Two Years Before The Mast A Personal Narrative Of Life At Sea By Richard Henry Dana, Jr.





























































































































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But This Poor Fellow Was Always Getting Into Hot Water, And If There Was A Wrong Way Of Doing A Thing, Was Sure To Hit Upon It. We Looked To See Him Go Aft, Knowing Pretty Well What His Reception Would Be.

The captain was walking the quarter-deck, smoking his morning cigar, and F - - - went as far as the break of the deck, and there waited for him to notice him.

The captain took two or three turns, and then walking directly up to him, surveyed him from head to foot, and lifting up his forefinger, said a word or two, in a tone too low for us to hear, but which had a magical effect upon poor F - - -. He walked forward, sprang into the forecastle, and in a moment more made his appearance in his common clothes, and went quietly to work again. What the captain said to him, we never could get him to tell, but it certainly changed him outwardly and inwardly in a most surprising manner.

CHAPTER XIV SANTA BARBARA - HIDE-DROGHING - HARBOR DUTIES - DISCONTENT - SAN PEDRO

After a few days, finding the trade beginning to slacken, we hove our anchor up, set our topsails, ran the stars and stripes up to the peak, fired a gun, which was returned from the Presidio, and left the little town astern, running out of the bay, and bearing down the coast again, for Santa Barbara. As we were now going to leeward, we had a fair wind and a plenty of it.

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