"Let 'em have it!" commanded the tug-captain, and instantly revolvers and rifles poured bullets upon the deck
of the submersible.
He wriggled more determinedly, and Van Horn set him down on the deck
. He sprang to the rail with more quickness than was to be expected of an awkward puppy of six months, and not the quick attempt of Van Horn to cheek him would have succeeded.
Inextricably entangled in the mess to which he was clinging were numerous other landing hooks such as he had attached to the warrior's harness, and with one of these he sought to secure himself until the storm should abate sufficiently to permit him to climb to the deck
, but even as he reached for one that swung near him the ship was caught in a renewed burst of the storm's fury, the thrashing cordage whipped and snapped to the lunging of the great craft and one of the heavy metal hooks, lashing through the air, struck the Jed of Gathol fair between the eyes.
By the time they came on deck
, it was thronged with Indians.
With a prayer of gratitude upon my lips I scrambled upward toward the boat's deck
. I could not see Thurid and Matai Shang now, but I heard the sounds of conflict and thus knew that they still fought--the thern for his life and the black for the increased buoyancy that relief from the weight of even a single body would give the craft.
Then I realized that he was preparing to heave to, and dropped to the deck
to be in readiness.
This time I succeeded in raising my eyes to the level of the deck
, where I could take a careful survey of the conditions immediately confronting me.
Almost he fell forward on his face, part recovered himself with a violent effort, stumbled over Michael who was in for another bite, tottered wildly around, and sat down on the deck
Beaten back on to the deck
of his own vessel, and closely followed by a dozen Englishmen, he disengaged himself from them, ran swiftly down the deck
, sprang back into the cog once more, cut the rope which held the anchor, and was back in an instant among his crossbow-men.
With these I came on deck
, put down my own stock behind the rudder head and well out of the coxswain's reach, went forward to the water-breaker, and had a good deep drink of water, and then, and not till then, gave Hands the brandy.
The round-house, for which I was bound, and where I was now to sleep and serve, stood some six feet above the decks
, and considering the size of the brig, was of good dimensions.
They were assembled on the quarter- deck
for the purpose.