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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Peter's Pence, by W.W. Jacobs This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: Peter's Pence Sailor's Knots, Part 8. Author: W.W. Jacobs Release Date: January 22, 2004 [EBook #10788] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK PETER'S PENCE *** Produced by David Widger SAILORS' KNOTS By W.W. Jacobs 1909 PETER'S PENCE Sailormen don't bother much about their relations, as a rule, said the night-watchman; sometimes because a railway-ticket costs as much as a barrel o' beer, and they ain't got the money for both, and sometimes because most relations run away with the idea that a sailorman has been knocking about 'arf over the world just to bring them 'ome presents. Then, agin, some relations are partikler about appearances, and they don't like it if a chap don't wear a collar and tidy 'imself up. Dress is everything nowadays; put me in a top 'at and a tail-coat, with a twopenny smoke stuck in my mouth, and who would know the difference between me and a lord? Put a bishop in my clothes, and you'd ask 'im to 'ave a 'arf-pint as soon as you would me--sooner, p'r'aps. [Illustration: "Put a bishop in my clothes, and you'd ask 'im to 'ave a 'arf-pint as soon as you would me."] Talking of relations reminds me of Peter Russet's uncle. It's some years ago now, and Peter and old Sam Small and Ginger Dick 'ad just come back arter being away for nearly ten months. They 'ad all got money in their pockets, and they was just talking about the spree they was going to have, when a letter was brought to Peter, wot had been waiting for 'im at the office. He didn't like opening it at fust. The last letter he had 'ad kept 'im hiding indoors for a week, and then made him ship a fortnight afore 'e had meant to. He stood turning it over and over, and at last, arter Sam, wot was always a curious man, 'ad told 'im that if he didn't open it he'd do it for 'im, he tore it open and read it. "It's from my old uncle, George Goodman," he ses, staring. "Why, I ain't seen 'im for over twenty years." "Do you owe 'im any money?" ses Sam. Peter shook his 'ead. "He's up in London," he ses, looking a
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