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CHAPTER NINE - NOAH'S ARK

Hornblower was of the temperament that demands immediate action in face of a crisis. `Do?' replied Tapling with a bitter smile. `We stay here and rot.'
`Stay here ?'
'The fleet will never have us back. Not until we have served three weeks of quarantine. Three weeks after the last case has occurred. Here in Oran.'
`Nonsensel' said Hornblower, with all the respect due to his senior startled out of him. `No one would order that.'
'Would they not? Have you ever seen an epidemic in a fleet ?'
Hornblower had not, but he had heard enough about them - fleets where nine out of ten had died of putrid fevers. Crowded ships with twenty-two inches of hammock space per man were ideal breeding places for epidemics. He realized that no captain, no admiral, would run that risk for the sake of a longboat's crew of twenty men.
The two xebecs against the jetty had suddenly cast off, and were working their way out of the harbour under sweeps.
`The plague can only have struck to-day,' mused Hornblower, the habit of deduction strong in him despite his sick fear.
The cattle herders were abandoning their work, giving a wide berth to that one of their number who was lying on the quay. Up at the town gate it appeared that the guard was employed in driving people back into the town - apparently the rumour of plague had spread sufficiently therein to cause a panic, while the guard had just received orders not to allow the population to stream out into the surrounding country. There would be frightful things happening in the town soon. The Treasurer was climbing on his donkey; the crowd of, grain-carrying slaves was melting away as the overseers fled.
`I must report this to the ship,' said Hornblower; Tapling, as a civilian diplomatic officer, held no authority over him.
The whole responsibility was Hornblower's. The longboat

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