EACH took a side of the fixed table. It was the first time they had sat down at it together; but now all sense of incongruity, all memory of differences, was quite swept away by the presence of common ruin.
"Gentlemen," said the captain, after a pause, and with very much the air of a chairman opening a board-meeting, "we're sold."
Huish broke out in laughter. "Well, if this ain't the 'ighest old rig!" he cried. "And Davis 'ere, who thought he had got up so bloomin' early in the mornin'! We've stolen a cargo of spring water! Oh, my crikey!" and he squirmed with mirth.
The captain managed to screw out a phantom smile.
"Here's Old Man Destiny again," said he to Herrick; "but this time I guess he's kicked the door right in."
Herrick only shook his head.
"Oh, Lord, it's rich!" laughed Huish. "It would really be a scrumptious lark if it 'ad 'appened to somebody else. And wot are we to do