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Examples of Captain
Another contract relates to one of the boats of the pontoon-bridge which ran across the Euphrates and connected the two parts of Babylon together: “[Two] manehs ten shekels of white (silver), coined in one-shekel pieces, not standard, from Musezib, the son of Pisaram, to Sisku, the son of Iddinâ, the son of Egibi.
Nebo-baladan takes the responsibility for the management (?) of the ship.
It is to be hoped he will not change his mind again at the last moment.
His comment upon it was characteristic.
Why should they not still be there, awaiting their deliverance?
Sir,” replied the captain, “since Arthur Pym and Dirk Peters were able to advance beyond Tsalal Island farther than the eighty-third parallel, since they found means of living in the midst of those Antarctic lands, why should not their companions, if they were not all killed by the natives, if they were so fortunate as to reach the neighbouring islands sighted during the voyage-why should not those unfortunate countrymen of mine have contrived to live there?