Manchester Sailor

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A man who died of an unknown, presumably immune disease in 1959 and for a time was regarded as the index case of AIDS
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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.
So," murmured the sailor, "they can see us as we see them.
Just a week from the day the LADY ALICE went down the sailor died horribly in frightful convulsions.
This man became pale, without its being to be discerned whether his pallor arose from anger or from fear; seeing which, the sailor concluded it was from fear, and raised his fist with the manifest intention of letting it fall upon the head of the stranger.
I would not draw lots however, and in the night the sailor whispered to Helmar again and again, and I sat in the bows with my clasp-knife in my hand, though I doubt if I had the stuff in me to fight; and in the morning I agreed to Helmar's proposal, and we handed halfpence to find the odd man.
I am," replied Dantes, in bad Italian, "a Maltese sailor.
Coasting seamen and bay sailors they mostly were, although there were many 'longshoremen and waterfront workmen among them.
Now, Tough Bill was not the man to put up with humiliation at the hands of a common sailor.
Cut to the heart at this unexpected repulse, Toby now conjured the sailor to go after me alone.
With a volley of awful oaths, his face suffused with the scarlet of mortification and rage, the captain regained his feet, and with a terrific blow felled the sailor to the deck.
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.