Tape measurements will be taken next your skin. You will be laced with cruel force into vicelike corsets of soft dove coutille with whalebone busk to the diamondtrimmed pelvis, the absolute outside edge, while your figure, plumper than when at large, will be restrained in nettight frocks, pretty two ounce petticoats and fringes and things stamped, of course, with my houseflag, creations of lovely lingerie for Alice and nice scent for Alice.
Somewhere in it is the name of the ship which carried it. Anyhow, I think I can make out in it the houseflag of that ship.
Tokens that now are dusty and in their night, understood only by the few who also belong to the past. There is the houseflag of the Cutty Sark, and her sister ships the Dharwar, Blackadder, Coldstream but one must be careful, and refuse to allow these names to carry one-way. There are so many of them. They are all good. Each can conjure up a picture and a memory.
How, for example, could I give every name in the fleet of the White Star of Aberdeen? Yet was not each ship, with her green hull and white spars, as moving as a lyric? Is there in London River today a ship as beautiful as the old Thermopylae? There is not. It is impossible. The houseflag of Messrs. R. and H. Green, in any reference to the ships of Blackwall, should have been mentioned first.
It was his own houseflag, and with trembling hands he ran it to the fore and cast its wrinkled folds to the breeze of heaven. "Good old dishcloth!" shrieked Mr. Gibney. "She never comes down." "Damned if she does," said Captain Scraggs profanely. While all this was going on a deckhand had reeved a block and tackle through the end of the cargo gaff and passed it to the winch.
No sooner did her black prow appear between the pier heads than a score of boats left the steps, their rowers gesticulating, quarrelling, laughing among themselves with Maltese vivacity. One boat, flying the Croonah's houseflag, made its way more leisurely through the still, clear water. This boat was bringing mails to the Croonah, and in the letter-bag Mrs.