I had been asked beforehand.'

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