dead man


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I had time to notice that the pockets of the dead man had been emptied on the deck, and that his body and his grin had been wrapped from view in canvas, the folds of which the sailor, Johansen, was sewing together with coarse white twine, shoving the needle through with a leather contrivance fitted on the palm of his hand.
With the weapon in his hand he returned to the side of the dead man, kneeled beside the bedding, and inserted his right hand with the weapon beneath the rugs, piled a number of thicknesses of the closely woven fabric over and about the revolver with his left hand.
It was by virtue of his office that he had possession of the book in which he was reading; it had been found among the dead man's effects--in his cabin, where the inquest was now taking place.
He was a strong man, but he was not used to this sort of thing, and he had barely recovered yet from the first shock of finding himself face to face with a dead man. Outside, the crowd upon the platform was growing larger.
"Yield!" he cried, "or you are a dead man!" The musket fell from the soldier's hands, who yielded on the instant.
The soldier replied, "You may punish me if you please; but I was as broad awake as I am now; and the devil carry me away, as he hath the ensign, if I did not see the dead man, as I tell you, with eyes as big and as fiery as two large flambeaux."
The dead man lay on his back, sprawling with outstretched limbs in the centre of the room.
"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-- Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"
Even the identification of the dead man had not yet been accomplished.
"This was found between the finger and thumb of the dead man. It appears to be a fragment torn from a larger sheet.
The captain resumed standing in contemplation before that smiling dead man, who seemed to have burnished his last thought, to give his best friend, the man he had loved next to Raoul, a gracious welcome even beyond life.
He was being looked at by a dead man who was seated with his back against a columnlike tree.