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	      Ledger�s lying Story
attain his ends, both from his conversation and
from stories reported by Cahill, who professes
to have suspected his real calling on a day or
two�s acquaintance.    �He�s either a London
detective or engaged in the Slave Trade,� Cahill
had said to Bob Gun, and now he supposes
Ledger may have some questionable venture of
the latter sort in view.            Ledger never gets
more than chin-drunk, never losing command of
himself, but he does wax anecdotical and biogra-
phical and here are some of his stories as report-
ed by Cahill.       But first, let me put down
what I�ve heard from Ledger�s own mouth.
  He asserts that he is 39 years old, came of
good family, was sent to college at Tonbridge,
from where he ran away, twice, in disgust
at favoritism, manifest in a master preferring
his own son to himself (Ledger.)   Altercations
occurring at home, he ran off to sea with an
uncle, then engaged in conveying arms and mu-
nitions of war to Santa Anna in Mexico.  Ar-
rived near the Mexican coast, the vessel during
a storm ran against a French one, the boy,
his uncle and all but three sailors escaping by
jumping on to the French ship, their own sub-
sequently going to pieces.   Ledger who had the
helm, alighted among the ropes to the fore, near               
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