Across India eBook

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Knott grasped him by his upper garment, and drew his head out of the water.  He held on like an excited bulldog, in spite of the erratic vaulting of the boat and the struggles of him whom the deep sea seemed to have chosen as its victim.  But the bowman was a muscular seaman of fifty, and he won the victory over the billows, and hauled the man into the cutter.  He was a person of rather swarthy complexion, dressed in Hindu costume.  He was passed along through the oarsmen to the stern-sheets, where Mr. Boulong proceeded to lift him up with his feet in the air, to free his lungs from the salt water he must have imbibed.

By this time the second cutter came up to the scene, and Scott in command wondered why the first officer had passed by one man to save another; for in the commotion of the waves he had not been able to realize the condition of the Hindu, as he appeared to be.  But the cool gentleman had been over-confident; and instead of waiting for one of the boats to pick him up, he had disengaged himself from his life-preserver, and attempted to swim to the first cutter.  Mr. Boulong was so occupied with his treatment of the first man rescued, that he did not see him, or hear his shout above the noise of the savage waves, and had directed the cockswain to steer for the next man, who seemed to be an older person than either of the others.

The Hindu had not entirely lost his senses; and when he was disburdened of the load of salt water he had swallowed, he looked about him, though still in a somewhat dazed condition.

“Dr. Ferrolan!” he exclaimed.  “Oh, save him!” He pointed to him as the stern of the boat rose on a billow; and he proved to be the person towards whom the cockswain was steering the boat.  “Where is Lord Tremlyn?” he asked, as he surveyed the surrounding waters.  “There!” he screamed wildly, as he pointed over the stern, where the person indicated was swimming for the first cutter.

[Illustration:  “A ready seaman seized him by the arm.”—­Page 45.]

“The other boat is close aboard of him, and will soon pick him up,” said Mr. Boulong, turning his attention to one ahead of the cutter.

As he spoke, a booming billow struck Lord Tremlyn, as the Hindu had revealed his name, just as Scott was running his boat up to take him on board.  He was caught just in the comb of the wave, and it upset him, making him turn a complete somerset, as his companion had done; but he was master of himself, and when he came up, he appeared to dive through the crest of another billow, and came out close alongside Scott’s boat, near the bow.  A ready seaman seized him by the arm, and, with the aid of another, hauled him into the boat, where he was passed into the stern-sheets.

“Was Sir Modava saved?” he asked, with no little excitement in his manner, as he spit the salt water from his mouth.

“Don’t know him, sir; but they just hauled a man into the first cutter,” replied Scott.

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