Tales from 'Bentley'.

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Richard Bentley, 1859
 

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Side 80 - Well," said the second lieutenant, "let us give the gentleman another shot, and then come to close quarters. Mr. Mitchell you have a pistol in your hand: fire!" "In the name of the Holy Trinity!
Side 72 - for selling the midshipmen sundry bottles of milk ;" and this last imagination reminded him that there was one of this highly-gifted class walking to leeward of him. " Mr. Littlejohn !" said the captain with a voice that crawled over the nerves like the screeching of an ill-filed saw. Small Jack touched his hat with more than usual respect to the exasperated officer, and then, stepping to windward, humbly con'fronted him. The captain was too angry for many words ; so, looking fearfully into the...
Side 65 - Grummet," said Captain Fitzalban, " you are not only a thorough seaman, but a thorough knave. Now, have you the conscience to make me pay three dollars a bottle for my own milk ?" — " Ah, sir, you don't know how much the secret has cost me." " Nor do you know how dearly it may cost you yet.
Side 87 - Why, sir, I wanted to have the cow unwatched for a quarter of an hour every middle watch ; so I took the shark's head we had caught a day or two before, scraped off most of the flesh, and whipped it in a...
Side 70 - 11 see him myself," said the captain. ' As the honourable captain, with his cortege of officers, passed along the decks on his way to the sick-bay, he thought — or his sense of hearing most grievously deceived him — that more than once he heard sneering and gibing voices exclaim, " Who milked my cow ?" but the moment he turned his head in the direction from whence the sounds proceeded, he saw nothing but visages the most sanctimonious: indeed they, instead of the unfortunate sentry, appeared...
Side 77 - ... tempter of God's providence. The master remarked in reply that it was an affair entirely out of soundings ; but very sagely concluded that they should see what they should see, even if they saw nothing. It was a beautiful night, darkly, yet, at the same time, brightly beautiful. There was no moon. The pure 6res above were like scintillations from the crown of God's glory.
Side 5 - ... a guide-book to the curiosities of Kilkenny, the work has escaped my researches. Of the city it is recorded, however, that it can boast of fire without smoke, air without fog, and streets paved with marble. And there 's the college, and the bridge, and the ruins of St. John's abbey, and St. Canice, and the Nore itself, and last, not least, the castle of the Ormonds, with its woods and its walks, and its stables and its gallery, and all the rest of it, predominating over the river. It is a very...
Side 57 - On the memorable morning before indicated, the honourable captain, the first lieutenant, the doctor, the marine officer, the officer and the midshipman of the morning watch, had all assembled to breakfast in the cabin. They had not forgotten their appetites, particularly the gentlemen of the morning watch. They were barbarous and irate in their hunger, as their eyes wandered over cold fowl and ham, hot rolls, grilled kidneys, and devilled legs of turkey. " By all the stars in heaven," said the honourable...
Side 12 - Ashamed, indeed ! This is beautiful beef. But let us wash it down. By the powers ! is it champagne you are giving me ? Well, I never drank but one glass of it in my life, and that was from a bottle that I stole out of a dozen which the master had when he was giving a great dinner to the fathers of the boys just before the Christmas holidays the year before last.
Side 79 - Noise it made none, though several of the spectators fancied that they heard a gibbering of unearthly sounds ; and Mr. Littlejohn swore the next day upon his John Hamilton Moore, that it mooed dolefully like a young bullock crossed in love. To describe the confusion on the main-deck, whilst officers, seamen, and marines were gazing on this spectre, so like the fiery spirit of the Yankee sea-serpent, is a task from which I shrink, knowing that language cannot do it adequately. The first lieutenant...

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