The Docks of New York

1   
The waterfront of New York
- the end of many journeys,
the beginning of many
      adventures.

2
Miles of docks wait day
 and night for strange
cargo - and stranger men.

3
Ships come in from the sea
 - tarrying a day or two
in the endless journey from 
      port to port.

4
These were the days before
oil fuel made stoking a
lady's job - - when stokers
earned their pay in sweat and 
         coal-dust.

5
"Well, Bill! We brought the
ol' barge in right on time!"

6
"Pick up that waste! Nobody
goes ashore till this hole is
        cleaned up!"

7
"This packet sails
tomorrow morning."

8
"You've got one night ashore.
If any o' you muckers come
back drunk, you'll do double
           shift!"

9
"He's the most even-
tempered guy I ever 
knew - always sore!"

10
"He thinks we're goin'
ashore to play marbles!"

11
  The Sandbar, a cable's 
length from the wharf, has
vanished now - wiped out by
commerce and reform. But
that night it was wide awake 
        and roaring.

12
"Meet my husband!"

13
"Well, Andy! I guess you 
never expected to run
   across me here!"

14
Night and fog met 
 the stokers coming 
ashore.

15
"Hey, Bill! That's no place 
     to take a lady!"

16
"Come on, Bill. They'll
  take care of her!"

17
"Okay, Bill! Be a hero an' 
     leave your pal!"

18
"But just remember 
Singapore - - an'
recollect Shanghai!"

19
"Well, you gave me the air.
It's been three years -
what did you expect me 
        to do?"

20
"Take that out o' here -
  before you draw the 
        police!"

21
"Get her a hot drink!"

22
"One hot toddy!"

23
"You're not goin' in there!
 That's the only rag she 
     had to her back!"

24
"So you're the guy that 
    saved my life?"

25
"You could have saved yourself
the trouble, an' let me die."

26
"All right! Make believe you
died - make believe you're
startin' all over again!"

27
"You left all that slush in 
the river, Baby. All you
 need is a good time!"

28
"I've had too many good 
        times."

29
"You ain't never been out 
   with Bill Roberts."

30
"Dry up before you 
   catch cold!"

31
"Would you care?"

32
"Well, I might."

33
"After a month in the stoke-
hole, I got no sympathy for
anybody that wants to quit
a swell world like this!"

34
"Throw yourself into them 
new rags an' give me a 
        chance!"

35
"All right, Bill Roberts, I'll 
      give you a chance."

36
"Anyway, I can always 
 make a hole in the 
        water."

37
"Are you goin' to let me have
a good time in my own quiet 
way - or must I take this 
       place apart?"

38
"Thought you might want 
   your tie - Bill."

39
"Pretty, ain't she?"

40
"You better take my tip 
- an' stay away from 
     that dame!"

41
"Shove off, my lad! I want
to talk with your lady 
        friend."

42
"You may be big game 
aboard ship, but you're
only an animal-cracker 
        here."

43
"Gee, but you're strong!"

44
"I guess you've known 
   a lot o' girls."

45
"I ain't braggin' about
   my love-affairs."

46
"I'm not braggin', either."

47
"Ever been married, Bill?"

48
"Say, who'd marry a
    guy like me?"

49
"Oh, I don't know. A lot
    o' girls might."

50
"You ever been married,
         Baby?"

51
"Say, who'd marry a girl 
       like me?"

52
"I've sailed the seven seas,
  but I never saw a craft 
      as trim as you."

53
"I don't think it's fair
   of you to kid me."

54
"Say! What makes you 
 think I'm kiddin'?"

55
"What did you ever do that
makes you worse than me?
I'd marry you in a minute!"

56
"An' come to think of it, I'll
     marry you right now!"

57
"You don't know Bill Roberts!
  I'll try anything once!"

58
"Get me a parson - I'm
goin' to get spliced to 
   my girl friend!"

59
"Come back here, Bill
- don't make a fool o'
      yourself!"

60
"Meet the bride!"

61
"I better get Hymn-Book 
Harry - before he wrecks 
      the place!"

62
"I'm goin' to do right by
our Nell! I'm goin' to
 marry her - here an'
          now!"

63
"Do you think he can make 
you decent by marryin'
         you?"

64
"I don't know what to
  think, any more."

65
"Until I got married,
    I was decent!"

66
"We'll give you a marriage
   you'll never forget!"

67
"Where's your license?"

68
"Are you goin' to queer 
our fun just because you
got to have a little piece
       o' paper?"

69
"If you got to have a license,
Bill will get one first thing
       in the morning."

70
"Won't you, Bill?"

71
  "Word of honor, Parson.
First thing in the morning!"

72
"Let the old fusser go!
    I'll marry you."

73
"If any of you eggs know
why these heels shouldn't
get hitched, speak now or
forever after hold your
          trap!"

74
"Does it mean that 
   much to you?"

75
"Dearly beloved, we are
gathered together in the 
sight of God and in the face 
    of this company -"

76
"- to join this Man, and this 
  Woman, in Holy Matrimony."

77
"Matrimony is an honorable
estate .... and is not to be 
  entered into lightly -"

78
"Do you take this woman 
to be your wedded wife?"

79
"Will you love her, comfort
her, honor her, and keep 
her in sickness and in health,
forsaking all others -- as
long as you both shall live?"

