The Judgments Of The Sea; And Other Stories by Ralph Delahaye Paine

The Judgments Of The Sea; And Other Stories

byRalph Delahaye Paine

Paperback | February 7, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1912 Excerpt: ... THE PRAYING SKIPPER 4 4 T T 'm not SomS to stand for this sort of thing," angrily protested young Valentine as he shoved the letter at Port Captain Graham of the Palmetto Line. "The old man may be as good a sailor as you say he is, but it's high time we set him ashore on a half-pay pension. Why, he's making our service ridiculous. Read it out to Mr. Holmes." The port captain fidgeted and awkwardly wiped his glasses, for the task was unwelcome: "Dear Valentine--"Congratulations on your decision to mix up in the business of the old company. It seems a hefty responsibility for so young a man, but blood will tell. By the way, here is something for you to investigate while the new broom is sweeping the cobwebs away. I went South on your Suwannee a month ago, and have the honour to inform you that her captain is a venerable nuisance, and loose in his top story. He is a religious crank, clean dippy on it, held prayer-meetings until half the passengers were driven on deck, and had a lot of hysterical women flocking around him for two different services on Sunday. The Suwannee is a gospel ark in command of a praying skipper, and if only the sanctified are going to enjoy travelling in her, you will lose a lot of business. I reckon it's time the line had an overhauling, so good luck to you. Yours as ever, Jim." Young Mr. Valentine explained to the surprised officials: "The signer is an old college friend of mine, a man of a great deal of influence here in New York, and he gives the line and its biggest, newest ship this kind of a black eye. And I have heard other rumours to the same effect. Now I want an explanation from both you gentlemen. You know all about Captain Jesse Kendrick of the Smvannee, and it's your business to report such idiotic performances. If you hav...

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Title:The Judgments Of The Sea; And Other StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021739115X

ISBN - 13:9780217391153

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