If the proposition had come from the poor, ignorant sailor
, she might possibly have not been so surprised; but that it should come from one who posed as a man of culture and refinement, from a gentleman, she could scarcely credit.
who had been playing at dice had started a quarrel, and were threatening each other furiously.
"I am," replied Dantes, in bad Italian, "a Maltese sailor
. We were coming from Syracuse laden with grain.
Big John promptly sank out of sight in a sailors
' boarding-house, and, within the week, joined the Sailors
' Union and shipped on a steam schooner to load redwood ties at Bandon, Oregon.
This was the master of a sailors
' boarding-house, a huge mulatto with a heavy fist, who gave the stranded mariner food and shelter till he found him a berth.
Well must the old sailor
have known, too, that the natives would never consent to our leaving together, and he therefore wanted to get Toby off alone, for a purpose which he afterwards made plain.
Rising from the sailor
who had precipitated the battle he shook his giant shoulders, freeing himself from two of the men that were clinging to his back, and with mighty blows of his open palms felled one after another of his attackers, leaping hither and thither with the agility of a small monkey.
lifted the glass to his eye, and uttered a cry.
Without waiting to rise he whipped a revolver from his pocket, firing point blank at the great mountain of muscle towering before him; but, quick as he was, John Clayton was almost as quick, so that the bullet which was intended for the sailor
's heart lodged in the sailor
's leg instead, for Lord Greystoke had struck down the captain's arm as he had seen the weapon flash in the sun.
"But," asked the sailor
, "where are your companions?
The engagement commenced with about two hundred chops administered by the short sailor
and the tall sailor
alternately, without producing any particular result, until the short sailor
was chopped down on one knee; but this was nothing to him, for he worked himself about on the one knee with the assistance of his left hand, and fought most desperately until the tall sailor
chopped his sword out of his grasp.
The only person present with a noticeably dark complexion was a tall man in a pilot coat, and a round hat, who looked like a sailor
. Could this be one of them in disguise?