“Of course I shall obey my orders, whatever they are,” added the commander.
“I have nothing more to say, and you will regard what has passed between you and me as entirely confidential,” said Captain Passford, as he rose to leave the library.
“By the way, father, what has become of Monsieur Gilfleur?” asked Christy. “I have not seen him since my return.”
“Just now he is working up a case of treason in 304 Baltimore, though I expected him home before this time,” replied the captain.
“I am sorry I have not seen him, for he and I had become great friends before we parted. I think he is in some respects a remarkable man.”
“In his profession 杭州夜网的信息靠谱吗 he is unexcelled; and what is more in that line, he is honest and reliable.”
“I learned all that of him while we were operating together. It is said, and I suppose it is true, that about every one of the blockaders makes a port at Halifax, the Bermudas, or Nassau, as much to learn the news and obtain a pilot, as to replenish their coal and stores.”
“That is unfortunately true; and the neutrality of these places is strained to its utmost tension, to say nothing of its manifest violations.”
“I think if Monsieur Gilfleur and myself could make another visit to the Bermudas and Nassau, we might pick up information enough to insure the capture of many blockade-runners, and perhaps of an occasional Confederate cruiser,” said Christy, laughing as he spoke.
“That is not the sort of business for a lieutenant-commander in the navy,杭州足浴过夜 my son; but I have thought of sending the detective on such a mission 305 since the remarkable success you and he had in your former venture. But you escaped hanging or a Confederate prison only by the skin of your teeth. The difficulty in another enterprise of that sort would be for Mr. Gilfleur to put the information he obtained where it would do the most good. If he wrote letters, they would betray him; and if he went off in a Bahama boat, as he did before, we should have to keep a steamer cruising in the vicinity of his field of operations to meet him when he came off. I came to the conclusion that the scheme was impracticable, for it was only a combination of favorable circumstances that rendered your operations successful. I prefer to trust to the speed of the St. Regis to enable you to accomplish the same results off the 杭州洗浴桑拿论坛coast,” said Captain Passford, as they left the library.
“I should really like to see Monsieur, for he is a very agreeable companion,” replied Christy.
“He would be exceedingly pleased to meet you again, for he had become very much attached to you.”
After lunch the same party that had visited the St. Regis the day before left on the train for New York, and proceeded to the navy yard from the 306 foot of Grand Street, for all of them wished to see Christy off. Captain Passford, Junior, was received on board of his ship with all due form and ceremony. Paul Vapoor had been to his home for a brief visit to his mother and sisters; but he had gone to Bonnydale as early in the morning as it was decent to do so, and was all devotion to Florry.
Mr. Baskirk, the executive officer, had the ship in first-rate order when the commander 杭州丝袜花 went on board with his party; and as there was nothing for him to do, Christy devoted himself to the entertainment of his friends. The ladies with their escorts went all over the steamer again; the commander and Paul opened their staterooms for their examination, and Charley Graines
showed them that of the first assistant engineer in the steerage.
“But you have a whole cabin to yourself, Christy,” said Bertha, after she looked into all the other rooms.
“I have the honor to be the commander of the ship,” replied Christy lightly. “I have two state-rooms, so that if I had the happiness to relieve a forlorn maiden from captivity on board of one of the enemy’s vessels, as I did in your case, Bertha, 307 I should have a better apartment to offer her than I had then.”
The first half of the afternoon passed away all too soon for those 杭州桑拿耍耍 who were to sail on the tide, and those who were to return to Bonnydale. The commander took leave of his parents, his sister, and Bertha in his cabin, where Paul passed through the same ordeal with Miss Florry. The navy-yard tender was alongside; and the ladies were assisted on board of her by the officers, while the seamen under the direction of Mr. Makepeace were heaving up the anchor.
“Cable up and down, sir,” reported the second lieutenant.
This was the signal for the departure of the tender; and another hasty adieu followed, when the commander and the chief engineer hastened to the deck. The men forward had suspended their labor when the cable was up and down. The commander gave the order to weigh the anchor. The tide was still on the flood, and the head of the ship was pointed very nearly in the direction she was to sail.
“Anchor aweigh, sir!” reported Mr. Makepeace.
“Strike one bell, Mr. Baskirk,” said Christy; 308 and the order was repeated to the quartermaster who was conning the wheel.
The screw of the St. Regis began to turn, and she went ahead very slowly. The tender was a short distance from her, and all the ladies were waving their handkerchiefs with all their might; and their signals were returned, not only by Christy and Paul, but by all the officers 杭州按摩足疗技师 on deck. The seamen could not comfortably “hold in,” and they saluted the tender with three rousing cheers, for they knew that the family of their young commander were on board of her.