By Florence Kimball Russel
Even if we're making a choice on it up, or paying it out; if it is mendacity inert, coil upon coil, within the tanks like a few nice gorged anaconda, or gliding alongside the propelling equipment into another tank, or off into the ocean at our bow or stern; no matter if the dynamometer indicates its pressure to be nice or small; no matter if we're grappling for it, or underrunning it; if it is a shore finish to be landed, or a deep-sea splice to be made, the cable is bound to strengthen so much alarming indicators, and a few realized surgeon needs to always take a seat within the testing-room, his finger at the cable's pulse, taking its temperature now and then as though it have been a fractious baby with a foul assault of measles, the eruption consequently being faults or breaks or leakages or kinks. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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They had a bite, and everyone on board watched with interest the heavy machinery as it slowly and steadily pulled the sea end of the cable out of the water. It was hooked at half after eight, and not until an hour later was it landed, the dynamometer showing a strain at times of from one to two tons. Chapter VI 38 Immediately after getting the cable on board, Cagayan was called over and over again without response, which would have indicated that the trouble was farther out at sea, had not tests shown the resistances were what they should have been, from which it was easily inferred that the operator at Cagayan was not attending strictly to business.
But notwithstanding our philosopher's grumble, he enjoyed his shore leave to the utmost, and he and Dennis came back on the evening boat hilarious as could be and reciprocally dependent upon one another for support. That morning Datto Mandi, the Rajah Muda or heir to the Sultanate of Mindanao, came on board to pay his respects to the Powers-that-Be. The datto was accompanied by his wife, for notwithstanding he is a Mohammedan, he has but one, and the wife of his Philippine foster-brother, besides a large retinue of followers and slaves.
Why, on Christmas we didn't have no holiday--divil a bit of it--just a bite more to ate for dinner, with no shore leave, and the haythens working us and working thimsilves all day as if it had been an ordinary Chuesday 'stead of Christmas, which is Christ's birthday, while on Garge's birthday the whole ship cilibrates. " But notwithstanding our philosopher's grumble, he enjoyed his shore leave to the utmost, and he and Dennis came back on the evening boat hilarious as could be and reciprocally dependent upon one another for support.
A Woman's Journey Through the Philippines by Florence Kimball Russel