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CHAPTER NINE - NOAH'S ARK

he had clean forgotten about his own need for weapons. But it was too late now to try to remedy that. Someone in the
lugger hailed in Spanish, and Hornblower spread his hands in a show of incomprehension. Now they were alongside.
`Come on, men 1' shouted Hornblower.
He ran across the superstructure and with a gulp he flung himself across the gap at the officer in the shrouds. He gulped again as he went through the air; he fell with all his weight on the unfortunate man, clasped him round the shoulders, and fell with him to the deck. There were shouts and yells behind him as the Caroline spewed up her crew into the lugger. A rush of feet, a clatter and a clash. Hornblower got to his feet empty-handed. Maxwell was just striking down a man with his cutlass. Tapling was heading a rush forward into the bows, waving a cutlass and yelling like a madman. Then it was all over; the astonished Spaniards were unable to lift a hand in their own defence.
So it came about that on the twenty-second day of her quarantine the Caroline came into Gibraltar Bay with a captured guarda-costa lugger under her lee. A thick barn-yard stench trailed with her, too, but at least, when Hornblower went on board the Indefatigable to make his report, he had a suitable reply ready for Mr Midshipman Bracegirdle.
`Hullo, Noah, how are Shem and Ham?' asked Mr Bracegirdle.
'Shern and Ham have taken a prize,' said Hornblower. ` regret that Mr Bracegirdle can't say the same.'
But the Chief Commissary of the squadron, when Hornblower reported to him, had a comment to which even Hornblower was unable to make a reply.
`Do you mean to tell me, Mr Hornblower,' said the Chief Commissary, `that you allowed your men to eat fresh beef?
A bullock a day for your eighteen men ? There must have been plenty of ship's provisions on board. That was wanton extravagance, Mr Hornblower, I'm surprised at you.'

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