now?" he inquired.
I pointed to the spot as near as I could judge from yesterday's reckonings.
"What's this here line?" he asked.
"That's the longitude."
He ran his eye to the bottom of the chart and exclaimed—
"Thirty. Is that it?"
"Call it thirty."
"But what do you call it?"
"Thirty, I tell you—thirty degrees west longitude."
"And this here line's the latitude, I suppose?"
"Call it forty-four."
"Will that make it right?"
"What are all these here dots and streaks?" said he, after squinting with his nose close to the chart. "Blowed if ever I could read them small words."
"They are the Azores."
"Oh, we're to the norrards o' them, aren't we?" he inquired sharply.
"You can see for yourself," I answered, putting my finger on the chart.
"Where's this blessed Gulf of Mexico?" he inquired, after casting his eyes all over the chart.
He ran his dirty thumbnail in a line to the the Gulf, and asked me what that blot was.
"You'll keep south o' that, will yer?"
"If I can, certainly."
"It's a man-o'-war station, I've heerd."
"I believe it is."
"All right," he said, and looking at the boat's compass on the table, asked if it were true.
I told him it was; whereupon he set it on the chart and compared its indications with the line he had run down the chart, and was going away, when I said—
"What do you think of the young lady's idea? I should like to earn a hundred pounds."
"So should I," he answered gruffly, pausing.
"It would pretty well pay me for what I have had to put up with from Coxon."
He gave me an indescribable look, full of fierceness, suspicion, and cunning.
"I dessay it would, if you got it," he said, and walked out, banging the door after him.