Captain Salvation

1   
... it started in the Spring
of 1840....in the little village
  of Maple Harbour ... down
      sea from Boston ...

2
"Hurry up, Mrs. Morton!
 The 'Lucy Foster's'
     coming in!"

3
"- Anson's coming home!"

4
"'What will the weddin' breakfast
          be?
Codfish cakes and a cup 
          o' tea!'"

5
"Anson's coming, Father
  -- Anson's coming!"

6
"Seminary ain't changed 
 him much, I'm feared! -
 Arrivin' in shirt sleeves
 and see-sawin' up and
         down!"

7
"Fine parson he's like to 
 make! - Allus hankerin'
 for the sea and horn-
    pipin' around!"

8
"You have forgotten the 
 dignity of your trust, 
        nephew!"

9
"If ye can slip away -
 old time fish fry down
    to our shack!"

10
"-- down at the old 
      hulk --"

11
"Are you sure, Peter -- is
 Anson embracing the
 ministry in his heart ...
 does he feel Called?"

12
"There's a kind of Destiny 
 in such things - - not 
 directed by you or me."

13
"My darling - how proud
 I'll be the day I see you
 in my father's pulpit!"

14
"Always love me, Mary -
       always!"

15
"Nor'-easter!"

16
"Dive into that -- while
 his aunts and uncles
       is fryin'!"

17
"Zeke thinks he's the champeen
 belt-buster in these parts --
          let's see!"

18
"Tumble out! - Ship in
 distress off Bleaker's
         Woe!"

19
"I knew bad luck 'ud
 follow - with such as
    her on board!"

20
"Better if they'd let
     her drown!"

21
"If it ain't old Holybones! -
 Skipped out without payin'
   me once - so he did!"

22
"Who is this - woman?"

23
"Waterfront Jezebel they
 jist chased out o' Boston,
    sir - - name's Bess 
        Morgan!"

24
"Let her be cared for 
 in the village jail - -
  where she belongs."

25
"She'll be cared for like 
    a human being --!"

26
"Are you utterly mad? -
 Get that trull out of 
        here!"

27
"You can't demand that,
 uncle - - she's in no
 condition to be moved!"

28
"They say she started
 doin' a bare legged 
 dance - soon's he got 
      her there!"

29
"Widow Pepkin's right -
 reg'lar orgy was goin' on,
   's what I heard!"

30
"We ladies of Heavenly
 Aid Society is goin' to
 take steps right away -"

31
"That woman's flesh has
      snared him!"

32
"Yes, Bess Morgan, that's
 me! Why don't you
 hold your nose like
 the other brimstone
     sniffers?"

33
"No use talking like that
 - we're just trying to 
       help you."

34
"That makes me a little
 scared! -- My step-pa
  helped me once --"

35
"A good thing the 
   baby died!"

36
"Do you understand --
 damn good thing the 
     baby died!"

37
"Well -- have you come 
   to your senses?"

38
"Answer me!"

39
"You can't judge this woman
 - - you don't know what
 she's suffered - - or why
  she's - - what she is!"

40
"You and your kind -
 in private heavens of
 your own - damning - 
 damning - damning!"

41
"Christian charity!"

42
"I saw you nip 'em off
 Widow Pepkin's line!
She'd be right pleased
 to know what's goin'
       in 'em!"

43
"When d'ye aim to be
      leavin'?"

44
"Soon's I can!"

45
"Stage to Boston goes 
     Wednesday."

46
"They'd skin me alive -
 ever I went back to
      Boston -"

47
"It'll take ye t' places
      in between."

48
"Anson! - Tell me the 
 things they're saying
    aren't true!"

49
"Then, you'll listen to
 your uncle? - - He
 knows best what to
 do with - such women!"

50
"What has she done to 
 us that we should push 
  her farther down?"

51
"They'll take your pulpit 
     away from you."

52
"If I turn this poor girl 
 out - they'll take me
   back to the fold?"

53
"If that's your idea of 
 God and His mercy -
   it isn't mine."

54
"I'd rather believe there 
      is no God!"

55
"Anson! - This scarlet
 woman is stealing your 
         soul!"

56
"You little fool! - A real
 man loves you - - and
 you'd toss his love
 away for a pack of
 hollerin' gospel wolves."

57
"If I ever had a love 
 like that - I wouldn't
 care where my poor 
 little soul was goin'!"

58
The town's condemned -

59
"I wonder if they wouldn't 
 take me on that ship 
       yonder --"

60
"No harm tryin'."

61
"I could cook - if they 
 ain't too particular!"

62
"- but you don't know 
 where the ship is going!"

63
"What's the difference?
 -- All places are alike
         to me!"

64
"Here's a surer way of
 gettin' on board - than
    talkin' cookin'."

