"It'd be suicide ... and with no motive ... could they, Ted, possibly?" Jones' dark face did not lighten. "They could, and I'm very much afraid they intend to. As a crew-chief, Newman is a jack-leg engineer and a very good practical 'troncist; and if he's what I think he is " He paused. "Could be," Deston said, doubtfully. "In with a mob of normal-space pirate-smugglers.
Much more lively in its nature was the connection with this parish of the notorious Cruel Coppinger, smuggler, wrecker, and desperado. "Will you hear of Cruel Coppinger? He came from a foreign land; He was brought to us by the salt water, He was carried away by the wind." Coppinger has become almost mythical, by reason of older traditions of pirate-smugglers being attributed to him. The Rev.