Europe Revised By Irvin S. Cobb

 -   Now he was
softly stealing in to close my port.  As he screwed the round,
brass-faced window fast he - Page 8
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Now He Was Softly Stealing In To Close My Port.

As he screwed the round, brass-faced window fast he glanced my way and caught my apprehensive eye.

"Good morning, sir," he said, and said it in such a way as to convey a subtle compliment.

"Is it getting rough outside?" I said - I knew about the inside. "Thank you," he said; "the sea 'as got up a bit, sir - thank you, sir."

I was gratified - nay more, I was flattered. And it was so delicately done too. I really did not have the heart to tell him that I was not solely responsible - that I had, so to speak, collaborators; but Lubly stood ready always to accord me a proper amount of recognition for everything that happened on that ship. Only the next day, I think it was, I asked him where we were. This occurred on deck. He had just answered a lady who wanted to know whether we should have good weather on the day we landed at Fishguard and whether we should get in on time. Without a moment's hesitation he told her; and then he turned to me with the air of giving credit where credit is due, and said:

"Thank you, sir - we are just off the Banks, thank you."

Lubly ran true to form. The British serving classes are ever like that, whether met with at sea or on their native soil. They are a great and a noble institution. Give an English servant a kind word and he thanks you.

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