DEVOTED SERVANTS--AND THE LIGHT OF A FLARE
"YOUNG Powell thought to himself: 'The men, too, are noticing it.' Indeed, the captain's behaviour to his wife and to his wife's father was noticeable enough. It was as if they had been a pair of not very congenial passengers. But perhaps it was not always like that. The captain might have been put out by something.
"When the aggrieved Franklin came on deck Mr. Powell made a remark to that effect. For his curiosity was aroused.
"The mate grumbled 'Seems to you? . . . Put out? . . . eh?' He buttoned his thick jacket up to the throat, and only then added a gloomy 'Aye, likely enough,' which discouraged further conversation. But no encouragement would have induced the newly joined second mate to enter the way of confidences. His was an instinctive prudence. Powell did not know why it was he had resolved to keep his own counsel as to his colloquy with Mr. Smith. But his curiosity did not slumber. Some time afterwards, again at the relief of watches, in the course of a little talk, he mentioned Mrs. Anthony's father quite casually, and tried. to find out from the mate who he was.
"It would take a clever man to find that out, as things are on board now,' Mr. Franklin said, unexpectedly communicative. 'The first I saw of him was when she brought him alongside in a four-wheeler one morning about haft-past eleven. The captain had come on