Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 464 SOUTHWARD HO !
" Our hunter offered only such objections as were easy to
overcome ; and the result of the conference was an arrangement
between the parties to meet the next day on board of Black-
beard's vessel, when they should come to a more definite under-
standing ; our hunter only insisting upon seeing the sort of
world to which be was to be introduced, and the accommoda-
tions and the fare designed for him. This understood, they
separated for the night�the stranger refusing to drink or eat
with the pirate, much to the latter's annoyance. How much
more would this annoyance have been increased, had he known
how tender was the squeeze of the hand which, at parting, the
girl of Pamplico had bestowed upon their guest !
With such a chap as that to lead the boarders, and I shall
sweep every deck that ever showed it's teeth,' said Blackbeard
when the stranger had gone.
All's well so far !' quoth the latter, as he passed from hear-
ing of the cabin. ' All's well. To-morrow ! to-morrow.'"With the morrow the parties again met, and Blackbeard's
welcome was singularly cordial. He took the hunter on board
his vessel, showed him her appointments, her strength, and di-
lated upon the profit of the trade he carried on. The stranger
looked about him, noted well what be saw, took particular heed
of the pirate guns and sailors, their number, their character ;
yet pursued his watch so casually as to occasion no suspicion.
He was pleased with everything, and only forebore to drink, to
eat, or to make any positive engagement, as before. He left
all things in a fair way for arrangement ; but it needed that he
should bring in his peltry and secure his .various hunter effects,
in his distant foreign home.
We shall meet in seven days !'
Be sure of it,' answered the other, ' for in ten I must prepare
to be at sea. But, by the way, you haven't in all this time told
me your name, or I've forgot it.'
Well, when I go to sea, I must get a name. To confess
to you a truth, the one I have borne, is rather in bad reputation.'
Ah ! ha ! I see then why you are here. You've been using
your rifle on meaner brutes than buck and bear. Well ! I don't
think the worse of you for that. But give yourself a name that
we may swear by.'