W E lay three days in New Orleans, but the captain did not succeed in finding another pilot, so he proposed that I should stand a daylight watch and leave the night watches to George Ealer. But I was afraid; I had never stood a watch of any sort by myself, and I believed I should be sure to get into trouble in the head of some chute, or ground the boat in a near cut through some bar or other. Brown remained in his place, but he would not travel with me. So the captain gave me an order on the captain of the A. T. Lacey for a passage to St. Louis, and said he would find a new pilot there and my steersman's berth could then be resumed. The Lacey was to leave a couple of days after the Pennsylvania.
The night before the Pennsylvania left, Henry and I sat chatting on a freight pile on the levee till mid- night. The subject of the chat, mainly, was one which I think we had not exploited before--steam- boat disasters. One was then on its way to us, little as we suspected it; the water which was to make the steam which should cause it was washing past some point fifteen hundred miles up the river while we talked--but it would arrive at the right time and the