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every evening to the saloon by of paper; of notices in the parks their ratings—divers,engineers, in Petrograd, “No dogs or oarpenters, blacksmiths, crew soldiers admitted"; of officers of the Aleida Johanna, orew of who strook and flogged their the Permoshnik-for their tot of mon, but never went round rum and their paoket of oigar- their trenobes; of how he himettes, and afterwards would sit self had fought in the battle about for an hour or two on of Tsushima and seen the deok, olustering round two Russian fleet betrayed and who played on their mando- destroyed by the incompetence lines and sang little Russian of its officers ; and of the corsongs, now grave now gay, in ruption at the heart of all voices of a singular sweet- Russian Government and all 9088.

Russian institutions. The sun would go down, for That Russia was ripe for we were too far south for the demooraoy he did not believe, midnight sun, but there would but he pretended to no regret be no darkness.

at seeing the old régime wipod Kischfeldt, the oaptain of the out in blood. Nor could one Aleida Johanna-& hage man wonder when one 8&w the with a great heart, before the puppet Government we had war the youngest opptain in set up in Archangel and the the East Asiatio Company arroganoe of the officers who from Libau to New York, and paraded the Troitsky in epan. master of the Kursk, a 14,000- lettes and spars, and showed ton ship—with a passionate no disposition to go nearer the fondness for musio, would talk front. to me of “La Tosoa,” which he The necessity for proouring had last heard in Odessa and various stores took us freI at the Opera Comique, or quently to Popoff, the port of hum an air from “Pagliacoi," Kem, and occasionally to Aroh. his favourite opera and mine. angel. The D.N.T.O.'s mess at

Or he would tell me of what Popoff was a very weloome he had been in the Baltio during port of call. There was a the revolution-of the officers young and very cheery orowd of the battleships slaughtered there, who spent their spare or thrown overboard with time in learning the language weights at their feet, so that of affection in Russian, and in when the wife of one sought organising danoes at which to recover his body, the diver they competed for the favours she sent down found them up. of the beauties of the village, right like trees at the bottom whose names I have forgotten of the harbour, swaying to the but whose dancing I remember. tide. He would tell, too, of It was curious to watch in the what led up to it all. Of how Y.M.C.A. hut, to the sound of he had seen train after train a concertina, danoes which one fall of troops going up to the had seen at the Russian ballet line with no arms at all, with a few months before at the Al. uniforms of shoddy, and boots hambra, done with no less grace. Considerable indignation was allow no Russian to lay a felt at the time at the conduot sacrilegious finger, of certain young Flying officers Both he and I watohed it who had gained what was felt with a good deal of apxiety to be an unfair advantage over as, a day or two later, it went the Navy by having paroels up the side of the Olidia and sent out speoially from Venns was lowered down No. 2 hold containing garments calou- –for the ship's derrioks bad lated to revolutionise the ideas not been improved by two of the maidens of Popoff. years' negleot, the pump

It was at Popoff, too, that weighed a ton and a half, there oocurred an example of and the box oontaining its poetio justice. A fatigue party suotions and steel dischargewas being marohed down the pipes three tons. plank - road, carrying corro. However, it was got safely gated iron. To my surprise, down into the 'tween-decks and the right - hand man of the pashed aft against the bulkleading section of fours was head. my late Bn. H.Q. mess cook in The purpose of this was France, who, coming to me in that, by oatting out a plate great distress, and out of work in the bulkhead, and by after demobilisation, had been having one set of suctions in given a job at 148. a day, which the stokehold and another in he bad thrown up at the end of No. 2 hold, the pump could a week. His bad cooking I had be made available for suffered in silence for some whichever compartment most months, but his ingratitude I needed it. was glad to see suitably re- The law of the obstinacy of warded.

inanimate objects, which usuTowards the end of July I ally ordains that there shall heard that the 12-inch motor. be a stanchion or something pump had arrived in Aroh- of the sort in precisely the angel, and went over with the most awkward possible posiAleida Johanna to colleot it. tion, did not operate in this

I found in charge of it a oase; for immediately above small motor engineer about the pump was & ventilator, twenty years old, whom I and up this the 12-inch steel had not previously met. His discharge-pipes were led. A voice showed that he came bend on the top allowed the from the Tyne, and his look pump to discharge olear over that he preferred Newoastle the side near the gangto Archangel. He paid very way. little attention to me beyond This led to a number of telling me that he had had to alarms and exoursions; for come away at a day's notice, Reay, the motor engineer, from and had not had time to get his position at the pump in all the spares he wanted, and the 'tween deoks, never knew devoted himself entirely to the whether or not there were pump, on which he would boats alongside when he started

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the pamp, and was not usually had beon standing by, and, inolined to climb out of the when water was still about hold to find out. There would three feet deep, they were down be a few preliminary cough. in the hold working foverishly ings and splutterings as he to get into place the huge started the engine, but this stanchions of 16-inch timber gave very little warning, and which were to shore down the within a few seconds the pump tank top and make the ship would be throwing water “full solid up to the deck. These bore," and a solid stream from vertical supports stood on hori. the 12-inoh pipe would be fall. zontal baulks laid along the ing at the rate of 700-800 tons tank top in order that the an hour on to whatever hap- strain should not come at a poned to be beneath it. number of isolated points, but

The Aleida Johanna on the should be equally distributed, first occasion filled nearly up while between the tops of them to the rails before Reay could and the 'tween - deoks were be persuaded to hear, above similar logs laid horizontally. the roar of his engine, the Stanohions of the same size voices of the agitated Ras- were carried up from the sians shouting down No. 2 'tween-deok to the main deok, hatoh,

so that the tank top had These episodes were, howvirtually the added strength over, nothing beside the re- of both these decks, and before newed feeling of confidence it could give way must push which the pump gave to all them both up with it. on board.