65
"What ship? Where
      bound?"

66
"The good ship, 'Panther'
 - bound for Rio - where
 nightingales sing always!"

67
"Ungallant would I be
 indeed to refuse a
   lady passage!"

68
"Do you need an able-
   bodied seaman?"

69
"So - you wish to
 be near - my new
   passenger!"

70
"No - there's nothing to 
 keep me ashore - and 
 I long for the sea."

71
"He's gone, Mary - I guess
 the sea called him louder
 and kinder - than Maple 
     Harbour did."

72
Southward sailed the "Panther"
 - - out of the reach of all
 things known - - into seas
 where anything can happen -

73
"All this -- sort of makes 
 you feel clean, doesn't it?"

74
"You'll never know what
 you've done for me,
 Mister Campbell - sort
 of think I'll believe in
     things again."

75
"Promise me you'll keep
 on thinking that way -"

76
"You ain't bound for 
 Rio, matey! You're on
 a convict ship - and
 a hot packet she is!"

77
"Yes, a sad cargo - sick
 souls - - for the salt
 mines on the 'Islands
    of the Blest'."

78
"It's branding day, me
 blue-eyed boy - - and
 you'll help with the
        fire."

79
"Oh, you're going to 
 find me the merriest 
       fellow!"

80
"Always?"

81
"No -- sometimes I'm sad -
 and need little girls like you
     to make me merry."

82
"My birdlet
understands,
 I'm sure."

83
Toward the bottom of the
earth - - while hot winds
sang in the "Panther's"
     rigging - -

84
"See the old rascal creep-
 snakin' the wren! She'd
 best give in - or --"

85
"Last trip was a gal who
 wouldn't -- 'Into th' hold
 with 'er,' sez 'e -- and
 down she went to the
       convicts!"

86
"Too bad! - But little
 boys should learn 
     to knock!"

87
"- there's no help, Bess -
 he's going to send you -
 down - down - down -"

88
"- he won't send me 
 down - I promise you 
      - by God!"

89
"There's no God anywhere
 - this is the Devil's world!"

90
"It ain't so, Mister Campbell
     -- it ain't so!"

91
"Yar! - The Devil's kiss
  on yer back - - his
   mark on me hand!"

92
"It ain't so, Mister Campbell
     -- it ain't so!"

93
"The ships just pass,
  don't they, Zeke?"

94
"If he can only think of 
 me without hating me 
 - that's all I ask."

95
Another day -- and the
 "Panther" with her dismal
 freight ends her long
 journey to the "Islands
     of the Blest".

96
Each man a number --
  each tag a man!

97
"I've told you and told
 you - - you're never
 goin' to touch me -
 you slime-jowled skunk!"

98
"Choose, my dear -- it's
 either me tonight -- or
 tomorrow - the guards 
 about the salt mines!"

99
"Why can't you let me
   alone - ain't I a
  right to my body--
 ain't I a right to be
       decent?"

100
 "I've got this far,
  and I ain't goin'
back, Mister Captain--
       never!"

101
"No - no, my merry Captain -
 I ain't never - goin' back -"

102
"-- so -- 'cause I
 couldn't fight him
 any longer -- I --"

103
  One twilight--
a strange ship came
sailing into Maple 
     Harbor--

104
"Ship comin' in--
big square rigger
off Bleaker's Woe!"

105
"It's Anson! I know
 by the trimmin' of
     her sails!"

106
"Think of him daring 
 to come back! - Purty
  nervy, I call it!"

107
"So you flaunt that 
 woman's name in
 our very faces?"

108
"I've brought Bess Morgan 
      back to you."

109
"Take her and be off
 - you and your trull 
        ship!"

110
"- she ask only that 
 you listen for a little
         while."

111
"Dyin' ain't so hard -
 Mister Campbell - I'm
 awful happy I kept
   that promise."

112
"It's gettin' - awful dark
 - won't you - pray for 
          me?"

113
"It seems brighter now -
 you're prayin', ain't you?"

114
"'Gentle Jesus meek and mild
Listen to a little child,
Pity my simplicity
Suffer me to come to Thee.'"

115
"'Fain would I to Thee be brought,
Gracious God forbid it not.
In the kingdom of Thy grace
Give a little child a place.'"

116
"--and those who watched
 cried aloud -- at the great
 light on her face -- at the
   peace in her soul...."

117
"-- in that black pit, among
 sinners, with Bess Morgan's
 dying hand to guide me --
 I found Him who taught 
      me to pray --"

118
"....Calling me to sail His
 seas - carry His word -
 to the hearts of men."

119
"I've been wrong, Anson."

120
.... and this is how the first 
gospel ship came into being 
.... in the little village of 
Maple Harbour .... down sea 
       from Boston ....


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