"Well, for a man out ob sorts, you walk most awrful irriglar one time slow, noder time so quick. I was 'bleeged to run to obertake you." Further converse was checked by their arrival in the town. On reaching the hotel they found the place in considerable confusion and bustle owing to preparations for the governor's ball, about to take place that evening. They met Pedro at the door.
"Not so fur as you might hear de bos'n's whissel; not more dan tree, four length ob a man-o'-war cable." "Enough, Snowy! What do you think best to be done?" "De bess ting we can do now," replied the negro, "am for me to obertake dat ere craff. As you said, de sail am down; an' de ole Cat no go fasser dan a log o' 'hogany wood in a calm o' de tropic.
"Golly, boss!" added the porter, "Ah jes' 'bleeged tun say sumpin', an Ah tells 'em de dinin' kyar'll sho'ly obertake us fo' six-thirty. Ya'as, indeedy. An' den, dar's dat lady up dar wid de sour-vinegary sort o' face. Ah jes' heard her say she'd be fo'ced tuh eat her back-comb if she didn't have her lunch pu'ty soon.