80
"Sure, I will!"

81
"I will."

82
"Give me the ring."

83
"Here's mine - I hope it
  does you more good 
   than it did me!"

84
"Here's your wages, Parson.
   Easy come, easy go!"

85
"I expect you to bring me 
the license in the morning. 
       Pay me then."

86
"What's the meanin' of
    this jamboree?"

87
"Oh, I thought I'd get
 married, and settle 
        down."

88
"But how are you goin' 
 to get rid of her?"

89
"Who says I want to 
  get rid of her?"

90
"I know you, Bill Roberts!
You might fool her, but
  you can't fool me!"

91
"What lady threw that 
         shoe?"

92
"You don't know what this 
   means to me, Bill!"

93
"I'll be a good wife, Bill."

94
Morning.

95
"Got a match, Chief?"

96
"I s'pose you've forgot all 
    about last night?"

97
"Wasn't you never young, 
Chief? I was just havin' 
     a good time!"

98
"I s'pose you've forgot 
about gettin' married,
         too."

99
"Chief, last night's over.
  Today's another day!"

100
"Mebbe for you, but not for 
me. That sock in the jaw 
will cost you your job!"

101
"One ship's as good as 
another, Chief. Any
 port in a storm!"

102
"Get out o' here - or my
 husband will kill you!"

103
"Don't kid me!"

104
"Don't let Bill Roberts stand
between you an' me - you
know he ain't comin' back!"

105
"You're a dirty liar! He
    is comin' back!"

106
"Rustle that stretcher - this
    guy's in bad shape!"

107
"You won't get nowhere 
keepin' your mouth shut!"

108
"I warned you! Now beat it
  - while you got time!"

109
"I'm her husband."

110
"She didn't shoot him. The
 kid wouldn't hurt a fly!"

111
"I shot him, an' nobody
else is goin' to get the
     credit for it."

112
"I'm his wife. He gave me 
the air once too often!"

113
"Why didn't you say so
        before?"

114
"I didn't care - before."

115
"I hope you have better
luck than me - - but I
       doubt it."

116
"I didn't figure on your 
comin' back to help me."

117
"You didn't need my help, 
          Baby."

118
"Goin' away - Bill?"

119
"Sorry, Baby. Sailin' in an 
hour - - I never missed a
    ship in my life."

120
"Could you give me a minute
to - to get used to it, Bill?"

121
"I never even thanked you 
for pullin' me out o' the 
          water."

122
"That's all right!"

123
"An' I never thanked you
for them swell clothes
    you bought me."

124
"That's all right, too."

125
"An' I guess you expect 
me to thank you for bein'
decent enough to make
    me your wife."

126
"Now listen, kid - you can't 
get me sore! I never did
a decent thing in my life."

127
"I've always been like this.
There ain't no power on
earth that could ever keep 
       me ashore!"

128
"Why get serious about it,
anyway? You knew all I
had was one night ashore -
you knew I was just a dirty 
        stoker!"

129
"You ain't so bad, 
  Bill Roberts!"

130
"But it would have been kind
o' funny if this had been on
the level - even for a couple 
         o' months."

131
"Maybe if I ever stayed
ashore for as long as a 
couple o' months I'd get
      to like it."

132
"Get a move on, Bill.
     Time's up!"

133
"So long, Baby."

134
"Well - goodbye - Bill."

135
"Come on out o' this -
before you get into 
   another mess!"

136
"I'll fix it for you, Bill.
   You can't go to sea 
        like this."

137
"What are you tryin' to 
  do - bring me more 
      bad luck?"

138
"Superstitious, are you?"

139
"The nerve of that dame -
bawling me out after all I 
      done for her!"

140
"I could of told you before
  that she was no good -
    like all females!"

141
"Lucky for you I happened
along! If I hadn't pried you 
loose, she'd of stuck like a
        barnacle!"

142
"Buck into it, you two!
I want steam, not talk!"

143
"I'll have you put in 
   irons for this!"

144
"Where's my wife?"

145
"In jail, where she belongs."

146
"What's she in jail for?"

147
"Why don't you go to 
the Night Court an' find 
         out?"

148
"Thirty days. Next case!"

149
"Mae Roberts!"

150
"You are charged with having 
in your possession clothes 
stolen from the Harbor Pawn 
           Shop."

151
"How did you get them?"

152
"My husband gave them 
        to me."

153
"Where is your husband?"

154
"He left me this morning."

155
"How long have you 
  been married?"

156
"I was married last night."

157
"Thirty days. Next case!"

158
"Just a minute, Captain!
I'm her husband. I pinched
   them duds myself!"

159
"Break in anywhere - take
anything you want - -
that's your idea, I suppose?"

160
"No, sir, I rung the bell! But
  there wasn't no answer,
   so I helped myself."

161
"I see - man of importance
- no time to waste. Just
  what was your hurry?"

162
"Well sir, I'm a stoker. I only
had one night ashore, an'
I wanted to have a good 
          time."

163
"Sixty days will slow you
down. Release the woman. 
      Next case!"

164
"Sixty days ain't a long
cruise, Baby - an' it'll be
my last one, if you'll wait
          for me."

165
"I guess I'd wait forever, 
           Bill."

The 
   End

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