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Rowlands’s challenge is looked after out, sir? ” he requested with what, for him, handed as a sophisticated enquiry. “It’s no longer Rowlands’s challenge. ” Ramage made no try and cover his exasperation. “It’s mine and yours and Rear-Admiral Davis’s and all these fools at Antigua who took a list of this send once we introduced her in as a prize. ” “What did they leave out? ” Southwick requested shrewdly. “Two dozen butts of brandy …” “Two dozen? Why, sir, that’s 3 thousand gallons! the place is it? ” “Nestling down there with the water,” Ramage acknowledged sourly. “And now you've gotten the task of transferring it to the spirit room. It’s a ask yourself it hasn’t blown the send up. ” “Those damned Frogs—just much o’ smugglers! Why, they have to were smuggling it into Martinique. I’ll wager they by no means meant to claim it to the Customs! simply promote a couple of gallons at a time to the planters, who’re most likely ill and uninterested in rum. Makes you ask yourself what the Revolution’s all approximately, doesn’t it, sir? The officials will be jam-packed with liberty and equality and fraternity, or no matter what it's they shout, yet they’re no longer above a section o’ smuggling, given the opportunity. ” “Nor are we, so far as the Customs in Antigua and Port Royal are concerned,” Ramage mentioned. Southwick’s face fell. “Oh pricey … formally i assume we smuggled it out of English Harbour and into Port Royal. yet whose is it? Who will pay the obligation? And who will get it? ” he additional as an afterthought. “That might be determined later,” Ramage acknowledged. “In the interim we are going to need to stick with it smuggling, yet Rowlands goes to offer you the numbers at the casks. Make an entire access within the log for at the present time pointing out the way it was once came upon, if the butts are complete, and so forth … And word that it used to be got rid of to the spirit room. meanwhile I’ve handed the notice for Rennick to place a sentry on it—we’re fortunate not one of the seamen found it first: i will simply think us discovering part the ship’s corporation one morning mendacity inebriated one of the casks. ” “Those fools from the dockyard at English Harbour,” Southwick growled. “They spent days on that stock. they have to have simply made a rapid count number of water casks and assumed they held water. yet an individual getting inside of a dozen toes may still odor the brandy. Why, seepage on my own! ” “Don’t discuss it,” Ramage stated. “If a person had walked around in the dead of night down there, utilizing a lanthorn to count number up water casks, the flame of the candle could have made the fumes explode, and the full send could have long past up. ” “By the time we’ve accomplished with the entire additional bureaucracy this is often going to create we would want that it had,” Southwick acknowledged bitterly. “Why, it impacts the unique stock of the prize and the valuation; and that during flip impacts the ultimate valuation and the prize-money paid. this means that our shares—everyone’s, from Admiral Davis’s all the way down to the cook’s mate’s. Why, they can delay check for years—you be aware of what prize brokers are like. Any excuse to carry directly to the cash and draw curiosity. ” “Let’s wait and see,” Ramage stated. “We can’t be anticipated to trouble Admiral Foxe-Foote with it now simply because he wishes us to sail once attainable.