The Sea Lion

1
On the high seas,
where hardy seamen --
the last of the Vikings --
hunt the monstrous 
      whale.

2
John Nelson, captain 
of "The Lair," known 
and feared on the 
Seven Seas as the
   "Sea Lion."

3
Recognizing Work as 
the only Creed and
Brute Strength as the 
     one Law.

4
"We've got our fill
 of blubber - we can
 start back to 'Frisco."

5
"I bet you want
 to get home an'
 see if it's a boy
   or a girl."

6
Bitter recollections
of a voyage twenty
years back, when he
too, had eagerly
looked forward to
the homecoming --

7
"I'm hopin' it'll be
 a boy that I can
 take to sea with
   me some day."

8
"Made it myself,
    by hand!"

9
A funeral pyre of
all his hopes, dreams
    and love.

10
A city of
contrasts --

11
Tom Walton --
  a waster.

12
"This bit of loveli-
 ness has promised
  to be my wife!"

13
"Well, sir, we're
 homeward bound!"

14
"San Francisco
   at last!"

15
A few days later --
when Business meets
    Pleasure.

16
"Then you agree to
 forget Tom's foolish
 promise to marry you?"

17
"I'm sorry, dear. I
 can't marry you -
 Mother thinks I'm
    too young."

18
"Tom, I'm thru with you.
  You've brought dis-
  grace upon us all."

19
"From now on, young
 man, you paddle your
 own canoe -- under-
       stand?"

20
With his cargo
barely discharged,
but impatient to
put to sea again.

21
"Crew or no crew,
 we sail at six bells!
 Get two more men --
     somehow!"

22
"How would you
 boys like a soft,
   easy job?"

23
"We know that bird --
 We want to go to
 work, not to war!"

24
Realizing for the 
first time his utter
   uselessness.

25
"I might persuade
 him to let you ship
     with us."

26
"I've had some
 experience sailing 
   a cat-boat."

27
"I guess you'll like
  our little boat!"

28
"He'll love
 our little ship."

29
Twenty-four hours
   under way.

30
"Get aloft an' furl
  the mainroyal."

31
"Come on, 'Cat-Boat',
 hurry an' get aloft."

32
Then came grey days
of calm when ocean
and sky alike seemed
     lifeless.

33
"The men are at the
 pumps, cap'n, but I
 can't locate the leak."

34
"A fine lot of sea-
 dogs -- pumpin' away
 all the fresh water
      supply!"

35
"If this calm lasts,
 your tongues'll hang
  out with thirst."

36
"Wastin' water, eh!
 That'll be your
 drinkin' allowance
 until we sight land!"

37
"Pack that water-cask
 to my cabin -- the
 crew'll have to get
 along with the other
        one."

38
Still the days of
calm and drooping
sails with the un-
merciful sun scorch-
  ing their lips.

39
"He's swillin' water
 while we're chokin'
    with thirst!"

40
"I'm with you men,
 but let me talk to
    him first!"

41
"Land Ho!"

42
"Who gave you orders
 to leave your post?"

43
"I sighted land dead
 ahead -- and no
 one at the wheel!"

44
"I'll show those swabs
    who's master!"

45
"You'll get water
 on that island
 under my orders!"

46
"From now on you're
 first mate. Take
 charge of the water
    expedition."

47
An island lying far 
off the beaten tracks;
forgotten, uncharted
   and unvisited.

48
Blossom, a child of 
nature -- innocent
  and unspoiled.

49
"I'm one of the crew
 from the Gloucester,
 wrecked off here
 sixteen years ago."

50
"Blossom's mother was
 the only other survivor.
 The child was born
 here but her mother --
        died."

51
"Uncle Billy, must we
 leave the island --
    and Mother?"

52
"Goodbye, mother dear,
  I'll never forget."

53
"I ain't runnin' a
 passenger boat!"

54
"But we'll work --"

55
"You might be able
 to earn your passage --
     somehow."

56
"Go aft an' get
 her some clothes!"

57
The eternal feminine.

58
"But not here!"

59
"Why not?"

60
With the island 
fading fast astern.

61
"Is your name Nelson?
 Why, that was my
 mother's name ----"

62
"Yes -- Dolly
 May Nelson."

63
The maddening thought 
that she is the daughter
of his wife and another
         man.

64
"-- an' your father's
 name was Bob Simmons!"

65
"I never saw my
 father but mother said 
 he was wonderful!"

66
"Wonderful? He stole
 another man's wife!"

67
His long-nourished
hatred seemingly trans-
ferred to the girl --
a living reminder of 
     the past.

68
"There she blows -
    WHALE HO!"

69
"Get in the whale
 boat. I'll settle with
    you later!"

70
The forlorn hope 
 of saving her.

71
"Where is the girl?"

72
"Look! A storm's goin'
 to break loose on 
        us!"

73
"For God's sake don't
 leave them. The child
   is in the boat!"

74
"To Hell with them!
  Head her North!"

75
On the wings of the 
 approaching storm.

76
And then came a night 
of terror, with the ele-
ments lashed into such
screaming fury that
all hope seemed lost.

77
But, for hours, while
 the others prayed -

78
       "Repent,
Captain Nelson, for what
you've done! This hour
  may be your last!"

79
"Stop! You cannot
 cast that cross away!"

80
"I'll take the wheel!
 We're safe from the
 rocks 'less the wind
       turns!"

81
The pitiful tale the
Bible revealed; an
echo of sixteen years
    past ----

[dissolves to:]

82
The day John Nelson
sailed on a six months
      cruise.

83
Bearing the days of 
their separation with
the happy thoughts of
   a coming event.

84
Robert Simmons, a
rejected suitor. A
man of many love
affairs but few
   scruples.

85
"You sent this note
 a year ago to me.
 Now, it will serve
 its purpose for
     Nelson."

86
"I'm sailin' tonight!
 You're comin' with 
        me!"

87
In a delirium of fever,
attended by a kind
old steward since the
night she was brought 
  aboard the ship.

88
"Still pretendin', eh?
 Well there's a long
    cruise ahead!"

89
Dawn and mute evidence
of fate's intervention.

90
The sole survivors -
Nelson's wife and the
  kind old steward.

91
A third survivor of 
the wreck ---- the
daughter of John Nelson.

92
"The girl out there 
  is my daughter!"

93
"I'll take a chance 
 on hittin' the rocks!
 I'll find her - with
     God's help!"

94
Grey Dawn, with 
the wind and 
rain subsiding.

95
"We'd all be crushed
 to pieces if we went
  near them rocks!"

96
"Better she drown
 than go back to
 that ship with you!"

97
  Again aboard the
"Sea Lion's Lair"; one
  who is broken --
   body and soul.

98
"He is your father,
   John Nelson."

99
"Life has been
 unkind to him."

100
"Goodbye, mother dear,
  I'll never forget."

The
   End

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