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inflictions, to which the execrable quality of the recent feeds greatly
contributes.     Unpleasantly fragrant cow-beet, putrid sour-krout,
dish-clout soup, and lukewarm water  form the staple of our mid
day meal, and one has to take refuge in hominy and dried apples
from sheer hunger.     Reynolds, (who has been a butcher, and who
looks born to the vocation,) has a private conference with Engineer
or Head Steward, and learns particulars of the Captain�s history,
how he was a low Deutche boatswain in the U.S. navy, how
he became Captain of a Jamestown steamer, and thence, making
himself useful on board the �Atlantic� (during her memorable accident
voyage,) got promoted to his present perch, which he has but
recently assumed.     How he, the Captain, aims at doing the econo-
mical, to curry favor with Owners of vessel, sends back the good meat
brought aboard, and is detested by the crew.  How he intimated
subsequent to our memorable deputation, that �the Scoundrels� (we, �
second cabin-eers) �didn�t know when we were well off!�  This is
noised abroad and the Captain is decidedly unpopular.               I
got hold of a �Pictorial Picayune� for July 4 of the present year,
and there find a pictorial detail of poor Yatman�s duel hoax, evi-
dently the work of Alf Waud, the here figuring as �Phatman.�
Singing, and an abortive attempt at dancing occurs on the fore-deck
at even-tide, the sunset being beautiful to see.   Subsequently,
I fetch Conwarth from his berth to look over the vessels side, upon
the myriad of phosphorent sparkles, which fall in a perpetual shower
from the great paddles, dance amid the foam-flakes dashing by
the vessel�s side and drift far off into the darkness astern; while
from the first cabin saloon comes the bumping and jolting of dancers,               
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