“To a place better fitted for him,” suggested the captain, with a grim smile.
“And through the agency of such men as you have spoken of?”
“That is my proposition.”
“It deserves thinking of. May I ask if you have any acquaintance among the fraternity, or whether you have ever had any occasion to employ their 佛山桑拿按摩图 services?”
“I did on one occasion.”
“Do you mind giving the particulars?”
“To you, no. Some years since I shipped as common sailor on board the Porcupine, bound from New York to Rio. On the voyage one of the sailors on several occasions insulted me, and I determined upon revenge. At Rio I fell in with a desperate character, who for a comparatively small sum engaged to do my bidding.”
“There is not much to tell. One night this man was passing through a narrow street, quite unsuspicious of danger, when he was suddenly struck from behind by a bludgeon, and—he never came back to the ship.”
“Did no suspicion attach to you?”
“How should there? Who was to betray me? Not my agent, or in so doing he would betray himself. This is the first time I have ever spoken of it, but I am safe with you.”
“Perfectly. You say the 佛山夜生活网 consideration was small.”
“Fifty dollars only. I dare say the fellow considered himself well paid. Besides he took whatever his victim had about him.”
“Thank you for the suggestion, Mr. Randall. I will furnish the money, if you will undertake the management of the business when we reach Rio.”
“With pleasure,” replied the mate, and he probably spoke the truth.
While this conversation was going on, Charlie in 广佛桑拿飞机网 another part of the vessel was commiserating Bill Sturdy on his injuries.
“And it was on my account, too,” said the boy, regretfully.
“Better me than you, my lad,” said the old sailor stoutly. “Don’t trouble yourself about that. It was my own free will, and if I had been unwilling all the power of the captain couldn’t have made me submit to it. Besides there was one thing that repaid me for it all. Antonio got something 佛山桑拿经理电话 he’ll remember to the latest day of his life, I reckon. However that ain’t what I want to say now. It’s just this. I haven’t any particular inducements to stay aboard this vessel, and I’ve about made up my mind to give them the slip at the first port we come to, if you’ll go with me.”
“Where do we touch first?”
“At Rio, I surmise.”
“I’m ready to go with you, Bill, whenever you say the word,” said Charlie, 佛山夜生活luntan promptly.
“That’s right, my lad.”
And so the agreement was made.
XXIX. DANGER THREATENS BILL STURDY.
It is my intention to pass rapidly over the time which intervened between the events which have been described, and the arrival of the Bouncing Betsey at Rio Janeiro. Nothing happened of sufficient interest to call for record.
As for our hero and Bill Sturdy, their position was, unquestionably, more agreeable and less 佛山桑拿按摩一条龙服务 disturbed by incidents than before. This was not owing to any change in the feelings of the captain and mate, but in consequence of the iniquitous compact into which they had entered. They felt secure of ultimate vengeance; they could, therefore, afford to wait. Indeed, they felt that they should be more likely to secure the end they had in view if, for the present, they should so act as to lull asleep any 佛山桑拿一条龙 suspicions which might be entertained of their agency in the affair after it was over.
But Bill Sturdy was not deceived. He determined to keep his “weather-eye open,” as he expressed it, and be on the lookout for squalls.
So the time passed.
It was a bright, tropical day. The thick garments which all had worn on leaving port were laid aside, and every one was dressed in light and thin attire.
“We shall probably reach Rio to-morrow, Mr. Randall,” observed the captain.
“Yes; if the present wind holds, there can be no doubt of it.”
“And the little plan which we have been contemplating need no longer be delayed.”
Randall smiled acquiescence.
The wind held favorable, and the next evening saw them in port.
The captain and mate went on shore, leaving the vessel in charge of the second mate.
We have nothing to do with the motions 佛山桑拿交流区 of the captain, but will follow Randall, who, never backward in ill-doing, at once set about the execution of his scheme.
Having been in the city before, he was well acquainted with localities, and therefore was able to direct his steps at once to that quarter where he felt he was most likely to meet the man he was in quest of.
He entered a low drinking-saloon, and ordered a glass of liquor, partly to gratify his taste, partly that while drinking he might have leisure to
look about him.