The Last Cruise of the Spitfire

The Last Cruise of the Spitfire

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Excerpt: ... Bedford if he could, and have the captain, Lowell and Crocker arrested for conspiracy to defraud. But there might be some slip, and I wished to take no chances. Had I had the London letter that had been taken from me I should not have cared what Captain Hannock wished me to do, but watched my chances, and gone ashore at the first opportunity. Where the letter was I could not imagine, excepting that it might be in the cabin or the captain's stateroom. One thing was certain. Whatever happened I must regain the letter. Personally it was to me of greater importance than the exposure of what was going on aboard the schooner. I walked aft and discovered the lawyer in conversation with Tony Dibble. "I suppose you have been to see the captain," said Mr. Ranson with a peculiar smile. "Yes, sir, I have;" and I related the result of the interview. "I had a talk with him about your case," went on the lawyer. "But I did not think he would get around it in this fashion. Well, I will see that you get through all right." "I wouldn't care, excepting for that letter," I returned. "We can get a search warrant, and hunt it up." "But, in the mean time, Captain Hannock may destroy it. No doubt he thinks it of small account." "If I were you I'd hunt it up on my own account," put in Dibble. "You did slick work finding out about that cargo of stones and kindlings, why can't you do as well finding out about that letter and your money?" "I have half a notion of that sort," I replied. "What do you think of it, Mr. Ranson?" "I'm afraid it would go hard with you if Captain Hannock caught you." "But would I be acting right?" "Every person undoubtedly has a right to search for his own when it has been stolen from him." "Then I'll hunt it up if I have to turn the cabin and staterooms upside down," was my sudden determination. "You will hardly have time while we are going up the harbor," said Dibble. "Are we in sight of New Bedford?" "Oh, yes. There it is right ahead." I looked....show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236722205
  • 9781236722201