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THE SANDUSKY REGlSTER-STABMEWf TUB STORY: Capt, .lered Niiish, a n«w hand at whaling, ••llji toward thr South Atlantic vrlth i motley crew and hriital •fflcen. The fourth mate, .lamen BMhwIck, is aNo fror,. a merchantman and Naish Is instrnct- inir him in navi>ation. Natsh has a distaste for Williams BlaKeen, th« steward. * • • "AM BLAGEKN opened! the slops clipst in the pantry '•••<: order in the morning. "T,et's •ee le price list, steward," lie s id. ".\.ve, «ye, sir." Rtauecn said affably. "Go fetch it, Alfy." But th^ boy na.s .slow in com- inj? ick and (he men had bcmin' to file down from on deck, liieir! er-breakfast pninpinK andi swabbing done. \aish became I Impatient,. "Serve them," he toldj Blflgeen. ",lu.sl keep a tall.v ot^ whal'.s .>;ol(l, I'll arrange tliej prices later." ! "Capt'in. sir." J^lageen said. I hi.^ elbou."; propped M ide on the; little waist-high shelf of the pantry half door. "You're under a hit of a misapprehension. When Capt'n Whiting left the ship, him and me made a dicker. bought the slops outright from him. They don't belong to you, air, or „to the slijp." "Serve the men," Naish said ^ ithout emphasis. "When Alfy comes back, have him call me. I <;haJI be in my cabin. He took out the crow's articles f .om among the rest of the ship's papers when he was in his cabin. Alfy, he suspected, wouldn't be back for some time, and these he should have read before. No more than eight of the men who BY ROBERT CARSf had signed the «i-tlcles, the males included, had been able to write their names. The rest had made marlts and besides the marks the Boston shipping commissioner had filled In the signatures. That was common practice. But the sums for which the men had agreed to work were incredibly si lall. Land.9- mcn, and nobody among the fo'csle lot had been signed on above such a rating., received one 2001 h of the potential cargo. But the price of oil had already been established In the articles at 60 cents a gallon, pretty much half of the price in the current market, A charge of 25 percent of their share was also made for the ust of the medicine chest, the fitting out and discharging of the vessel. A sweat of rage started on Naish's brow. His father and Phoebe's father would so willfully take from the earnings of ignorant men who had been herded into a vessel whose name or ports of call anc! work and purpose they had no idea. lie didn't like it. In fact, he wasn 't going to .stand for it. He went to find Alfy. He went forward along the larboard passageway past the mates' cabins to the quarters that Blag^en shared with Alfred. Alfred v'as in the top bunk, his knees pulled up under him, his face set in an expression of profound sleep. He .jerked Alfred by the ankle. "Give me the slops list," he said. "The wot, sir?" "You heard me." Me and the boy eyed each other thoughtfully for a moment, then Alfred leaped down from the bunk. *250 Easy fo have. Easy to repay, $14.50 per month 2'Year Plan REPAY FASTER IF YOU WISH FINANCING OHIO PEOPLE SINCE 1912 UNDER STATE REGULATION 102 W. Market St. Phon« 5470 "Cnn»l k\t >9pf, ilf. Ma nnpt# w»« talltin' me ear orf near throtigh- f the night. "WI i.< .vour unci* serving In a v.'haler?" • * • .M.FHRD was In front of a bulkhead locker: he opened it and took from a strong box Inside a stiff-hacked notebook. "Carn 't no more than guess, sir But wot T 'eared around 'ome. he was In the Liverpool packets f'- some j -ears. rhased Mm out. Smugglln', It might ha' been. Slippery Is wot 'e Is. Takin' ad- vartage of a poor, Innocent nipper 're me." •"Vou'll B»t along," Naish said. "»^Ht 'e told ne to make like T was sleepy, and '' told me not to give ver th.,1 'ere notebook. "Get back In the bunk," Naish said. The slops prices as marked In the notebook listed monkey .jackets at 110 apiece. Those sold al about $fi at the best of shore prices, Jackknives which in Boston or Salem went for 20 cents here cost ."lO. Tobacco wa.s double, and so were all the other items. Most of the men had drawn; complete outfits, Naish sat at thej table until they had left. Then I he motioned to Blageen, The steward's packet was a bit sweaty around the armpits, but it was! his one sign of nervousness: hej stood erect, his hands at his sides, before Naish. "I'm buying the slops chest," Naish said. "As you will, sir." "I will all right." Naish pulj the notebook oii the table. "How much did you charge Captain Whiting for it originally when the ship outfitted?" "The total sum o' what's in the notebook you 'ave there, sir." "Then we'll cut that figure tn half. I've shipped in the fo'c'sle in my time. I've been forced to buy from sharpies like you. These lads shan't be stuck." "Ain't a thing I can say ag'inst your authority, sir." * • "NO. And if you did, I might ask you If you sold the rum some of the afterguard lot were drinking last night after we were at sea." "Don 't believe none o* Alfy's lies, sir. I brung him away wif me just bee, use o' such. Me poor sister couldn 't stand for 'is doing." Naish piit the notebook on the table. He took the pen and ink pot from the rack. "Sign here," ha said. "I'll pay you cash at the end of the voyage." "It ain't .right, air," Blageen said. Blageen signed with teari in eyes. (To Be Continued) What They're Saying— UNITED PRP.SS GETTYSBURG, PA.. Dec. 10—Secretarj* of the Treasury Georite Humphrey's Jok- Inir reply when asked how the administration would balance the budget: "I had a rich uncle who died." 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