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I-I-I-hear," faltered out the first mate, while the perspiration stood out in great beads of fright on his forehead.
The corsair was standing by the side of Mr Tompkins, close by the taffrail.
The vessel, therefore, must have gone much further back on their track than they had imagined, for the boat must have been three or four miles astern of the point at which the boys were washed overboard.
A moment further of breathless suspense, and then those on deck could see for themselves what had attracted the lookout man's notice-a black object, bobbing up and down amidst the waves, one minute raised aloft on a billowy crest, the next hidden from view in a watery valley that descended, as it were, into the depths of the ocean.
Mr Bascomb, put up your helm, and hoist away your topsails again.
It is possible that, even with this advantage, they might have escaped notice, had not Phil thought of waving his coat; but the figure of him standing there, apparently upon nothing-for it was only now and then that a small portion of the hull became visible-waving frantically something big enough to show up strongly, soon attracted attention on board the approaching ship, and Stukely had scarcely been ten minutes engaged on his waving operations when he had the gratification of seeing a flag float out over the rail and go soaring up to the main truck, while the stranger's helm was slightly shifted and she swerved perceptibly toward them.