We'll run her into the nearest English port," said Bradley, "and then we'll all go ashore and get our V.
Immediately I went on deck to investigate, and Bradley came with me.
We hoisted the Union Jack and remained on deck, asking Bradley to go below and assign to each member of the crew his duty, placing one Englishman with a pistol beside each German.
A second shell passed over us, and then I gave the command to change our direction, at the same time directing Bradley to go below and give the order to submerge.
The other men scattered for the various trees they had selected--all except Bradley.
The bear halted in its tracks, wheeled toward Bradley and then back again toward Tippet.
Bradley called to Tippet and himself turned in flight toward a nearby tree.
Firing as he ran, Tippet raced after the great cave bear--the monstrous thing that should have been extinct ages before--ran for it and fired even as the beast was almost upon Bradley.
Tippet never stopped running or firing until he stood within a foot of the brute, which lay almost touching Bradley and was already struggling to regain its feet.
And so it was that Bradley had no desire to follow up the little stream toward the pool near which were sure to be the caves of some savage tribe, but fortune played him an unkind trick, for the pool was much closer than he imagined, its southern end reaching fully a mile south of the point at which they crossed the stream, and so it was that after forcing their way through a tangle of jungle vegetation they came out upon the edge of the pool which they had wished to avoid.
Yet there was enough of what was animal, and of what was fiery (though smouldering), still visible in him, to suggest that if young Bradley Headstone, when a pauper lad, had chanced to be told off for the sea, he would not have been the last man in a ship's crew.
Such were the circumstances that had brought together, Bradley Headstone and young Charley Hexam that autumn evening.
It came out in Miss Peecher the schoolmistress, watering her flowers, as Mr Bradley Headstone walked forth.
If Mr Bradley Headstone had addressed a written proposal of marriage to her, she would probably have replied in a complete little essay on the theme exactly a slate long, but would certainly have replied Yes.
I saw my brother near the school, sir,' to Bradley Headstone, 'because it's easier for me to go there, than for him to come here.