“‘You see, then, what are the inducements. Will you join us or not?’
“Now I very well knew what the consequences of my refusal would be, so I replied, without a moment’s hesitation, ‘I will.'”
“What, did you become a pirate?” asked Charlie, horror-struck.
“Pretty much in the same way that you became a sailor, my lad; because I couldn’t help it.”
“And did you join in robbing vessels, and killing all on board?”
“Hold on, my lad; you’re a little too fast for me. You’ll know in due time. 杭州桑拿网vip账号密码 The pirate captain seemed pleased with my promptness, and made me sign the book. I should have given a wrong name, only I had given the right one when I was hailed, though, for that matter, Sturdy isn’t my right
name. The captain told me, in a very polite sort of way, that if I should undertake to play them false, or interfere with them in any way, I should be pitched overboard. As this threat did not seem to trouble me much, he seemed to be satisfied that it was all right with me. In the course of a day or two, I got acquainted with the crew. They were mostly Spaniards, but there was 杭州足浴小姐a sprinkling of other nations,—French, Danes, Germans, and one Englishman.”
“Were there any Yankees?”
“No, I’m proud to say there wasn’t one except myself, and I wasn’t there of my own free will. Piracy doesn’t chime in with our Yankee notions, and 杭州夜桑拿 it’s my belief you’ll find precious few full-blooded Yankees that are engaged in the business.”
“How did you get out of their clutches?” asked Charlie.
“That’s what I’m coming to by and by. For a few days we didn’t meet a vessel, or, at least, one that was alone, and so would do to attack. I was glad of that, for I was ready enough to do my duty on board the ship, but I knew that, just as soon as we met a vessel, I should be expected to do my share of the fighting, and it went against my grain to engage in any such villainous business as that. However, I thought I wouldn’杭州按摩服务会所 t borrow trouble, but wait till it came, and then I could decide what to do.
“At last I heard the cry I so much dreaded, ‘Sail ho!’ from one of the crew, who had been sent aloft to give notice of an approaching vessel.
“‘Where away?’ shouted the pirate captain.
“‘To the eastward.’
“Orders were at once given to change the course of the vessel, and to make for the stranger. As soon as she saw us she made every effort to get away, but the Red Rover was too swift for her. When we got within a short distance, I made out the vessel to be the Sally Ann, which had left port about the time the Peregrine did. I knew some of those on board very well, and the captain was an old school-mate of mine.
“‘What would they think,’ I couldn’t help saying to myself, with a groan, ‘if they knew their old messmate was regularly enrolled 杭州油压398 among the crew of the pirate that is overhauling them?'”
XXII. HOW TO ESCAPE FROM A PIRATE.
Bill Sturdy paused to take a whiff at his pipe, and then resumed his story, in which Charlie manifested no slight interest.