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CHAPTER NINE - NOAH'S ARK

and the longboat's crew were Hornblower's command, entrusted to him by Captain Pellew whose authority derived from the King.
Amazing how the panic was spreading. The Treasurer was gone; Duras' Negro slave had ridden off on his late master's donkey; the soldiers had hastened off in a single group. The waterfront was deserted now except for the dead and dying; along the waterfront, presumably, at the foot of the wall, lay the way to the open country which all desired to seek. The Englishmen were standing alone, with the bags of gold at their feet.
`Plague spreads through the air,' said Tapling. `Even the rats die of it. We have been here for hours. We were near enough to - that -' he nodded at the dying Duras -`to speak to him, to catch his breath. Which of us will be the first?'
`We'll see when the time comes,' said Hornblower. It was his contrary nature to be sanguine in the face of depression; besides, he did not want the men to hear what Tapling was saying.
`And there's the fleet !' said Tapling bitterly. `This lot' - he nodded at the deserted lighters, one almost full of cattle, the other almost full of grain sacks -`this lot would be a Godsend. The men are on two-thirds rations.'
`Damn it, we can do something about it,' said Hornblower. `Maxwell, put the gold back in the boat, and get that awning in.'
The officer of the watch in H.M.S. Indefatigable saw the ship's longboat returning from the town. A slight breeze had swung the frigate and the Caroline (the transport brig) to their anchors, and the longboat, instead of running alongside, came up under the Indefatigable's stern to leeward.
`Mr Christie!' hailed Hornblower, standing up in the bows of the longboat.
The officer of the watch came aft to the taffrail. `What is it?' he demanded, puzzled. `I must speak to the Captain.'

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