The ship was thus praoA few days after it arrived tioally “in one piece.” it was considered that the While the carpenters were cement bulkhead in No. 2 had busy getting these stanchions hardened sufficiently to allow into place, some of the divers of our “tryingthe hold. in wading-dresses were work

The motor-pump, “Old Bill," ing along the bilges looating as it was obristened, was the worst leaks, while others started away, and to every were busy putting in "tumbler” one's delight the water in the bolts to replace the many loose hold was seen to be falling or missing rivets in the tank steadily. Within twenty top which were sending up minutes the tank tops were miniature fountains of water. dry, and the pump was throw. The tanks were, in fact, a ing up a mixture of dirty mass of small leaks, and when water, cement, and sand from Reay stopped the pump, it was the bilges.

only five or six minutes before In order not to put too great there was a foot or so of water & pressure on the tank top, we on the floors. had decided only to pump on However, now that we had the falling tido and during seen the hold dry, it was much slaok water. Time, therefore, easier for the divers to work was short. A crowd of men at eliminating the leaks one by VOL, CCVIII.-NO. MCCLVII,

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Considerable indignation was allow no Russian to lay a felt at the time at the conduot sacrilegious finger. of certain young Flying officers Both he and I watohed it who had gained what was felt with a good deal of apxiety to be an unfair advantage over as, a day or two later, it went the Navy by having paroels up the side of the Ulidia and sont out specially from Venns was lowered down No. 2 hold oontaining garments oalou. --for the ship's derrioks had lated to revolutionise the ideas not been improved by two of the maidens of Popoff. years' negleot, the pump

It was at Popoff, too, that weighed a ton and a half, there occurred an example of and the box containing its poetio justice. A fatigue party suotions and steel dischargewas being marohed down the pipes three tons. plank - road, carrying corru- However, it was got safely gated iron. To my surprise, down into the 'tween-decks and the right - hand man of the pushed aft against the bulk. leading section of fours was head. my late Bn. H.Q. mess cook in The purpose of this was Franoe, who, coming to me in that, by outting out a plate great distress, and out of work in the bulkhead, and by after demobilisation, had been having one set of suctions in given a job at 148. a day, which the stokehold and another in he had thrown up at the end of No. 2 hold, the pump could a week. His bad cooking I had be made available for suffered in silence for some whichever compartment most months, but his ingratitude I needed it, was glad to see suitably re- The law of the obstinaoy of warded.

inanimate objeots, which usuTowards the end of July I ally ordains that there shall heard that the 12-inch motor- be a stanobion or something pump had arrived in Aroh- of the sort in precisely the angel, and went over with the most awkward possible posiAleida Johanna to colleot it. tion, did not operate in this

I found in charge of it a oase; for immediately above small motor engineer about the pump was & ventilator, twenty years old, whom I and up this the 12-inch steel had not previously met. His discharge-pipes were led. A voice showed that he came bend on the top allowed the from the Tyne, and his look pump to discharge clear over that he preferred Newoastle the side near the gangto Archangel. He paid very way. little attention to me beyond This led to a number of telling me that he had had to alarms and exoursions ; for come away at & day's notice, Reay, the motor engineer, from and had not had time to get his position at the pump in all the spares he wanted, and the 'tween.deoks, never knew devoted himself entirely to the whether or not there were pump, on which he would boats alongside when he started

first he rails bo to hearine, the

the pump, and was not usually had been standing by, and, inolined to climb out of the when water was still about hold to find out. There would three feet deep, they were down be & few preliminary cough. in the hold working feverishly ings and splutterings as he to get into place the huge started the engine, but this stanohions of 16-inch timber gave very little warning, and which were to shore down the within a few seoonds the pump tank top and make the ship would be throwing waterfall solid up to the deck. These bore," and a solid stream from vertical supports stood on hori. the 12-inch pipe would be fall. zontal baulks laid along the ing at the rate of 700-800 tons tank top in order that the an hour on to whatever hap- strain should not come at a poned to be beneath it.

number of isolated points, but The Aleida Johanna on the should be equally distributed, first ocoasion filled nearly up while between the tops of them to the rails before Reay could and the 'tween - decks were be persuaded to hear, above similar logs laid horizontally. the roar of his engine, the Stanohions of the same size voices of the agitated Ras- were carried up from the sians shouting down No. 2 'tween-deck to the main deck, hatoh.

so that the tank top had Those episodes were, how- virtually the added strength ever, nothing beside the re- of both these deoks, and before newed feeling of confidence it could give way must push which the pump gave to all them both up with it. on board.

The ship was thus praoA few days after it arrived tioally "in one piece.” it was considered that the While the carpenters were cement bulkhead in No. 2 had busy getting these stanchions hardened sufficiently to allow into place, some of the divers of our “trying" the hold. in wading-dresses were work

The motor-pump, “Old Bill,” ing along the bilges looating as it was christened, was the worst leaks, while others started away, and to every were busy putting in “tumbler” one's delight the water in the bolts to replace the many loose hold was seen to be falling or missing rivets in the tank steadily. Within twenty top whioh were sending up minutes the tank tops were miniature fountains of water. dry, and the pump was throw. The tanks were, in faot, a ing up a mixture of dirty mass of small leaks, and when water, cement, and sand from Reay stopped the pamp, it was the bilges.

only five or six minutes before In order not to put too great there was a foot or so of water a pressure on the tank top, we on the floors. had decided only to pump on However, now that we had the falling tide and during seen the hold dry, it was much slaok water. Time, therefore, easier for the divers to work was short. A crowd of men at eliminating the leaks one by

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